Journal article

Mental health status of healthcare versus other essential workers in Australia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: Initial results from the collate project

Wei Lin Toh, Denny Meyer, Andrea Phillipou, Eric J Tan, Tamsyn E Van Rheenen, Erica Neill, Susan L Rossell



The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has necessitated many healthcare workers operating on the frontlines. Another segment of the population whose mental well-being is being tested are the 'other essential workers' (e.g. supermarket workers). The current study aimed to compare the mental health of healthcare versus other essential workers in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID-19 and you: mentaL heaLth in AusTralia now survEy (COLLATE) project is a nationwide online mental health survey launched on 1 April 2020, aimed at identifying key mental health concerns. Adults currently living in Australia were invited to take part, and non-discriminative snowball sampling was employed. P..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all the participants who took the time and effort to take part in this study, especially during these challenging and unprecedented times. WLT (GNT1161609) and AP (GNT1159953) are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) New Investigator Project Grants. SLR holds a NHMRC Senior Fellowship (GNT1154651), and EJT (GNT1142424) and TVR (GNT1088785) hold NHMRC Early Career Fellowships.