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Staff Wellbeing: Home

Northeast Health Wangaratta is committed to the health and wellbeing of all our staff and students.

The wellbeing of healthcare workers is critical to patient safety.  While looking after the mental health and wellbeing of our healthcare workers has always been important, the recent events have made this an immediate priority.   Never has it been more important to care for your own mental health and wellbeing and for your colleagues, family members or loved ones.

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INTRODUCING - Speaking up for Safety Programme

Speaking Up for Safety™ Programme

Increasing the ease and motivation for clinicians and all staff to raise patient safety concerns with colleagues through graded assertiveness communication skills training.

Northeast Health Wangaratta is delivering the Speaking Up for Safety Programme to all staff. Managers will be
some of the first trained in this programme, to help support staff and embed this approach within our

The Speaking Up for Safety programme will help us:
■ achieve culture change within healthcare organisations by increasing the ease and motivation for all staff to
‘speak up for safety’
■ develop insights and skills to respectfully raise issues with colleagues when they are concerned about a
patient’s safety

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From time to time you may find yourself experiencing personal difficulties. This may or may not have an adverse effect on your ability to cope with your day-to-day activities at work.  Assistance is available to all NHW employees via our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, Benestar, the always-on, always accessible resource that lets you take charge of your own wellbeing and become your best you.

Looking for someone to talk to? Head to MyCoach  where you will find a team of professionals who support and coach individuals through everything from trauma or grief to managing teams, exercise and sleep.  

Benestar provides a holistic and comprehensive health and wellbeing program to help you feel great and be your best you!


To register for Benestar use NHW's login code and token that can be found on the BeneHub User Guide (onsite only) then go to the Benestar login page


Download the Benestar App Brochure (onsite only)


What is an Employee Assistance Program?

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a work-based early intervention aimed at the early identification and /or resolution of both work and personal problems that may adversely affect performance. These problems may include, but are not limited to health, marital/relationships, family, financial, substance abuse or emotional concerns.  [EAPAA]




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Download this poster or view the Health and Wellbeing Toolkit - Resources for nurses, midwives and students


Human Factors:

Speaking Up for Safety™ Programme

The Nursing and Midwifery Health Program toolkit is an initiative of the NMHPV Health and Wellbeing Promotion Program Pilot.  The purpose of this health and wellbeing toolkit is to:

  • support your health and wellbeing
  • promote the importance of health and wellbeing for nurses and midwives
  • compliment staff health and wellbeing programs provided by health services
  • provide nurses and midwives with self-care strategies and resources.


The Black Dog Institute - Evidence-informed workshops, resources and networks developed for Australian health professionals with an interest in mental health.   

  • TEN - The Essential Network for Health Professionals helps healthcare workers find resources and support to manage burnout and maintain good mental health..  Designed by health professionals for health professionals, TEN makes accessing support quick, easy and confidential.


The RACGP encourages all GPs to take care of their own physical, mental, emotional and social health and seek support when required. Resources and services are available, specifically developed for general practitioners and health professionals, relating to self-care and mental health wellbeing.  This page includes a summary of counselling and support resources.


beyondblue is an organisation that provides information, and support for, depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention. To enable a positive health outcome for people experiencing depressionanxiety and at risk of suicide Beyond Blue provides a range of free resources and training based on high quality research and clinical advice from leading experts for health professionals working in perinatal, youth, LGBTIQ+ and aged care mental health.



RACP Wellbeing support and resources.  Reach out to the RACP Support Program for free, 24/7, completely confidential support.


APS Psychology topics -  Explore the insights psychology and psychologists provide into challenges we face at work, at home and in society.  A-Z of topics from ADHD in Adults to Stress in the Workplace


Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health provides free downloadable fact sheets about trauma responses and evidence-based treatments for people affected by trauma, their families and friends.


Head to Health (H2H) is a website by the Australian Department of Health that aims to help people find good mental health and wellbeing information, resources, and links to online and phone mental health services. These are hand-picked from Australia’s leading health providers, together in one place. It supports people seeking help – either for themselves or someone they care about.


Sane Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness. Their website provides straightforward and concise information about mental health and illness including treatments, support, how you can help yourself or someone you care about.


headspace is the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians (12 – 25 years). Their website provides information and resources on mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services. 


Reachout  offers practical support, tools and tips to help young people and their families get through anything from everyday issues, tough times, mental health issues, relationships, identity, wellbeing or helping others.



