Psychiatric support for Frontline Health Care Workers

19-Jun-2020

 

ASMOF members and other health workers are at the centre of the COVID-19 pandemic and you have been critical in the fight against the virus.

ASMOF members have told us that you face extreme pressures during the pandemic and we know that this can take a toll on mental health. Long and irregular hours and heavy workloads can increase stress and cause mental health issues, including burnout. Members need to be supported to be able to look after your mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time.

That is why we support the initiative from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) to enhance the existing Find a Psychiatrist in New South Wales website so you can now search for psychiatrists who have said they will prioritise seeing healthcare workers affected to the pandemic.

There are two strands of care being offered:

  1. Individual assessment and treatment
  2. Group facilitation (i.e. facilitation of groups of HCW’s from specific workplace settings, like Intensive Care, Emergency Department, General Practice and the like).

Members can also contact The Doctors' Health Advisory Service which operates a telephone Help Line to provide personal advice to practitioners facing difficulties. Anyone who is concerned about their own health, the health of a colleague, or the health of a family members who is a doctor or a medical student can call the Help Line.