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Podcast: Mental health of nurses, midwives and the people they care for

04 Nov 2020

Nurses and midwives play a big part in delivering mental healthcare. This care is valued and important to their patients and families. How they care for their own mental health is also important.

This is the focus of the latest episode of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s (Ahpra) Taking Care podcast, especially as we celebrate International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020.

Liz Wilkes, an experienced midwife; Diane Lee, a nurse working at the Nurse & Midwife Support; Cassandra Jovic, who also works at Nurse & Midwife Support; and new mum Kirsty join host Tash Miles for this episode. They speak about the mental health challenges of new mothers and the support that is needed for both patients and practitioners.

Cassandra details the positive impact of a compassionate midwife during her challenging second birth, ‘in the sea of madness, there was this amazing midwife’ and she credits her for helping with an easier post-birth recovery.

Diane highlights the stress on nurses and midwives and the importance of support services, including Nurse & Midwife Support: ' we need to recognise that nurses and midwives are humans, they experience the same emotions we all do…added to that the shift work, trauma and compassion fatigue.’

Despite the challenges, they note that the widespread support and growing recognition of mental health is encouraging.

‘We are generally in a good space, we need to continue shining this light on health and mental health,’ said Liz Wilkes.

Download and listen to the latest Ahpra Taking care podcast episode today. Ahpra releases a new episode every fortnight, discussing current topics and the latest issues affecting safe healthcare in Australia. You can also listen and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and by searching ‘Taking Care’ in your podcast player.

For more information

• If you have questions or feedback about the podcast, email [email protected].

• Find out more, or seek help with Nurse & Midwife Support online, or by calling 1800 667 877.

• For media enquiries, phone 03 8708 9200.

• For registration enquiries, please phone 1300 419 495 (within Australia) +61 3 9285 3010 (overseas callers).

Page reviewed 4/11/2020