Supporting healthcare professionals
Never, in peacetime, have the healthcare systems of the world faced such a challenge as the evolving pandemic of COVID-19.
Right now, the greatest asset we have in this fight are the people who deliver healthcare services; the doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and ancillary workers.
To deliver best care to the wider community they must take care of their own health and well-being. Here at Medworld, we want help as much as we can. Through advocacy, support and education we're here to support the health and well-being of our healthcare professionals on the frontline.
The Positive Medicine System
The Positive Medicine System is a service deigned to support the health and well-being of frontline healthcare professionals. It's delivered by Occupational Physicians who specialise in assisting healthcare professionals. They'll work with you to create a personal strategy to thrive in the post-COVID-19 world. Stay Informed
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Working during a pandemic: Positive Medicine tips
1. Prioritise your own health
To be able to give best care to our patients, we need to prioritise our own health and well-being. We owe it to our patients, ourselves, our families and the organisations we work for.
2. You know what to do
- Eat nutritious food regularly
- Look for opportunities to exercise
- Try to find downtime. Do something you enjoy
- Find a mindfulness or meditation practice that works for you and do it regularly
- Don’t turn to substances or self-medication to cope. Seek help instead
- Get enough sleep
3. Be informed
The situation is changing daily. Make sure you keep yourself updated. Use official resources rather than media. As a minimum, government advice in New Zealand and Australia, plus that provided by your own organisation.
4. Health Risk Management
Don’t put yourself at avoidable risk. Follow infection prevention and control (IPC) measures scrupulously.
uncertainty and fear, emotions run high. Be kind and encourage others to be kind. Be kind to your patients, colleagues, family, but start by being kind to yourself. Cut yourself some slack and make sure you look after yourself.
Long work hours, social distancing, self-isolation and the disruption of normal life is all adding to disconnection in society. We’re social creatures, we need to interact and show we care, and experience the care of others. Keep in touch with your family, friends and colleagues and let them know you care, by whatever means you can. Social media is one way, but use it judiciously and be wary of sensationalised content.
Don’t forget why you came into healthcare: because you want to help and care for others when they at their most vulnerable. You are stepping up to do what you need to do. We, and society as a whole, want to express our gratitude for what you are doing. Thank you for the amazing work you are doing. Never forget that.
8. Seek help
We must acknowledge that right now we all need help, at one degree or another. We need to be able to share our uncertainty, worries and concerns with our friends and families. None of us are invincible. To be able to admit vulnerability is a strength and is part of developing resilience. If you are struggling, please tell someone. Access your Occupational Health Department, EAP (Employee Assistance Programme), contact your GP. Make sure you know what support is available from your own organisation.
Who is behind this?
Dr Sam Hazledine is the world leader and advocate for doctor well-being. He has successfully lobbied the World Medical Association to include the health and wellbeing of the doctor in the Declaration of Geneva, the modern-day Hippocratic Oath. As a doctor, Sam has created multiple organisations, MedRecruit, MedCapital, and MedWorld to assist doctors to live exceptional lives, because he knows that when they are fulfilled they are better doctors.
Let’s be better together.
Dr David Beaumont is a Consultant Occupational Physician and former President of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, RACP. He has devoted his life to designing the Positive Medicine system to effectively assist doctors to achieve wellbeing and to help their patients do the same. He is the Managing Director of Positive Medicine Ltd.