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


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Hammersley, J ORCID: 0000-0002-6278-0087, Mather, C ORCID: 0000-0002-4301-0028 and Francis, K ORCID: 0000-0003-3578-2498 2021 , '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, vol. 18, no. 15 , pp. 1-17 , doi: 10.3390/ijerph18157982.

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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 environmentsand 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 casestudy 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 methodwas 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 recognisingchoice, and community action. Phase two of the study interrogated these themes to expose the powerpositioning of speakers and their relationships to the audiences. Strengthening communication withlocal communities within health care environments must be a priority in any future rural workforcedisaster preparedness planning. Maintenance of trust with health service provision and delivery inrural 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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hammersley, J and Mather, C and Francis, K
Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, community, critical discourse analysis, health, rural, nosocomial, workforce, sustainability, communication
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher: MDPI AG
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/ijerph18157982
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Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license (

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