Sleep is important for your mental and physical well-being. One important aspect of good sleep habits is the part where you stop sleeping – the getting up part. Popular advice is ‘Don’t hit the snooze button’. I confess this is very difficult for me.
We do change Prime Ministers a lot in Australia. The first change in Prime Minister I really remember was Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser and I was eight. The first Prime Minister change my daughter remembers was John Howard and Keven Rudd, and she was nine (Do you remember the campaign slogan?). Do you remember when John Howard was Prime Minister?
If I identify evidence that can improve the health of individuals or the health care system, is 17 years too long to wait for this evidence to start changing lives? There is an extended gap between when evidence about health improvement is identified, and when it starts to be systematically integrated into the health care system. This is a challenge for scientists.
While driving home from ED the other day I started to feel the chronic illness overwhelm. It's that feeling that comes from beginning to get a sense that you are starting to gain control of your health (and therefore life) and suddenly something happens and you realise that you really don't have that much control.
I went to Colombo in Sri Lanka in December 2013 to speak at a public health conference. I was talking about the challenges in proposing a public health policy for early diagnosis of dementia given the lack of scientific evidence to support the impact of the timing of the diagnosis on health and personal outcomes for patients and carers.