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Caring for the Carers – Expert Panel Discussion on Current Health and Safety Challenges in Healthcare Sector – 5 Oct
October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT
To mark both National Work Health and Safety Month and National Mental Health Month in October, we are presenting a special complimentary 1-2 pm hour workshop (on Zoom), looking at the health, safety and well-being concerns of people working in the healthcare sector – ‘Caring for the Carers‘.
Date: Tuesday 5th October, 2021; on Zoom
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
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This event is open to all AFMW members.
The Healthcare and Social Assistance profession is the largest employing industry in Australia. It is rapidly expanding and is projected to continue to do so as the population both grows and ages, amplifying any current work health and safety issues and trends.
Even before Covid-19 came along, healthcare professionals have had to deal with an increasing prevalence of occupational violence, assault, bullying and intimidation. Now, coupled with Covid-19, healthcare professionals are facing significant stresses and pressures in their work – and social – lives.
This complimentary 1 hour briefing aims to shed some light on some of these key issues affecting the health and safety of Health and Aged Care professionals.
The meeting will consider OHS challenges – particularly in the context of Australia’s responses to the Covid-19 pandemic – from three different perspectives of nurses and support staff, the medical specialist and the General Practitioner:
Through this briefing, participants will gain some insight into the nature, extent and complexities associated with current (and developing) occupational health and safety in the healthcare sector, together with some ideas for strategies on how to manage these challenges.
Our speakers are:
Mental Health of Nurses & support staff – Esther Murray (Nurse Educator)
Esther Murray is an experienced Mental Health Registered Nurse who has worked in the Acute Health settling through this Covid 19 period. Esther formerly was CEO of Manningham Health. Esther will talk about her “Reflections of the past 18 months – Covid 19”.
OHS and the Specialist – Professor Paddy Dewan
Paddy is a Paediatric Urologist and a Paediatric General Surgeon offering CARE to children and families, and advice to adults, affected by congenital conditions. Paddy operates on a wide range of problems that require surgery for children that come within the specialties of General Surgery and Urology.
OHS and the General Practitioner – Dr Magdalena Simonis
Magdalena is a GP and a Senior Honorary Researcher with the Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence, University of Melbourne. She is on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Expert Committee for Quality Care and is on the National COVID-19 Evidence based Taskforce Expert Advisory group.
M.C. – Dr David McIvor
Managing Director of Occupational Safety and Health Associates and CEO of WorkSafety Pty Limited.
Registration to the event is free.
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Magdalena is the President of the AFMW (2020-) and former President of VMWS (2013 & 2017-2020), National Coordinator AFMW, MWIA Scientific and Research Subcommittee co-Chair, MWIA Mentoring and Leadership, Special Interest Group, Chair
Magdalena’s deep engagements with the RACGP over many years includes chair of Women in General Practice, is currently on the RACGP Expert Committee Quality Care, prior to that on RACGP eHealth Expert Committee. She is a regular media spokesperson on numerous health issues, being interviewed most weeks by mainstream and medical media. Magdalena has represented the RACGP at senate enquiries and has worked on several National Health Framework reviews.
Both an RACGP examiner and University examiner she supervises medical students and undertakes general practice research. Roles outside of RACGP include the Strategy and Policy Committee for Breast Cancer Network Australia, Board Director of Women’s Health Victoria and Chair of their Strategy and Policy subcommittee and the AMA Victoria GP Network Committee.
Magdalena has presented at the United Nations as part of the Australian Assembly and was recently appointed the Australian representative to the World Health Organisation, World Assembly on COVID 19, by the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA).