As health professionals, it is of particular importance to look after our own health. Former President of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Steve Hambleton states ‘we need to be healthy to offer the best care to our patients and to experience rewarding and satisfying careers’.
Looking after yourself to prevent burnout includes:
According to Lee and Miller - A Self-care Framework for Social Workers: Building a Strong Foundation for Practice, the literature suggests that the demands of being a professional in a helping role can lead to compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress which may in turn compromise the quality of care for clients. In their article they describe both personal and professional self care. Some suggestions of self-care supports include:
Personal self care supports :
Professional self care supports:
Burnout Among Alberta Physiotherapists: A White Paper
Talking Patient and Practitioner Mental Health in Physiotherapy: Podcast
If you or anyone you know is in crisis or needs help: