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Wellbeing of the Addiction Workforce

The workforce is deemed to be the addiction sectors biggest asset. Yet the wellbeing of the workforce has not been extensively researched. Wellbeing measures have largely referred to stress and burnout with end point associations made to a range of health issues for clinicians and implications of absenteeism, performance and staff turnover for organisations. Worker wellbeing is important from the perspective of the workers themselves, and organisational functioning, but also in relation to the quality of client care and clinical outcomes. We must also consider that workers do not function in isolation of the rest of life and as such it is important to explore the dynamic nature of work and its relationship to addiction worker well-being.