Christmas Gifts For Business

2021 has been a difficult time for so many businesses in our community so we thought, what can we do to be of service? How can we support Ocean Grove business owners? You give them something special that continues to give of course!

Welcome to your Christmas Gifts for Businesses event!

This evening will be filled with gifts from a panel of inspirational speakers who will share their insights and best practices for business and personal growth in 2022 to door prizes, refreshments and more. It’s going to be a fun, engaging and supportive evening whilst an informative packed night! BOOK NOW

The following panel of speakers will be sharing:

Dominique Ho from Viewpoint Digital Media (Digital Marketing Specialist):

  • Importance of a digital marketing strategy
  • Ways to engage with your audience
  • Say cheese! Thinking outside the box with your media assets

Sally Wilson from I Am Sally Wilson (Change Coach):

  • How to ditch stress and why
  • Freedom and choice – the superpowers we forget
  • Fun at the top of the list – a necessity, not a luxury

Mark Edmonds from MRE Consulting(Business Advisory):

  • The importance of business planning
  • How to eat an elephant without getting indigestion
  • Business planning considerations

Brenton Dunn from PTP Accounting (Business Accountant):

  • Pressure testing your cash flow forecast
  • Building the right cash flow structure
  • Reviewing cash flow results and taking action for success

Kirsten Macdonald from Ponderings Magazine (Business Storyteller):

  • The secrets to storytelling to increase your bottom line
  • Celebrating You- What the Big Wigs know
  • Self-Authoring and Business Growth

You will be able to engage and ask questions throughout the night.

We’re so grateful to have the support of our major sponsor and local family from JAX Tyres who are helping us tremendously with this event. We’re hosting this event at the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club and the whole $25 from each ticket sale from the evening will go to the OGSLSC to support them and all the work they do for our community to keep us safe!

Tickets are limited so please book quickly to avoid any FOMO (fear of missing out)! BOOK HERE!!

Miss Universe Dr Olivia Wells Says You Can Take 15 Minutes a Day to Reframe Your Mindset

Miss Universe Dr Olivia Wells Says You Can Take 15 Minutes a Day to Reframe Your Mindset

We all have those days where we feel like life is getting the best of us, especially in a world where a pandemic monopolises our lives. You might be feeling more stressed than usual, or maybe you’re just not sleeping well at night. Sometimes it can seem impossible to find time to do anything for yourself, let alone take care of your mental health and physical wellbeing. But don’t worry – there’s help! Meet our very own Miss Universe titleholder and pediatric registrar, Dr Olivia Wells! 

 

Dr Olivia Wells is a Paediatric Registrar at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She has dedicated her life to helping children in groundbreaking medicine, along with an inspiring history of philanthropy in underprivileged countries. Her dedication also includes being an ambassador for many organisations, including Connor’s Run https://www.connorsrun.com/the-run. In 2013 she was the first Victorian woman to be crowned Miss Universe Australia and represent in Moscow. 

 

We ponder! 

 

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How did the process of Miss Universe help you to gain skills for what you do today?

 

In my year as Miss Universe, I had the opportunity to undertake charity work, and instead of doing just Instagram, Snaps, and you know, attending balls, I spend several with a group called Operation Smile doing overseas aid work in cleft lip and palate repairs in children in developing nations. As a result, I met a number of surgeons who became mentors and had an opportunity to develop my skillset with kids; this led to going into paediatric medicine. This also opened the way to doing other charity work within the healthcare field.

 

I guess that’s what I decided to get out of my year! I knew I didn’t want to be a TV presenter, and I didn’t want to be a model, and I didn’t want to be an influencer. But I was already in medical school, and I did want to be a doctor. 

 

Connor’s Run influence on your medical career?

 

I was already in medical school when I started working with Connor’s Run. I wanted to be a doctor well before then. I got involved with Connor’s Run and met one of my new mentors, Dr Jordan Hansford, a Paediatric Oncologist at RCH, and he was Connor’s Oncologist. Knowing that I wanted to get into paediatrics, part of doing that is doing research. So I pestered poor Jordan until he took me on. In the end, he said, yes, I’ve got a project, you can come in and work on this massive Excel spreadsheet ( I think it still gives me nightmares), and we’ll see how you go.

