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Type: On-demand
Recorded: 4 Apr 2021


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Alt Wednesdays webinar series - Wounds of the soul: Moral injury

On-demand recorded 4 Apr 2021

Burnout and compassion fatigue are terms often when talking about the effects of health care job stress. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought so much into perspective, including the trauma that those on the frontlines experience during ‘normal’ times. There is a term that may be unfamiliar but Moral Injury , once explained, will be very familiar, and may be over looked both in patients and your own practice experiences.

In this webinar Professor Andrea Phelps will discuss moral injury in an interactive chat and take your questions with Dr Sally Cockburn as facilitator. Join us for a real aha! moment.


Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss what constitutes moral injury
  2. Outline common moral injury dilemmas
This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event is part of Alt Wednesdays webinar series. Events in this series are:


Dr Sally Cockburn

Dr Sally Cockburn is a practicing GP and health educator. She graduated MBBS from Monash University in 1982 and recently completed her Masters of Health And Medical Law from Uni Melbourne. Sally has also been a high-profile media presenter (Dr Feelgood) for over 30 years on radio, tv and in print. She has a strong commitment to Medical Education and has held various teaching positions. She is currently an adjunct Senior Lecturer in Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She has a strong commitment to better health outcomes and social justice and behind the scenes has been involved in health policy and legislation reform. She has sat on some high profile not for profit boards Sally has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including a radio industry award for best documentary , the Monash University Alumni Service Award and in 2010 was inducted into the Victorian Women’s honour roll for harnessing the media to improve health communications. She is a sought after public speaker, MC and panel facilitator.


Professor Andrea Phelps

Professor Andrea Phelps is the Deputy Director of Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. In this role Andrea has strategic oversight of the Centre’s activities across research, service development and training and plays a key role in strategic planning and setting future directions. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic mental health problems and was responsible for the accreditation of PTSD treatment programs for veterans across Australia for many years. At Phoenix Australia, Andrea leads a number of major projects including the NH&MRC Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD. She also consults to a range of Government departments and industry partners on research, service development and policy issues regarding organisational responses to psychological trauma. Government departments include Veterans’ Affairs, Defence, Health and Human Services, Australian Border Force, and Australian Federal Police; industry partners include state police, fire, ambulance and rail services. Andrea’s research interests centre on the nature and treatment of posttraumatic stress with a particular focus on moral injury and posttraumatic nightmares. She is currently conducting research to better understand moral injury amongst healthcare workers during COVID-19.


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