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What’s Killing Our Children?

In June 2006, there were 4 million children aged under 15 years in Australia, representing one-fifth (19%) of the total population (ABS 2006a). In 2004-05, 41% of children aged under 15 years had a long-term health condition compared with 44% in 2001 (ABS 2006 & ABS 2002). That’s a 3% decrease in just three years – things are on the improve. Or are they?

In fact issues like SIDS reduced dramatically, but others were still on the increase. The Health & Welfare Institute and other organisations looked at the following emerging health concerns in Australian children:

  • Asthma – more on asthma here
  • Type 1 diabetes – more on type 2 diabetes here
  • Cancer – more on children’s cancer here
  • Congenital heart defects – more on heart health here
  • Digestive disturbances in children – more on that here
  • And many others including, mental health issues, disability, and so on. This list is really endless.

So lets look into what this means. As a parent myself, I have seen a struggling health system failing us in providing adequate health improvement for our children, and knowing what I knew that could make a difference, I determined to do what I could about it. But what are parents actually dealing with today? Read More

The Eight Secrets of Happiness

A group of the Savvy Team had the opportunity to hear Dr Michael Carr-Gregg recently, one of Australia’s leading psychologists. Dr Michael’s presentation was titled, ‘How to be happy – the latest lessons from Positive Psychology.’

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists. He works in private practice in Melbourne and is a columnist for Girlfriend Magazine and Australian Doctor. He specialises in the area of parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health.

Dr Carr-Gregg explained the outcomes of research in the area of Positive Psychology over the last decade, which has identified the key factors to authentic happiness, which can be described as an ‘engaged, meaningful and pleasurable life.’ He asked the audience to ‘figure out what your strengths are and to use those strengths in your life.’  He suggested that we should focus on what is going well, rather than what is not. He indicated that this does not mean you should ignore the negatives; rather recognise what you have and focus on the positives if you want to live a happier and healthier life.

Here’s a Summary of Dr Michael’s 8 Secrets of Happiness . . . Read More