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.

Life in Mind Australia provides practical and emotional support for bushfire-affected communities

Life in Mind Australia has provided a comprehensive list of resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of individuals in bushfire-affected communities.

Bushfire support resources from RAMHP

The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) has a number of useful resources for rural communities and health professionals during times of crisis.

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.

An illustrated guide for coping with traumatic news

The ABC has put together an illustrated guide for coping with traumatic news. The guide provides strategies for dealing with stress and grief and is appropriate for both adults and children.

GP psychiatry support line

The GP Psychiatry Support Line is a free service for GPs to help manage the care of mental health consumers. Advice can support GPs with diagnosis, investigation, medication and safety plans. 

Australian Government Department of Health mental health resources

The Australian Government Department of Health has provided multiple fact-sheets with information relating to accessing mental health services in the wake of bushfire trauma.

APNA bushfire information for primary health care professionals

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) has released information for primary health care professionals to assist during the bushfire crisis.

Resources include mental health support and helpline information for each state.

AH&MRC of NSW self-care toolkit

The AH&MRC of NSW has put together a self-care toolkit to support and promote self-care practices to increase overall health and wellbeing.

Australian Association of Practice Management bushfire response

The Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) has provided resources to assist practice managers throughout Australia facing difficulties in the current bushfire crisis.