Are you a healthcare worker who has been working during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Phoenix Australia is conducting a study to better understand the emotional impacts of working during the COVID-19 pandemic for healthcare workers, with a particular focus on moral distress and injury. We are now looking for participants.


Moral distress can arise after witnessing or experiencing acts that conflict with your deeply held moral beliefs, values, and expectations.

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What does the Moral Distress and Wellbeing in Healthcare Workers Study involve?

Participation involves completing an anonymous online survey that will take 25-35 minutes. The survey will ask questions about exposure to work-related events which have impacted your moral values (e.g., the impact on your identity, relationships, beliefs, and behaviour), and various aspects of your mental health (e.g., symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and general wellbeing).


For more information about the study including possible benefits and risks to participation please visit the study website and download the Participant information sheet and consent form.

Am I eligible for the Moral Distress and Wellbeing in Healthcare Workers Study?

To be eligible for this study, the following criteria need to be met:


  • You are aged 18 or over.
  • Currently work in one of the following occupations/roles within the healthcare sector in a paid or voluntary capacity:
    • Doctor
    • Nurse
    • Paramedic
    • Pathology
    • Allied Health
    • Personale Care Worker
    • Pharmacist
    • Administration
    • HR
    • Security
    • Cleaning
    • Volunteer
    • Other
  • Have previously worked as a healthcare worker, at some point in between the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and now.
  • Employed in Australia (currently or at some point during the COVID-19 pandemic)


If you feel you meet the eligibility criteria of this study, and would like to begin your participation, please click the ‘Begin participation’ button below.


Why is the Moral Distress and Wellbeing in Healthcare Workers Study important?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers are facing situations that have the potential to be morally challenging and stressful. This includes things like not being able to deliver care in the way they have been trained, lacking access to appropriate protective or other equipment, or having concerns about the effect of their work on their family and loved ones. Dealing with these types of experiences can be morally distressing and can be associated with psychological, social and spiritual distress, and impacts on mental health, relationships, and quality of life.



To best prevent long-term adverse consequences, it is important to assess and understand the current mental health profile of healthcare workers and identify the extent to which working in healthcare during COVID-19 is impacting psychological health and wellbeing. Developing a better understanding of impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare workers is an essential step in the development of future protections aimed at reducing mental health risks in this population.


Who is conducting the Moral Distress and Wellbeing in Healthcare Workers Study?

The Moral Distress and Wellbeing in Healthcare Workers Study is being conducted by Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.


This research project has been approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) (Protocol Number: 2021-20355-13622-5).


For further information about the study, you can also email [email protected] to get in contact with the study research team.

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