In Australia, we have been hearing from colleagues and the media about how challenging it has been providing healthcare during the pandemic in many parts of the world.
We have expected and are prepared for the battle and perhaps to get a chance to be “heroes”.
Given that Australia has experienced relatively few COVID infections, some people may feel almost as if they have missed out on their “hero” moment.
Some colleagues have expressed feelings such as ‘I have had it easy and my colleagues overseas are having it so tough?’
There have been an unusual mixture of emotions from relief to guilt. It seems for some of us that after the “hero” phase comes the “disillusionment” phase.
What should we do with these emotions?
Tune in to join Roger Harris, Mary Freer, Karen Gaunson, and Kym Jenkins in conversation.
MINDING HEALTH CARE WORKERS: Psychological responses of health care workers during the COVID pandemic
Roger Harris is a senior staff specialist in the intensive care unit at the Royal North Shore hospital and the Sydney Adventist hospital (SAN). He is dual qualified in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care. Roger is one of the co-founders of SMACC and Coda. He is passionate about education, his five children and especially his beautiful wife Georgie.
Mary Freer is activating a compassion revolution across healthcare.
Her work unpacks the link between innovation, creativity, workplace safety and compassion and how these ideas can be applied at an organisational and individual level.
Mary is a Westpac Bicentennial Social Change Fellow, a TEDx speaker and a Leadership Coach at Seth Godin’s AltMBA. She is regularly sought after as a keynote speaker, executive coach and advisor on cultural change and compassionate leadership.
Dr Kym Jenkins is the current President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). Dr Jenkins has held a range of roles as a Consultant Psychiatrist in both the public and private sectors. She has a clinical and academic interest in the health and welfare of the medical profession and has spent the last 10 years in the role of Medical Director of the Victorian Doctors Health Program. In her private practice, Dr Jenkins continues her work in the doctors health field whilst specialising in consultation-liaison and women’s psychiatry. She is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University and an honorary senior fellow at Melbourne University.
Dr Karen Gaunson is an Australian-based health professional. Karen is trained as a Psychiatrist and has 2 practices located in Hawthorn, Elsternwick.