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Stress in the workplace

To mark Stress Awareness Month, this April, the PDA and its members are highlighting the numerous workplace issues which cause stress and damage to mental health. Concerns such as not being able to take rest breaks, poor communication, and lack of staff resources are regularly being highlighted by PDA members and PDA Reps at meetings and in calls to the PDA Service Centre.

Tue 12th April 2022 The PDA

The PDA recognises that these matters impact on members working lives, and their health. They also impact on how patients can access services and the capacity of the pharmacy sector to deliver future services.

It’s Time to Address Stress

Mel Dadgar, Primary Care Pharmacist and PDA member, has been highlighting the realities of poor mental health and burnout of pharmacists by engaging with pharmacists online across all sectors and calling for change. Mel has written an important and valuable article on the causes and realities of burnout in the pharmacy profession which you can read below.

Download the article here

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Stress in the Workplace event

Member responses to last year’s PDA Stress and Wellbeing Survey highlighted the ever-increasing pressures that pharmacists are facing at work. Later this month, the PDA will be hosting an online ‘Stress in the Workplace’ event for PDA members. This event will consider the causes and symptoms of workplace stress and look at how pharmacists can get support to both look after their health and improve working conditions that are causing stress in the workplace.

At this hour-long session, the PDA will discuss its new ‘Stress in the Workplace’ factsheet and examine the key areas of work design that the HSE believe, if not properly managed, are the primary sources of stress at work.

Date: Wednesday 20 April 2022

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Price: FREE

This PDA member-exclusive event will take place via Microsoft Teams. 

PDA members who would like to register for this event can do so below:


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