Compassion fatigue in wildlife workers
Massey Wildbase Oiled Wildlife Response has collaborated with social work researchers at Massey to investigate compassion fatigue in wildlife carers.
Oil spill response involving wildlife attracts responders that often have deep connections to animals and the desire to alleviate their suffering. Oil spills are emergencies where wildlife responders work under intense and stressful conditions with animal mortality a reality.
A natural consequence of this is that responders could experience compassion fatigue, the erosion of compassion over time.
Bridey White from Wildbase and Polly Yeung from Massey's School of Social Work are working together to explore potential levels of compassion fatigue in wildlife carers and investigate self-care practices that can help develop resilience and lessen possible long term influences.
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