COVID-19 and frontline healthcare workers study

March 23, 2022

Eastern Health and Deakin University are conducting research to assess the mental health and wellbeing of frontline healthcare workers over time.

The project team invites frontline healthcare workers across emergency departments, intensive care units, COVID wards, hospital in the home, and aged care who have worked during the pandemic to complete a brief series of online tests. The results will form part of a larger study also looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the family functioning of frontline healthcare workers.

In June 2021, the study, lead by A/Prof Jade Sheen and Prof Andrea Rupert, surveyed 175 frontline healthcare workers. Preliminary results suggest that participants are experiencing psychological distress and poor wellbeing. Particularly, concerning levels of psychological distress are prevalent among participants and this is likely to be associated with their poor wellbeing, COVID-19 worries, and relationship stress.

The survey remains open until the end of March 2022 – to participate, scan the QR code included in the infographic below.