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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation, CheckUP acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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Who we are

CheckUP works with partner organisations and health providers to create healthier communities and reduce health inequities through a range of initiatives.

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There are so many ways you can support the work of CheckUP and our vision of better health for the people and communities that need it most.

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News & publications

Read the latest news and publications from CheckUP.

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CheckUP’s Cultural Safety Patient-Reported Experience Measure (PREMS)

Read more about CheckUP’s Cultural Safety Patient-Reported Experience Measure (PREMS).

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Coordination of Indigenous Eye Health flyer

Download the fact sheet to learn more about the CIEH program.

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CheckUP Workforce Programs Flyer

Download the fact sheet to learn more about CheckUP’s Workforce programs.

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Burnout support for healthcare providers

What is burnout?

The World Health Organisation defines burnout as “a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” It includes feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and feeling negatively about work.

To monitor the mental health of healthcare workers each year, Mental Health Australia commissions a survey. The most recent 2022 Annual Healthcare Professionals Survey found that burnout rates remained high from 2020 – 2022 (80% in 2020, 86% in 2021 and 84% in 2022).

So, what can healthcare workers do to prevent burnout?

If you think you are experiencing burnout, it’s important to focus on your wellbeing and seek support when needed. These tips can help you regain balance in your life:

  • If you can, take a break (even a short one) to remove yourself from the root cause of stress
  • Prioritise your physical and mental health, nutrition and sleep
  • Seek support from professionals, family and friends
  • Do something creative or explore things that interest you

Even though it may seem difficult to prioritise yourself in challenging times when you feel burnt out, it is an important step in managing your overall health and wellbeing.

Support for healthcare professionals

In 2020, The Black Dog Institute established The Essential Network (TEN), a series of resources aiming to prevent burnout and support the wellbeing of healthcare professionals. Created by health professionals for health professionals, TEN is a multifaceted e-health hub offering discrete and confidential ways to access support. Users can access five free telehealth services, personalised support and a variety of practical resources.

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The Black Dog Institute also created a separate nine step program titled Navigating Burnout, which aims to help users understand burnout and develop skills to manage their work without feeling overwhelmed. The sections are easy to complete, with some taking as little time as 10 minutes.

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Hand-n-Hand, is a registered charity founded by health professionals, for health professionals. They offer free, confidential peer support for those working in the health industry across Australia and New Zealand.

​Their volunteers are experienced healthcare professionals with dedicated mental health training. Both one-on-one and group peer support are available. For more information visit the Hand-n-Hand website here.

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Additional resources

There are plenty of additional resources available to help you prevent burnout and offer support. Here is a selection below.

Remember, your health comes first! Take time to nurture it!

The Queensland Government’s Your mental wellbeing website has Apps, Courses and Podcasts to help build resilience and improve mental wellbeing.

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Mental Health First Aid Australia highlights ways to navigate burnout.

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Beyond Blue features advice on recognising and managing burnout.

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St John Vic offers ways to prevent burnout at work.

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Culturally significant dates flyer

Download the flyer to view culturally significant dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Going all OUT for Outreach Micro-credentials

Download the fact sheet to learn more about the Going all OUT for Outreach micro-credentials program.

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QPHCN event success

CheckUP’s final QPHCN event for the year coincided with Disability Action Week (25 Nov -2 Dec), which recognises the contributions people with disability make to our lives, families, workplaces, communities and to Queensland’s economy. The 2023 Disability Action Week theme, ‘Access ignites: It’s good business’ highlights the talents, qualifications, skills and abilities people with disability bring to Queensland business.

The QPHCN event showcased an exciting lineup of speakers, including Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM, Brent Phillips, Emma Lynam, Cody Skinner and CheckUP’s Amanda Frier; a group of outstanding disability sector leaders, who each shared insights about accessibility, inclusion and purpose.

If you missed the event, we encourage you to view the presentation on our YouTube channel:

This attendees shared their feedback from the event:
CheckUP’s most memorable, moving and high-quality QPHCN event!”

“Although I couldn’t attend in person, I joined online and honestly thought it was incredibly inspiring. Every presentation was so interesting and engaging and I just loved hearing the personal journeys – gave me goosebumps. A huge congratulations to everyone involved!!”

CheckUP would like to finish up by saying thanks to everyone who supported the 2023 series of QPHCN events and the year of engagement! Thanks also to our sponsor HESTA.

We look forward to working with you all next year as we strive to achieve better health for people and communities that need it most.

Save the date for 2024 QPHCN events 
Thursday 21 March – Health Workforce
Thursday 30 May– Reconciliation Week
Thursday 29 August – Rural and remote health
Thursday 28 November – Disability Action Week

For more information about the QPCHN event series including information about previous events and upcoming events click here. 

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CheckUP Annual Report 2022-2023

CheckUP’s 2022-23 Annual Report showcases the wide range of activities we’ve undertaken during the past financial year, including our programs, events, communications, and networks.

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Rural Primary Health Service

The aim of the Rural Primary Health Service (RPHS) is to increase effective management of chronic conditions or chronic condition risks in regional and remote communities. This is accomplished by providing additional allied health sessions to eligible patients at no cost.

Objectives

The program’s objectives are to:
• increase the number of people who are effectively managing their chronic condition (or chronic condition risk) in underserviced regional or remote communities.
• increase equitable access to sustainable primary healthcare services in underserviced regional or remote communities

Patient eligibility

People eligible to be referred into the RPHS program must have:
– chronic condition or
– a chronic condition risk.

For people with a chronic condition, a GP will need to refer into the program by determining whether a person is eligible for Chronic Disease Management services. People on a care plan are eligible to receive two additional sessions or unlimited group sessions under the RPHS program. People at risk of a chronic condition are eligible for 2 sessions or unlimited group sessions. The service they access must correspond to the identified risk factor/s.

Download the Rural Primary Health Service (RPHS) fact sheet to learn more about the project.

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CheckIN Issue 203 – November 2023

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