What Are the Secrets to Long-term Happiness, Health and Wellbeing?

Recently I’ve begun taking a much greater interest in a field called public health. The World Health Organisation has defined public health as: “The art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” — Acheson, 1988 As time has gone on, there have been a number of studies… Read More

Discrimination and Inequality May Never Be Fully Eradicated, But Everyone Deserves Equal Legal Rights

All of this talk in the media recently about the current restrictions on same-sex marriage in Australia has led to me thinking about it a lot. Being in a heterosexual relationship has meant that I have predominantly tried to keep my opinion to myself and listen to the people whose lives are most impacted by… Read More

The 10 Things You Need to Know About The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

1. There are 10 categories of experience that are considered to have adverse consequences on the later development of children These include: Abuse: Emotional Physical Sexual Neglect: Emotional Physical Household Dysfunction: Domestic Violence Substance Abuse Mental Illness Parental Separation/Divorce Crime 2. It is possible to determine your own Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) score The ACE… Read More

The Four Key Components of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia

Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is an efficacious treatment for primary insomnia, resulting in enduring and long-term sleep benefits. It is considered to be an effective treatment for insomnia that is co-morbid with substance abuse, medical and/or psychiatric conditions. Because of the overlap between insomnia, physical health, and psychological health, improving the sleeping quality… Read More

How Should We Define Success As A Nation?

The Olympic Slide Following the completion of the Rio Olympic Games, a theme of concern became evident across the various media platforms in Australia. Our overall medal tally at the Olympic Games has been in decline since it’s peak of 58 in Sydney in 2000, with 49 in Athens in 2004, 46 in Beijing in 2008,… Read More

Angry Boys Become Angry Men: The Constraints and Consequences of Idealising Hyper Masculinity

The messages that we deliver to boys about what it means to be a man can have a powerful impact on who they become I recently watched a fascinating documentary on Netflix titled ‘The Mask You Live In’ about the American masculine ideal and the consequences of teaching boys not to value emotions, sensitivity, connection,… Read More