Health professionals across Gippsland have responded to the call to help and support communities in bushfire-affected areas experiencing mental and physical issues.
It is also important that health professionals can identify when they too might need assistance, in particular issues that may arise from natural disasters such as bushfires.
There are a range of organisations who assist health professionals, including general practitioners, pharmacists and nurses, with day-to-day issues. All are also willing to help with any issues emerging from the East Gippsland bushfire emergency.
- Victorian Doctors Health Program http://www.vdhp.org.au/website/about.html
The Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHP) is a free, confidential service for doctors and medical students who have health concerns such as stress, mental health problems, substance use problems, or any other health issues.
- The Pharmacist Support Service (PSS) https://www.supportforpharmacists.org.au/
The type of issues leading pharmacists to seek support from PSS include (but are not limited to) crime related trauma, workplace and workload concerns, employment matters, substance abuse, mental health issues, suicide, ill-health, difficulties arising from professional and financial pressures, practice matters and ethical issues.
- National Nurse and Midwife Support – 24/7 support https://www.nmsupport.org.au/
A national 24-hour support service for nurses and midwives, providing access to confidential advice and referral.
- Victorian Nurse and Midwife Support https://www.nmhp.org.au/about-our-team.html
The Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (formerly the Victorian Nurses Health Program) is an independent support service for nurses, midwives and students of nursing and midwifery experiencing health issues related to their mental health or substance use concerns.