 

This grew into a great working relationship where I’ve been researching with Jordan as part of his team for years now. I fell in love specifically with paediatric Oncology and particularly Neuro-oncology or brain tumours. 

 

I have seen first-hand a lot of unsung heroes in groundbreaking medicine, people that dedicated a whole lot of life, years into this extraordinary work. Helping children live by the hour in some cases!

 

Well, that’s why I do it as well because I’m blown away by the work. Oncology; is this incredible space at the cutting edge of medical research, and every day, every week and every year, there’s something new coming out that gives hope. You’re also in a space where you can provide care and compassion to families in their greatest time of need and walk with someone on a journey that no one should ever have to walk on. So to be able to say that I’m here for you, to support you, and provide kindness, compassion, and dignity on this journey is humbling. 

 

With this workload and dedication, you use your social platform to encourage balance and healthy living. I am told you have a really interesting take on 15 minutes a day, can you tell us about it? 

 

At the moment I’m studying for a paediatric exam. This exam is my last big exam in my training period, and it’s the biggest scary one, the scariest one that I’ll ever sit. So my routine in the morning means I get up at 5:00 – 5:30 AM, I do an hour to an hour and a half of study, and then I try and do something active for just a little while. And then I go to work.

Some days I managed to get out for like a 15 or 20-minute run. And that’s great. Some days I’m exhausted, and I just think, you know what? Today I’m just going to congratulate myself for getting up and having done some extra study and doing this. Some days I have a day off, and I feel really good, and I’ll say, all right, I’ll go out and run 10K today because I just feel like it, and I enjoy it. And so, for me, it’s been actually really difficult to sort of have that compassion and hold the compassion for myself in not being amazing at everything.

 

I used to be a competitive swimmer. I was in state and national competitions. I’m very used to being quite athletic and fit, and this year, my physical fitness has taken a backseat to work and study-related things. That’s been hard to reconcile within myself. But I focused in September in the Connor’s Run Your Way Any Day is that something little for myself every day, even if it wasn’t what I would have previously expected to be amazing or something to toot my horn about on social media is still a pretty bloody good job, especially in a pandemic.

 

The positive affirmation is wonderful, and embracing the I WILL 

affirmation is powerful, like Connor did during his yoga therapy class. His was ‘I WILL be Awesome’ – yours can be anything.

 

What would be some of the ways that you’ve changed your self talk? Can you give an example?

 

I started journaling a lot; I try and sit down and write as much as I can. I reflect on something I did well that day, why I did it well and what skills this showed. So I might say, for instance, one day I did a great faster run than usual, but I did that well because I had looked after myself by eating well the day before and using positive self-talk on my run. Or it might be that I had a special interaction with a colleague at work or with a patient. Or I could actively listen to someone to take on board their feedback or their concerns or whatever it may be. I’ve found it’s been really helpful. It’s one thing to ask what am I grateful for or what am I good at? But to take that next step and ask, what is it about me that allows me to be good at this? And recognise that. This also brings these aspects to the front of your mind, and you can continue working on them as well.

 

It became like a self-fulfilling prophecy where I was mindful of how kind or dedicated or how well I communicated. Being mindful of that one day means that the next day I can employ these skills. I can build on them.

 

What’s something about being Miss Universe that our readers might not know about? 

 

Oh, that’s a hard one. I think there are so many things. I mean, firstly, it’s not as glamorous as what people may believe! The number of times I had to do a clothing change with the towel around me or in the car because I was trying to get from event to event. And of course, you can’t wear the same thing at two events. It’s a bit ridiculous. So now you see, she’s wearing the same track pants now for days in a row! 

 

What’s something our readers might not know about being a paediatrician? 

 

Bubbles are your best friend! Kid crying, bubbles. Suppose the child doesn’t want to be touched to examine -bubbles! Kids getting a drip put in? Bubbles. Just because you can- bubbles! I carried a bubble wand like a stethoscope! 

 

It’s changed with COVID, of course. So I’ve had to resort to stickers and like single-use things. But pre COVID when it was not a faux pas just to blow your secretions bubbles were the best thing ever.

