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Photo of The Pill for article on The Pill by Dr Anne Malatt

The Pill

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Of all the many drugs on the market, there is only one pill known as ‘The Pill’. The Pill is a combination of synthetic female hormones – oestrogen and progesterone – used to mimic pregnancy and suppress female ovulation and thereby fertility, reducing the chance of unwanted pregnancy.
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Making the choice

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My experience so far with medical specialist training programmes and making the choice about which one to do, reminds me of the journey Frodo takes in the Lord of the Rings movie.
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National Physician Suicide Awareness Day 2021: With Gratitude to the Feists

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A beautiful blog by Dr Michael Myers, on the recent National Physician Suicide Awareness Day and the great work being done by Jennifer and Corey Feist, founders of the Dr Lorna Breen Heroes Foundation, one of the missions of which is “We envision a world where seeking mental health services is universally viewed as a sign of strength for health care professionals.”.
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True Resilience

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The key to developing true resilience is to care for ourselves and restore our sense of innate wholeness and worth, learning to love and appreciate ourselves just for who we are and to honour our innate sensitivity, letting the wisdom of our body guide our way, each and every day.
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A Wellbeing Charter for Doctors

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The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in conjunction with several other medical colleges and more to come, has just released a Wellbeing Charter for Doctors. This is a great first step in acknowledging the importance of self-care in healthcare professionals and the need for this care to be a shared responsibility for all of us.
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R U OK? Day

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This year, 9 September is R U OK? Day. This is an Australian initiative that was developed in 2009 by a man whose father was not OK and died by suicide.
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Standards

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We all have standards. They may not always be the same standards, but we all have them. Values that we hold dear, points of truth we will not compromise, a way of living that we hold as sacred.
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Spring Cleaning You   

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Spring is such a beautiful time of the year. So why not take the time to love ourselves, inside and out, and refresh the way we feel about ourselves and life?
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Invoking Caste: Why Physicians With Psychiatric Illness Are Shunned

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American medicine has a checkered history in its welcoming of physicians who are black, women, physically disabled, LGBT, to name a few. As a specialist in physician health and a 50-year career of treating physicians,1 I would like to add another group that has struggled for acceptance—physicians who have suffered a psychiatric illness. I argue that caste may be the reason.
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It Is Never Too Late

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My name is Evan Haines*. I’m writing you because I believe my mother, who, sadly, committed suicide in 1989, was under your care. I remember your name, and that she always thought very highly of you.
Photo of complex images by Alan Johnston for article on mindfulness by Dr Anne Malatt

Mindfulness and Conscious Presence

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We hear the word ‘mindfulness’ mentioned a lot these days, but what is it? How do you do it? And what does it do for you?
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How Well-Intentioned Advice Is Suppressing the Doctors of Tomorrow

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Read this blog by renowned psychiatrist Dr Michael Myers on how well-intentioned advice is suppressing the doctors of tomorrow
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A Tip of the Hat to Medical School Applicants: Chipping Away at Stigma

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One dimension of my daily work that I really enjoy is interviewing applicants to medical school. I’m often tasked with interviewing a specific group of applicants, the ones who openly write that they have suffered from mental health symptoms in the past.
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The Art and Science of Repose

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Repose is not a word that is used much these days, but it once was, as seen in this graph of its use over time. Repose is a quality we could perhaps do with more of, so what is it, how do we do it and where do we start?
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Personal sustainability

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We hear a lot about sustainability these days in terms of the economy, the environment, and society, but what is personal sustainability when it comes to us, the people who make up that society and determine what sustainability is?
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Self-care Moments: Living in cycles

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Hi, this is Anne Malatt with self-care moments and this is a moment on living in cycles. We think that we live a day in a linear way and move from one day to the next, leaving each one behind us as we go. In truth, we live in cycles. We live one day, over and over again, and everything comes with us as we go around and around the sun.
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Self-care moments: Preparing for sleep

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Hi this is Anne Malatt with self-care moments and this is a moment on preparing for sleep. Is there a way of preparing for sleep that allows us to get a good night’s rest and to wake feeling rested and refreshed and ready for the day, every single day?
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Self-care moments: A moment with tension

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Hi this is Anne Malatt with self-care moments, and this is a moment on tension.Tension is an inescapable part of human life. We are subject to forces of tension all the time ... so how do we deal with tension?
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Self-care moments: Working

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We spend around a third of our days and most of our waking hours working, getting ready for work and travelling to and from work … how do we feel about work and in what quality do we spend that time?
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Self-care moments: Taking a break

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Taking a break is not a time to escape from our bodies and our lives, but a time to enjoy being in our bodies even more deeply, and to appreciate ourselves, just for who we are.
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Self-care moments: Conversation

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Hi this is Anne Malatt with self-care moments and this is a moment on conversation. We spend a lot of our lives in conversation, talking to and about each other and life – what is the quality of that conversation and is this even something that we consider?
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Self-care moments: Drinking

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If you think you may be drinking too much alcohol, you probably are, knowing that even one drink is not good for you. So consider looking at why you drink and you may just find that waiting inside you is a younger you who does not like the taste of alcohol, but who loves you, just as you are … and let that essence of you and the knowing of your body, guide your way through life.
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Self-care moments: Eating

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I love eating food and always have. I have come to understand that there is a purpose to food beyond stimulating and satisfying the senses.
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Self-care moments: Swimming

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Swimming is an absolute joy for me. I love the feeling of being weightless in the water and gliding along in a rhythmic, flowing way.
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Self-care moments: Driving

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Rather than making time and our destination the focus of our trip, driving can be a beautiful opportunity to connect with ourselves and enjoy just being in our bodies, and our cars, and moving them in space.
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Self-care moments: Walking – our way back

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When we walk, we move our whole body. How do we move it? Are we consciously present with the whole, with our mind aligned to what our body is doing?
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Self-care moments: Getting ready for the day

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The way we get ready for the day imprints our body, the whole day and everyone we meet in it. Do we get ourselves ready in deep appreciation of this fact?
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Self-care moments: Waking up

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Waking up is like being born again; there is a moment of: here I am and here we go again, around the sun for another day. Is that moment one of deep appreciation and joy? And if not, why not?
Picture of human heart by Leonardo da Vinci for article by Dr Fiona Williams on Heart-centred Medicine

Heart-Centred Medicine: A Return to Ancient Wisdom

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Would a return to an ‘innermost’ way of life, a heart-centred intelligence and awareness, be something we as physicians, could consider?
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Dr. Michael Myers on Becoming a Doctors’ Doctor

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In this podcast, Michael Myers, MD, and John Budin, MD, discuss Dr. Myers' recent book Becoming a Doctors' Doctor: A Memoir, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic is helping medical professionals admit their vulnerabilities and steps clinicians can take when they have colleagues who may need professional help.