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 love Oxford UK. It is my favourite place to be. In the Australian summer of 2014-2015 I went to Oxford as a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing to work on my research plan for projects relating to the timing of the diagnosis of dementia.
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.
I have only been to Valencia in Spain, but I know I love Spain. I really want to visit and see more. Valencia is a lovely city, not as big as some of the other more famous cities, but it has a beautiful old part of town, and the food is fantastic.
In April 2015 I went to Lausanne in Switzerland to meet with colleagues from around the world to talk about acute care assessment systems. Lausanne is the biggest city (and capital) in the Canton of Vaud.
I am not a morning person. Despite the fact that starting early in your day really sets you up for success; for me mornings are challenging. I desperately want to sleep in for an extra hour (even though I set the alarm for the time I really needed to get up).
Yesterday I lost my car keys. Constantly trying to find things takes up important thinking space, causes stress and wastes an awful lot of time. I wasted hours looking for my keys and many more mental hours thinking about possible reasons for their disappearance.
I'm dedicating this month to understanding how I spend my time. Through understanding what I do with my time, I think I will be able to look at opportunities to maximise the way I use my time by organising things differently or making different choices.