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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.  
  • David Beaumont Key Topics of Thought

    How to Care for Yourself Better - Key Topics of Thought from Dr David Beaumont Continuing our series of interviews with exceptional people, MedWorld’s Dr Sam Hazledine interviewed occupational health advocate David Beaumont about his medical career and how doctors can take better care of themselves. You can listen to the full podcast here {LINK: to podcast}.

    Diego De Leo Key Topics of Thought

    Be Caring, be Passionate and Connect - Key Thoughts for Doctors from Prof Diego De Leo Professor Diego De Leo is an exceptional doctor who has dedicated decades to research in suicide and suicide prevention. He is one of the world’s leading researchers in this field and his work has appeared in more than 700 publications. Diego has been formally recognised with a number of awards and accolades, including appointment as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. 
  • David Beaumont's Exceptional Story

    Former President of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dr David Beaumont is an advocate for occupational health. As Chair of AFOEM Policy and Advocacy Committee he was lead for the faculty project which produced the Australian and New Zealand consensus statement on the health benefits of work. 

    Diego de Leo's Exceptional Story

      Professor Diego De Leo is one of the world’s leading researchers in suicide and suicide prevention. He was the Director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) from 1997-2015, is a past president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the International Academy for Suicide Research. He has designed and advised suicide prevention projects and programmes across the world, including working with the World Health Organisation.   His research has been presented in more than 700 publications and Diego is currently Editor-in-Chief of Crisis – The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.   An exceptional doctor who has dedicated several decades to his speciality, Prof Diego De Leo’s work has been acknowledged with awards and accolades, including appointment as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia.