Annual Healthcare Professionals Survey

Annual Healthcare Professionals Survey

Each year, Mental Health Australia commissions a survey to investigate the mental health of healthcare workers. The survey coincides with World Mental Health Day (10 October), a time for all of us to reflect on our mental health.

The survey data provides a year-by-year snapshot of the wellbeing of health care workers during the years of the pandemic. Mental Health’s annual survey shows burnout rates have remained high over the last three years - 84 per cent in 2022, 86 per cent in 2021 and 80 per cent in 2020.

Key findings from 2022 include:

  • 84 per cent of respondents said working in healthcare during the pandemic increased the amount of stress and pressure in the workplace.
  • 45 per cent sought mental health support mainly from their personal networks of family and friends. 
  • Half of the health professionals surveyed claimed to have left their job due to COVID-19-related issues in the workplace.
  • 78 per cent were impacted by staff shortages at their place of work.

When asked about the specific reasons for experiencing staff shortages:

  • 68 per cent reported people were on sick leave due to burnout, stress, and other mental health conditions
  • 66 per cent said people were missing work to recover from COVID-19 and other illnesses
  • 53 per cent claim more people are leaving the healthcare profession. 

Of the healthcare workers experiencing burnout:

  • 93 per cent report feeling tiredness and fatigue
  • 74 per cent feel overwhelmed, anxious, or fearful
  • 68 per cent struggle with sleep problems and lack of energy to participate in socialising

Download the key findings from 2022 and how they compare with previous years

2020 media release - Support from friends and family crucial to health workers’ wellbeing

2021 media release - Happiness on the horizon: mental health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals revealed

2021 survey snapshot

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