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Mental Health Month in Canberra a success

Mental health is the ‘new’ subject discussion point of choice. It’s a conversation starter this year after so many years of it being a conversation stopper. Specific mental health issues in Canberra are addressed through a range of health-based interventions free to the general public this year. The city where I work has a range

Stressed? See a doctor if stressed …

“SEE A DOCTOR IF STRESSED OR IF THE PAIN PERSISTS” IS WHAT ANYONE WOULD ADVISE. Stressed? If you’re not feeling well at work, or don’t feel safe or the Work, Health and Safety plan is yet to be enacted in your area, then think about making an appointment to see the doctor. Stress can kill.

Smombies – look up and watch the traffic

SMOMBIES … BE AWARE THAT YOUR USE OF MOBILE DEVICES ARE LIKELY TO LEAD TO ROADSIDE TRAUMA. Smombies, also known as smartphone zombies (smombies), aren’t that smart after all. They keep crashing into electricity poles, bus shelters, street signs, newspaper stands, shop sign boards as well as passing vehicle traffic. An increased risk of pedestrian

Friends fair weather or foul?

FRIENDS SOMETIMES DELIVER IN FAIR WEATHER AND FOUL. HOWEVER, NOT EVERY FRIENDSHIP IS AS HARDY AS AN OXEN OR ABLE TO SCALE TALL BUILDINGS IN A SINGLE BOUND LIKE SUPERMAN. BUT, SOMETIMES, ‘FRIENDS’ CAN SURPRISE IN THEIR ATTITUDE. Friend: what sort of friend are you? Are you an extroverted friend or an introverted friend? In

IP Australia protects my trademark

IP AUSTRALIA PROTECTS MY TRADEMARK AND MANY OTHERS LISTED ON AN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT WEBSITE. As a government entity, IP Australia registers words, designs, images and a range of products to give exclusive rights of use. IP Australia is a Federal government entity managed by the Australian government within Australia. The agency was founded in 1998

Journalism – accurate and truthful – comes at a cost.

JOURNALISM IS A PROFESSION WHICH COMES AT A GREAT COST. Journalism is also a profession which is labour intensive and time consuming. The Walkley Foundation has launched a national public awareness campaign about the value of quality journalism: What Price Would You Pay? As a member of the media community, the Foundation hopes to see you and

Self-care is part of an artist’s life.

SELF-CARE IS NECESSARY FOR ARTISTS AND ART WORKERS TO PRACTISE BECAUSE IT SUSTAINS CREATIVITY. As the artist Vincent van Gogh found out years ago, practising self-care as a working artist is a daily habit to develop to ensure longevity. It should be something we each do everyday to sustain ourselves.  Many organizations which support the

Canberra Modern Mates are missed already

CANBERRA MODERN MATES ARE MISSED ALREADY A poem for mates who lived their lives full of daring, caring and great deeds. Canberra Modern Mates Today I learned I’ve lost five mates in eight months They’re dropping like flies, including Bruce … And Alan, Peter, Bill and now Bob … all gone … wow! Who’s going

Markets in autumnal weather

MARKETS COME AND GO, JUST LIKE FASHION AND GREY CLOUDS Markets full of colourful clothing and accessories might not be everyone’s idea of a social event to attend, but dedicated fashionistas in Canberra and beyond religiously attend to be seen with the good textile curators and great designers of the period. To shine with others

Safety Guiding Principles for the workplace

SAFETY FIRST IS THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY THE FRUITS OF LIFE. In a recent announcement regarding a workplace incident, a university might claim that the incident was ‘unfortunate but not unpredictable’. It would seem that mental health issues are more common in our workplace than many are comfortable talking about. While I do not
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