Now onto the questions: How many healthcare workers have been affected by coronavirus nationally?
Alison McMillan says she doesn’t have the number of healthcare workers across Australia who have tested positive to hand.
“We are still learning a great deal about this disease, and we do know that for some people it does have a prolonged impact on their health, and is a long recovery time,” she says.
Ms McMillan adds PPE-use is “extraordinarily difficult … particularly for the health and medical workforce on the front line”.
Today marks the beginning of community nursing week, and Ms McMillan says: “I think we need to remind everyone out there that our healthcare professionals, if they are feeling stressed or are struggling, it is a strength in calling out and saying you are finding it difficult to deal with this situation, and to seek out the help that is necessary, whether through a support program or an employee support program, or one of the many mental health programs provided online and by phone support.
“We need to look after each other.”
“There are a whole range of programs and education.
“It is one of many challenges my profession faces on a daily basis, and as always, nurses have continued to work and perform at the best quality of care and very professionally.
“So, yes, [our] profession does suffer from burnout at times and does work under extreme pressure, but we work together to try and support each other so that we can minimise the impact on the individuals and on the system.”