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One. Step. Beyond.

Stories on the TV that speak of the mental health impacts of COVID-19/other issues nearly always end with words to the effect of, “And if this has raised any issues for you help is always available. Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.”

In keeping with Mindframe media guidelines, it’s good that help-seeking information is included in these stories, but it doesn’t cater for the full spectrum of mental health problems.

Lifeline, for example, is a crisis support line, akin to lifesavers plucking people from the dangerous surf. It’s vital, but it’s not a “one size fits all” service (nor should we expect it to be).

Anyway, most of us would rather early intervention/prevention rather than crisis intervention. It’s better to learn how to swim than rely on someone saving you from drowning.


The Stepped Care Model of Mental Health

Self Portrait 26/04/20

The Stepped Care model aims to ensure that people have streamlined access to the right services for their needs over time, and as their needs change. There is more information about this available from more reputable sources than my blog, eg:  Northern Queensland Primary Health Network, Connect to Wellbeing, or your local public health network.

A short, amateurish, overview is this:

If you’re on the lowest (blue) step, you’re doing OK. Keep those healthy relationships and habits going.

If you’re on the second-lowest (green) step you probably should be more intentional about protecting your social and emotional wellbeing. Chat to people you love/trust, and see if any of the digital resources at Head To Health match where you’re at.

If you’re on the middle (yellow) step it’s definitely time to connect with someone. If you’re a Nurse or Midwife that could be NMSupport in the first instance,  if you’re in North Queensland you may consider contacting Connect to Wellbeing. Elsewhere you may need to google or go via healthdirect re equivalent services.

If you’re on the second-top (orange) step, don’t muck-about: make a double appointment to see your GP. S/he won’t necessarily reach straight for the prescription pad. The GP may discuss making a Mental Health Treatment Plan, which should include your goals  and – if you and your GP agree it’s worth a try – a referral to a specialist mental health professional.

If you’re on the top (red) step you will almost certainly want to make contact with your local mental health service. In Queensland phone 1300 64 2255 (1300 MH CALL). Outside of Queensland you should be able to track-down your local service via healthdirect.

One. Step. Beyond.

This blog post was inspired by chatting with hospital colleagues who were not familiar with the Stepped Care Model of Mental Health. Many thanks to these terrifically impressive people who are definitely NOT heroes: they’re just everyday compassionate, creative, funny, clever and skilled health professionals who – in a crisis – will go one step beyond to support the people who need it.

One last thing. If, like me, you have a foot one step beyond your usual step, perhaps the jaunty Madness (1979) song “One Step Beyond” will provide temporary distraction and cheer. 🙂


Thanks very much for visiting. As always your feedback is welcome in the comments section below.

Paul McNamara, 30 July 2020

Short URL meta4RN.com/step

20 Tweetable Fun Facts for 2020: Year of the Nurse #Nurses2020

World Health Organisation designated the year 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. #Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.who.int/hrh/news/2019/2020year-of-nurses/en/

Florence Nightingale was named after the city in which she was born (Florence, Italy). #Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/z92hsbk

Amongst Florence Nightingale’s achievements was the introduction of female nurses into military hospitals. Yes: FEMALE nurses! 🙂 #Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://florence-nightingale.co.uk/the-crimean-war/

Australia’s Nurses and Midwives are
🔴 88.8% Female
🔴 11.2% Male
🔴 <0.1% Intersex or Indeterminate
#Nurses2020 #FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/documents/default.aspx?record=WD19%2f29215&dbid=AP&chksum=pxYq4Vv8xOa1OH59ah8pUw%3d%3d (Table 10.1)

The International Council of Nurses (@ICNurses) was born in 1899 on the busy intersection of woman’s rights, social progressivism and healthcare reform. #Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: http://icntimeline.org/page/0003.html

Before 2020 Year of the Nurse kicked-off there were already 3000 Tweets using the #Nurses2020 hashtag (sent from 1,800+ Twitter accounts) #Nurses2020 #FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/Nurses2020/analytics/?hashtag=Nurses2020&fdate=12%2F1%2F2019&shour=6&smin=0&tdate=12%2F30%2F2019&thour=6&tmin=0

56% of Australia’s registered health workforce are Nurses and/or Midwives. #Nurses2020 #FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Publications/Annual-reports/Annual-Report-2019/Overview.aspx

