Free webinars to help stressed frontline workers


Healthcare professionals are under more stress than ever before, so the Cognitive Institute is offering free educational webinars to help frontline workers.

The Cognitive Institute’s managing director, Matthew O’Brien, said a recent study showed the COVID-19 pandemic was causing psychological distress in clinicians.

“Now more than ever, it is important that clinicians look after their wellbeing,” he said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous strains on doctors and clinical teams as they struggle with new ways of working – often while battling with constraints on time, personnel and resources.

“We believe it is critical to support all clinicians to take decisive and significant action to ensure their own physical and mental wellbeing and support and sustain their colleagues in times of crisis.”

The first webinar in the series – Looking After Yourself: Self Care Through COVID-19 – launches on Thursday 23 April 2020 and will be hosted by senior medical educator Dr Lynne McKinlay. 

It will address how to face the understandable anxiety and fear at this time and find anchors of certainty in a sea of chaos. Clinicians will hear from a colleague with deep expertise and understanding of clinician wellbeing and resilience.

The second webinar – Caring for Those You Lead in the Time of COVID-19 – will be hosted by the Cognitive Institute’s medical director, Dr Mark O’Brien, in early May. 

It will offer practical, evidence-based strategies for clinical leaders on how to care for the clinicians they lead during this unprecedented time in their professional lives.

“While frontline clinicians are facing a range of challenges and threats to their wellbeing, in the private sector with restrictions on elective surgery, there are different but no less challenging circumstances,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Clinicians will hear from experienced medical leaders with a deep understanding of clinical risk management and sustaining safety cultures.

“Whether it be how you can advocate for, or contribute to, sustaining high team performance, or guidance for mental and physical wellbeing, it is our hope that these webinars will support healthcare professionals to look after themselves and each other at this difficult time.”

To register for the webinars or for further information, visit the institute's website.

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