Female first responders are being asked to have their say on the impact of stress and trauma at work and how it affects their family life and overall health and wellbeing.
Researchers from The University of Adelaide are seeking to better understand how females cope with the stress and trauma associated with working on the frontline, and whether there are policies or procedures which can be adopted to prevent serious mental health outcomes.
With limited research in this area, lead researcher and PhD candidate Helen Frazer says the findings may provide new information on how female first responders perceive stress and trauma, coupled with the challenges they experience with their family pressures at home.
“This information can then be utilised by first responder organisations to identify, target and manage stress and trauma exposure in the workplace in order to prevent the progression to more serious mental health outcomes – which will assist all first responder populations,” Helen says.
The study is being funded through the Phoebe Chapple Scholarship, made possible thanks to Snowdrops Hope for PTSD through the Australian Medical Women’s Memorial Research Fund facilitated through MESHA.
Current female first responders (police, MFS, CFS, SES, paramedics or emergency first response nurses & doctors) were encouraged to complete an anonymous online survey. Recruitment for this study is now closed.
For more information, please contact Helen Frazer at The University of Adelaide on 08 7002 0880 or [email protected]
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