In Australia there are:
🔴 371,902 Nurses without a Midwifery qualification
🔴 26,047 Nurses and Midwives (dual registration, that is)
🔴 5,583 Midwives without a Nursing qualification
#Nurses2020 #FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/documents/default.aspx?record=WD19%2f29215&dbid=AP&chksum=pxYq4Vv8xOa1OH59ah8pUw%3d%3d (Table 2.1)

35.7% of Australia’s Nurses and Midwives are aged over 50 (not that there’s anything wrong with that) #Nurses2020 #FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/documents/default.aspx?record=WD19%2f29215&dbid=AP&chksum=pxYq4Vv8xOa1OH59ah8pUw%3d%3d (Table 7.1)

Most of Australia’s 397,949 Nurses have a general qualification, but some do not. They have a sole qualification, ie:
🔴 2,243 in mental health nursing
🔴 579 in paediatric nursing
🔴 115 in disability nursing
#Nurses2020 #FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/documents/default.aspx?record=WD19%2f29215&dbid=AP&chksum=pxYq4Vv8xOa1OH59ah8pUw%3d%3d (Tables 2.1 and 6.1)

1 in 30 people working in Australia is a Nurse and/or Midwife (ie: 3.33% of the Australian workforce are Nurses/Midwives) #Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Publications/Annual-reports/Annual-Report-2019/Overview.aspx

Top three places where Nurses and Midwives employed in Australia received their initial nursing and midwifery qualification:
1️⃣ Australia (79.6%)
2️⃣ England (4.7%)
3️⃣ India (2.8%)
#Nurses2020 #FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/workforce/nursing-and-midwifery-workforce-2015/contents/who-are-nurses-and-midwives

In per capita terms, remote Australia has a larger supply of Nurses and Midwives than Australia’s capital cities. #Nurses2020 #FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/workforce/nursing-and-midwifery-workforce-2015/contents/how-many-nurses-and-midwives-are-there (Figure 3)

Principal area of main job for Australian Nurses (top five):
1️⃣ Aged Care
2️⃣ Medical
3️⃣ Surgical
4️⃣ Peri-Operative
5️⃣ Mental Health
#Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/workforce/nursing-and-midwifery-workforce-2015/contents/work-characteristics-of-nurses-and-midwives (Figure 1)

Australia’s health professional registration agency (@AHPRA) does not recognise any Nursing Specialities, but recognises 23 Specialities in Medicine (and over 60 sub-specialities) 🙄#Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Sources: http://meta4RN.com/credhttp://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au + https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/registration/types/specialist-registration/medical-specialties-and-specialty-fields.aspx

There are over 22,000 nurses working in mental health settings in Australia, over 3,200 of them are @ACMHN members, 1235 of them are @ACMHN Credentialed. #Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Sources: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mental-health-services/mental-health-services-in-australia/report-contents/mental-health-workforce/mental-health-nursing-workforce + http://www.acmhn.org/images/stories/News/AnnualReports/ACMHN_Annual_Report_2017_-_2018.pdf  + http://www.acmhn.org/images/stories/Resources/2019_Media_Kit.pdf 

Australians rated Nurses as the most ethical and honest profession each year for 21 years in a row (1994-2015). #Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/6188-roy-morgan-image-of-professions-2015-201504280343

There are over 60 separate Nursing Organisations in Australia #Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Sources: http://meta4RN.com/colleges + http://www.conno.org.au/members + http://www.nurseinfo.com.au/links.html

Australian Nurses and Midwives have free access to ‪@NMSupportAU: a 24/7 national support service providing confidential advice and referral. #Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: https://www.nmsupport.org.au

Representing more than 275,000 members, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (‪@anmf_federal ) is Australia’s largest national union. #Nurses2020 ‬#FunFacts #SupportNursesAndMidwives https://meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

Source: http://anmf.org.au/pages/about-the-anmf


Keen-eyed meta4RN readers will recognise some of this content from this 2015 post: https://meta4RN.com/FunFacts – this post isn’t self-plagiarism, it’s just a funky new remix of a favourite old song. 🙂

As always, your feedback is welcome in the comments section below.

Paul McNamara, 1 January 2020

Short URL: meta4RN.com/Nurses2020

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