At the Caring Futures Institute we understand the care workforce can be under immense pressure managing the demands of their jobs. Some health workers experience extreme stress and have to deal with death, pain and distress of their patients for extended periods of time.
In Australia there are more than 200 intensive care units which provide a rolling exponential service to the broader community through acute care facilities with an over 30,000-person workforce.
Previous work has reported that burnout was at epidemic levels even before the COVID-19 pandemic with 50% of these clinicians experiencing at least one symptom of chronic workplace stress.
Burnout has been recognised as an occupational hazard, and it is endemic amongst healthcare professionals globally. Medical, nursing and allied health professionals working in intensive care are subject to highly stressful events and a high-pressure environment. Understanding how they cope (or not cope) is essential to designing interventions to protect their mental health and maintain their ability to work effectively. The role of organisations in managing workplace safety, preventing stress and promoting wellbeing is also an important part of this research.
Our research team have been at the coalface of critical and intensive care. They understand the context and can better design ways to improve well-being and resilience.