 

Would you choose a tree house or a cubby house?

 

Treehouse.

 

Parting pondering?

This period is really difficult for all of us. And I think the one really important thing is that we have kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. And once you can start being kind and compassionate to yourself, you can start bringing that forward to others.

 

About Connors Run: 

 

Connor’s Run is the brainchild of the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation. 

This year Connor’s Run has raised over 2 million dollars for Children’s Brain Cancer. 

 

In September 2011, 17-year-old Robert Connor Dawes ran from his home in Sandringham to the boatsheds on the Yarra. He’d started his training for the upcoming rowing season early, as he wanted to make the Brighton Grammar 1st VIII. Not loving running, he did the 18.8 km because he was determined to be the best he could be. Little did he know that there was more than fierce determination in his head: there was also a tumour growing. Connor had unknowingly begun his battle.

 

Two months later, Connor was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma. Major surgery resulted in the loss of movement to his right side, impaired vision and severe short term memory loss. His body was broken, but his mind was not. He was determined to improve and spent hours each day on his physical and mental rehabilitation. The intense radiation and later chemotherapy followed. But throughout all this, Connor never stopped smiling. He stayed positive, philosophical and true to his mantra: “I will be awesome”.

 

For 16 months, Connor’s brilliant mind, strong body and gentle soul faced off against an ependymoma. Like many others, his brains and brawn gave it all to fight against the poor odds. But on April 20, 2013, Connor’s own battle ended. 

 

Inspired by his spirit of Aeternum Fortis, the RCD Foundation was created as a tribute to him and other brain tumour fighters.

 

Over the past eight years, Connor’s Run has evolved into Australia’s biggest event for paediatric brain cancer, with thousands of young runners now participating in the event. Many come back year after year, each time generating more funds raised and more attention for the #1 cancer killer in young Australians.

 

You can donate any time and get involved -see the below links for info: 

 

https://rcdfoundation.org

https://www.connorsrun.com/the-run

 

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Written by Katherine Stanley

 

We are Walking the World 4 Endo this October to raise money and awareness for the 800 000 in Australia with Endometriosis.

It costs the Australian economy 9.6 billion dollars annually and the individual around $30 000 a year. It is painful and has no cure. The disease affects one in nine people assigned female at birth, making it as common as asthma or diabetes. However, unlike Asthma and Diabetes, it has received little funding and research.

In Australia, the average diagnosis delay for Endo is 6.4 years. This means that those with Endo spend 6.4 years in crippling pain and no answer to what is happening for them. Symptoms of Endometriosis include painful periods, abdominal and back pain, pain during other parts of the menstrual cycle and painful sex. Heavy and irregular menstrual bleeding and change in bowel habits as well as bloating and fatigue.

Research has shown that 92% of adolescent girls and young women have period pain. A third of them are missing work and school because of it, and most of them are not telling their teachers, bosses, or doctor. We are on a mission to spread the message that period pain that interferes with your life is not normal. If your periods are interfering with your life, please talk to a medical professional.  

Endo Help foundation was set up in 2018 by Gillian Walker after her daughter collapsed post her hysterectomy. Gillian and her family found it hard to know where to get help and support and wondered how many other women and families were in the same position. Endo Help has been providing support for those with Endo and their families since.

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I joined Endo Help in 2019 with a passion for changing the pelvic pain space.

I had a seventeen-year diagnosis delay where Endo and pain ripped through every part of my life. I missed many life events, had so many days off work, and often felt scared, alone and like maybe I had made it all up. I am working in this space in the hope that no one will ever feel like I did and that women will be seen, believed and heard.

One of the things I love the most about working for Endo Help Foundation is the process of creating new projects and bringing them to life. For example, I wanted to create a walk to spread awareness and create a community. My hope is that women will feel more supported knowing that a group of people walked to raise money and awareness for them. I also intentionally chose walking as it is a relatively safe form of exercise for chronic pain. You can pace yourself and walk within your ability and capacity. Research has also shown that walking is good for both your body and mind.

We are walking across October. You can choose whether you will walk as an individual or a team. You get to decide how you want to exercise and how far you would like to try and walk. And you get to decide how much money you will decide to raise.  

