We are health care workers in Australia Sign our open letter We are not “disposable” and our safety must be given the highest priority with effective protection for every patient encounter, every time during this pandemic and beyond.
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Our open letter

Our current open letter is to request that Australian Federal and State Governments adopt a precautionary, best practice approach to occupational safety & personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 crisis and reform the Infection Control Expert Group, which advises on national PPE standards, to include OH&S experts and representatives of frontline workers from healthcare worker unions and specialist medical colleges.

Our last letter in May, calling on Minister Hunt to set a target of zero healthcare worker deaths from COVID-19, succeeded. We now need your help again and around 3000 of your fellow Australian HCWs have already signed this open letter.

After you sign, there is an OPTIONAL section to report real-life experiences about safety, wellbeing and PPE issues, which can be done without sharing your details publicly. These will be used for our advocacy around this issue.

About us
We are a group of frontline healthcare professionals working in hospitals all around Australia. We have grown frustrated with the lack of consultation around matters relating to our safety at work during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, we decided to do something about it.

This site is dedicated to advocacy for Australian healthcare workers during this pandemic.

It is maintained by practising healthcare professionals for us, by us.

It is here to foster a sense of community so that we are not isolated voices lost in the noise. Share your stories via the open letter or our mailbox. We will use these for advocacy and media campaigns.

Kind regards,
Michelle and Ben

Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah MBBS (HONS), FRACP, PhD

Michelle is a physician in general medicine and infectious diseases in Melbourne. She is a clinician-academic with an interest in artificial intelligence and health services research. She is a working mum and does advocacy in her spare time.

Dr Benjamin Veness BAcc MBBS MPH MP

Dr Ben Veness is a psychiatry registrar and former Churchill Fellow. Ben is a past president of the Australian Medical Student Association and enjoys writing on medical and social issues for print media and medical venues.