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Mental Health Support for Professionals

These are challenging times for health professionals in Gippsland but there are supports available.

It is important that health professionals identify when they might personally need assistance. There are a range of organisations who assist health professionals, including general practitioners, pharmacists and nurses, with day-to-day issues. All are willing to help with any issues emerging from the East Gippsland bushfire emergency and the coronavirus pandemic.

If you need help, don’t hesitate.

Victorian Doctors Health Program

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.

DRS4DRS (Doctors for Doctors)

The DRS4DRS has been developed by the medical profession for the medical professionals and medical students. Through a network of doctors’ heath advisory and referral services, it offers an independent, safe, supportive and confidential service. In addition to these services, DRS4DRS has made available a confidential telehealth service, specifically for doctors and medical students who are struggling with their mental health.

The Pharmacist Support Service (PSS)

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

A national 24-hour support service for nurses and midwives, providing access to confidential advice and referral.

Victorian Nurse and Midwife Support

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.

If you have questions about COVID-19 and how Gippsland Primary Health Network can support you, please phone 03 5175 5444 or

Key contacts

Coronavirus Hotline

1800 675 398

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