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The unfolding COVID-19 crisis is rapidly changing the way we live, work and study in Australia and New Zealand. Medical school staff and students are adjusting to these changes at a personal level, as well as at a career and study level. To provide some much-needed support as we navigate these changes together, Medical Deans has curated some resources on how best to adapt to living and working in a virtual world.

 

Working from Home

Working From Home – A Beginners Guide

Some tips for working from home that may help you get through this challenging period.

Tips for studying online and at home for university students

As universities across the world halt face-to-face teaching amid the coronavirus outbreak, Times Higher Education (THE) has advice for students on studying at home.

Five tips for staying productive and mentally healthy while you’re working from home

According to Time, working remotely is a double-edge sword — sure, you get to stay home, but it can be harder to focus on actually working. Five things to remember if you want to be productive and stay healthy.

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers

Harvard Business Review has advice on managing staff who are new to working remotely. Tips range from scheduling daily meetings and establishing ‘rules of engagement’, to offering encouragement and support, and providing opportunities for remote social interaction.

Working from home with kids feels unsustainable. Here’s how to ease the burden

Vox explores how to work at home with kids of all ages.

How much exercise do you need when you’re working from home?

The Conversation taps into a range of expert advice on how much you need to exercise to keep fit when working from home.

Ten working from home issues to consider during the COVID-19 pandemic

Chartered Accountants (Australia, New Zealand) has prepared a list of 10 key issues – including legal and tax issues – for employers and employees to consider.

Safety when working from home

SafeWork Australia provides information and links for employers on safety issues related to working from home.

Is It Time to Let Employees Work from Anywhere?

What is the future of working remotely? Harvard Business Review explores the concept of working from anywhere (WFA) and provides the latest research findings on increased productivity when WFA – for the right workers.

 

 

Health and Wellbeing

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

The World Health Organisation has released some key messages that can be used in communications to support mental well-being in different target groups during the outbreak – the general population, health workers, and team leaders or managers in health facilities.

Coping with Coronavirus anxiety

The Australian Psychological Society has prepared this guide on coping with the stress or anxiety you might be feeling due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Stress and Coping

Everyone reacts differently to stress. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have information and resources on how to cope, including sharing the facts about COVID-19.

A Neuroscientist explains how to cope with self-Isolation

How do our brains processes isolation? Some tips on how to be alone but not lonely.

34 productive things to do at home during self-isolation

If you’re feeling bored at home, here are some productive ways to keep your mind active and your body moving.

How apartment-dwellers can keep themselves safe during self-isolation

If you are one of the 1 in 10 Australians living in an apartment, here are some COVID-19 tips tailored especially for you.

Reaching out to isolated older adults is essential during Coronavirus

From The Conversation, here are some ways to safely connect during this crisis with older family members, friends and neighbours.

Beyond Blue and COVID-19

Beyond Blue is working to build a dedicated COVID-19 Mental Health Support Service. The service will offer free counselling by mental health professionals for all people in Australia 24/7, both online and over the phone.

In the meantime, Beyond Blue’s website offers some tips to help you cope with the impacts of COVID-19, and has a range of resources on mental health.

Beyond Blue also has a range of resources to support health professionals in enabling a positive health outcome for people experiencing depressionanxiety and at risk of suicide.

Lifeline and COVID-19

Lifeline’s website provides some strategies on how to cope with social distancing, self-isolation and quarantine. There are also some contact numbers here if you need help, both for adults and children.

Domestic violence and COVID-19

It is likely that there will be an increase in domestic, family and sexual violence due to the fallout from coronavirus. A number of programs are being boosted, including:

1800RESPECT, the national domestic, family and sexual violence counselling service

Australian Medical Students’ Association – COVID-19 response

This webpage is updated with recent announcements and documents that AMSA produces as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. It will provide information and updates on the lay of the land and outlines AMSA’s stance on various issues as COVID-19 continues.

Future Learn Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this online course.  This course is free to join.

Emotional Freedom technique

A short video on stress relief technique that benefits the mind and body.