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Podcast Episodes

#66 Prescribing happiness with Dr Darren Morton, PhD

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#63 What is lifestyle medicine? with Dr Sam Manger and Dr Edwin Kruys

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#55 Compassion in healthcare with Dr Robin Youngson

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#42 Placebo, empathy and positive language with Dr Jeremy Howick, PhD

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Online Resources

The Lift Project: 10 fascinating lessons to help lift your mood and your life, the program draws on evidence from neuroscience, positive psychology and lifestyle medicine.

The School of Life on YouTube – Relationships: a global organisation helping us understand ourselves, improve our relationships, our careers and our social lives.

Batyr: Giving a voice to the elephant in the room by smashing the stigma around mental health and creating positive behavioural change for young Australians now and in the future.

Books

Lost Connections, Johann Hari

Depression and anxiety are now at epidemic levels. Why? Across the world, scientists have uncovered evidence for nine different causes. Some are in our biology – but most are in the way we are living today. This New York Times best-selling book – lauded by everyone from Oprah to Elton John – offers a radical new way of thinking about this crisis. It shows that once we understand the real causes, we can turn to pioneering new solutions – ones that offer real hope.

Time to Care, Dr. Robin Youngson

In today’s beleaguered healthcare system, burdened with epidemic levels of stress, depression and burnout, Time to Care offers health professionals the opportunity of renewal. Here are the secrets to building a happy and fulfilling practice, wellbeing and resilience. Youngson bravely relates his own transition, from detached clinician to a champion for humane whole-patient care; at ties poignant, sometimes funny but always brutally honest.

Doctor You, Jeremy Howick, PhD

Throw away your statins, painkillers and antidepressants and pick up this book to find out how you can harness the body’s natural powers to heal itself.Doctor You contains the first hard scientific evidence to show that some so-called alternative or natural treatments are not only cheaper than industrially produced drugs and lacking the harmful side effects, they are also equally effective.Written using the latest, high quality, conventional evidence Doctor Youarms you with knowledge that will empower you to make the right choices about what drugs to take, what drugs to give your children, and when you should let your body do its thing.

Apps

The Connection App: App Store | Google Play | Website

Free; in-app purchases. Improve your relationships by developing the habits that lead to deeper connection and greater intimacy — all while having fun!

Konnect by R U OK? Website

Free. The mobile app, Konnect, issues interactive challenges that will get users reaching out to the people in their world in new and creative ways.  Konnect was developed in response to an R U OK? national survey that revealed around half of Australians spend two hours or less of their weekly downtime connecting with the people who matter to them – a concerning fact as strong relationships are linked to better mental and physical health and can help us navigate life’s ups and downs.

Health Unlocked (for patients): App Store | Website

Free. The social network for health.  Connect with other people in the same health situation as you, learn from others’ experience, receive emotional support and more. There are more than 600 well-moderated communities, each focussed on a unique topic, from cancer to yoga and everything in between.

Online Courses

OurRelationships

Based on Integrative Behavioural Couple Therapy, OurRelationship promotes emotional acceptance and associated behaviour change. The program takes 7-8 hours to complete, is designed to be undertaken as a couple (although it is possible to do it as an individual). Partners work separately and then have a joint conversation at the end of each of the three sections – titled ‘Observe’, ‘Understand’, and ‘Respond’. Respectively, these sections focus on observing the current state of one’s relationship, understanding problems, differences, stressors and patterns of communication, and how to accept, change, and communicate more effectively.

Shared Medical Appointments

As chronic and lifestyle-related diseases continue to rise, traditional 1:1 consultations are proving to be an increasingly insufficient and inefficient means of managing the needs of our patients. Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) may serve part of the solution.

Other Podcasts

Joe Rogan Experience #1250 with Johann Hari, author of the international bestsellers, Lost Connections and Chasing the Scream: Apple Podcasts 

The Rich Roll Podcast with Johann Hari: Apple Podcasts

Under the Skin with Russell Brand #052 with Gabor Maté: Apple Podcasts

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