About the Session:
Stress, burnout and mental health issues are not well monitored in many of the health professions, although extrapolation of human health resources and healthcare fiscal constraints can impact psychological wellbeing. Professional associations represent a unique advocacy and communication tool to support workplace wellness that is underutilized. This project evaluated the current state of mental health issues in the medical laboratory profession, and created the process and associated tools to identify, monitor and support national change in the workforce through understanding the lived experience. Using quantitative and qualitative research, rigorous processes to create evidence based policy, and a person-centred philosophy to guide the work, resulted in impactful products. Future policies at the provincial/territorial and professional association levels should consider mental health issues in planning and utilize the resources/model created by this project to evaluate needs in addition to tailoring solutions.
Laura Zychla is a researcher for the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. She has an extensive background in research and analysis, with a focus on creating evidence-based health and education policy for the applied health professions. She has created mental health policies, evaluated mental health in advance practice positions, constructed a large scale mental health toolkit and researched the lived experience.