Keeping our healthcare workers healthy

February 11, 2021

A new virtual support centre for healthcare workers will ensure those who dedicate their time to caring for Victorians have access to dedicated physical and mental health support when they need it, no matter where they live.

On 8 February, Minister for Health Martin Foley officially announced the opening of the Healthcare Worker Wellbeing Centre to provide tools, resources and training to help organisational leaders and managers better support their staff, and look at ways to create system-wide changes to ensure worker wellbeing is a priority across the entire Victorian health system.

Through Safer Care Victoria, healthcare workers will shape the future of the centre and the support it provides –responding to the areas of greatest need for workers in hospitals, primary health, aged care and community health services.

The Healthcare Worker Wellbeing Centre has been funded through the Labor Government’s healthcare worker wellbeing package which also includes the Healthcare Worker Wellbeing Grant Program – which has already received more than 80 applications for extra in-person psychosocial support for the health workforce.

The new centre will complement the Government’s existing initiatives to keep staff safe like peer training, individual services’ wellbeing programs, targeted family violence support for healthcare workers and a recently-expanded pilot to support staff who lodge a mental health injury worker’s compensation claim.

Other supports in relation to COVID-19 include PPE spotters in hospitals, spot checks of health services’ COVIDSafe plans, PPE fit-testing, improvements to staff amenities and data analysis of COVID infections that have occurred in hospitals.