Webinar Series – Characteristics and predictors of moral distress among health care workers

May 13, 2021

You are invited to join ASCN (New Zealand) for the next Webinar in the series where we continue our discussions on the issue of Moral Injury and Identity and its impact on the Wellbeing Outcomes of Military, Veterans, Public Safety Officers and Families.

“Characteristics and predictors of moral distress among health care workers.”

In this presentation Dr Plouffe from the MacDonald Franklin Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Research Centre and Western University in Canada will share on her research to understand health care workers’ (HCWs’) experiences of moral-ethical dilemmas encountered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and their associations with organizational perceptions and personal well-being.

The purpose of this research is to evaluate associations between workplace experiences during COVID-19, moral distress, and the psychological well-being of Canadian Health Care Workers.

Presenters:  Dr Rachel Plouffe
Postdoctoral Associate
The MacDonald Franklin Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Research Centre
Western University

Date:  Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Time:  New Zealand 9.00 am – 11.00 am
Australia 7.00 am Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane
The Netherlands 11.00 pm Amsterdam, Tuesday 8th of June 2021
The UK 10.00 pm London & Edinburgh, Tuesday 8th of June 2021
Canada 5.00 pm Toronto, 2.00 pm Vancouver, Tuesday 8th of June 2021
The USA 5.00 pm New York, 2.00 pm Los Angeles, Tuesday 8th of June 2021

There will be a one hour presentation followed by a one hour interactive Q&A session that will allow participants to ask the presenters questions about points raised in the presentation or current issues on transition related to their work.


To participate in this Webinar with Dr Rachel Plouffe Register at:


When you have registered you will receive information on how to access the webinar online.


Dr. Rachel Plouffe

Dr. Rachel Plouffe is currently a Postdoctoral Associate with the MacDonald Franklin Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Research Centre and Western University.

Rachel completed her Master of Science and PhD degrees at Western University in the Personality and Measurement Psychology program. Her PhD research examined the impact of personality traits and exposure to violence in childhood on partner and participant levels of physical and psychological intimate partner violence.

As a Postdoctoral Associate at the MacDonald Franklin OSI Research Centre, Rachel is interested in developing valid and reliable psychometric measures to assess levels of moral injury in Veterans and military members, as well as identifying personality traits as risk and protective factors for mental health conditions as a result of combat experiences.


This series of real time education and information sharing webinars has been developed by ASCN an Australian and New Zealand Not For Profit organisation in collaboration with its partners in the each of the 5 Eyes Countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom).

In 2021 Open Door: Veteran Transition Integration Wellbeing Research Centre at Flinders University is partnering with ASCN to develop and present the webinar series.

The Webinars in the series are being presented by International Thought Leaders and Researchers from each of the 5 Eyes Countries and Robert Lippiatt from ASCN is the chair of the series.  Robert has had significant international experience chairing and facilitating Defence and Veterans Forums.

Each Webinar is intended to share key issues and insights on Military Veteran Transition and post service life gained through research and other ongoing work with military members, veterans and their families in the relevant country and to stimulate ongoing conversations and collaborations.

Watch out for information and registration instructions for further Webinars in the series in 2021.

If you require any additional information on these Webinars or would like to register your interest in participating in the rest of the Webinar series please contact Steve Shamy at the ASCN Secretariat at email ascn.nz@gmail.com.



ASCN (New Zealand) in conjunction with ASCN (Australia) form the Trans Tasman Australasian Services Care Network (ASCN).

This Not for profit Network acts as a neutral and independent hub for discussion and action by Government, Research, Service Providers and Advocacy on health and wellbeing questions and issues that impact military, veterans, public safety officers and their families in both countries.

It is committed to improving the life-long health and wellbeing of current and former members of the Defence Force (Regular and Reserve), Public Safety Organisations and their Families

Open Door

Open Door is an Australasian multi-disciplinary research and diffusion hub based at Flinders University that exists to undertake and disseminate research information to academics, practitioners and veterans interested in research and to contribute to evidence informed discussions on policy and service design and delivery to veterans. first responders and their families.

Its research is multidisciplinary, applied and theoretical and includes amongst other topics:
• key service provision challenges (claims, case work, crisis care)
• key policy challenges (including institutional abuse, veteran suicide or veterans in correction)
• social, cultural and historical research on Defence and Veterans Affairs legislation, policy and service provision
• clinical and cognitive psychological evidence and practice
• new approaches for veterans with transition challenges, traumatic stress injuries and moral injury.

Open Door‘s approach is based on the view that the best source of evidence on veteran issues are veterans. The Centre uses a co-design approach that draws upon the lived experiences of veterans and their families.

The Open Door team is made up of veteran researchers and policy experts drawn from a number of Universities across Australia and New Zealand. Its aim is to bring together the best minds and thinkers to conduct applied and blue-sky research that demonstrates what works for veterans in transition and across the life course.

Like ASCN. Open Door is committed to contributing to enhancing the Wellbeing of veterans. first responders and their families.