Burnout and psychological distress amongst Australian healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Objective: To examine psychological distress in healthcare workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic in April–May 2020. Methods: A cross-sectional survey examining demographic, employment and mental health characteristics of HCWs in a large metropolitan hospital in Australia. Results: HCWs showed significant symptoms of moderate-severe level depression (21%), anxiety (20%) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; 29%), associated with burnout, prior psychiatric history, profession and resilience. Conclusion: Despite low levels of COVID contact, moderate to high levels of psychological distress were reported. Continued monitoring and support for HCWs’ mental well-being is warranted as the COVID-19 pandemic develops.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • burnout
  • COVID-19
  • healthcare workers
  • mental health

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