For allied health professionals, their exacting schedules and heavy caseloads can make them feel like there is never a ‘right’ time or appropriate moment to just step back, take stock, and focus on the things that matter, and nothing exemplifies this more than the events of the last three years—after COVID, floods and fires, it’s safe to say that many AHPs, particularly frontline staff, are completely burnt out.
This festive season, let’s unwind, recharge, and make room for some self-care. For this issue of Allied Health Insights, we’re winding down for the holidays with four articles connected by themes of work-life balance, self-care, setting boundaries, and avoiding burnout.
- Bec Rourke (pictured) is an occupational therapist who shows us what’s possible when it comes to work-life balance, covering some of the highlights of her work ‘on the road’ as an occupational therapist. She also offers some sound advice for newly-graduated OTs.
- Helen Whait provides some fascinating insights into the phenomenon of burnout among allied health professionals, and what can be done to address it.
- Author of Self-Care For Allied Health Professionals and OT Alison Battye joins us to talk boundaries, and why they need to be well-articulated to ensure positive outcomes for ourselves and our patients.
- The latest instalment in our ‘A to Z of Allied Health’ series, exercise physiology is an emerging profession and demand for these allied health professionals is tipped to grow exponentially along increasing rates of chronic and complex health conditions globally.
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Allied Health Insights is a fortnightly newsletter published by AHP Workforce, a wholly owned subsidiary of HealthWork International, offering thought-provoking and incisive commentary on issues that affect the allied health professional space.