Due to Covid, the walk is virtual. Though we will be socially distanced, we will remain connected. We have a free webinar with a panel of Endo experts on Sat, Oct 2nd at 3 pm and will have several Instagram lives throughout the month. We also encourage you to jump on social media and snap your shots as you #walktheworld4endo.

We are walking to end the stigma around menstruation and Endo. We are walking to say to all those with Endo, we SEE you, we BELIEVE you.

Please dust off your shoes to join us and raise awareness and money to research this debilitating disease. It is a great way to get active and change the lives of many.

Katherine Stanley is our guest journo this month and an inspiring woman

who goes to the next level when she gets behind something she is passionate about.

We love having her at Ponderings and encourage everyone to get behind the Geelong

local to help her fuel the action helping so many women.  

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We’ve Been Here Before

It is a devastating time for many right now, feeling powerless and without remedy or perhaps experiencing a lack of agency. So how are some ways we can empower ourselves? Regardless of the how, when, why and what, we are most definitely in a global crisis. 

 

We have been here before. 

 

The Spanish Flu killed an estimated 50 + million people 100 years ago. 

 

The loss of life was beyond devastating. The economic impact globally was horrendous, with many soldiers and men of working age returning home from War with the infection spreading to families. Spanish Flu is one of the deadliest pandemics in human history as it killed an estimated 2% to 5% of those who were infected. Many women were forced into labour; families were left without a father and breadwinner. The Spanish Flu also had a significant impact on international development through trade, leading many countries to enforce trading blocks in an effort to save their populations from the deadly strain. People’s mental health suffered dramatically during this time, with grieving families struggling to get support; let’s remember it was the early part of the 1900s. Children grew up in boarding houses, finding themselves in an unfamiliar place surrounded by strangers.

 

Masks, lockdowns, mandatory vaccines and curfews have been a part of human history, and they don’t suck any less now. Mandatory vaccines have been in effect all over the world for decades, as have curfews. Imagine the loss of freedom when Nazi’s invaded and curfews were imposed? It was a seen enemy. This isn’t quite as forthright is it? An unseen enemy leaves it open for interpretation and gaps with information we desperately want to fill.

Loss of freedom imposed by those we elect to power or reign places stress and hardship on communities. The particulars of these measures being imposed for protection or sinister reasons is not a topic I want to get caught up in here. What is my point? Humans have been here before, and so we can use the accumulated wisdom from those who have walked before us without succumbing to fear and base behaviours.

 

Understand the meaning of Bias. 

Keep away from emotive “fact” givers who may have some agenda attached. Who do they work for? What is their medical background in their country? A medical doctor in the USA can be a chiropractor. A celebrity shaming you for not getting vaccinated; also not ideal. Are they using their ego to platform themselves or are they too wracked in fear and trauma?

True wisdom comes from understanding the facts from each perspective as much as you can; try and find the truth in your opposing views. Keep the emotion out of it. Any social media post or article that claims to be informing and contains name-calling, mockery or is sourced from fake news or opinion posts is not the best place to get your info. There is a place for Opinion posts, this is our democratic freedom in motion, but it cannot and must not be confused with facts. Facts will be unbiased. They do not support only one perspective and objectively present the information. This goes for Pro or Anti. Such opposing stances. 

 

How we feel about this information and facts is our human right. But the information in its truest form requires some critical thinking. So source information that reports as factual information as much as possible and then make an informed decision. We are living in a time where we can access this information. Do not rely just on the opinion of others. Seek many sources of information from people who have a balanced opinion. 

 

You cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater. 

 

Verbatim

Learn how to use the Verbatim option on Google. The Verbatim search option searches for your enquiry on Google in exactly the same words as were used originally rather than a user-enhanced algorithm based on past searches etc. You will see the Verbatim option under your search bar in tools. Look for medical journals that have been cited by peers and are not influenced by the media. You may want to look for words like genome, Retrograde virus in research trials, DNA and RNA, Genetic Sequencing and Corona Virus, Deciphering the COVID-19 cytokine storm, Calming the Storm: Natural Immunosuppressants as Adjuvants, Gene Therapy, COVID impact on existing brain aneurysms fatal. Hmmm. Medical journals also have amazing cited positive research on plant based antiflammatories and trials etc etc. Balanced, tried, tested and endorsed by peers. Chinese medicine success for treatment  along with gene editing and the extraordingary breakthroughs in mRNA delivery curing disease- medical journals are complex reading for some but they are there for the public. 

