Take Better Control Of Pain Management

Codeine withdrawal and dependence may be on the increase but better pain management treatments are available. As of February 2018, codeine-based medications will no longer be available in Australia without a prescription. Already 25 other countries have restricted access to codeine as it is highly addictive and can cause hospitalisation, organ damage and even death if misused. When consumed, codeine can … Read More

Finding Help For Fly-In-Fly-Out Workers

Depression, anxiety, relationship breakdown and are some of the issues facing fly-in-fly-out (or fifo) workers. With the resources boom of the 1980s, mining has increased to remote parts of Australia and its surrounding oceans. Large scale industry like this requires large workforces. Instead of requiring workers to locate to relocate with their families to permanently live in isolated areas, workers … Read More

What No One Tells You About Binge Drinking

Binge drinking and alcohol abuse is something we think about when a national holiday like Australia Day can often be used as an excuse to drink to excess. In Australia, it is still common to get drunk on occasions like the Australia Day long weekend. Alcohol abuse has serious effects on physical and mental health. Binge drinking also has negative … Read More

Take The Plunge and Seek Treatment

Stigma stops us from seeking treatment for mental health problems. Fear of letting others know you have mental health problems like depression or anxiety is very real. The stigma surrounding mental health problems is gradually giving way and people in need can seek help before the consequences are too great. The consequences of anxiety and depression have again had international … Read More

Yoga and moving into well-being in the new year

Exercise and physical activities and yoga are great things to do when the warmer months are here. Summer is here in Australia and the Christmas period has past and we are off to a new year. Christmas time can be a difficult, stressful time for some. It is a time when some of us have to put on a festive, … Read More

Overcoming the need for alcohol to cope with anxiety

People with anxiety have used alcohol to lessen that anxiety. Having an alcoholic drink has been a great way to loose a few inhibitions, feel more sociable and just have more fun. Alcohol effects brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin in the brain, which lessen the  effect of anxiety.  But dealing with anxiety that way means that our brain expects … Read More

Prescription medication misuse on the rise

Around one million Australians misused pharmaceuticals and medication over the last 12 months according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report indicates the number of Australians using opioids and benzodiazepines for non-medical reasons is on the increase. The report, released on December 19, 2017 focussed on two main types of prescription drugs. One was … Read More

Understanding Depression and treatment

Depression is by far the most commonly experienced mental health problem. Somewhere around 300 million people globally experience depression. While it may effect so many people, less than 50 per cent of those 300 million seek treatment. That’s part of a bigger picture showing that mental health problems account for around half of all health problems but, even more alarmingly, … Read More

Poor mental health can shorten life expectancy

The part played by alcohol in relation to mental health problems has been under the spotlight for many years. Dependancy and addiction to alcohol or alcohol used to deal with mental health problems is a significant problem. New research between Danish and Australian universities has experts recommending more holistic mental health treatment in light of the part alcohol related problems … Read More

Knowing when to seek mental health help

Because it is most likely that all people will experience some form of mental health issue during their life, knowing when it is time to seek help is important. Just as most people will experience mental health problems, most people who seek treatment for them will benefit from that therapy. When do you know you might need to find some … Read More