Are You A Good Step Parent?

It is human nature that very few of us can accept criticism and either change our ways or want to change our ways. More often than not, no matter what the issue is in life, we blame the other person. I am a firm believer that as step parent you can only control three...

Do We Really Want More Smokers?

2020 has been an eventful year for all the wrong reasons. It was about to get worse when on June 19 draconian bans on vaping were announced and were due to start on July 1. Fortunately on June 26, following a massive community response saw the Federal Health Minister...

Has Your Orange Juice Been Hijacked?

Think you’re drinking fresh and natural orange juice? Think again…… When shopping for fresh orange juice, I have found the phrase “squeezed from fresh oranges”, is not necessarily the truth. The leading orange juice companies such as Tropicana (PepsiCo)(1), Minute...
The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

Modern medical practice is calm and measured. We gather information to reach diagnosis. Treatment options are outlined, and side effects explained as well as the possibility of the treatment not working. This happens without use of hyperbole. Informed consent is...

If Diets Really Worked?…

If Diets Really Worked?…

Wouldn’t we all be our ideal weight already? For too long, women have wasted time, money and stress on restrictive diets that promise to make us thinner, happier and more confident.  The dieting industry promises us that ‘this is the diet that will finally give us the...

What Actually Makes A Difference?

What Actually Makes A Difference?

The 1920’s became known as the roaring 20’s. World war one had just concluded and the Spanish (yes infections are named after places) flu was subsiding. Prosperity was on the up and new technologies such as the motor car becoming more prevalent. The “party” ended in...

Do You Rely On Willpower Or Willingness For Success?

Do You Rely On Willpower Or Willingness For Success?

Do you rely on willpower to change habits, behaviours and patterns of sabotage?  How high is your willingness to make changes in your career, relationship or life? Willpower Some people believe that they can change habits and improve their lives if only they had more...

Resilience Is Not A Dirty Word

Resilience Is Not A Dirty Word

In the early 1970’s my parents built a house in what was then the outskirts of Perth. The district had a startup footy (AFL) team. Many weeks we struggled to get a full team on the park and sometimes “borrowed” players from the opposition if they had spare. We did not...

Blended Families And Corona Virus

Blended Families And Corona Virus

Covid-19 is playing games with the world and changing the rules as it goes along. At a time when life is at risk, we need to all take stock and stop the silly games we sometimes play which are mostly meaningless and always counter-productive. Like the games being...

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

Cars have rear view mirrors so we can see what is behind us. However, when driving we need to mainly look forwards to where we are going. As the situation with Covid19 continues we also need to be mainly looking forwards. But we cannot ignore what lies behind us. The...

Mending Emotional Health

Mending Emotional Health

We’ve all had devastating experiences of losing friends. Sometimes totally unexpected, while other times after losing long battles to preventative disorders. Saying goodbye is never an easy task. We look to cherish just one more moment at their side with regrets of...

6 Signs You Are Feeling Jealous

6 Signs You Are Feeling Jealous

Do you feel excited and genuinely happy for others when they succeed?  Or do you pretend to be happy for them while deep down the green eyed monster lurks? What is Jealousy? Jealousy is an emotion that people feel out of insecurity about themselves.  It is a feeling...

Solutions And Trade-offs

Solutions And Trade-offs

At this time, we all need to continue to comply with and follow advisories, which have been issued. We also need to think for ourselves and be questioning of what we are required to do. These concepts are not mutually exclusive.Thomas Sowell astutely observed that...

Managing Shared Parenting When In Lockdown

Managing Shared Parenting When In Lockdown

There are some Australian parents currently sitting at home waiting. Not waiting just to log onto Centrelink to register for a payment. Not waiting for yet another company’s well-meaning but annoying Covid-19, “we’ve got you covered” email to arrive in their inbox....

Where Is The Exit?

Where Is The Exit?

One thing that has struck me in talking with older patients about Covid-19 is that overwhelmingly they are more worried about the future prospects of their children and grandchildren than the virus itself. This theme was well described by Stephen Waterson in the...