health and wellbeing

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…

The road to personal development and all-round awesomeness.

The road to personal development and all-round awesomeness.

By Celestine Fedley Hello everybody! Recently I signed up to Blinkist, if you don’t know what that is, it’s a site where thousands of non-fiction books are already read for you and the most important snippets (Blinks) are either written or narrated. So essentially you can read or have a…

Can looking at art make for better doctors?

Can looking at art make for better doctors?

by Heather Gaunt Curator of Academic Programs at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne In 1984, artist Jon Cattapan’s sister Adriana died in a car accident. His painting, titled Sister, and some accompanying drawings, were a response to this tragedy. Sister depicts a grey-shrouded body lying on…

The joy of clay

The joy of clay

As Academic Lead for Aboriginal Health at the University Centre for Rural Health in Lismore, Bundjalung woman Emma Walke finds herself encouraging med and allied health students to find a passion outside of their day to day work and study that refreshes and nurtures them. Emma’s source of joy is…

Mullum Women’s Shed strikes a chord

Mullum Women’s Shed strikes a chord

From Healthspeak April 2018 Page 36 ‘Although Mullumbimby prides itself on its strong sense of community, tolerance and inclusion, there are a number of women who feel socially and emotionally isolated, lonely and disconnected. Many women in the region have expressed the desire to engage and collaborate with other like-minded…