Wednesday, 10 June 2020
“And one thing I feel quite sad about is that some also feel guilty that the community is calling them heroes because they feel they have not done enough yet to earn that badge. But it’s not just the actual caring for a person who might have COVID-19, it’s that heavy emotional workload on top of their normal working day that needs to be recognised. This is the reason why we are celebrating their work, why we are saying ‘ You are doing a great job, you are fantastic, we are going to deliver you some free food or coffee’.”
Post pandemic, Dr Phillips believes the literature study groups could play an ongoing role in addressing healthcare worker burnout and she is currently in discussions with the Department of Health WA about a long term program. She would also like to see sessions extended into other professions, including the legal profession.
Simone Hewett (UWA Media and PR Manager) 08 6488 3229 / 0432 637 716