Looking After Yourself

It’s very important to be aware that AOD work generally, and in rural and remote areas particularly, can be very challenging. It’s widely recognised that people are susceptible to “burning out” in these circumstances, for a whole host of reasons. The resources below can help orient you to some of the things to watch out for, and give you strategies on how take good care of yourself and keep your interest and satisfaction in your work strong.

Skinner, N. & Roche, A. (2005). Stress & burnout - a prevention handbook for the Alcohol and Other Drug workforce. Adelaide: NCETA, Flinders University. Available online here: [Print copy and pdf provided]

Bush Support Service. 2014. The Bush Support Services Guide to Bush Survival: a guide for rural and remote health workers. Cairns: CRANplus. www.crana.org.au

Bush Support Service. 2014. The Bush Support Services Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle: a guide for rural and remote health workers. Cairns: CRANplus. www.crana.org.au

Bush Crisis Line 1800 805 391. A 24hr telephone debriefing and support line for multi-disciplinary rural and remote practitioners and their families.

www.crana.org.au Guides for health practitoners working in rural and remote areas- surviving daily stressors, managing stress and maximising wellbeing.

1800RESPECT - Support for Vicarious Trauma. 1800RESPECT telephone counselling is available 24/7, whether you are seeking help for yourself, a friend or relative, a colleague or a client.