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Paul is aged 40, and he comes to see you with persistent, red, sore, scratchy eyes.

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The Downside of the Here-and-Now
The Downside of the Here-and-Now

We have been talking about mindfulness in mental health for some time. It’s sometimes hyped as the universal panacea for all things anxious and depressed. Easy, cheap and with no side effects!

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The Word of the Year Program
The Word of the Year Program

At the beginning of her book “Simple Self-Care for Therapists” Ashley Davis Bush starts by telling a story about a guest on her online talk radio show who introduced her to something she called her “Word of the Year Program”.

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Analgesia Options in the Day Surgery Environment
Analgesia Options in the Day Surgery Environment

Selecting appropriate analgesia is an important aspect of patient centred care in the day surgery and recovery room environment.

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A letter from Joanna
A letter from Joanna

Recently I received a letter from a patient of mine. Joanna is a 50 something woman who suffers from recurrent unipolar depression. She has given me her permission to share her letter with you.

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10 things everyone should know about Employee Assistance Programs
10 things everyone should know about Employee Assistance Programs

What do you know about Employee Assistance Programs and Providers? It’s all too easy as an employee or even as a mental health service provider to overlook the availability of EAPs, but they can provide useful and affordable support for many people facing mental health challenges in the workforce.

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Resuscitation trolley checking: Making it a priority
Resuscitation trolley checking: Making it a priority

Who checks the resuscitation or emergency trolley in your workplace? It’s easy to find guidelines about what items to include on the trolley, depending on your clinical environment. What’s not as easy is how to ensure that staff prioritise completing the checks, especially when you consider the ever-expanding lists of tasks that must be performed.

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Green with Asthma
Green with Asthma

How can I be more green? Cycle to work? No more steak? Stop my inhaler…?

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Australia: Why are we the allergy capital of the world?
Australia: Why are we the allergy capital of the world?

The increasing rates of food allergies has been alarming over the past 30 years in Western countries. So, is there a genuine rise in allergies, or just better awareness?

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Holiday Musings
Holiday Musings

As I write this I am sitting at the window of my cabin on a Hurtigruten cruise watching the Norwegian Coast slide by and contemplating the value of holidays. I suspect I am not alone in saying that the trouble with holidays is that it doesn’t matter how far you go or how long you stay away, you always take yourself with you.

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