There is an increasing focus from research and ambulance services, in Australia and internationally, on issues relating to mental health concerns for paramedics. Much of this focus is on suicide, stressors and traumatic events, fatigue and rurality, however no-one in Australia has specifically looked at burnout. Burnout has been linked to decreased job satisfaction, increased absenteeism, low morale, decreased job retention, poor patient care and decreased emotional and physical wellbeing, therefore the impacts on the individual and the workforce are substantial.
Liz Thyer will present ‘Burnout and Resilience’: a session based around her research, which found significant levels of burnout in the Australian paramedic workforce.
There are still tickets available to this important event, but get in quick. Friday 23 June, Victoria University, Flinders Street, Melbourne.
Liz Thyer worked as an advanced life support paramedic in Victoria for 11 years, including time as a clinical instructor and peer support officer before her move into academia. After working in varied roles at Victoria and Deakin universities, she moved to Sydney to develop the new Western Sydney University Paramedicine Program, developing extensive educational and research links. Her most recent research has focused on the developing field of paramedic education and the impacts on the paramedic workforce.