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Finding balance

s balance really possible in these challenging times? With the demands of life and the unpredictability of the current situation, we’re all constantly being tested and pulled out of alignment, possibly not even recognizing we aren’t who we once were.

Five steps to mental health recovery

New clinical research has found five key areas of wellbeing are central to staying psychologically healthy, especially for those with depression, anxiety, or substance abuse concerns.

Dying with dignity in NSW?

Dying with Dignity has released a data report from the National Coronial Information System which reveals that one in five suicides of people over 40 in NSW in 2019 were by people with a terminal or debilitating medical condition.

Celebrating over two million carers

Carers NSW will celebrate National Carers Week 2021 with a range of free online events focusing on the health and wellbeing of family and friend carers across NSW.

Stride4Stroke anywhere, anytime

Registrations are now open for Stride4Stroke, Stroke Foundation’s uplifting physical activity fundraiser, which anyone can tackle in or out of COVID-19 lockdown.

TGA closer to rescheduling MDMA and psilocybin in Australia?

An expert panel reviewing the use of psychedelics to treat Australia’s mental health crisis supports treatments being introduced on a case-by-case basis, under the supervision of doctors and trained therapists.

Breathwork 101

Breathing is something many of us don’t think much about, unless we can’t get enough air, but breathwork practitioners believe it’s possible to improve wellbeing and create physical, emotional and spiritual changes by modifying the way we breathe.

Marathon effort for healthy hearts

Heart health is a major issue in the Richmond-Tweed region, with higher than average numbers of heart attacks, hospital admissions and deaths from coronary issues, as well as heightened risk factors for heart disease. Now you can do something about it.

New vaccination opportunities for region

With a flood of new Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccinations now available for Northern Rivers residents, it will soon become clear whether limited availability or vaccine hesitancy has been the main reason for the region to have been lagging behind state COVID vaccination averages.

Discrimination inevitable for those with dementia?

It’s Dementia Action Week, and recent research from Dementia Australia has identified that discrimination against people living with dementia remains real and entrenched.

Can you survive without internet for more than four hours?

We may be able to survive three days without water, but a new report has found that 44% of Australians can’t go more than four hours offline before becoming ‘uncomfortable’. Millennials are the most internet-obsessed, with over a quarter saying they suffer after more than an hour without internet access.

Who cares for the carers?

Pancreatic cancer is one of Australia’s deadliest diseases, with the average time from diagnosis to death a devastatingly short five months. A new service aims to support carers through the impact of the disease.

Rural doctors flag vaccine concerns

Rural doctors are reminding the NSW government that rural areas also need to hit the 70 per cent vaccinated level, as well as obtain complete access to vaccines for eligible people, before they should be opened up for travel.

Time to get seizure smart

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, with around 65 million people globally living with the condition. But would you know what to do if someone was having a seizure?

RUOK? Free mental health training for workplaces

Today is RUOK Day, and the Black Dog Institute has announced free mental health training for eligible NSW workplaces, with a particular focus on regional areas.

Eating disorder organisations unite

It’s Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and several organisations have come together to unite against harmful diet culture messaging, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overdose can happen to anyone

For International Overdose Awareness Day this week, the NSW Poisons Information Centre is reminding people that accidental overdoses can happen to anyone, and to take care with medications.

Patient care at heart of cancer trials

The journey towards new cancer therapies is full of challenges. Clinical trials – where new treatments are tested on people – are vital, but with fewer than five per cent of cancer patients participating worldwide, it’s a long road to travel.

Living with dementia – medicines not always the answer

A new film from NPS MedicineWise suggests that in some cases dementia medicines are taking away the chance to express feelings and needs, and should be used with caution.

Aussie artists team up for Daffodil Day

Everyone is invited to join singer-songwriter and cancer survivor Timothy James Bowen, and his special guests, for a virtual Daffodil Day concert presented by Cancer Council on Friday 27 August.