Research of compassion fatigue of animal workers underway

DR TANIA Signal is investigating the level of "compassion fatigue" amongst animal shelter and rescue workers.

The CQUniversity researcher said compassion fatigue can arise after working with those who have experienced trauma directly.

Dr Signal said the phenomenon had been relatively well researched within human emergency service professions but significantly less is known about how those who work within animal shelters and rescue organisations are affected.

She said compassion fatigue can be a factor in high staff turnover rates, overall satisfaction within the organisation, the ability to meet deadlines, and physical health and wellbeing.

Employees and volunteers of animal rescue groups, including the RSPCA, AWL, Capricorn Animal Aid and online groups are invited to participate.



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