Educator - Health
Health and Wellbeing are essential for quality of life and are fundamental preconditions for learning and development. Active participation and engagement in learning, a positive experience of education or training and an informed awareness of health are crucial to long term health and wellbeing.
Please see the relevant links that can assist to navigate your personal safety and increase your own wellbeing.
Current Advice – QLD: QLD Department of Health
Current Advice – VIC: VIC Department of Health
How masks can help prevent COVID 19
Surgical and cloth masks help stop droplets spreading when people talk, cough and sneeze, which reduces the risk of spreading the virus.
See: Face Masks
What to look for – symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
Support for people who work alone or in a home
Working from home, alone or in isolation from others presents a new set of hazards that employees should be made aware of.
See: Working Alone
Bullying is a serious issue in workplaces across Australia and a risk factor for
Bullying in the workplace. See: Workplace Bullying
Everyone has the right to a workplace free from bullying.
Bullying at work happens when a person or group of people repeatedly behave unreasonably towards another worker or group of workers. This behaviour creates a risk to health and safety.
Workplace violence and aggression is when a person is abused, threatened or assaulted at the workplace or while they’re working. It can cause both physical and psychological harm, making it a risk to health and safety.
Safe Work Australia links:
- Workplace violence and aggression advice for workers
- Family and domestic violence information sheet
- What to do if you are sexually harassed at work
- Preventing workplace sexual harassment
There is strong evidence that participating in good work is good for mental and physical health and wellbeing.
See: Benefits of a Healthy Workplace
Educator and Child mental well being
Be You is a national mental health initiative for educators which aims to promote and protect positive mental health in children and young people in every early learning service and school in Australia.
Be You’s vision is to build an education system in which every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient – where every child, young person, staff member and family can achieve their best possible mental health.
Your mental wellbeing is the unique way that you handle your emotions, respond to stress and also your general outlook on life. Having a healthy sense of mental wellbeing has many benefits. It lifts your mood, promotes resilience in difficult situations and helps you get the most out of life. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how you’re feeling – taking a few moments for yourself each day will help you be a happier and more resilient you
Symptoms of work related stress
Work-related stress is a growing problem around the world that affects not only the health and well-being of employees, but also the productivity of organisations. Work-related stress arises where work demands of various types and combinations exceed the person’s capacity and capability to cope. Work-related stress is the second most common compensated illness/injury in Australia, after musculoskeletal disorders.
See: Work Related Stress