body bg

Inform-Banner

Caring for the Country: Fatigue, Sleep and Mental Health in Australian Rural Paramedic Shiftworkers

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Courtney, James A; Francis, Andrew J; P; Paxton, Susan J
  • Journal Name: Journal of Community Health
  • Journal Number: 38.1
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 00945145
  • Country: Australia

This study investigated sleep quality, fatigue, mental health and physical activity in rural paramedic shiftworkers. Although limited, previous studies have associated high fatigue levels and poorer health in this sector with shiftwork rostering and occupational demands. A modified version of the Standard Shiftwork Index was completed by 150 paramedics (117 male and 31 females) from rural Victoria. Single sample t tests found significantly higher levels of fatigue, depression, anxiety, and stress, and significantly poorer sleep quality than reference samples. Paramedics also reported less physical activity than community samples. By regression analysis, sleep quality explained the greatest amount of variance in fatigue scores, followed by depression and age. No gender differences in levels of depression or fatigue were found. Consistent with an earlier study of metropolitan paramedics based on the same methodology, findings suggest rural ambulance paramedic shiftworkers are at particular risk for increased levels of fatigue and depression (regardless of age or gender) and poor quality sleep. Organisational intervention was suggested.

Related Items

Living in the Regions 2013: A survey of attitudes and perceptions about living in regional Western Australia.

The purpose of the Living in the Regions 2013 survey was to ascertain what attracts people to the...

RDA Gold Coast Regional Profile 2013

The Gold Coast Regional Plan 2013 attempts to address the challenges and opportunities facing the...

Victorian Government Aboriginal affairs report 2013

The content of the 2013 Report continues the emphasis on evaluation and reporting against the...

Share this with your friends

Footer Logo

Contact Us

Level 2, 53 Blackall Street
Barton ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA
Telephone: 02 6260 3733
or email us