Willingness of frontline health care workers to work during a public health emergency

Kirsty Hope, David Durrheim, Daniel Barnett, Catherine D'Este, Christopher Kewley, Craig Dalton, Nadine White Manager, Julie Kohlhagen, Jonathan Links

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Abstract

As the effectiveness of a health care response during a disaster depends on an available, skilled and motivated front line health workforce, it is essential to understand and address potential barriers to their participation. We conducted a survey of front line health staff employed in a large regional health workforce in Australia to determine their perceived willingness to report to work during three public health emergency scenarios (weather event, influenza pandemic and bioterrorism event). While willingness to report to work differed by scenario, our research indicated that a similar framework for preparing staff and their families could apply to all disaster scenarios. To ensure that frontline health staff will report to work when they are most needed, response plans should ensure personal confidence in their defined role, emphasising the value of their role and addressing their family concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Emergency Management
Volume25
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Safety Research

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