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
Some tips for working from home that may help you get through this challenging period.
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.
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.
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.
Vox explores how to work at home with kids of all ages.
The Conversation taps into a range of expert advice on how much you need to exercise to keep fit when working from home.
Chartered Accountants (Australia, New Zealand) has prepared a list of 10 key issues – including legal and tax issues – for employers and employees to consider.
SafeWork Australia provides information and links for employers on safety issues related to working from home.
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
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.
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.
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.
How do our brains processes isolation? Some tips on how to be alone but not lonely.
If you’re feeling bored at home, here are some productive ways to keep your mind active and your body moving.
If you are one of the 1 in 10 Australians living in an apartment, here are some COVID-19 tips tailored especially for you.
From The Conversation, here are some ways to safely connect during this crisis with older family members, friends and neighbours.
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.
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.
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
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.
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