CRANAplus to deliver a new suite of mental health resources for frontline health professionals

Federal Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton MP announced last week that CRANAplus has received Commonwealth funding to provide a range of mental health support resources for rural frontline nurses and health professionals in drought and bushfire-affected communities.

Find out more about the resources at crana.org.au, and don’t forget the CRANAplus Bush Support Services‘ 24/7 toll-free support line is always available.

RDN’s Resilience, Recharge and Recovery Program

The Resilience, Recharge and Recovery (RRR) Program is an RDN initiative that aims to strengthen the conversation about mental health and support the wellbeing of remote, rural and regional health professionals in NSW. The RRR Program will provide tools and resources to help health professionals enhance their wellbeing and capability.

Rural healthcare workers given helping hand to maintain their wellbeing during COVID-19

nib foundation is providing NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) with $230,000 in funding to develop self-care and wellbeing resources for health professionals in remote, rural and regional communities.

Approach to care – natural disasters course

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has announced an “Approach to Care – Natural Disasters” course. This course will introduce health professionals to the health and psychosocial issues associated with environmental disasters and the role they can play in responding to these issues.

ACRRM support for college members

The Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has provided information and resourses for its college members affected by the bushfires.

Natural disaster and emergency primary health workforce response

RDN and partner organisations are coordinating a response to provide General Practice and primary health care workforce support to areas of NSW affected by natural disasters. 

We are seeking expressions of interest from healthcare professionals who can provide assistance and relief in communities.

There are two critical periods for workforce support. Firstly, the emergency response period (January and February) and secondly the recovery period (February through to December 2020). Your consideration of availability for both these periods is appreciated.

Mental health support measures announced for individuals affected by the bushfire crisis

The Australian Government has announced a new mental health support program for Australians affected by the bushfire crisis. The measure will ensure people have access to coordinated and tailored support they need to recover from the effects of the 2019–20 bushfires, including access to on the ground counselling and mental health support.

 

Updated Air Quality Index data

Air quality across NSW may be affected by extensive smoke from bushfires. To ensure your safety and the safety of your patients, refer to the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment’s Air Quality Index (AQI) data which is updated hourly.

Keeping mental health in check during this bushfire season

Even if you’re not directly affected by the fires this season, the devastation can still have an impact on your mental health.

Clinical Psychologist, David Younger who works with disaster affected communities says it’s important to have some down time away from the news.

He gave ABC’s Craig Hamilton a list of ways to look after yourself in these tough times.

CRANAplus Bush Support Service

The Cranaplus Bush Support Service Toll Free Telephone Counselling and Support Service is available 24/7 to anyone and their family members who provide a health or health related service in rural or remote Australia. To access the free support service, call 1800 805 391.

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