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Where do you find the real miracles?

I’m not much of a cook I confess. Not that I can’t – but mostly I choose not to. What I think of as real cooking involves love, creativity and time. I choose to use my finite resources of love, creativity and time on other endeavours – primarily writing funnily enough. Real cooking for me becomes …

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To thine own self be…a true friend

Don’t we all love our friends? Friends are wonderful – such an important part of our lives. Friends are a blessing. Friends are those people with whom we share joy and pain. Friends are those people we choose to have in our lives who bring sunshine and happiness. Whether true friends, best friends forever, or even fair-weather …

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The problem with evidence based health is not what you think

I’ve based a huge chunk of my career on the assumption that evidence-based information helps people make better informed health decisions, have better health conversations with their doctors and ultimately leads to better health outcomes. Evidence is my stock in trade. I have spent many years translating evidence into a form that people can understand. …

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Doctor’s who don’t

Yes I am a doctor…but I don’t see patients. It’s been a hard journey to break free of societal expectations about being a doctor, and even harder to let go of my own web of shoulds. When I was 18,  for about a minute and a half I thought it would be a good idea …

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Once a doctor…

It’s true – once upon a time I went to medical school and became a doctor. But for more than 10 years I’ve been doing pretty unconventional doctor stuff. Stuff that’s hard to explain. Stuff there’s no single name for. Stuff I couldn’t describe on my business card beyond “Consultant: Health & Medical Services”. So I …

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A leap of faith

Wake-up calls We all get wake-up calls from time to time. Wake up calls can sometimes be wonderful – like the birth of a new baby. But often enough wake-up calls can be painful – an accident, illness, or even death of someone close. Recently, a period of sick leave on the back of a difficult …

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Does mental health have sex appeal?

We are just weeks away from an election here in Australia. And my fave question of the election coverage via twitter is: The problem is, in this election, health (as against mental health the poor cousin) barely seems to rate a mention. So what to do about health? What to do about mental health? Will jumping up …

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A totally “cool” thing to do

The things I don’t understand… I’m still on the uphill ride to my mid forties, nearer to 45 than I am to 50. From where I sit in my relative youth, 50 seems a mysterious “young-old” sort of age, with rules all it’s own. For example: You are old enough to be taken seriously (or …

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A better approach to “work-life balance”

“Work-life balance” is all wrong. Yes, you hear me correctly. The concept of work-life balance is totally and utterly wrong, and misleads us into thinking we can achieve something that is impossible. There is no such thing as work-life balance. Who can say they have it? Either our hours are too long and we don’t …

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I wish my job had duck feet

I wish my job had duck feet (with apologies to Dr Seuss)  I Wish That I Had Duck Feet is one of my all time favourite Dr Seuss stories. And the message is still relevant to all of us: Be ourselves – be comfortable in our own skin. Stop looking outside yourself for happiness. So here’s what I …

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