My mindful physio career – By APA member Georgie Davidson

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“In my early years as a physiotherapist I spent a lot of time beating myself up. Trying so hard to ‘fix’ the pain that my patients presented with I felt that I could never do enough. I was never good enough. My clinical reasoning skills where adequate, I had an eye for movement and extrasensory [Read More…]

Kay Dunkley – a pharmacist’s perspective on the three principle qualities of mindfulness

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“The day of a pharmacist is usually busy, we move from one patient to the next, dispensing medicine and advice and assisting people with minor ailments. Following-up prescribers, checking the work of pharmacy technicians, demonstrating devices, providing education, writing reports, reconciling medications and answering our phones and pagers keep us on the go all day. [Read More…]

How mindfulness saved me from myself – By Optometrist Wendy Saw

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“Let’s get dive straight into the heavy stuff. I was 21. Only one semester left of uni, and I was suddenly struck down with debilitating suicidal thoughts and depressive anxiety. I could not attend lectures or clinic any more for six months. I knew I needed help. As an optometry student, I could see that [Read More…]

How mindfulness can help you as the practitioner in the therapy room – by Samantha Clarke

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Last year, MHC received a great deal of submissions from our fellow health and mindfulness practitioners as we introduced our Mindful May 2017 theme. This year, MHC is continuing the tradition of advocating mindfulness as an essential tool in getting through life as a health professional. In this article from Dr Samantha Clarke, she shares [Read More…]

A better student, mom, and health provider by virtue of mindfulness – A Q&A with Lulu Cook RDN

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Brisbane based dietitian Lulu Cook reveals that she found solace in meditation, and also shares how mindfulness helped her become a better student, mom, and now a health provider. Here’s how Lulu answered the questions we had for her…. What made you decide to practice mindfulness in your life especially in your career as dietitian? [Read More…]

Self-care now an official Physician’s Pledge – by Kathryn Choules

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I remember receiving Kathryn’s piece on mindfulness when we first ran the #MindfulMay theme in 2017. I was so pleased to have the opportunity to share a contribution from someone with such a profound depth of understanding of mindfulness and was delighted that Kathryn contributed again this year. I love that she’s written about self-care [Read More…]

Recognizing a patient’s emotions, and the reason behind it – by Dr Warrick Bishop

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Dr Warrick Bishop recounts an encounter with one of his patients that taught him the importance of mindfulness in his career. “Although I have never participated in any structured learning or courses in relation to mindfulness, I have often kept the concept in back of mind. Without any training or guidance in the technique, my [Read More…]

Mindfulness in dental practice: Q&A with Dr Sonia Sonia

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During #MindfulMay we will be hearing from practitioners from a range of professions who are sharing aspects of their mindfulness journey. In this article dentist Dr Sonia Sonia answers questions on her approach to mindfulness in work and life. What made you decide to practice mindfulness in your life especially in your career as dental [Read More…]

APS supports Indigenous mental-health framework

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The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has advocated for the implementation of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing 2017 – 2023. The APS believes that a joint commitment from both the indigenous communities and the government will make way for successful outcomes for Australia’s [Read More…]

Nursing program funding freeze not an obstacle to be recognized worldwide but an obstacle in addressing the shortage of nurses in Australia

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The implemented two-year funding freeze for Commonwealth-supported university nursing programs did not stop some Australian institutions offering nursing programs that have been ranked among the best in the world. Just recently, nine Australian institutions with nursing programs made the cut to the Top 50 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2018. The University of [Read More…]

Decrease in eye-emergency cases over the last three years

Decrease in the number of patients seeking eye care in emergency departments

A review of emergency department presentations across Australia since 2014 reveals a decrease in the number of non-urgent eye health issues. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare annual Emergency department care statistics on non-urgent eye conditions: 2014 – 2015 26,000 2015 – 2016 25,200 2016 – 2017 19,640 Optometry Australia’s CEO Lyn Brodie attributes the [Read More…]

The top 5 tips for choosing a nutrition degree – by Christina Turner, Bond University

Nutrition & Dietetics students at Bond have the opportunity to complete an international nutrition project abroad. Pictured above are students during their placement in Malaysia.

So, you’re interested in studying nutrition at University but not sure what course to do? It’s a very common question asked by both high school students and those looking to study nutrition as a second degree. I’ve collated my top 5 tips to assist you in selecting the right nutrition degree for you: 1. Understand [Read More…]

How the NDIA Independent Pricing Review will affect the quality of care provided to disabled people

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The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) expressed its strong opposition to the National Disability Insurance Agency acceptance of the Independent Pricing Review from McKinsey & Company. The APA believes that if implemented, the 25 recommendations listed in the report will negatively affect the quality of care provided to people with disabilities. Among the recommendations, APA’s major [Read More…]

AMA Summit on medical workforce: Too many doctors, few training opportunities in communities that need them most

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“Fifteen years ago, the problem was that we did not have enough doctors. Today, we are now graduating record numbers of medical students, but do not have enough postgraduate training places in the areas and specialties where they are most needed.” This is one of the statements of Australian Medical Association (AMA) President Dr Michael [Read More…]

Choosing a business coach – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC

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It’s no secret that when I started this website back in 2012 I had no idea what I was doing. I’d been to some courses and knew the nuts and bolts of putting together a website. I knew that I would need to install Google Analytics, do keyword research and have an email system. I [Read More…]

