health and wellbeing

Talking about face masks from ‘the Conversation’

Talking about face masks from ‘the Conversation’

Which face mask should I wear? Shutterstock Abrar Ahmad Chughtai, UNSW UPDATE: The Victorian government announced on July 19 that face masks will be mandatory for residents in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire whenever outside the home. Australia’s chief medical officer Paul Kelly today recommended people in Melbourne and the…

Dr Andrew Binns is a General Practitioner at Goonellabah Medical Centre and has recently launched a new website called Healthy Aspirations – addressing the determinants of health. His focused areas are Lifestyle Medicine, Art and Health, Justice Health and Aboriginal Health. Other important contributors to the website are Janet Grist,…

Profile featuring Lismore Art Club

Profile featuring Lismore Art Club

Do you have an organisation to promote arts ,health and wellbeing in the Northern Rivers area of NSW? Consider establishing a profile on ‘From the Bower’ website – contact by email. Lismore Art Club is the latest profile included in ‘From the Bower’ online news hub. Lismore Art Club is…

Creative volunteers needed at St Andrews in Ballina

Creative volunteers needed at St Andrews in Ballina

Are you an artist or a musician or a singer? Are you interested in volunteer work at St Andrew’s Aged Care Village in Ballina? There is an opportunity to be involved as a volunteer in creative projects. It might be painting, singing, life storyboards, art therapy – and you may…

Engagement in the Arts and longevity

Engagement in the Arts and longevity

A prospective 14-year study suggests that engagement in the arts could increase longevity. The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing analysed the responses of 6710 adults aged 50 years or older. The participants self-reported their personal engagement with the arts. The researchers focused on the frequency of ‘receptive arts activities’ such…

Crafting in times of crisis helps critters and creators

Crafting in times of crisis helps critters and creators Emily Brayshaw, University of Technology Sydney The bushfires burning across Australia are having a devastating impact on our unique native wildlife. But while record numbers of injured and orphaned animals are being treated, tens of thousands of people across Australia and…