In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians are showing their appreciation for frontline healthcare workers like never before.
Doctors and nurses at Epworth Geelong were delighted to receive a huge delivery of flowers from the Geelong Flower Farm, and at the Peninsula Private Hospital in Melbourne, the local Domino’s pizza store dropped off a dozen free pizzas to hungry medical staff.
Staff at Melbourne’s Chris O’Brien Lifehouse knew they were appreciated when residents living across from the hospital placed a huge banner on their balcony reading, “Thank you amazing health staff.”
Dr April Wong said the sign was a wonderful show of support.
“It was a pleasant surprise to see a message of encouragement outside our window while operating,” she wrote on Facebook.
“The world is facing a crisis. This is also happening now on our own soil, where lives are lost and there may be more.
“It’s time to show the world we can work together. We are staying at work for you, please stay home for us.”
Dr Wong finished the post with a quote from Lee Alexander McQueen: “There comes a time in your life when you focus solely on what you believe is right, regardless of what everyone else is doing.”
Staff at many private hospitals around the country have posted online messages, thanking people for their support and encouraging the general public to stay home.
At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney, staff said they had been inspired by the messages coming from hospitals around the world and were pictured holding up a sign saying, “We stay here for you, please stay home for us”.
A number of Facebook pages and GoFundMe accounts have also sprung up in support of medical staff.
Campaigns include “Buy Them A Coffee” where members of the public can purchase coffees for medical staff – an initiative that helps local cafes stay in business, as well as keeping doctors and nurses caffeinated.
In major cities, there are a number of Facebook groups for medical staff looking for babysitters and the Adopt A Healthcare Worker campaign connects doctors and nurses with people in their own community who can help with groceries and other day to day tasks.