AstraZeneca

Worried about AstraZeneca?

Worried about AstraZeneca? Me too. The way we think about risk might be the problem I have spent nearly the entire pandemic reporting on the science of vaccines. The evidence leaves us in no doubt: they are one of humanity’s greatest medical inventions and are directly responsible for saving tens of millions of lives. Hence, why I’m surprised that I …

parenting

Protecting Australia’s wildlife

–parenting Now that it’s hot out, at least once a week, my husband surprises our daughters with a trip to a local ice cream shop. This is when he says he feels he’s at “peak dad” — when he gets to spring something exciting on the kids that he knows will delight them. “I love to see that look of …

theatre of cruelty

If you think Australia making an example of a sick three-year-old is an exception, think again. This is what we do

Theatre of cruelty in Australia The Biloela family is just the latest unwilling participants trapped in Australia’s ongoing theatre of cruelty This week, my colleagues Melissa Davey and Josh Taylor put together a rich timeline of the events on Christmas Island that culminated in a three-year-old child being flown to Perth for medical treatment. I encourage you to read it if you …

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open, citing her mental health

Tennis star Naomi Osaka said Monday she is withdrawing from the French Open after refusing to speak to the media at the grand slam. The major winner posted a statement on Twitter saying she was pulling out so that “everyone can get back to focusing on the Paris tennis going on,” adding that she would “take some time away from the court.” Naomi Osaka …

COVID 19

COVID 19 Update for our North Shore Psychology Practice

Well, 2020 has been interesting so far for us in Australia, but here at NorthPsych your mental and physical health is and always will be paramount to us. The COVID 19 pandemic has been a very confusing and worrying time for all of us, causing increased stress, anxiety and fear. Whether COVID 19 pandemic has affected your finances, employment status …

telehealth

What are telehealth sessions and how to make the most of them at NorthPsych?

Telehealth refers to the use of communication technologies to deliver health services, for example, seeing your GP via a video call. In light of COVID-19, the Australian Government has expanded Medicare-subsidised telehealth services for all Australians and is providing extra incentives. All of our amazing NorthPsych psychologists are working from home, and although this is new for our Lindfield psychology …

Italians

10 Days Later: What Italians Wish They Had Known

Quarantined Italians record messages to themselves 10 days ago, when the pandemic hadn’t yet killed 1,809 people and infected more than 24,000 across the country. When the Italian media began reporting on the increased community spread of the novel coronavirus across the country, Olmo Parenti, like many Italian citizens, didn’t take the threat of the pandemic too seriously. “My friends …

Obsession and Compulsion

Obsession and Compulsion

Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. ‘There’s AIDS on this doorknob’. ‘I could step right out into this traffic’. ‘I might stab my wife with this kitchen knife’. ‘I’m going to get cancer’. ‘I think I ran someone over’. ‘Did I lock the door?’. ‘What if I’m a sex offender?’ ‘Am I dead?’ We …