Bushfires put pressure on healthcare and aged care workers

Australia’s current bushfire season has caused significant stress to people working in the health and aged care sector, particularly in rural areas.

Managers, coordinators and staff continue to face a range of practical and emotional challenges. These are just a few examples:

  • Evacuating or deciding whether to evacuate vulnerable residents or patients

  • Helping to shelter family members of residents or patients

  • Accommodating extra residents or patients who have been evacuated

  • Poor air quality

  • Restricted road access

  • Limited or restricted access to power, telecommunications, food and medical supplies

  • Supporting staff and family members who are struggling with fatigue, trauma and/or grief

  • Sourcing and coordinating relieving doctors, allied health workers and aged care workers, as well as facility and admin staff

The Department of Health website provides bushfire information and support for age care providers, doctors and consumers. There are also relief and recovery resources available on the Vic Emergency website.

Employers or managers who are struggling with stress, fatigue and/or grief may need extra support.

The consultants at WorkPlacePLUS are available to talk things through and offer practical support with immediate HR issues such as rostering and payroll, business operations, accessing bushfire relief and recovery and coordinating emergency approval applications for residential aged care.

Employee welfare and wellbeing is of crucial importance during this challenging time. WorkPlacePLUS can assist with the process of checking on your staff and offering support. We also offer a holistic and fully integrated Employee Assistance Program.

For more information and support, please contact us today.

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