 

Control what you can. 

There will be things you cannot control. The big news is full of propaganda, and they want you to watch; they are players with agendas. The television is filled with fear and messages that capture attention. What captures attention? Covid. 

Seek balance

These are uncertain times. Balance out your concerns with positive activities, particularly around children and young people. I thought about the Berlin War, monsters under my bed, bad men, and ice cream when I was a kid. Now, where do I start for my kids? The world is ending with Climate Change, the global pandemic, social media, education, PINs, playdates, classes, online world…. a 15-year old’s world is like never before. This is without the problems we face with living an everyday life. There must be joy found amongst the haste. 

Be kind

Your opinion is important, but so is mine. This is what a democracy is. Be respectful. Remember, when things go to shit in the world, our friends and families are far more likely to come to our aid than an opinion. 

Budget wisely

Not only are so many facing horrific financial hurt already, but the compounding of this will also most likely continue. The global trickle down on trade, food, imports etc. and job loss will impact cash flow in the coming 12 months at the very least. So try and be wise, save your money. Second-hand cars and goods have never been better priced in Australia. Got goodies you don’t need or want a good dollar for? Now is the time. If you have more than you need, share some, acts of giving and helping our people is intrinsic to being human, so get primal and support. 

Other Stuff

People are going through other real-life issues aside from COVID. If we distance, if we charge the atmosphere with fear and anger- need I say more? Conquer and divide is not an option now in this time and place. 

Mental Health

There are waiting lists now piling up in mental health. Don’t underestimate the online resources available. Some are free, and whilst a mental health assessment is always the first and best call if you are stuck, and I know so many people are- ask your health providers to recommend online resources. I have heard of people using crowdfunding to share the load for private medical fees. Please see at the bottom of this post our link for Mental Health resources.

Get ready to demonstrate your rights when the time comes but think it through. 

Mahatma Gandhi changed political protest. He didnt punch horses and he didn’t fill kid’s eyes with tear gas. 

His non-violent resistance helped end British rule in India and has influenced modern civil disobedience movements across the globe.

Once the vaccination rates have reached a point, perhaps you may use your democratic right to protest peacefully. Violent protest splits a community; peaceful protest is a healthy sign of democracy. See the article we wrote here with the Australian guidelines for our right to protest. https://ponderings.com.au/thou-dost-protest-too-little/

What is my stance, you might ask? You might not, but I will share it anyway. 

Well, here’s where the rubber hits the road, and this is not a clear cut decision. I did not really want to be vaccinated; the propaganda shocks me, the tomfoolery and clusterf**ck going on politically is concerning, and the gradual reduction of rights along with online censorship is deeply troubling. But just like a cancer patient who doesn’t want to line up for Chemo and the toxins it unleashes -commits to the procedure because they believe it is their most informed and best way to continue living, I have applied the same consensus with getting the injection. If I get COVID, it will impact my current condition severely. I have loved ones in the same boat. Some people choose not to get Chemo. Likewise with Vaccination. It is your choice. 

So how did I make this decision? Not from social media, not from watching the News or Youtube videos. They are such wonderful sources of information but with an Aneurysm and several other serious health issues that I am doing my best to heal, I don’t need nor want further damage or finale to this vehicle. So I knew I needed more indepth information.

I made an informed decision with the best information I could find over the last six months.  This was with the help of a Neurosurgeon who is not being paid by big pharma, along with several dear friends who work in medicine. But most importantly; I did my research to also try and understand the medicine in our world right now. Gone are the days of Penicillin. These are new times and it isnt the first time the every day person has been conflicted, confused and concerned about the bigger picture when don’t have a clear vantage point. I have quite literally saved hundreds of medical journals on just about every component from Genome, DNA structures and the RNA’s, I now know most of the major shareholders of big pharmas. I understand that for a person with an aneurysm a COVID-19 infection is accompanied by an aggressive inflammatory response with the release of a large amount of pro-inflammatory cytokines in an event known as “cytokine storm.” It is a vascular disease, inflammation acts as a critical contributor to aneurysm rupture. So can thrombosis, so with some vaccines, this needed to be taken into consideration. There was a lot to think about. We aren’t all sheep, and we aren’t all heroes, we aren’t all selfish and we are all doing the very best we can. Well, at least we should be. We are living through another big shift in the human story and it sure is getting interesting. 

