Really? Can being connected with others and our purpose in life make us live longer?

the role of life purpose in mortality

Having a purpose in life is an indicator of longevity across adulthood, according to a longitudinal study during its 14 year assessment. The study sought to examine whether purpose promotes longevity across the adult years, using data from the longitudinal MIDUS sample. The study began in 1994-1995 and involved 7,108 participants between the ages of [Read More…]

APS welcomes Medicare rebate for rural & remote clients’ online video consultations with psychologists

medicare rebate for psychology videoconferencing consultations

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has warmly welcomed the Government’s announcement that people living in rural and remote Australia will be able to claim a Medicare rebate for online videoconferencing consultations with psychologists. APS President Anthony Cichell said that this will provide greater equity of access to evidence-based psychological care for Australians living in remote areas. [Read More…]

$54.4 investment to boost clinical training in regional Australia

regional health training hubs

The Federal Coalition Government has allocated $54.4 million over 2016-17 to 2018-19 for new Regional Training Hubs and University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH). Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, announced the locations of 26 regional training hubs and 3 new UDRHs and the universities that will operate them. The University of Notre Dame [Read More…]

Ms Dhu coronial findings show importance of teaching doctors and nurses about unconscious bias


This article was originally published on The Conversation. Gregory Phillips, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute In delivering her findings of the coronial inquest into the death of 22-year-old Ms Dhu during time spent in a Western Australian jail cell, state coroner Ros Fogliani was highly critical of some actions of police and medical staff. [Read More…]

Digitally based physiotherapy equally beneficial to traditional face to face care

internet based physiotherapy

The Australian Physiotherapy Association has recently been highlighting research around internet delivered physiotherapy services. A study found evidence that internet-delivered treatments are effective in managing chronic knee pain. The 148 people with chronic knee pain participated in this study were allocated into an intervention group or a control group. The intervention group had seven Skype [Read More…]

What is wrong with most ‘financial plans’ for doctors? By Anthony Moncada – independent financial planner

Anthony Moncada

80% of ‘financial planners’ operate under the auspices of an institutional owner. That institution makes most of its money selling managed funds and life insurance. Unsurprisingly, about 80% of financial plans are therefore a waste of time and money. They only deal with managed funds and insurance products. They do not deal with the really [Read More…]

A man fined for unlawfully representing himself as a registered optometrist

unlawful optometrist fined

After being found guilty for holding himself as a registered optometrist for the second time, a man in Western Australia fined in the amount of $18,000 and have to pay a cost of $2,865 to AHPRA. Mr Anthony Patrick Cashman has been convicted for representing himself and claiming to be a registered optometrist, while not [Read More…]

From scepticism to rolling out the welcome mat: 8 professions respond to the federal health budget

2017-18 federal health budget response

The 2017-18 Federal Budget was handed down on 9 May 2017 by the Turnbull Government. The budget received mixed responses from various health associations and organisations. The freeze will be lifted from bulk billing incentives for GP consultations from 1 July 2017, from standard GP consultations and other specialist consultations from 1 July 2018, from [Read More…]

Revised psychology 4+2 pathway guidelines operational today

revised 4+2 psychology internship guidelines

Changes to the Psychology Board of Australia’s 4+2 pathway into effect today. This means that from today: All new applications for approval of a 4+2 internship program must include an internship plan that meets the requirements of the revised guideline. The Board starts to accept applications for general registration from current 4+2 pathway provisional psychologists [Read More…]

From freaking out to freaking awesome – how mindfulness transformed my practice – by Amanda Griffiths

AMG PAH with MHC poster

Freaking out – my deepest, darkest fears as a health practitioner For my entire twelve and eleven twelfths year career as an optometrist I’d struggled with my emotions. I think it had started when I was a new graduate in 2004, and because the repetitive thought pattern stayed on, I was always second-guessing everything I [Read More…]

How to be a Happy Health Practitioner – by optometrist Carina Trinh

Carina Trinh

So, there’s this talk that I feel extremely passionate about that I give to the new graduate optometrists who enter the workforce in NSW/ACT each year as part of Young Optometrists Inc. NSW/ACT that covers the importance of self-care for optometrists. But really, it applies to all health care practitioners.   Being a Health Care [Read More…]

Being mindful in dentistry to help dental phobes – a Q&A with Dr Wilfred Koon

Wilfred Koon

Why did you decide to focus on dental phobia, and how were you introduced to ways to help people overcome this? I have always been someone who cares for other people’s feeling. Whenever I do something I would try to put myself in that person’s shoes and try to imagine how they would feel, and [Read More…]

Just when you thought multitasking was efficient…. Think again…

how multitasking affects the way we think

There was a time when we thought that multitasking was a superpower. We would pride ourselves when we could do two tasks or more at one time, saying it was efficient or that we had a high capacity for concentration. But recent research says that multitasking affects our mind and performance. In his micro-lecture for [Read More…]

Mindfulness for health professionals – by Dr Kathryn Choules (PhD) and Dr Samantha Clarke (PhD)

Kathryn Choules

Due to my own developing interest in mindfulness in my own practice as an optometrist, and for the wider community of health practitioners, I thought it was worth asking mindfulness teachers and psychologists about how health practitioners can be mindful in their practice and interactions with patients. I was fortunate enough to receive responses from [Read More…]

Kindness and compassion to avoid practitioner burnout and aid patient healing

compassion for health care providers

A Stanford University study suggested that a lack of compassion in health professionals not only affect patients who experience their unkind behavior from their practitioner, but also induces stress and burnout to the health providers themselves. The study examined possible practical steps to increase compassion, thereby benefitting both provider well-being and patient care. This study [Read More…]

