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Medbag (new product)
Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:47

Medbag has been designed in Australia to store and carry medicine in a convenient, safe and informative way.  It can be easily personalised with a child's photo and name tag.

The bag has a clear front to enable the contents of the bag to be viewed and a carry handle with an adjustable strap.  The clear pocket on the reverse side of the bag stores various medical Action Plans that can be filled out in accordance with individual requirements.  These plans are downloadable on the Medbag website so they are easy to update in accordance to medical needs.  With this bag there can be no confusion.

Order online at www.medbag.com.au or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Helen on 0412 115 879 or Sarah on 0423 329 872.

Stand Up For Your Health
Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:38

Sitting has actually joined smoking and obesity as an important risk factor for chronic disease.  Most of us now sit for more than 5 hours per day.  Research is now showing that people who sit for the longest periods of time are twice as likely to have diabetes or heart disease, compared with those who sit the least.

Sitting time is a predictor of weight gain among women and probably for men as well.  People who use a computer for at least 11 hours per week or watch TV for more than 21 hours per week are more likely to be obese than those who use a computer or watch TV for more than 5 hours per week.

Extended sitting slows your body's metabolism.  To counter balance this stand up, standing burns more calories and contributes to weight control.

The evidence is now very strong that standing ticks many of the "good healthy choice" boxes.

Start by increasing your standing time gradually.  It is important to maintain good posture while standing as this increases the core abdominal muscle tone.  Stand up wherever possible.

Here are my top tips:

1. Do what the Italians do and stand up for your morning cup of tea or coffee

2. If you travel to work by public transport, train or tram, stand up

3. When making phone calls stand up

4. Switch from typing while sitting to using voice activated software and stand up while doing all your e-mailing and word processing documents

5. While waiting for anything, stand up

6. Stand to read a newspaper or a magazine

7. When having a casual conversation with anyone...do it standing

8. Convert your desk to a standing desk.  There are lots of ideas online as to how to do this.  Just 'Google'it

Acknowledgement to Dr Daniel Lewis This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Telephone Support For COPD
Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:31

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) is seeking participants for a randomised controlled trial investigating the efficacy of telephone administered cognitive behaviour therapy for people with COPD experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety.

This research is being undertaken in collaboration with the Alfred Hospital, Department of Allergy, Immunology & Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed).  Please contact Maree Daly at NARI on (03) 8387 2657 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss potential referrals.  More information is available on the NARI website http://www.mednwh.unimelb.edu.au/nari_Volunteers/Files/Volunteer_TelephoneSupport_COPD_recruitment_info.pdf

Online Tools For Young People To Improve Mental Health
Thursday, 14 March 2013 00:47

Thirteen great tools (apps and websites) which can be used to complement treatment of young people by renowned psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg:

MoodGYM: A free tool useful for depression and anxiety.  It's ideal for cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)

MoodKit: This smartphone app is the logical CBT follow-up homework for a young client - it's a toolkit for what they can do to improve their mood, recording events and feelings and rating their mood along the way

iCope: This was developed by mental health nurses.  It offers alternatives to deliberate self-harm by providing practical and easy steps to distract, displace and seek-help, all at the touch of a button and accessible at all times

Smiling Mind: Young people adore this.  Smiling Mind is a meditation app customised by age for anxiety and depression

Talking Anxiety: This phone app can help young people and families understand anxiety

Body Beautiful: A unique iPhone app that promotes positive body image and self-esteem among women and girls

DeepSleep: This app incorporates guided meditation to help overcome insomnia and get to sleep.  It can be customised  for short or long inductions and has an alarm for waking up

SuperBetter: A remarkable online game that supports young people to achieve health-related goals by increasing resilience

Live Happy: A positive psychology app I use in the final stages of therapy

Pillboxie: This pill reminder app provides useful reminders to take medication

iCounselor: Incorporates strategies for managing a range of conditions, including anger, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression

Mnf: Always making excuses for not meditating?  This is simply the best way to learn and enjoy mindfulness meditation



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