Finally I quote from a very wise man;

 

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

If you are struggling or know someone who is, we have a link here with a bunch of resources. There are so many stories of people not knowing what to do or where to go. Click here: https://healthglobalwellness.news/2021/09/09/australian-mental-health-support/

 

Nerd fact: “Curfew” is a contraction of the original French couvre-feu, meaning literally “cover the fire”. The custom is said to have been introduced into England by William the Conqueror, but more likely, William enforced more strictly an existing regulation. 

 

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The Best Booknooks and Bookshelves For BookWorms

The Best Booknooks and Bookshelves For BookWorms

In September, Hermione Granger, Stephen King, George R. R. Martin and Roald Dahl Birthday all have birthdays. Given that nearly all of them are favourite authors of the Ponderings team, we decided to dedicate this auspicious month to an assortment of bookish loves. 

We thought it quite fitting to start it off by having a peek a boo at some of the best book nooks and bookshelf styling ideas. Instagram feeds full of them, and there are thousands of Pinterest boards dedicated to them. There’s nothing more divine to an avid reader than a bookshelf or cosy space to absorb one’s treasured paper gems.

 

Bookshelves have so much potential when it comes to practicality and design. While some might want to use shelves simply because they need somewhere safe where their precious volumes will remain dust-free, others may wish to utilize the space to showcase goodies. Mine is a mix of collectible figurines of the book characters and some lego, always a conversation starter! 

Are you a book nooker or a style maestro? How do you organize your books? Are you a cataloguer, colour coder or topic/genre arranger? 

I started as a Genre l’ organisateur and graduated to Author piles, and now I am playing with colour coordination during COVID. Hey, don’t judge me; it is my thing; at least I am not a compulsive book sniffer -this is a compulsion, truly. I know a book sniffer is reading this looking shamefaced. It’s ok; I get it. 

 

We loved these looks; they might give you some inspiration for your next home library or book nook.

Partition Magic 

A piece like this allows plenty of light, and with an open concept space, the divider acts as a gallery-style partition to keep the books and things you love. 

Quirky

We couldn’t get our eyes off this fine piece of master crafting with lighting from Wilson and Bradley Lighting. The sleek lighting is an example of Wilson & Bradley’s L&S Mini Octopus Flexible Strip Reel Lighting. A very sexy finishing touch to a visually interesting bookcase. 

A View

A window seat with a view. All I could think here was bring me the grapes James, a glass of your best Chardy and a new Lianne Moriarty book and call me Queen of the views. This stroke of perfection we found over at ICM.

Clever 

When the team was scrolling through, this one was chosen for practicality; a featured window seat, bookshelves within reach, and then check out the window/ bifold doors. Imagine this in Spring? Opening those windows open and bringing the outdoors in. This is a super cool example of making a space functional and aesthetically pleasing by pairing it with cohesion. This means that you want the style choices to be unified throughout the space to maintain continuity. So having the minimalist white cabinetry and window furnishing is a great way to showcase your favourite items inside your home – especially the books! 

 

Whimsy

Just a touch of whismy, this little cottage lover loved this one, goodness gracious. Snuggle me in and call Mr Tumnus won’t you? Photo credit to Southern Living, TI Inc. Lifestyle Group, Robbie Caponetto. The wooden elements, the ladder and that lighting creates a story and none of them contast too much, they all compliment the overall vibe. 

Fancy

This look will make you the pink of the ton,  swooning, waiting for the duke. I sip my tea from none other than a gold edged teacup from Cristina Re of course. Have I been watching Bridgerton? Of course. iCab cabinets are the folks behind this falir of fancy -don’t forget to tip your pinky.