Ecouch self help offers five programs: DepressionAnxiety & WorrySocial AnxietyDivorce & Separation and Loss & Bereavement. Each program includes a comprehensive information module, as well as self-help modules with interactive exercises and workbooks which teach evidence-based strategies. 


Mood Gym is a free online program designed to help people learn and practise skills to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is like an interactive, online self-help book which teaches skills based on cognitive behaviour therapy.


MindSpot is a free telephone and online service developed by Macquarie University for Australian adults experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. They offer free online or phone screening assessments to help you learn about your symptoms. You will then receive recommendations from a MindSpot therapist on free online MindSpot Clinic Treatment Courses to help you recover, or local services that can help. Note. You must be eligible for Medicare-funded services in Australia to access Mindspot.


Centre for Clinical Interventions offers a range of modules that provides information on common mental health issues and practical strategies to manage these. They can be completed online, saved to your computer, or printed out to work through by hand.


This Way Up offers online courses designed to help you identify, understand, and the skills to improve psychological difficulties like stress, insomnia, worry, anxiety, and depression. You can enrol in most of their courses as self-help. Some of their courses are free – Coping with Stress, Intro to Mindfulness, Managing Insomnia. Others are low-cost at $59 for six sessions over three months. You can complete a free anonymous online questionnaire to receive recommendations for courses that may be useful to you.

Benestar is Northeast Health Wangaratta's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider.

The Benestar® App gives you health and wellbeing information, resources and support right at your fingertips. Focusing on seven core areas: Life, Mind, Body, Money, Relationships, Work and Family, the app provides you with access to expert advice, tips and activities to help you feel great and to be your best you! 

Registration is required on the Benestar website with NHW ID and Token before accessing the app.  Token available from the intranet or from these brochures - onsite only

Available for download     App Store   |   Google Play   


Free Well-being Apps


Calm Harm by Stem4 -  provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Get started by setting your password so that it's completely private.    App Store  |  Google Play  

Clear Fear by Stem4  -  uses a Cognitive Behavioural framework to help you change anxious thoughts and emotions, alter anxious behaviours and calm fear responses.   App Store  |  Google Play  

MoodMission by MoodMission Pty Ltd  - helps you learn new and better ways of coping with stress, low mood, depression, and anxiety.   App Store  |  Google Play  

ReachOut Worry Time by ReachOut Australia - interrupts repetitive thinking by setting aside your worries until later, so you don't get caught up in them and can get on with your day.   App Store  |  Google Play  

Universal Breathing - Pranayama Free by Saagara - engineered to teach your body how to breathe properly. Practicing slow breathing for only 15 minutes a day can reduce stress and stress-related illnesses   App Store  |  Google Play 

Smiling Mind  - a mindfulness meditation app developed by psychologists and educators. The programs are designed to assist with the pressure, stress, and challenges of daily life   App Store  |  Google Play 

MyLife Meditation (was Stop, Breathe & Think) by Tools for Peace - offers daily wellness check-ins and suggests activities personalized on how you feel.   App Store  |  Google Play  

Headspace - Stress less. Sleep soundly. Get happy. Learn the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in a few minutes a day with Headspace.   App Store  |  Google Play  

Relax Melodies by iLBSoft  - a sleep-aid app uniquely designed to help millions unwind & fall asleep easier.   App Store  |  Google Play  

Sleep Bug: White Noise Soundscapes & Music Box - by Arnt-Henning Moberg - an ambient sound mixer that produces a variety of scenes and music with random sound effects.    App Store  |  Google Play  

Treat- by Alfred Health - Made for health professionals by health professionals
An app designed to help you find calm, clarity and balance during your busy working day.    App Store  |  Google Play  

Health & Fitness Apps

The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App - A fast, simple, science-based way to make every minute count!    App Store  |  Google Play  

Daily Yoga - Daily Yoga inspires yogis worldwide with the largest yoga pose base. Enables you to practice yoga on all mobile devices and multiplatforms   App Store  |  Google Play  

Simply Yoga by Daily Workout Apps, LLC - Simply Yoga FREE is your own personal yoga instructor.   App Store  |  Google Play  Access: Free

Google Fit - Fitness Tracking on Google Play  


Zombies Run! - Get ready for the run of your life. Join 5 million runners on an epic adventure!   App Store  |  Google Play  


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Julie Day
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