Bushfire information for nurses and midwives
Judith Kiejda, Acting General Secretary of the NSWNMA, extends the Association’s support to all those affected by bushfires and outlines all nurses and midwives need to know if they’re impacted.
On behalf of the Association, I would like to pass on our thoughts and support to nurses, midwives and their communities who have been affected by the bushfires.
These unprecedented and devastating fires have ravaged through many of our communities, uprooting the lives of so many. Even for those of us not directly affected, many of us have family, friends or colleagues who have lost homes or been forced to evacuate from their properties. Many in our profession are also caring for patients who have been physically or psychologically impacted by these tragic events.
For those members who have been impacted, we wish to offer our heartfelt support.
For members of the NSWNMA who have lost homes, property or livestock in these fires, or have been injured in the course of this catastrophe, the Association is offering fee assistance. To access this support, please email email@example.com, or call us on 1300 367 962.
Please note that, due to the enormity of this event, each request for assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Members in affected areas may be experiencing issues with work, including being unable to attend work due to the fires, having to take time off work to support family and protect property or volunteer to fight the fires. In the first instance, where possible, please ensure you contact your employer to notify them of your circumstances. If you need industrial advice or support, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that industrial rights and leave arrangements available in the current situation will vary between awards, agreements and employers. Your rights will also be in part determined based on your individual circumstances. Include as much information as possible about your situation in any contact with us.
We also urge you to look after yourself, family, neighbours and friends during this crisis, and to access mental health services if you need it. You can contact any of the following services to access this support, or you can contact your employer to access their Employee Assistance Program.
Disaster Welfare Assistance Line: 1800 018 444
NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
Nurse Midwife Support: 1800 667 877
OFFERS OF HELP
For those who are not directly impacted by the bushfires, but wish to assist the efforts, we urge you to make a donation to one of the many charities doing great work on the ground, including the Rural Fire Service: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/support-your-local-brigade
At this stage, regional health facilities have not sought volunteer medical assistance from us. However, we will advise members of any request from NSW Health if such a request does arise.
We are keeping a close eye on this devastating crisis, and will continue to support our members and their communities.
Please take care, and continue to look after each other. Know that we do – and always will – stand with you.
Acting General Secretary, NSWNMA