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SOM and ANZSOM Learning Together Series: Burnout and improving the health of healthcare workers



SOM/ANZSOM Learning Together Webinar Series

The first speaker is Professor Gail Kinman, author of ‘Burnout in Healthcare – risk factors and solutions’. Summary: Although people working in healthcare generally find their work meaningful and satisfying, they are at high risk of burnout. Research has found that challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath has intensified this risk posing a significant challenge for occupational health professionals. Burnout has serious implications for organisations, patients and service users, as well as the health and wellbeing of practitioners, so it is essential to implement evidence-informed interventions for its prevention and management. In this talk, Gail will draw on the findings of her recent guide on managing burnout in healthcare, but there are key messages for other sectors where jobs are emotionally demanding and stressful.

Gail Kinman is Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at Birkbeck University of London. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences and a Director of the Council for Work and Health. Gail has a particular interest in the wellbeing of people whose work is emotionally demanding with a high risk of burnout, and she has published widely in this area. 

The second speaker is Dr Karina Powers, who is an occupational physician from Perth. She is an OP with a wide clinical practice, and is assisting with the Australasian RACP advocacy initiative called 'Improving the health of health care workers'. Her talk will look at improving the health of healthcare workers.

Title : Healthcare workers are a precious resource we must preserve

Overview: Healthcare worker stress and relative short staffing are common, causing risk not only for patients but also healthcare workers themselves. This talk will discuss some factors responsible, including considerations related to management and the workforce, hazard controls, government bodies and the political milieu. Damage to the populace can be limited by improving the health of healthcare workers and thereby supporting safe and efficacious running of healthcare for all.

Dr Karina Powers is an Occupational and Environmental  Physician, Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine- Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She also holds Australasian Medical Review Officer certification, Masters of Public Health and a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. She is recognized as an Approved Medical Specialist with WorkCover WA. Her extensive experience includes private occupational health practice, serving both private companies and government agencies / departments, along with work in public health. Her medical oversight has covered Military, Federal and State Police, oil and gas and rail safety critical work.

Chair: Dr Lanre Ogunyemi, SOM President

FREE for ALL. Register online. You will then be sent the joining link.


February 21st, 2024 8:30 AM   to   9:30 AM
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