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How Christmas day hurts our brains

How Christmas day hurts our brains

December 06, 2021 Dr Jan Orman
Dr Jan Orman

Did you know our brains work overtime during stressful times. It’s likely that the holiday period will spark some serious brain activity!


Virtual reality – Training wheels for mindfulness?

Virtual reality – Training wheels for mindfulness?

November 23, 2021 Fiona Foley
Fiona Foley

The practice of mindfulness has positive psychological effects but it's not as easy as it sounds. Swinburne University has been investigating the role of virtual reality (VR) and Fiona Foley from their National eTherapy Centre, tells us how it can actually benefit mindfulness practice.


The truth about nicotine

The truth about nicotine

November 09, 2021 Dr Jan Orman
Dr Jan Orman

The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year to market smoking as exciting, glamorous, and safe and it’s also shown in video games, online and in film. We have all heard the nicotine warnings over the last few decades and how it’s bad for our lungs, but should this message be updated? What do we now know about nicotine?


A Helping Hand for Healthcare ‘Heroes’

A Helping Hand for Healthcare ‘Heroes’

October 27, 2021 Dr Tahnee Bridson
Dr Tahnee Bridson

It’s time to start changing the narrative and showing society and the health system, that healthcare workers are not superhuman and it’s OK that they need support too.


Anxiety and the end of lockdown

Anxiety and the end of lockdown

October 08, 2021 Dr Jan Orman
Dr Jan Orman

There are many in the community who aren't in any rush to get out and interact with others. Some feel anxious about Covid lockdown restrictions easing.