health and wellbeing

The science is in: gardening is good for you

The science is in: gardening is good for you

The science is in: gardening is good for you Time spent weeding, potting and pruning can be as good for the gardener as it is for the garden. Image from www.shutterstock.com Chris Williams, University of Melbourne As the weather warms and days lengthen, your attention may be turning to that…

Grant application information

Grant application information

  The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation provides grant funding for eligible not-for profit organisations and community groups. These grants support projects which benefit the health and wellbeing of communities. Eligibility criteria must be met to apply for a grant. Grants range from $10,000 to $500,000 and the Northern Rivers area…

Did You Know That Singing Together Makes Our Heart Beat In Unison?

Did You Know That Singing Together Makes Our Heart Beat In Unison?

. by Chris James A community that sings together stays together you could say. What is it about singing that can turn complete strangers into family? ‘I have never met anyone here before, but I feel like I know everyone,’ a newcomer said in amazement at the end of one…

Bibliotherapy: A Doctor’s Perspective

Bibliotherapy: A Doctor’s Perspective

by Dr Zewlan Moor I remember reading in an interview with John Murtagh, the doyen of General Practice in Australia, that he used to keep a list of all the masquerades up on the wall behind his patient’s head, so that he would not miss an important diagnosis. Once he…

Community inspires innovation in pilot program for Indigenous clients

Community inspires innovation in pilot program for Indigenous clients

– by Janet Grist, editor HealthSpeak A pilot compassion-focused therapy program for Aboriginal clients funded by NCPHN was transformed by turning to art to work successfully with clients. Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a recently developed evidence-based therapy, particularly focused on addressing high levels of shame and self-criticism. Often such people…

Knitting your way to a healthier, happier mind

Knitting your way to a healthier, happier mind

Authors: Ian Hickie and Jackie Randles Ian Hickie is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. His work has been funded by a variety of research councils, philanthropic support and investigator-led research studies funded by the pharmaceutical companies. He is Executive Director of the Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI), University…