As things are getting warmer our Island Facebook pages are flooded with photos of snakes seen on our local trails and walks, so I thought this was a good time to discuss snake bites and what to do if you or a friend is bitten. Firstly nearly all snakes are shy, they do not wantContinue reading “Snake bite first aid”
Feeling claustrophobic from wearing a mask? Unless you are someone who has worked in a hospital or theatre, wearing a mask is a foreign situation to find yourself in. But here we are, we are even choosing which has the nicer design or fabric. This is not something we would have ever even considered 12Continue reading “Wearing a mask”
Last week I wrote about how to dial down the sympathetic part of our autonomic nervous system (ANS) to help with stress. This week I want to write about activating the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). This is relatively easy but unless we have decreased the sympathetic drive it is often like putting a band aidContinue reading “Stress and the Autonomic nervous system part 2”
This week’s blog is about stress and the autonomic nervous system and is based upon part of the book I am currently writing – How to Heal. We are all hardwired with a two-part autonomic nervous system. Autonomic means that part of the nervous system that is not consciously directed and that is responsible for bodilyContinue reading “Stress and the Autonomic nervous system”
This topic seems to be a taboo subject for everyone and I have no idea why. I’ll explain my viewpoint.I believe that no-one wants to be the person to make final decisions on the medical treatment of the ones we love. Having worked with a number of families in this situation, I have come toContinue reading “Advanced Care Directives”
This week sees a tightening of restrictions in regional Victoria and therefore some changes to the way we are delivering health care at Phillip Island Health. We will still be open to see patients face to face if needed but prefer to see patients via telehealth whenever possible. We can once again see new patientsContinue reading “Stage 3 lockdown”
As I sit here trying to write this week’s blog (apparently it’s my turn) I wonder how a person who dislikes writing is partnered with someone who loves writing and who thought creating a weekly blog was a good idea! I find writing difficult and am usually better at explaining things in person but IContinue reading “Mel’s Wellness Program”
This week I thought I’d write about mental health as many people have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Many of us are feeling flat and lacking motivation and some people who already have depression or anxiety are experiencing worsening of their symptoms. This is not surprising as we are all under increased stress withContinue reading “Mental health is important”
With our island settling down after the school holidays, our kids are going back to school and the days are getting longer again. I have been asked by a number of people if I could re-explain the role of a Nurse Practitioner. This is an understandable request as we are a very new profession inContinue reading “What exactly is a Nurse Practitioner?”
The weather has just been glorious the last few days; it’s so nice to enjoy a walk on the beach or to look for whales from our many vantage points around the island. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place. At Phillip Island Health we have been seeing patients for nearlyContinue reading “Phillip Island Health”
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