The Occurrence of Anxiety, Depression, and Distress among Professionals Working in Emergency Care (2024)

This recent European study of 202 emergency care professionals in ambulance and hospital settings found female professionals were more likely to have depressive symptoms, perceived stress and anxiety than male professionals. Perceived stress levels in emergency care workers decreased proportionally with increasing years spent working in healthcare, and extended work shifts of 12 or 24 hours increased the risk of perceived stress and anxiety.

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Psychological health and safety in the workplace (2024)

This report draws from three main data sources to examine characteristics and trends in the worker experience of psychosocial hazards and mental health conditions in Australian workplaces. These are Safe Work Australia’s National Dataset for Compensation-based Statistics (NDS), People at Work (PAW) survey data and the National Return to Work (NRTW) survey.

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Organisational Wellbeing Interventions: Case Studies from the NHS (2023)

This recent UK based research explores the impact of organisational interventions in the NHS to support staff wellbeing and details learnings, enablers and barriers that affected the success of each intervention. Example interventions include overhauling staff rotas and shift patterns, removing bureaucracy and meeting times, changing patient care processes, co-designing fatigue management strategies, and improving team formation and psychological support.

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Relationship between night shift and sleep problems, risk of metabolic abnormalities of nurses: a 2 years follow-up retrospective analysis in the National Nurse Health Study (NNHS) (2023)

This recent Chinese cohort study of 730 nurses examined the relationship between night shift and sleep problems and metabolic abnormalities risk. Higher night shift load was associated with more sleep problems such as shortened sleep duration, sleep disorders, poor sleep quality and sleep deprivation. Night shift load was also associated with chronic diseases risk factors including increased body mass index, body fat, triglycerides and low levels of HDL ('good') cholesterol.

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Factors that may threaten or protect the wellbeing of staff working in paediatric intensive care environments (2023)

The results of this research identified perceived risks for wellbeing, including; a lack of preparation for the role, perceived worst shift, moral distress and isolation. Themes perceived as protective to wellbeing included; finding the work stimulating and meaningful, belonging to the team, and using humour. This study suggests risk factors often co-existed simultaneously with protective factors and not as a dichotomy.

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Effects of Whole-Body Stretching Exercise during Lunch Break for Reducing Musculoskeletal Pain and Physical Exertion among Healthcare Professionals (2023)

Research on a group of healthcare professionals found those who undertook whole body stretching exercises targeting the entire body during a lunch break period 3 times a week for 6 weeks experienced a significantly greater decrease in pain intensity and physical exertion compared to an education program only.

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Boldly going‚Ķ Introducing conflict management training to Starship Children’s Hospital (2023)

This new collaboration between Children's Hospital in NZ and UK Mediation Foundation focuses on conflict between health professionals and whńĀnau (families) in paediatric hospitals, and is based on training staff to recognise and manage conflict as early as possible and use mediation skills to improve patient/whńĀnau outcomes and staff wellbeing.

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Strengthening Workplace Wellbeing

This Building Workplace Wellbeing Guide by the SA Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health adopts an evidenced base to identify crit­i­cal areas for action to assist the healthcare sector in strength­en­ing work­place wellbeing, including how to estab­lish­ effective struc­tures and process­es.

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Bendigo Community Health Service: climate and health pathway

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BCHS joined the Achievement Program in 2013 to build upon its current health and wellbeing initiatives and has achieved Victorian Government recognition for the Smoking health area and is working through several other health areas including Healthy Eating, Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Alcohol and Other drugs.

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