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  • Mindfulness – new age rah rah or real?

    There’s a lot of talk about mindfulness these days, with some pretty big benefit claims. But is this just new age rah rah or are there real, demonstrated, benefits of mindfulness? And more specifically, is it of benefit to doctors? Five key benefits of mindfulness training According to “Doing and Being: Mindfulness, Health, and Quiet Ego Characteristics among Buddhist Practitioners,” the 2011 research article that published the survey results in the Journal of Happiness Studies (12(4): 575-589), there were five key ways that mindfulness training increased physical and mental health:   It strengthened immune system and physiological responses to stress and negative emotions. It improved social relationships with family and strangers. It reduced stress, depression, and anxiety and increased well-being and happiness. It increased openness to experience, conscientiousness, and agreeableness and reduced negative associations with neuroticism. It led to greater psychological mindfulness, which included an awareness that is clear, nonconceptual, and flexible; a practical stance toward reality; and present attention to the individual’s consciousness and awareness. "One of the surprising findings of this study and what some others are coming up with is how much of a difference it makes to focus your mind and calm down. It actually makes a large difference in your well-being.” Meditative mindfulness practices have been shown to positively alter the structure and neural patterns in the brain and strengthen the brain regions associated with heightened sensory processing and empathetic response. Therefore, individuals who regularly practices mindfulness training are quite literally reforming the structure of their brains to achieve desired outcomes. “We are finding more and more that the human brain is quite adaptable, as we have learnt that the brain reroutes information through new neuropathways, so in addition to the mind being adaptable, the brain too has this quality,” author of a study conducted at Northern Arizona University, Bruce Sullivan explains. Individuals who said they meditated even once a day reported greater psychological mindfulness.  
  • Juviraj Arulanandarajah's Key Topics of Thought

    Four key ideas from Dr Sam Hazeldine’s interview with doctor wellbeing advocate and GP Juviraj Arulanandarajah. Listen to the full podcast right here.

    Dr Robin Youngson's Key Topics of Thought

    Dr Robin Youngson is an anaesthetic specialist, author and speaker based in New Zealand. The corruption and abuses he experienced in his early years of practice motivated him to fight for patient rights and change the system. He and his wife Meredith Youngson are the founders of Heart in Healthcare, a project which educated leaders in the medical field about the power of compassionate practice.
  • Sam Prince's Exceptional Story

    Dr Sam Prince has never had a straightforward medical career. While studying medicine, he worked in a Mexican restaurant and his experiences there inspired him to open his own. He opened the first Zambrero restaurant when he was just 21 years old and now has almost 200 restaurants across Australia and New Zealand.

    Juviraj Arulanandarajah's Exceptional Story

    Dr. Juviraj Arulanandarajah is a GP, blogger and advocate for doctor wellbeing. Juviraj completed his medical degree in Liverpool (UK) before moving to Australia in 2006. He worked in a few different areas (both medically and geographically) including Emergency in New South Wales and Queensland before settling down in Melbourne with his wife, young son and two dogs.              Like many in our profession, Juviraj has suffered from burnout. He took a novel approach to tackling the issue and started Serenity – a blog about his journey to become a happier, healthier person. The blog shares his personal findings and links, discussion points and insights into wellness specifically for medical professionals.