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Nurses and midwives work in conditions that can lead to health issues and, if left untreated, these can lead to a health impairment that increases risks for the public, themselves and their profession.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia have appointed provider Turning Point to deliver a national health support service for nurses, midwives and students with a health impairment or at risk of a health impairment in Australia. This service will start in early 2017.

Article provided by AHPRA

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), has appointed provider Turning Point to deliver a national health support service for nurses, midwives and students with a health impairment or at risk of a health impairment in Australia.

The service will offer nationwide health support for nurses and midwives in Australia, providing an equitable service across workplaces, jurisdictions and locations.

In addition, the service will provide education and awareness about health impairment as defined in the National Law for nurses, midwives, students, educational providers and employers.

The NMBA Chair, Dr Lynette Cusack RN, thanked those who responded to the request for tender and said that Turning Point would offer nurses and midwives greater access to support on health issues.

‘It’s important that nurses, midwives, students and employers can access confidential advice on issues related to their health anywhere in Australia.

‘No matter where nurses and midwives are living, working or studying, they will be able to consult with a professional about a health impairment, particularly where it may effect their ability to practise, and get confidential advice and referral to specialist treatment.

‘As the regulator, the NMBA is continuing to engage with nurses and midwives to ensure they are supported to provide safe care to the public. The national health support service will be funded by the NMBA, but will be an independent service.’

Turning Point (part of Eastern Health) will first develop the infrastructure to deliver the national health support service. It is expected that services will be offered from early 2017. As previously advised, the NMBA and AHPRA have agreed to continue to fund the Victorian Nurses and Midwives Health Program until the national health support service is established.

The NMBA will share more information on the new service with nurses and midwives as soon as it is available.

Blog Posted by Roxayne West, Principal Consultant Health Care, July 2016

Roxayne West has been working in the health industry for many years, starting out as a Registered Nurse and Midwife, becoming an Infection Control Manager in NSW Hospitals. In 1989, Roxayne moved into the specialisation of Health, Safety and Quality; consulting, recruiting, training and auditing for national and local businesses in Australia.