Understanding the effects of COVID-19 on vital caregivers

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital role carers and health workers play in society and now the Victorian Government has announced funding for a collaborative study into the long-term impacts of the pandemic on their psychological and physical wellbeing.

The COVIC-HA study, led by researchers here at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) and Alfred Health, will enrol 1,500 Victorian frontline workers, including first responders, hospital, primary care and aged care workers, to comprise a comprehensive assessment incorporating work-related fatigue, anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The research will also provide data on risks for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and examine the planning and responsiveness of workplaces to identify processes that best support and mitigate risk for workers so they can be applied broadly across the sector.

The project is an important step in light of findings from a major online survey by Professor Jane Fisher and colleagues here at the School, that have shown how care-givers and responders are shouldering a significant portion of the burdens of this pandemic.

Read more about COVIC-HA here: https://www.monash.edu/news/articles/study-to-look-at-the-long-term-effects-of-covid-19-on-our-frontline-healthcare-workers

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