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

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 haven’t. What you will learn is a tiny girl, Tharnicaa, waited the best part of two weeks, with her physical condition …

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 …

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Bushfire Recovery Mental Health Support

Support can also be provided by specialist mental health Bushfire Recovery Clinicians who are available in bushfire-affected regions across NSW. Medicare has introduced new support for people whose mental health has been affected by the recent bushfire crisis. If you or your family have been impacted by the 2019/2020 bushfires, you can claim rebates for up to 10 psychologist sessions, until 31 …

happier person

20 Ways To Be A Happier Person In 2020, According To Therapists

Looking to make 2020 yourself A Happier Person, most fulfilling year yet? If your mental and emotional wellness took a backseat in 2019, there’s no better time than right now to prioritize it. Your mood affects everything in your life ― your relationships, your work, your self-care ― so improving it should be at the top of your goal list. …

Hypnosis

Is Hypnosis Real?

Hypnosis is a genuine psychological therapy process. It is a trance-like mental state in which people experience increased attention, concentration, and suggestibility. While is often described as a sleep-like state, it is better expressed as a state of focused attention, heightened suggestibility, and vivid fantasies. It’s often misunderstood and not widely used. However, medical research continues to clarify how and …