Christopher Doohan

Creator of Adopt A Healthcare Worker campaign

WANomineeLocal Hero2021

Christopher Doohan started the original Adopt a Healthcare Worker group in WA and provided guidance for other groups to support healthcare workers amid COVID-19.

At the start of the pandemic, Chris noted that his friends in healthcare were struggling to maintain the basics in their own lives, while working hard to help others.

Wanting to support them, he set up a Facebook group which called on community members to ‘adopt’ nurses and doctors working on the frontline during COVID-19. It enables people to identify an ‘adoptee’ in their local area and provide practical support, like dropping off a care package, babysitting or cleaning.

Chris worked with the Australian Medical Association to ensure that the site did not get hijacked or cause unwarranted issues for the people it aimed to help.

Under his leadership, the initiative inspired Facebook groups in most states and territories, mobilising a national movement that now boasts more than 150,000members in Australia.