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Aging Well – a personal perspective

Aging Well – a personal perspective

August 04, 2020 Dr Jan Orman
Dr Jan Orman

At 65 and a half (yes, it’s come to that. I’m actually counting the months again!) I find myself reluctantly looking down the barrel of a shotgun labelled “old age”.  It’s OK, don’t panic – I’m not unwell. It’s just that my body hurts and people keep asking me when I am going to retire. What is that!


Muuuum, I’m bored!!!!

Muuuum, I’m bored!!!!

July 21, 2020 Dr Jan Orman
Dr Jan Orman

Has anyone heard that or a variation of it recently? I’ll bet you have! Many years ago, before I had kids of my own, I used to hear my brother-in-law saying to his bored and whining kids “Come on then, I’ll give you a job. I’ve got plenty for you to do.”


What’s your COVID number? A simple way to keep everyone safe and comfortable

What’s your COVID number? A simple way to keep everyone safe and comfortable

July 07, 2020 Dr. Sarah Barker
Dr. Sarah Barker

A friend mentioned a really great way for managing this which I have been using and sharing with others. As people are going to have different comfort levels when it comes to spending time together, she told me about sharing her COVID social comfort level with others via a number and asking them for theirs before spending time together.


Being Well in Difficult Times - Talah

Being Well in Difficult Times - Talah

June 30, 2020 Talah Laurie
Talah Laurie

It’s always helpful to hear how other people cope.  Over the next few weeks we are dedicating the Being Well blog to a series called Being Well in Difficult Times.  In this blog post we speak to Talah - a a Gumbaynggirr/Yaegl young person who shares her experience of COVID-19.


We’re listening at last to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices in Mental Health

We’re listening at last to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices in Mental Health

June 23, 2020 Nathan Meteoro
Nathan Meteoro

Whilst significant progress has been made in incorporating these voices generally, there is a call for diversity in these Lived Experience voices, namely Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience.