Course Overview

Brief

This Course acknowledges the importance of professional wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the concept of work-life balance and how it is used to describe a state of health
  • List the signs and symptoms of professional burnout
  • Identify a personal plan to create and maintain professional wellbeing

Topics include:

  • Work-Life balance
  • Professional burnout
  • Personal plan for professional wellbeing

Target audience

All healthcare professionals involved in providing health care, regardless of where that service is based.

Purpose

Acknowledge the importance of professional wellbeing, which consists of elements of physical, mental, social and spiritual health. It is important to understand the impact that professional wellbeing can have on aspects of the care we provide to patients and our personal lives.

Need

Being employed in a fulfilling job can have psychological benefits, flowing on to physical benefits of productive health. Conversely, under-employment and stressful working conditions can have adverse impacts on a person’s health. Professional burnout is becoming a very common phenomenon in today’s employment environments and needs to be addressed to protect both the patient and clinician.

Given that we engage in work practices and environments that have an impact upon our health and mental wellbeing, there is a need to understand the concept of work-life balance and professional wellbeing. Strategies to overcome some of these environmental, interpersonal and social challenges must be explored as work demands increase.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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