health and wellbeing

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…

How craft is good for our health

How craft is good for our health

Author: Susan Luckman, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of South Australia At a time when many of us feel overwhelmed by the 24/7 demands of the digital world, craft practices, alongside other activities such as colouring books for grown-ups and the up-surge of interest in cooking from scratch and productive…

How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters

How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters

How eye disorders may have influenced the work of famous painters By Andrew Anderson Associate Professor, Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences, University of Melbourne Republished with link from the Conversation It’s been argued the Impressionists were short sighted. The Boulevard Montmartre at Night, Camille Pissarro/Wikimedia Commons Vision is an…