Prioritising Sexual Health and Intimacy with Sexology
Psychological Health Care Blog
by Michelle Pomlett
2w ago
Prioritising your sexual health can be empowering. Whether you are facing specific challenges in your sexual relationships, grappling with questions about your sexual identity or simply seeking to better understand your sexuality and learn more about finding pleasure, you can benefit from speaking to a sexologist. In fact, sexuality is an integral part of the human experience influencing your relationships, well-being and overall quality of life. In fostering a healthy approach, you can experience improved mental and emotional well-being, more satisfying relationships and an overall higher qua ..read more
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Self-Care for Mental Health, Learn to Love Yourself
Psychological Health Care Blog
by Michelle Pomlett
1M ago
Self-care or self-love plays an important role in supporting your mental health. It involves accepting yourself as you are and treating yourself with love, compassion and kindness. Loving yourself is important because it affects many areas of your life, including your physical health, mental health and relationships with others. However, loving yourself is not always easy— in fact many people don’t love themselves and are frequently critical and overly harsh on themselves. You may think the notion of self-love sounds selfish or self- indulgent. Some may even feel guilty about devoting time to ..read more
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Anxiety Disorders: Managing Anxiety and Stress for Better Mental Health
Psychological Health Care Blog
by Michelle Pomlett
4M ago
Anxiety is a natural response to stress. However, that fact will provide little consolation if your symptoms are so severe as to send you to a hospital emergency department fearing a heart attack or some other life-threatening illness. The reality is that for some, stress and fear can become so overwhelming and persistent that it can evolve into an anxiety disorder, impacting daily life and overall well-being. If this sounds like your experience, you are not alone. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health and well-being issues in Australia with more than 17% of people aged 16-85 years r ..read more
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Suicide Prevention: Social Connection, Conversation and Helping Others
Psychological Health Care Blog
by Michelle Pomlett
6M ago
National suicide and harm prevention campaign R U Ok Day will be marked on September 14 this year. The public health campaign encourages everyone to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives. It supports a key mental health message about the importance of social connection, conversation and helping others in your community. While a conversation may seem a small effort for you, for anyone facing mental health challenges, being able to speak with someone and knowing that they care can have a big impact on their mental wellbeing. The campaig ..read more
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How to Manage ADHD in Children
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by Michelle Pomlett
6M ago
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, can be a challenge to understand and manage. As a parent you may feel stressed or frustrated, thinking that your child is misbehaving, while your child may be equally struggling to control their frustration when they find tasks difficult or boring to complete. However, children with ADHD aren’t misbehaving on purpose. ADHD is a medical condition that can affect your child’s attention span and self-control as well as other behaviours. In fact, about 5 per cent of children are diagnosed with the disorder, with the actual number likely higher as ..read more
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How to Manage Workplace Stress
Psychological Health Care Blog
by Michelle Pomlett
8M ago
Workplace stress has become a significant issue in Australia, despite the legal obligations for employers to create and manage safe and mentally healthy workplaces. While most jobs will have some level of stress, more than half the workforce (in a 2022 survey) now reports their work is suffering because of poor mental health. When occupational stress becomes excessive it can negatively impact your mental and physical health, productivity and overall well-being. Stress can also interfere with your ability to think clearly and make effective decisions. Whether from an overwhelming workload, unre ..read more
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Maternal Mental Health: How to Manage the Mental Health Challenges of Being a Mum
Psychological Health Care Blog
by Michelle Pomlett
10M ago
Being a mother can be a wonderful and fulfilling experience, but it can also come with mental health challenges. Whether you’re a new mum, or dealing with toddler tantrums, managing fast growing teens or preparing to farewell adult children, each stage of motherhood is a joy and blessing, but can also impact your mental health. As we celebrate Mother’s Day this May, it’s also World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month, with a campaign day providing an opportunity to highlight the mental health needs of new mothers and beyond. Read on to find out more about maternal mental health and ways to ..read more
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How to Deal with Loneliness for Better Mental Health
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by Michelle Pomlett
1y ago
Feeling lonely? It’s a common feeling of isolation, sadness or dissatisfaction with your social connections or relationships. The feeling may last for a short while or it can remain for long periods impacting your mental and physical wellbeing. Studies show that loneliness is a growing concern in many countries, including Australia, with one in four people reporting feeling lonely on a regular basis. For some, Valentine’s Day this month may be a trigger for feelings of loneliness. Read on to learn more about loneliness, how it can impact your mental health and strategies to overcome feeling lo ..read more
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Simple Habits to Adopt for a Mentally Healthy 2023
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by Michelle Pomlett
1y ago
Make 2023 the year you focus on your mental health. Forget short-lived New Year’s resolutions and rigid goal setting, instead commit to adopting some simple habits to boost your mental fitness now and well into the future. You may already realise that your mental health forms the basis for everything you do, including shaping your social and emotional well-being. It can impact every aspect of your life. Being intentional about valuing and improving your mental health can help you connect better with others, reduce anxiety and boost your confidence. Making some changes to your routines and adop ..read more
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Change to Medicare Subsidy Arrangement for Psychological Services
Psychological Health Care Blog
by Michelle Pomlett
1y ago
Medicare subsidised visits to psychologists have been reduced from 1 January 2023. This means the number of Medicare subsidised psychology sessions you can claim has dropped from 20 to 10, per calendar year. The number of therapy sessions claimable was originally increased from 10 to 20 in October 2020, in response to the impact of Covid-19 under the Federal Government’s Better Access Pandemic Support measures. To be eligible patients had: an approved treatment plan (either a Mental Health Treatment Plan, shared care plan, psychiatrist assessment and management plan or approved written record ..read more
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