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Lessons for workforce disaster planning from the first nosocomial outbreak of COVID-19 in rural Tasmania, Australia: A case study


Hammersley, J and Mather, C and Francis, K, Lessons for workforce disaster planning from the first nosocomial outbreak of COVID-19 in rural Tasmania, Australia: A case study, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 pp. 1-17. ISSN 1661-7827 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph18157982


The identification and announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a global issue. Disaster preparedness for internal and external threats is inherent within health care environments and requires agile thinking and swift remediation. Nosocomial infection is a risk for recipients of care, especially in hospital settings, which has implications for workforce planning. The aim of this case study was to examine the community response to the internal disaster of the first nosocomial COVID19 outbreak within an Australian rural health care environment. A critical discourse analysis method was adopted to generate and analyse data collected from three different media platforms during a sixweek period. Four main themes were distilled: actions and intent, loss, well-being and recognising choice, and community action. Phase two of the study interrogated these themes to expose the power positioning of speakers and their relationships to the audiences. Strengthening communication with local communities within health care environments must be a priority in any future rural workforce disaster preparedness planning. Maintenance of trust with health service provision and delivery in rural communities is imperative. The inclusion of a robust communication plan within any risk management strategy that meets the needs of the local users of health services is mandatory

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COVID-19, coronavirus, community, critical discourse analysis, health, rural, nosocomial, workforce, sustainability, communication
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Rural and remote health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Health protection and disaster response
UTAS Author:Hammersley, J (Mrs Jessica Hammersley)
UTAS Author:Mather, C (Dr Carey Mather)
UTAS Author:Francis, K (Professor Karen Francis)
ID Code:145641
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-07-28
Last Modified:2021-07-29

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