The Frontline Health Workers Study

Healthcare workers experience unique workplace demands and are at higher risk of poor mental health and occupation burnout than other occupations. Public health crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, intensify existing stressors and create additional challenges, such as increased workload, new workplace practices, redeployment and social change. The pandemic highlighted the need to develop strategies and services to ‘future-proof’ the mental health and wellbeing of this workforce.

In 2020, our survey, the Australian COVID-19 Frontline Health Workers Study examined the severity and prevalence of mental health issues, as well as the social, workplace and financial disruptions experienced by Australian healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 9500 respondents, it was the largest multi-occupation survey globally. Our results provide key learnings and recommendations for preparing and responding to future crises.

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