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29
APR
2017

A mental health gap finally set to be addressed

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A recent media release on the mental health care plans for rural and remote Australian has us finally cheering. The Government has announced that the budget will boost telehealth psychological services, set to be rolled out in November this year. The release states, that...
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08
APR
2017

My Dishwasher Broke and I Didn’t Rush out to buy a new one

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Last week I stacked the dishwasher as I usually do of an evening, but to my horror the blessed machine failed to work. I grew up without one, so during my adult years I have come to rely on it like a best friend. When it broke, my immediate response of course was to get a new...
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06
AUG
2016

What is CBT?

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 CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and seeks to improve how we feel through changing thoughts (cognition) and how we act (behaviour). CBT is a relatively short-term and focussed technique that most psychologists are trained to administer.  CBT has been widely practised...
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21
JUL
2016

Managing Children’s Emotions

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One of the most common questions I get asked by parents is how do I respond to my child’s negative emotions? I love this question! Not only because I happen to have some answers, but because this is a really important area of parenting. Did you know that how we respond to...
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06
MAR
2014

Anger Outbursts and Your Heart

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Alarming new research suggests that people who experience anger outbursts are five times more likely to suffer a cardiovascular incident, such as a heart attack or stroke – within two hours following the outburst! This risk appears to accumulate for individuals who...
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29
JUN
2012

Self-Esteem

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Self-esteem is all about perception. It is how we view our sense of worth and value as a person. When it is healthy, we think about ourselves in optimistic ways and act with independence and a general sense of being in control. When self-esteem is low, we magnify our faults and...
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19
NOV
2011

Respect and Validate Your Child

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Every person has a need to feel respected and validated. It is one of the major ways we feel esteemed and valued. When someone is able to appreciate our point of view, empathise with our situation and value our uniqueness – we feel nurtured, reassured and affirmed. Children...
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mental health care plan
03
NOV
2011

Important Changes to Medicare Benefits

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Changes to Mental Health Care Plan Effective from 1 November 2011, a number of important changes have affected the way Medicare is funding the Better Access initiative. The first and most controversial of these, is the reduced number of annual sessions. Previously, patients...
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