Health Issues Centre. Consumer voices for better healthcare.

Would you like to improve health care in Australia?

Consumers lead change.

The Health Issues Centre may be the place for you if:

  • You want to make a difference
  • Are you interested in having your voice heard
  • Would you like to improve health care in Australia

Continue reading “Health Issues Centre. Consumer voices for better healthcare.”

How pets can help manage mental health issues

Pets could teach us humans a lot about how to support those living with a mental illness.

Pets can help manage mental health issues

My pets are a great source of comfort and pleasure to me. The beautiful trusting eyes, the soft fur to stroke and the unconditional love all manage to ground me no matter what is going on in my life or in my head. Continue reading “How pets can help manage mental health issues”

Massage: Can it help depression and anxiety?

Massage in itself will not cure depression or anxiety but it will help relieve some of the symptoms.

Can massage care help depression and anxiety?  

There are many strategies to consider beyond current medical model of care for the management of mental health issues. Continue reading “Massage: Can it help depression and anxiety?”

My return to Midwifery.A sense of coming home.

To my surprise and delight there has been a sense of coming home.

After consideration, reflection and a damn good talking to I have decided to return to Midwifery.This is an update for those of you following my personal journey. Continue reading “My return to Midwifery.A sense of coming home.”

Digital technology: mental health’s new frontier

Less than 35% of Australians with a mental illness seek help and 60% do not have access to treatment

Digital technology in mental health

I am interested in a wide variety of treatments for mental illness and an article on digital technology caught my eye. Continue reading “Digital technology: mental health’s new frontier”

Why write about my mental illness?

Mental illness is common and does not discriminate age, gender, social circumstances, race or religion.

Why do I write about my mental illness?

As I said in my last post, some of you may be wondering why I have chosen to write and then go a step further and publish publicly my personal journey of living with a mental health issue. That is a very good question as I could have easily continued my journey privately. Continue reading “Why write about my mental illness?”

Consumer representative vacancies. How you can help create improvements in healthcare.

Often the greatest drivers for change are not healthcare administrators but consumers themselves.

Health Issues Centre is advertising consumer representative vacancies.

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The gift of depression and anxiety.

Something was gnawing at me, trying to get my attention to say things were not right.

 

The gift of depression and anxiety. Why my burnout was a blessing in disguise

Mental health issues are not generally discussed in glowing terms and certainly not as a gift. Those of us living with some sort of mental health issue don’t actually enjoy the symptoms or challenges associated with them. Continue reading “The gift of depression and anxiety.”

Acupuncture: Can it help manage depression and anxiety?

When there is congestion on the highway, energy gets backed up.

Can acupuncture help manage depression and anxiety?

There are many strategies to consider beyond the medical model of care for the management of mental health issues. Continue reading “Acupuncture: Can it help manage depression and anxiety?”