For Men

This week has been Men’s Health Week and I have been pondering what I would say to many Men in my life, to support them in being who they are, and in turn with their health. Here are a few things I felt to say:

Lack of Appreciation: Where Does it Leave Us?

Recently, I was talking to a friend about preparing for a self-care event that she was due to speak at as part of her work role on that day. She was admonishing herself for leaving things to the last minute, and feeling the tension of not being as prepared as she would otherwise have liked….

Easter Time – What brings the Joy?

Easter time is seen as a family time. We have days off and school holidays that allow us to come together as families and communities to enjoy what has been a festivity for what seems like many aeons. Easter is when all sorts of chocolate eggs, bunnies and alike treats line the walls of our…

Preciousness

Last night when going to bed, a particular word came to me to consider – and this was preciousness. This is not a word I have spent much time thinking about in the past, and was certainly not a word that I felt pertained to me. Being ‘too precious’ is something I know is not…

‘Designer’ Vaginas: Whose design is it anyway?

An article recently published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed the increased frequency of vulvoplasty in New South Wales, Australia (1). The intention of the study was to look at potential complications following this procedure and outcomes of the women who had the procedure done related to births following. What was interesting about this…

Would You Like Some Sugar With That?

No thank you – I’m sweet enough. Recently I was looking at attending a medical education event for GPs. These events are needed as we of course require ongoing education as part of our working lives. What is accepted as the ‘best practice’ in medicine changes rapidly – and as we know changes are being…

Melbourne Cup Day: What Do We Celebrate?

Yesterday in Australia, we had the ‘race that stops a nation’, otherwise known as the ‘Melbourne Cup’. It had me pondering as there were several things that did not sit right with me, in the way that this day is celebrated and how it is an event of such significance in Australia, and indeed the…

Who’s Paying For Lunch?

Every day, doctor’s lunch rooms around the world are filled with the aroma of various delightful foods. From pastries to sandwiches, to your favourite Thai takeaway – it’s all on offer. But who is offering, and what exactly?  The lunches I am referring to are those sponsored, paid for or conducted by pharmaceutical companies. It has become…

Big Pharma/ Bad Pharma – What is Our Way Back to True health?

Currently we are in a position in healthcare where big, billion dollar companies – including pharmaceuticals and private health conglomerates – are funding and governing many important decisions, health care models and trials for up and coming medications. More and more as people we are realising that the outcomes of many of these decisions are…

Competition – How is it affecting Our Health?

  There is a phrase common to us in society that talks about ‘healthy competition’. What is this competition though, and how is it truly affecting our health? Competition works towards an outcome where we are deemed better or worse than another, and in observation of society, it is everywhere. When we are born we…