The Pharmacists’ Support Service has reminded pharmacists that it’s here to help handle holiday stress
Not everyone enjoys the festive season, says PSS: work pressures in pharmacy over the holiday period can be substantial with the end of the year rush, skeleton staff over public holidays and population increases in tourist areas.
In addition, access to other health services such as private medical practices may be limited, with many people turning to their local pharmacist for advice, it says.
“Emergency departments can be very busy putting pressure on hospital pharmacy services.
“Many pharmacists do not have the opportunity to relax with family and friends. A sense of isolation can be exacerbated, especially if those around you are relaxing and celebrating and you are not.
“It can also be a time of the year when feelings of grief and loss are more intense. The New Year can bring anxiety about what the future holds.
“If your usual support systems are not available and you need to talk, the Pharmacists’ Support Service will be available to provide a listening ear throughout the holiday period from 8am to 11pm EST every day.”
Pharmacists can call 1300 244 910 for anonymous and confidential support from a pharmacist colleague over the phone.
More information about PSS and some useful resources for pharmacists can be found on the PSS website at www.supportforpharmacists.org.au.
PSS adds that it relies on the generosity of the profession to continue its work and that pharmacists can give a gift to the pharmacy profession by making a donation to PSS via the online portal which is linked to its website.
All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be issued.