WELLBEING

BETTER BALANCE WITH BALLET

Hanna Moore Veronique Price, dancing since the age of three and an avid wellbeing and fitness enthusiast started the Lindfield-based Dancing for Wellbeing just over a year ago. In the time since its inception, the Better Balance 55+ classes teaches older residents of...

RECOGNISING AND ADDRESSING ANXIETY

Brooke Fryer Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in Australia, with two million Australians affected every year. Numbers are now equaling up to twice as much as Depression. Sydney Observer’s Brooke Fryer chatted with beyondblue's leading clinical advisor,...

SWITCH OFF BEFORE YOU DOZE OFF

Brooke Fryer Many social media and phone addicts bring their phone into their bedrooms at night, and mostly put them on charge right next to their heads, and hours later may be wondering why they still haven't fallen asleep. Within those lingering hours, text messages...

CRACKDOWN ON DRUG AFFECTED DRIVERS

Last month, the NSW Government announced it will be strengthening laws to boost roadside drug testing following the death of 392 people throughout 2017, with 42 deaths a result of drug affected driving alone. These measures will double the number of roadside tests to...

NEW GUIDELINES FOR PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH

Hanna Moore The Commonwealth Government of Australia commissioned the Expert Working Group (EWG) in July this year to review and update the Australian perinatal mental health guideline. This update includes the recommendation that every woman be screened for mental...

HIV Self-testing: World AIDS Day

Tina Wu One of the main messages conveyed on World AIDS Day this year is to get test regularly by an accredited health care professional. However, of the over 25 000 estimated HIV-positive patients in Australia at the end of 2015, about 10 per cent were unaware of...

National Skin Cancer Action Week

Tina Wu With summer comes the sun and with the sun comes sunburn. But worse than the peeling skin and pain of skin cooked tender is the link between prolonged sun exposure and skin cancer. Being a country of beach-goers and sun-bakers, skin cancer has become a vitally...

NEW ART PROGRAM FOR DEMENTIA PATIENTS

Tina Wu For some, dementia may be an inescapable part of life. But a new art program, founded specifically for dementia patients, can be a means of enriching their lives through creativity, according to Danielle Gullotta, Access Programs Producer from the Art Gallery...

Grow a Mo for Mental Health

Tina Wu Research suggests that the male population are not receiving the support they need for gender-based mental health. This is often due to stigma surrounding men who open about their feelings to others for fear of being ridiculed or being seen as less of a man,...

Mummy Tummy: Treating abdominal separation

Pip Coomes, Sydney Advanced Physiotherapy If you’ve had a baby you might have noticed that when you try and do crunches or even sit up out of bed that your stomach looks a little bit strange. You might see something pushing up through the middle like there’s a gap...

Ketamine Brings Hope to Treat Elderly Depression

Tina Wu Ketamine may be the answer to treating depression for seniors, initial research shows. Perhaps more commonly known as “Special K”, trials undertaken by researchers from UNSW and the Black Dog Institute have discovered another possible use for the party drug....

OIL PULLING

OIL PULLING: WHAT IS IT? AND WHY IS IT GOOD FOR YOU? Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic medicinal practice that has recently found its way into mainstream Western society. It is has been touted as one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote a healthy mouth...