Supporting practitioners’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

The importance of supporting mental health of allied health practitioners during the pandemic
The uncertainty of COVID-19 has taken its toll on both the mental health, wellbeing, and physical health of many practitioners in the allied health industry, including chiropractors.

Ensuring health is at the forefront of practitioner’s minds is essential to successfully navigate an unprecedented global pandemic that has played havoc on the lives and businesses of chiropractors and allied health practitioners globally.

There are many tools that can assist practitioners to navigate COVID, with the view to exit at the other side of the pandemic with greater resilience.


Tips and tools for self-care and mental health during COVID-19
As they say during the in-flight safety demonstration ahead of take-off, you need to fit your own oxygen mask before helping children or any persons needing assistance, and your mental health is no different.

Ensuring positive mental health for allied health practitioners during COVID-19 is important not just for clinicians but also for patients. Committing to a healthy mind ensures health professionals provide the highest possible care for patients.

Ways to promote practitioners’ body and mind during COVID-19 include:

  • Take care of your mental health – getting plenty of sleep, eating well, avoiding alcohol, getting lots of sunlight, connecting with others and exercising are all great ways to promote your mental health.
  • Practice self-care – simple ways to practice self-care including eating healthy foods and taking care of your emotional, social, practical, mental, and physical care.
  • Reduce stress where possible – offloading any stress or anxiety is key to keeping yourself in a healthy mental health space.
  • Ask for help – if you feel overwhelmed or not able to cope with the needs of your patients or clinic, ask for help or seek support from colleagues, family, or friends.

Allied health professionals, no matter their profession or years in the industry, have the right to physical, psychological, social, and emotional safety in their workplace. Practitioners should be mindful and keep vigilant should they experience a decline in their mental health.

Practitioners are experiencing increased anxiety and amplified pressure due to COVID-19
COVID-19 has been an unprecedented experience for allied health professionals across the globe and practicing self-care during the pandemic has never been more important.

Whether it’s embracing self-care, building resilience, or taking time for physical activities to combat mental health issues, practitioners should be mindful and aware of their mental health and seek support should stress and the uncertainty of the pandemic start to impact their practice.

Practitioners experiencing increased stress, anxiety, or depression because of COVID-19 should seek support from a medical health practitioner or from the support services listed below.
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As a featured guest at the 2021 Chiropractic Australia Summit Online, Dr Andrew Vitiello delivered a timely and insightful presentation about overcoming internal and external roadblocks that can arise throughout the CPD process. Dr Vitiello shared a number of key insights into how to avoid overwhelm and uncertainty on the learning journey, as well as how to apply a metacognitive approach to shifting our perspective to see CPD as an exciting and transformative opportunity to grow; rather than merely a necessary obligation to fulfill our requirements as registered healthcare professionals.
After graduating from RMIT University in 1994, Dale spent three months at the Royal Saskatoon Hospital, Saskatchewan, Canada before returning to Australia in 1995, Dale commenced work as an associate at the Heidelberg Chiropractic Clinic and took over as principal in 2000. Dale’s practice focuses on general chiropractic practice and incorporating evidence-based practice with low tech rehabilitation. Through his position on the Chiropractic Australia board, Dale has been integral in the development of compliance issues for chiropractors and their clinics across Victoria.
With registration renewal process opening shortly for chiropractors, Chiropractic Board of Australia Chair – Dr Wayne Minter AM – has provided a summary of key topics and guidance regarding the annual requirements; from covid-safe CPD opportunites, to first-aid training, financial hardship and compliance with advertising regulations. At renewal, you will be asked important questions about how you are meeting the Board’s registration standards including criminal history, professional indemnity insurance, recency of practice and continuing professional development.

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