What Makes a Good Psychologist? Advice for Psychology Students

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Psychologists play a vital if somewhat low profile role within Australia’s fast growing healthcare sector. They do this by helping their patients understand and effectively deal with their mental health issues, learning difficulties and challenges adjusting to new environments on a daily basis. With the stigma surrounding mental illness having lifted in recent years, thanks [Read More…]

Practitioner-patient pairs to conspire for the future of health care

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A new initiative designed to recruit 4 pairs of professionals and patients is expected to pave the way for a better health care system in Australia. “The Collaborative Pairs” program made possible through the joint effort of Consumers Health Forum and the program’s developer King’s Fund of London will run the trial period for two [Read More…]

From the boards – OT, psychology, and pharmacy competency standards and curriculum changes

Updates from the AHPRA boards March 2018

The Boards of three of the major health care professions; occupational therapy, pharmacy and psychology; have recently launched their new competency standards, assessment guidelines, and examination curriculum respectively. The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia released the data 11 months ahead of its effectivity on January 1, 2019 to make practitioners familiar about the changes for [Read More…]

Is pharmacist-led education critical in reducing medical prescribing errors?

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Two studies carried out in Victoria revealed effective ways to reduce medication prescribing errors and promote patient safety in the Australian healthcare system. The first paper, published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (JPPR) and authored by Dr Jared Gursanscky noted that pharmacist-led education could help reduce medication prescribing errors by one third. [Read More…]

How to gain employment in sports science and strength and conditioning – by Dr Justin Keogh, Bond University

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Bond University’s Master of Sports Science program offers an innovative, accelerated program that involves two semesters of internship in high-performance sport. It has been offered since 2015 and as a result of the outstanding learning opportunities provided by the internship, it has helped students gain employment in high performance sport and into applied PhD programs associated with high-performance sport teams.  The program will enable its [Read More…]

Different health industry sectors recognize the importance of codeine restriction for pain management

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In February, the Therapeutic Goods Administration implemented its decision to make codeine-based medications available only to consumers with prescription. Evidence backing the risks and side effects of taking codeine-based medications specifically for pain management pushed United General Practice Australia (UGPA) member organisations and other health industry sectors to affirm Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) decision on [Read More…]

Scathing reviews on “our national shame” and some hope….. 10 years of Closing the Gap….. or not…..

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Indigenous Allied Health Australia is demanding that Australian governments coordinate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to address urgently the “national shame” of a widening life expectancy gap for aboriginal people. The report A ten-year review: the Closing the Gap Strategy and Recommendations for Reset released in February delivered statistics and recommendations on the failed [Read More…]

Data breach with your patient records? Are you fulfilling your new legal obligations?

Notifiable Data Breaches scheme for health professionals

Since 22 February, under the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme in Australia, reporting of data breach has become mandatory among individuals and businesses including health services providers. Where a data breach is likely to cause serious harm it must be reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and any individuals. Despite being encouraged [Read More…]

Planning for the future with Optometry 2040 – a webinar and seminar series

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“Optometry 2040 will enable the optometry sector to collaborate to identify, test and consider initiatives to create a sustainable and successful optometry sector over the next 20 years and beyond.”, said Optometry Australia’s CEO Ms Lyn Brodie as she announced the launch of the program. This initiative, led by experts Professor Niki Ellis and Professor [Read More…]

Two dietitians, two orthoptists and a microbiologist are asked “what do you love about your job?” Here are their responses…….

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Sally Marchini, APD at Marchini Nutrition said: “I really do love my job as an Accredited Practising Dietitian. I love people, so being able to help people to improve their well-being, their quality of life and their understanding of their health concerns really does make me happy. I love being able to use my university trained knowledge [Read More…]

On love for fusing artificial intelligence and physiotherapy – A Q&A with Phebe Liston

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“I love the fact that I have been able to use my physiotherapy degree to create multiple business avenues. Not only working in the clinic in which I am a director of, but creating an e-commerce business (www.articfit.com) as well as using technology involving AI to create a physio guiding chatbot and collaborating with an international brand [Read More…]

Being a nurse – and loving it. By Jennifer Smith

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“Nurses are central to health care. There are not too many areas in health care where we do not have a presence. We perform many tasks and duties with and for patients each and every day, no matter the time of day or night. Nursing is vast with no 2 days ever being the same [Read More…]

Doctors weigh in on what they love most about their careers

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This February we wanted to celebrate love not just on Valentine’s Day, but all month long. We went right back to Hippocrates himself and agree that “Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity”. But we wanted to know what living, breathing doctors’ love about their career too. Here’s [Read More…]

Psychologist Tracey McGrath on what she loves about guiding clients to happiness

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“I love being a psychologist. There is nothing more thrilling than seeing someone turn their life around through more effective thinking and behaving. It’s all about quality of life and helping people’s happiness. Client turnaround One of my favourite client turnarounds is what I mentally call “the 20 minute butterfly” story.  I was working with [Read More…]

Measuring love for work – By Anna Roberts and Jennifer Smallridge

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What do exercise physiologists love about their job? What keeps them able to inspire their patients to live healthy lives? AEPs Anna and Jennifer share what they love most about their jobs….. Anna Roberts, accredited exercise physiologist at Life First said: “I think some people who come to Life First for a health assessment are [Read More…]