Quick Ways to Ground Yourself with Difficult Clients in Session – by Psychologist Dr Samantha Clarke

Samantha Clarke

We asked psychologist Dr Samantha Clarke for her tips on tips on how therapists can stay in mindful awareness when working with clients. Here’s what she said: Take a moment to become aware of your breath. Practice your mindful breathing and allow yourself to stay with 3 slow long breaths. Take the pressure off, remember [Read More…]

Mindful nurses perform better

mindfulness effective for nurses

Mindfulness really does work for nurses, according to a review led by Laurence Guillaumie PhD. Work-related stress among nurses is estimated to be the biggest occupational health problem after musculoskeletal disorders. The study, A mixed-methods systematic review of the effects of mindfulness on nurses, reviewed 32 studies published between 1980 and 2014, including 17 controlled [Read More…]

Mindfulness practice in nutrition counselling – by Sylvia North, dietitian

Sylvia North

“I strongly believe that a personal mindfulness practice plays an absolute pillar role in being an effective practitioner. Naturally, the health care industry draws empathetic and caring individuals who seek out a career in health because they want to help people. We’re lucky to have a lovely skilled workforce of people who are willing to [Read More…]

When the world seems upside-down – mindfulness in audiology practice by Jessica Blakely

mindfulness in audiology

Audiology is an area not many people are familiar with, and even if you are somewhat familiar with it, you may think Audiologists only deal with hearing issues and hearing aids. However another very important part of the ear is the inner ear balance system called the vestibular system. The vestibular system is pretty incredible. [Read More…]

“Selfless Selfishness” – Putting yourself first financially IS caring for others – by Anthony Moncada

Anthony Moncada

I recently asked a fellow financial planner about her “mission” as a professional. Expecting the run of the mill warm and fuzzy response about making the world a better place I was surprised by her response (paraphrased): “Number one, make a profit. Secondly, help my clients achieve x, y, z…..” My colleague went on to [Read More…]

Is mindfulness for everyone? What do psychologists have to say?

mindfulness benefits and side effects

Despite of the fact that mindfulness has been seen an ascendency in popularity due to the fast pace of our modern lives and increasingly recommended by professionals in the therapy arena, some practitioners and scientists began to question whether mindfulness is really effective as a therapeutic technique. An article by UK psychologists Miguel Farias and [Read More…]

Practicing mindfulness as a health practitioner – by Jennifer Smallridge, AEP

Jennifer Smallridge

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, I am fortunate enough to have a diverse and physically active day, as I take people through various exercises and forms of physical activity. I first came across mindfulness as part of my personal yoga involvement, and it soon became a necessary element of my work-life balance. When you work [Read More…]

Putting the focus on mindfulness… an optometrist view … by Susan Ang

Susan Ang

Australians rank losing their sight as one of their top fears in life, and being optometrists we are often their ‘go to person’ if there are eye issues. With this underlying responsibility, we have to make accurate judgements under time pressure as well as create an empathetic environment for our patients. I often feel my [Read More…]

ADA submission on AHPRA complaints mechanism

ada complaint processes submission

The Australian Dental Association has made a submission in response to the senate’s Inquiry into the Implementation and Regulation of the Complaints Mechanisms administered under the Health Practitioners Regulation National Law (National Law). The submission provides details in relation to concerns about the impact of vexatious complaints and the time taken to bring complaint investigations [Read More…]

Will pharmacists continue to be paid penalty rates on Sundays and public holidays?

pharmacist wages and remuneration

The Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates and other conditions in selected industries has hit workers in many professions, including pharmacists. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia stated its concern that the new rule which cuts Sundays and public holiday penalty rates may lead to pharmacists who work on weekends and public holidays to be [Read More…]

UMAT 2017 will be held on 26 July. Register now!

umat 2017 registrations

The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is required for undergraduate admission to many courses throughout Australia and New Zealand in the fields of medicine and dentistry. The results from UMAT 2017 can only be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2018.   Sasha Tymoshenko, UMAT and Education Specialist [Read More…]

New AHPRA podiatry registrant data released

registered podiatry data december 2016

There are almost 5,000 podiatrists registered in Australia, with many being aged between 25-29 years, according to the data in the Podiatry Board of Australia’s 1 October 2016 – 31 December 2016 registrant report. Of the 4,805 podiatrists in Australia, 4,666 are in general practice, 31 general and specialists, and 108 non-practising podiatrists. Age group [Read More…]

Can the redistribution of medical school solve the problems in training places shortage?

solution to medical training places shortage

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has provided strong comment on the Government’s assessment of the distribution of medical school places across the country, stating that greater funding is needed to ensure an adequate flow of fully-trained doctors, especially to rural and remote areas. The AMA has said that they are open to the redistribution of [Read More…]

Dietitians launch Reconciliation Action Plan to ‘close the gap’

reconciliation action plan launched by DAA

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is taking action to close the gap by launching the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Reflect RAP marks DAA’s commitment to building the relationships, respect and opportunities essential to reconciliation. The DAA President, Liz Kellett, unveiled the program with General Manager of the RAP, Darryl Monaghan on 21 February [Read More…]

Believe in Change says Australian Psychological Society

APS believe in change campaign

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has launched Believe in Change, a campaign encouraging Australians to seek psychological assistance for mental health and life issues. The campaign emphasizes that change is possible and psychological assistance is there to help so no one should be struggling alone. According to the APS, millions of Australians with mental health [Read More…]