If you feel that the stress or anxiety you experience as a result of the coronavirus is impacting on everyday life, a psychologist may be able to help.

Psychologists are highly trained and qualified professionals, skilled in providing effective interventions for a range of mental health concerns, including stress. A psychologist can help you manage your stress and anxiety using techniques based on the best available research.

Staff can access the Employee Assistance Program through The Anglican Schools Corporation. You can also access psychological help using the Australia-wide Find a Psychologist service 1800 333 497 or ask your GP or another health professional to refer you.

Other Sources of help
For emergency situations please call

Emergency services on 000

  • Lifeline 13 11 14 or
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Coping with COVID-19

The Department of Health has developed a collection of resources for the general public, health professionals and industry about coronavirus (COVID-19), COVID-19 support and COVID-19 health alerts.

The World Health Organisation provides information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease.

St Vincent’s Hospital has an excellent site with some skills to develop to help you cope and communicate, a quiz you could do to assess your level of distress, and some sources of further help.

Resources from the Counsellors

This way up

Russ Harris on COVID-19

Your wellbeing workshop presented by Catherine Maybury


Guidelines for Staff

As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, some Rouse Hill Anglican College, staff members may be required to work from home. Some staff may also request to work from home on the basis of personal circumstances. In order to effectively manage all of our staff in this new working environment we have developed, and will continue to develop, resources to support staff to work safely from home.

Work Environment Checklist

When you work from home, your work area becomes your “workplace” and a central objective of our Pandemic Working from Home Guidelines is to ensure your safety whilst you are working from home.

The checklist below asks you a series of questions regarding safety, privacy and confidentiality.  If you have any concerns with respect to these matters, you can note them in the checklist and we will then be able to follow up with individual staff as required.

Working from Home Routines

It is recommended that each staff member develop routines for their work day that will help them to be productive and delimit their work time and personal time.

  • Have a strong and consistent start of day routine that helps you to identify that you are now ‘at work’.
  • Plan regular break times and stick to them. This includes small breaks to stretch and move away from the screen and more substantial meal breaks. Identify what you will do during these break times to replace the engagement you would typically experience with your colleagues.
  • As working from home is more sedentary than a regular school day, plan for daily physical exercise.
  • Just as you need a start of the day routine, it is important to establish an end of day routine. This may include a wind-down period that helps you transition from ‘work’ to ‘home’, as would typically be achieved during a daily commute time.

Further suggestions for establishing positive and productive working from home routines are available through this link

Professional Conduct

Please be aware that College Policies and Procedures remain in effect for staff when they are working from home. This includes the Staff Code of Conduct, Communications, Child Protection, Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment policies. 

You are asked to consider how this will work when engaging with colleagues and students in new ways, e.g. through video platforms.

Staff Engagement

While working remotely, it is important that you maintain your connections with your supervisor, departmental colleagues and the wider staff community. This contributes positively to both your personal well-being and to that of other staff members.

Connecting with others will include the following on your scheduled work days.

  • Accessing daily staff devotions.
  • Negotiating with your supervisor a time and method for a daily check-in.
  • Connecting to scheduled meeting times for all staff, Senior or Junior School, Department or Stage team meetings.
  • Plan collaboration times for your Department or Stage team. This may include working remotely with a small group to plan teaching and learning.

In the current context, staff members may experience difficulty managing changes in their work environment, with the potential addition of disruption within their home and family. If at any time you feel you are not coping or you have significant concerns for another staff member, please contact your supervisor or a member of the Senior Executive.

The College’s Employee Assistance Schemes continues to be available to all staff, if required. These are available through Converge International or Anglicare.

As each of us spends more time at a desk during remote learning, make sure you include movement breaks within your routine. Maybe some of these ideas during the transition from one lesson to the next.

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