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Supporting the wellbeing of health professionals and service providers

More than 70% of health workers reported psychological distress, with high rates of depression, anxiety and insomnia. [1]

The unpredictability and testing nature of the pandemic has impacted their health and wellbeing, particularly for those looking after others as part of their job. In a demanding and testing working environment, nurturing your own health and wellbeing is essential.

The basics to looking after your health are familiar although easily overlooked: eating regularly and having a nutritional diet; staying hydrated; maintaining good sleeping habits; staying active; spending time with family and friends. With a stressful and exhausting workload, it is difficult to tick each box every day.

Try adding some of these simple and easy techniques to your to-do list each day:

  • Reconnecting with family and friends once you’ve had time to reboot your energy
  • Do something for yourself every day
  • When working in a stressful environment, set small action-focused tasks
  • Reflect on 3 things that went well throughout your day
  • Practice a guided meditation
  • Debrief with colleagues about your experiences

If you require additional support, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Black Dog Institute has a library of evidence-based tools and advice for Australian healthcare workers:

[1] Lai J, Ma S, Wang Y, et al. Factors associated with mental health outcomes among health care workers exposed to coronavirus disease 2019. JAMA Netw Open 2020;3(3):e203976. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.3976

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