COVID-19 has impacted people globally, particularly those in healthcare professionals. Across the world, the needs of healthcare professionals have become evident during the pandemic. These have included stress, fear, uncertainty, burnout etc. This session will discuss the psychological impact of the pandemic on healthcare professionals. The international panel will discuss ways to self-care as well as of seeking help when needed.
About the speakers
Associate Professor Vinay Lakra is the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is also the Clinical Director of a mental health service attached to Royal Melbourne Hospital and is actively involved in many aspects related to COVID-19 management including supporting staff.
Dr Gautam Saha is the President of Indian Psychiatric Society and a Consultant Psychiatrist in Kolkata. He is the Director of Brain Neuropsychiatric Institute and Research Centre. Dr Saha has been leading a number of efforts in addressing mental health impacts of COVID-19.
Dr Ong Lue Ping is the Head of Psychology Department at the Institute of Mental Health of Singapore and is practising as a Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist. As part of IMH's Disease Outbreak Taskforce, he developed the Staff Wellness Support Framework for COVID-19 to provide practical and psychological support to the staff for the current pandemic.
Dr Balram Pandit is Head of the discipline of Psychiatry at School of Medical Sciences, Fiji National University and Consultant Psychiatrist at CWM and St. Giles Hospitals Suva, Fiji. He is founder/developer of MMED-Psychiatry Programme at FNU, founder of Ahan foundation and has enriched clinical services in Fiji by starting newer special clinics and upgrading the existing services.