Pandemic Kindness Movement
Contribution is the section at the peak of the pyramid to achieving health worker wellbeing, in the original Maslow’s hierarchy called self-actualisation. Contribution refers to looking beyond our own needs to be our best self, to lead a life of meaning and purpose, and to make a tangible contribution to society. It implies personal and professional growth, which occurs at an individual pace.
The human experience is complex and for health workers, the COVID-19 pandemic may present challenging ethical and moral dilemmas. Like many other professions, people who work in health care are faced with changes in professional opportunities. The resources in this section can support you through periods of personal and professional challenge, and may also provide ideas for identifying opportunities for contribution and growth.
Underpinning each section of the pyramid of needs for health workers are leadership actions and behaviours, which everyone can model to support successful healthcare teams.
Australian Red Cross - Pandemic Kindness Movement PKM Lifeblood donation
Blood and plasma donations remain absolutely vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel and venue restrictions do not prevent people from giving blood. Register as a donor and select the Pandemic Kindness Movement Lifeblood team – give blood and save lives.
Responding to stress experienced by hospital staff working with COVID-19: guidance for planning early interventions
In the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, The King’s Fund established a trauma response working group to develop rapid guidance for planners putting in place psychological support for staff. This infographic summarises planned responses to foster resilience, reduce burnout and reduce the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder in health workers.
Clinician wellbeing in the time of COVID-19, with Dr Lynne McKinlay
In this 30 minute podcast, the Queensland Clinical Senate spoke with Dr Lynne McKinlay, Senior Medical Educator at the Cognitive Institute and the Medical Director of Learning and Development for Children's Health Queensland, about how clinicians can prioritise their own wellbeing and ease anxiety as they work during uncertain and busy times.
Medical colleges responses to COVID-19
The AMA Council of Doctors in Training has developed an online resource for current and aspiring specialty trainees to keep up to date with the status of college responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource summarises publicly available information from college websites about changes to, and status of, assessments, education and training and selection for training. It includes links to webpages providing information specifically targeted at trainee wellbeing.
The Pandemic Kindness Movement webpages are created by clinicians across Australia and hosted by the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). Provision of these links and resources does not imply endorsement nor recommendation from the ACI or NSW Health.