External resources and support services

Learn more about external resources and services available to provide targeted support for employees, volunteers and their families.

Crisis supports

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, help is available.

Emotional and mental health

It is natural to experience a range of emotions, including stress, feeling overwhelmed or discomfort. It is important to find ways to manage these feelings and reach out if you or your loved ones need additional support.

R U OK?

Check-in on your colleagues and loved ones – the R U OK? website has helpful resources on how to ask the question and keep the conversation going.

Black Dog Institute

Resources for anxiety, stress and wellbeing via the Black Dog Institute.

Australian Psychological Society 

Resources on psychology topics provided by APS.

VicHealth – Mental wellbeing

Resources on mental wellbeing by VicHealth.

Supporting children and adolescents

Headspace

Resources to help those supporting a young person – how to raise sensitive issues and resolve problems that arise along the way.

Reach Out

Online mental health service for young people and parents in Australia.

Physical health

Take time each day for your basic needs, including eating healthy, staying active and ensuring a good night’s sleep to better position yourself to stay physically healthy and well. 

Healthy eating 

Australian Dietary Guidelines

The Australian Dietary Guidelines (via eatforhealth.gov.au) provide up-to-date advice about the amount and types of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing.

VicHealth – Healthy eating

Learn how eating healthy can change your life, and have the right information to help you get started.

Staying active 

Exercise Right

Exercise and Sports Science Australia inspire Australians to be healthier and more active by providing access to information and resources.

VicHealth – Physical activity 

How exercise can help with your wellbeing (via VicHealth).

Sleep health

HealthDirect – Sleep 

Important information about sleep and practical advice on good sleep hygiene.

Sleep Health Foundation

Fact sheets about sleep-related topics provided by the Sleep Health Foundation.

Social health

Targeted support for clinicians and other professional groups to help support individuals and teams. 

Peer support networks

Pharmacists Support Service

The service provides a listening ear over the telephone to pharmacists and pharmacy interns and students. 

AMA Peer Support

Free telephone support line provided for doctors by doctors.

Victorian Doctors Health Program

Free, confidential service for all doctors and medical students who have health concerns such as stress, mental health problems, substance use problems, or any other health issues.

Nursing Midwifery Health Program

Independent support service for nursing and midwifery students and practitioners experiencing health issues related to mental health or substance use.

Supporting team wellbeing

Victorian Public Sector Commission Wellbeing Toolkit

Resources for managers – how to look after yourself, how to engage with your team, and tools to help with working remotely and maintaining a work-life balance.

Financial health

To help employees manage their financial wellbeing, understand their super and manage all money matters.

HESTA – Member advice

Access advice in person or over the phone, and learn about information sessions near you and online tools and calculators.

Aware Super – Member health and wellbeing

Get access to a number of helpful tools and services, and receive support for your financial health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing Victoria

The Wellbeing Victoria program is a series of wellbeing videos including exercise, yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Some of the programs have been designed to be undertaken in sequential order to help you gradually build and develop your skills.

Wellbeing Victoria

A series of online wellbeing videos

‘Minding COVID’ writing group

“Difficult experiences when working in tough times: identifying burnout, compassion fatigue and traumatic responses: starting conversations and moving forward” – a new publication from the ‘Minding COVID’ writing group.

Find this material on the Hand n Hand Peer Support Network Twitter page.

Hand n Peer Support Network

Link to Twitter page.

Flourish eMagazine

Flourish is a monthly wellbeing magazine published by Converge International, our EAP provider.

Flourish eMagazine – February 2022

Read the latest edition of the wellbeing magazine.

TEN – The Essential Network for health professionals

The Essential Network is an app supporting Health Professionals to manage life and work through COVID-19.

TEN is a one stop resource and help centre, providing self-assessment, self-management and treatment for stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. At the core is an online clinic screening tool designed to recommend relevant resources and online tools based on report outcomes.

TEN – The Essential Network for health professionals

The Black Dog Institute and partners have created an app to support health professionals to manage life and work through COVID-19.

The Gathering of Kindness

The Gathering of Kindness is a movement founded by Dr Catherine Crock, a Paediatrician and the CEO of the Hush Foundation. It aims to build, nurture and instil a culture of kindness throughout the healthcare system.

The Gathering of Kindness

A collection of resources that work to help you build kindness at work.

The Pandemic Kindness Movement: Spreading Only Kindness

The Pandemic Kindness Movement was created by clinicians across Australia, working to support all health workers during the COVID19 pandemic. The website includes respected, evidence-information resources and links to valuable services to support the wellbeing of the health workforce.

Pandemic Kindness movement

Created by clinicians across Australia to provide health workers with easy access to curated resources and support

FACE COVID: How to respond to the Corona crisis

FACE COVID is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Developed by Dr Russ Harris, this material is specifically developed for healthcare workers.

FACE COVID guide

PDF document

Other reputable resources

The Schwartz Centre

For health professionals coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

Psychological Tools

Collated Resources which might assist your clinical practice during the current global health crisis

Online courses

Wellbeing webinar

Join Aware Super (formerly First State Super) wellbeing webinars. For more information about sessions and to register, simply visit the link below and use your Monash Health email address to sign up for your chosen sessions.

Aware Super – Workplace Wellbeing: Webinar Series

Register to view sessions from the Workplace Wellbeing webinar series.

Free online courses for healthcare workers

The University of Melbourne has put in place free online courses for healthcare workers focusing on resilience, compassion fatigue and communication during COVID.

COVID-19 Fast Response e-Learning

Free online courses for healthcare workers from the University of Melbourne.

Resilience and wellbeing videos

A selection of short videos by Professor Jill Klein on the topic of resilience and wellbeing during COVID-19.