Changing faces of Australia - Another new Prime Minister

Changing faces of Australia - Another new Prime Minister

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?

England in Summer (Oxford, London, Worthing)

England in Summer (Oxford, London, Worthing)

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. 

Six questions to find out if you are ready for adventure

Six questions to find out if you are ready for adventure

Social interaction and social creativity are important for our health. Making sure that we have some adventure, whether it is a small part of each day, or planning a big adventure at the end of the year is vital to maintaining our cognitive and social well-being.

House of Health: Six rooms for you

House of Health: Six rooms for you

As a Health Scientist I have the opportunity to look at health from a number of perspectives. I've come to appreciate that there are 6 key elements to improving your health.

Is Anybody Out There?

Is Anybody Out There?

My grandfather loved fish and chips. He was British so maybe that is not surprising. He lived to be over 90 years of age, and had dementia for the last part of his life. Learning about reducing our risk of dementia is important no matter how young we are.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

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.

Sweet Tooth. Who me?

Sweet Tooth. Who me?

What is it that tempts you when you are trying to eat healthy foods? Or what do you feel you need when you are feeling tired or unwell? Are there 'go to' foods that aren't actually good for you but which you really really long for at times when your willpower is the weakest?