Work from Home

This combination of a wide desk and a beautiful library make me want to drop the lot and get cracking on a novel; it screams writer. But, mind you, it would also make a fabulous space for the homeschooled student. The Hamptons theme with panelling and a touch of darker timber is my personal favourite. Worth noting- my digital media brain did a high five when I saw the window, desk, and shelving position. With working from home and Zoom meetings, this is the perfect spot for a live stream with the lighting provided by nature and a studious backdrop. I know, right? I’m a thinker. (or so they say.) 

 

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Hour of Power For Women’s Health Thanks To Innovative Doctor

Hour of Power For Women’s Health Thanks To Innovative Doctor

A new Medical Clinic launching this month will be a breath of fresh air for women. It could not come at a better time as our country battles the current health stumbling blocks of COVID. 

The initiative, delivered by Australian Skin Face Body is headed by Dr Renuka Balasubramaniam. The holistic approach this female-focused provider offers is radically different from the health standard, with consultations lasting a full hour as opposed to just minutes and health plans being created based on individual needs instead of generalized categories. 

12.8 million women in Australia make up just over 50 percent of the Australian population and almost half the Australian workforce. Based on the Australian Health Survey, -only 1 in 4 (26%)women had spoken to their GP about their emotional and psychological health. The National Health Survey shows that 1 in 2 Australian females have one or more of the ten selected common chronic conditions. A disturbing presentation of information. These chronic conditions including arthritis, asthma, back problems, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, heart, stroke and vascular disease, chronic kidney disease, osteoporosis and mental health conditions.

Over the years in general practice, Dr Balasubramaniam found that she attracted female patients and this focussed on everything from internal medicine, mental health to hormone disruptions encompassing all phases of life. The common theme ushered in the genius idea for a women-focused clinic with an extended time frame. 

“So often, time constraints, or interruptions, and general practice appointments prohibits women the space needed to discuss at length medical things perhaps they may feel embarrassed about. We want to help them hold their ground without being interrupted, be open about what is bothering them without being judged. We look at all facets, and then we make a management plan and activate this right away. We look at day-to-day living, lifestyle, work, personal life, relationships, holistically means covering all different aspects; including primary medical care. Integrating treatment is important, so there is a seamless approach to healthcare,” says Renuka. 

 

There is no time wasting either! “There’s a lot of homework; when women make an appointment, our team will email them through a thorough questionnaire. This is because I want these appointments to be targeted, not wasting time. I want to get that historical health picture to really hone in and develop some areas for targeting and management, and utilize the amazing up to date tech facilities at ASFB to meet health care needs and goals,” says the passionate physician. 

So what happens in this hour of power? 

Dr Balasubramaniam explains; 

“There is intensive health goal mapping. Why are they coming to see me? What needs to be done, what has been done in the past? For many women, they may have had a health concern and have not been happy with the management plan in place, or perhaps it was not resolved, or they have sat on a problem and not had expectations met, or perhaps they have had a negative experience.” 

I love every component of medicine; during my time in my degree, I moved around a lot, met many patients, and worked with some wonderful colleagues. Whilst I know not all health concerns can be fixed immediately, I really enjoy helping women, and it’s fulfilling to see them again and hear about their improvements. Empowering women back into good health and practice is important to me. 

 

“We work as a team to reach a common goal. But, ultimately, they are the boss; I am working for them to help them achieve better quality and healthier lifestyle. They need to take control of their health. I am there to help them do this!” 

How do I make an appointment?

The women’s health clinic is a private service, the reception team at ASFB can provide fee information upon booking your initial appointment or making an enquiry. Medicare rebates are available.

No referral is necessary to see Dr Renuka.

You can book a Women’s Health and Wellbeing session with Dr Renuka by calling 1300 502 732

References and further reading:

https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/labour/employment-and-unemployment/labour-force-australia/latest-release#data-downloads

 

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/men-women/female-health/contents/how-healthy/chronic-conditions

 

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/men-women/female-health/contents/how-does-the-health-of-females-and-males-compare

 

https://consultations.health.gov.au/population-health-and-sport-division-1/establishing-a-national-womens-health-strategy/supporting_documents/Evidence%20ReviewThe%20current%20state%20of%20womens%20health.pdf

 

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