Physical activity and getting healthy

Exercise and physical activity is an important part of health and wellbeing. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have released a report showing that, even a small increase in our levels of physical activity could have major positive health impacts. The report reveals that 2.6% of the disease in Australia was due to physical inactivity. That may seem a … Read More

Make the most out of Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week, the annual mental health awareness week is here again.  And World Mental Health Day takes place on October 10. It has been reassuring that over the last years mental health awareness has been in the public arena for more than just one week in the year. Being mindfull of our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others … Read More


Sometimes talking about mental health issues is really difficult. Being able to talk to someone who may be experiencing mental health problems is really difficult. Today, September 14, is R U OK? day. This is a day that encourages us to ask those difficult questions. R U OK? is an organisation that sets out to helps ask other sometimes difficult … Read More

Women take control of your wellness

“Women hold up half the sky,” Mao Tse-tung once said. The findings of an annual study into women’s health reveals that they could also be holding nearly half of Australia’s mental health problems. The first week of September is Womens’ Health Week. Since it began in 2013, Womens’ Health Week has been a time to reflect on women’s health and … Read More

Friends with benefits: pets and other animals and wellbeing

Pets and other companion animals are just that, they can provide great companionship. Many studies have shown that. Some have pointed out the benefits to the pet owner’s physical and mental health. Lover stress levels, better heart health as well as other positives. Owning a pet can provide better socialising with family and friend too. People who feel the benefit … Read More

Get well in a garden

The gardens and natural, open spaces at Retreat South can have a beneficial effect on you mental health. One of the most attractive features of Retreat South are the gardens and natural bushland settings.  The andscape is attractive on the eye and pleasant to experience in all seasons.  Research has shown that gardens and other open, natural spaces can have … Read More

Men and Mental Health

Mens’ physical and mental health often comes under the spotlight. Australian males been shown to have poorer health than Australian females. Men also are among the most like to develop problems with alcohol and other drugs. To make matters worse, men are less likely than women to visit health professionals. Although there has been some welcome changes over time with women … Read More

Taking time out for your wellbeing

Perhaps you saw it in a news thread. The woman who messaged her workplace to say that she was taking a couple of days of to focus on her mental wellbeing? It would be surprising if you didn’t hear about it because her message, and more importantly, her boss’s response went viral. “I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my … Read More

Effective treatment does not end with detox

The number of Australians seeking help for amphetamine addiction is on the rise. Amphetamine use has already become one of the major mental health problems but it is a problem that is increasing rather than decreasing. A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released last week revealed about 134,000 Australians had received drug treatment in … Read More

Rehab – Making addiction recovery work for you

Addiction is something that can be part of a complex set of issues. ‘Rehab’ or recovery from something so complex takes time. Many people have looked back on their recovery treatments and found that a major difficulty was recovery that rehabilitation program sometimes last less than two weeks. Recovery from addiction can be a difficult thing. Many people need to … Read More