The morning after a sweltering summer night, you’ve tossed and turned, sweated in your sheets, many may experience a rude awakening.
You know the feeling, you wake up feeling groggy, tired, irritable, almost like you have a hangover.
In Australia temperatures like last week’s heatwave – which saw suburbs stay at around 30 degrees Celsius overnight – and with hot days expected throughout the southern summer, sleep disruption is going to be a regular pain in the neck.
While the body’s core temperature generally hovers steadily around 37C, there is a potential for it to rise and develop into a fever if the surface temperature cannot be cooled and a room remains hot :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 11th, 2013 | Author:Michael Courtenay | Filed under:REBLOG! | Tags:REBLOG! | Comments Off on REBLOG! Shameful New Australian Mental Health Report Says ‘No Progress’ in 30 Years
If you’ve followed my blog, you’ll know I have a passion for mental health. This slight obsession has allowed me a tiny window into a world that for most doesn’t exist. A tragic place who’s border is much finer than most would expect, at any given moment almost any breathing human can topple from well-balanced mental health, into a world that is not only coddled by confusion, but largely ignored by the galaxy.
Mental health truly works in shades-of-grey, what for one person might simply be an anxious moment, is for another a life crippling disability. And although medicine – and medicine of the mind – has made huge discoveries over the past three decades, a new report suggests the insights gained might not have improved the overall life of suffers.
The damning report undertaken by The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute – BMRI – has found the life expectancy for people suffering a mental illness hasn’t improved in 30 years. The finding is in stark contrast to the advances made for Australians suffering from illnesses like heart disease and cancer :: Read the full article »»»»
This is a bit of a personal post, so I'm going to deviate, get a little off track – at the outset and throughout this post – So let me begin by outlining: This post is about mental health, more precisely a lack of. It's also about a Louis Theroux documentary titled A Place for Paedophiles, it's my last rant on Alex Brooks and it's about a 21 year old child I care for.
The latter point first: I'm a care for a gorgeous young lady, a 21 year old child who has been diagnosed with 6 separate mental disorders. She's been physically, mentally and sexually abused since she was 3 years of age, incarcerated since she was 11 years of age and forcibly admitted to psychiatric units 7 times in the past 12 months. She's self harmed since she was 13 years of age and been a serious drug abuser since she was 14.
Mental health is such a complex problem, an almost unbelievable mountain of human carnage, human despair and misery. Much of the problem can be put down to the lack of resources given to what will surely be the scourge of this 21st century, my heart goes out to those who face this devastation on a daily basis, respect.
One of the anecdotal lessons I've learned is that mental illness is much more pervasive than society at-large would believe, it's far more complicated and almost impossible to get ontop of :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 5th, 2012 | Author:Verity Penfold | Filed under:REBLOG! | Tags:REBLOG! | Comments Off on Indigenous Health Poster Gets BASIC Human Anatomy WRONG!?
The Australian Federal Government’s Health Department has been forced to withdraw one of its Aboriginal health posters after it was revealed it contained embarrassing errors about basic human organs. The poster, titled Female Human Anatomy, confuses the stomach with the lungs and incorrectly labels the ovaries as kidneys. It also has an arrow pointing to the intestine, but instead calls it the stomach. The poster also shows two pancreases. The poster is part of the Government’s Living Longer program aimed at improving the health outcomes of Indigenous people in regional and remote areas :: Read the full article at ABC.net.au »»»»
Australian pre-school children are set to be screened for early signs of mental illness as part of an extension to the voluntary Government funded program, Healthy Kids Check. The Department of Health and Aging via it website say that the program aims to improve the health and well-being for Australian children by encouraging early detection of lifestyle risk factors and physical health issues, and facilitating early intervention strategies through the Healthy Kids Check Medicare items. This initiative aligns with the broader policy agenda of optimising outcomes for children through attention to health, learning and development.
The Australian Medical Association – AMA – currently supports the Federal Governments initiative to look for early signs of mental illness in three-year-old children. Though this hasn’t always been the case. In 2010, the then AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce said via statement that the AMA supported the principle that parents should be given greater incentive to take personal responsibility for making sure that their children have a healthy start to life, but the Healthy Kids Check program was not the right way to achieve this outcome :: Read the full article »»»»