Dear Colleague,

Completing this survey is entirely voluntary. It will take ten minutes or less to complete. The survey will ask demographic information, such as your age, gender and location of practice. The survey will also ask specific questions about potential fears or anxieties you may have in relation to COVID-19, and a general scale of distress (the K10).

This data will be analysed and reported in a de-identified manner. Data will only be reported about groups of practitioners, not individuals. The aim of the study is to examine whether particular demographic factors are predictive of types of fears or levels of distress during the COVD-19 pandemic. The data will also be compared to data using the K10 collected in previous research (pending permission) to see whether medical practitioners had comparatively higher levels of stress at this time.

This survey will be followed up with a repeat survey in 6 months’ time. In order to deliver the survey to the practitioners who completed the first survey, it will be necessary to collect email addresses of the respondents to this survey. Email addresses can contain personal information. Because of this, your survey responses will be assigned a numeric code before the content is examined or analysed. The list of email addresses from respondents will be stored separately to the data from your responses and will only be accessible to investigators on this project. The list of email addresses will be destroyed on sending out the follow up survey. It is anticipated that the results of this survey can be used to aid in better planning for times of stress on the medical workforce in the future.

If you are happy to proceed, please complete the survey below. You are free to withdraw your consent at any time by emailing myself and asking for your data to be removed. Similarly, should you wish to change your responses to the survey prior to data analysis you can also do so. Consent for this survey also includes consenting for non-identifiable information from this survey to be used in future research.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Dr Michelle Adams, Psychiatry Registrar, on behalf of Mentate.

 

Ethics approval for this study has been supplied by:

The University of Tasmania’s Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee

Human.Ethics@utas.edu.au

Ph 03 62266254

Should completing this survey cause you distress I would direct you to the following sources of support:

Urgent support or assessment: your local emergency department, lifeline (131114), or Beyond Blue’s Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service (1800 512 348), or your state’s mental health helpline.

For advice about how to connect with a GP or Psychiatrist visit:

www.mentate.org

www.drs4drs.com.au

The Doctor’s Health Advisory Service in your state via: http://www.dhas.org.au/

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* 1. What is your age range?

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* 2. What is your gender?

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* 3. Which of the following best describes your current relationship status?

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* 4. Are you a parent or caretaker of children?

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* 5. Please describe the location of your primary place of practice from the options below.

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* 6. Please indicate your current level of practice:

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* 7. Have you or will you be directly engaged in diagnosis or treatment of patients with symptoms or confirmed cases COVID-19?

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* 8. Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental health condition?

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* 9. Over the past 3 months, how concerned have you been about being able to access adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) at your workplace?

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* 10. Over the past 3 months, how concerned have you been about being exposed to COVID 19 at the work place and taking the infection home to your family?

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* 11. Over the past 3 months, how concerned have you been about being able to access rapid testing for COVID-19 should you have required it?

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* 12. Over the past 3 months, how concerned have you been about being able to access childcare for increased work hours or to cover school or child care closures?

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* 13. Over the past 3 months, how concerned have you been about the ability of your organisation to take care of you or your family's needs should you develop COVID-19?

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* 14. Over the past 3 months, how concerned have you been about your ability to provide adequate medical care if deployed to another area?

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* 15. Over the past 3 months, have the requirements of social isolation had a negative effect on your mental health?

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* 16. Over the past 3 months, do you feel that COVID-19 has had a negative effect on your financial situation?

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* 17. Over the past 3 months, have you been able to access support for your mental health if required?

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* 18. In the past 4 weeks: about how often did you feel tired out for no good reason?

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* 19. In the past 4 weeks: about how often did you feel nervous?

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* 20. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel so nervous that nothing could calm you down?

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* 21. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel hopeless?

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* 22. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel restless or fidgety?

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* 23. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel so restless you could not sit still?

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* 24. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel depressed?

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* 25. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel like everything was an effort?

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* 26. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel so sad that nothing could cheer you up?

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* 27. In the past 4 weeks, about how often did you feel worthless?

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* 28. Are you aware of the following services which are being provided by funding from the Federal government in relation to mental health in the context of COVID-19?

General information, websites and resources such as those provided by local government or Beyond Blue?

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* 29. Telephone triage, counselling and brief intervention services?

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* 30. Peer support programs available in your workplace?

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* 31. What sort of mental health services do you think would be most helpful for you or for health professionals you treat to access in the context of COVID-19?

Websites offering generalised information?

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* 32. Telephone counselling and referral services for the general public:

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* 33. Peer support services for health professionals:

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* 34. Internet based self-resources, such as meditation applications:

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* 35. Face to face or telehealth assessments by general practitioner

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* 36. Face to face or telehealth assessments by psychiatrist or psychologist:

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* 37. Please indicate any other services which you feel would be helpful:

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* 38. Please provide your email address so that we are able to send you a follow up survey in 6 months. Your email address will only be used for the purpose of sending you the next survey and will not be included with your survey responses when the data is analysed. Only the investigators of this project will have access to your email address and it will not be given to any third party.

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