Spotlight on teacher wellbeing
Our union is shining a light on one of the most prevalent teacher wellbeing concerns: burnout.
Our union will host a special online workshop Burnout, Wellbeing and Self Care on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 6:30-7:30pm (QLD time) for IEUA-QNT members.
Click here to register for Burnout, Wellbeing & Self Care (places limited)
Presented by experienced Counsellor Emily Rotta, the session assists in identifying symptoms and recognising triggers arising from professional responsibilities as well as considering strategies to avoid burnout and the associated risks to health, performance capacity and relationships.
Burnout refers to a state of chronic stress which can lead to a sense of detachment at work. People in 'helping' professions such as education tend to be at greater risk of burnout – where the body, mind and soul slow down. It is often caused by overworking and high levels of prolonged stress.
A 2013 research study found 41% of Australian teachers reported high levels of occupational stress and that teachers were overrepresented in WorkCover claims for mental stress compared to other industries.
The study identified key teacher stressors as workload, workplace climate and professional expectations – particularly work excessive hours, poor student behaviour and a lack of involvement at the decision-making level of educational reforms.
The research also found that stress and burnout may begin at the earliest stages of a teacher’s career, which is a contributing factor to the reported 50% attrition rate among early career teachers.
IEUA-QNT Organiser and Equity Committee Convenor Caryl Davies said our union had made a commitment to supporting members’ wellbeing as part of Mental Health Week activities this year.
“It is no secret that many teachers are struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance; there is both statistical and anecdotal evidence pointing to this,” Ms Davies said.
“Our union as part of our annual activities around Mental Health Week is providing an opportunity for members to better engage with and understand their mental wellbeing.
“While research has shown that burnout is a prevalent and debilitating condition, there is also research that shows it is possible for workers to build resilience through addressing self care and implementing strategies to promote professional wellbeing.
“All members who are interested in learning more about burnout, wellbeing and self care are invited to register for our member-only online session.”
This session can be accessed online using a computer, tablet or phone and is available to members across Queensland and the Northern Territory.