June 2017

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Why Are Regular Cervical Smear Tests So Important?

Why Are Regular Cervical Smear Tests So Important?

Dr. Sam Hay
Despite the benefits of cervical screening, many women don’t attend their appointments, which has previously led to an increase in women getting cervical cancer. According to GP, Dr. Sam " This year we can expect about 1000 Australian women to be diagnosed with cervical cancer, with only 70% expecting to survive beyond five years." With these alarming statistics in mind, we caught up with Dr. Sam to get his advice on everything you need to know about cervical screening. Including how often you should be screened, the future of screening, what’s involved and when a trip to your GP in advance of your screening appointment might be needed.
Want to be your best? Here are five ways your dog will help you to be the best you can be

Want to be your best? Here are five ways your dog will help you to be the best you can be

Laura V

If you could describe your ideal-self, how would it sound? Would you be fitter? Healthier? Wealthier? According to our resident Animal Behaviourist & Psychotherapist, Laura V, "Being your best comes from within. It comes from a sense of self-worth, a positive attitude and an outlook on life that is filled with compassion and resilience. When I think of those around me who are always willing to be their best, despite life’s inevitable drawbacks, I think of my dogs. Dogs have extraordinary resilience and motivation. They are always looking for opportunities to make the most of their lives and seem to bring along a positive outlook wherever they go." So, this got us to thinking about how our dogs can show us the way to self-improvement, simply just by being themselves. Amongst all the life-lessons our dogs can teach us, Laura V has come up with 5 simple ways your dog can lead you on a path towards being your absolute best.

Category:Pet Care
How To Deal With Social Anxiety

How To Deal With Social Anxiety

Dr. Happy

Do you fear that you will be judged by others in social situations? Do your fears cause you to avoid groups of people or group events because you think you might embarrass yourself? If you answered yes to these questions, then you're probably experiencing social anxiety. According to mental health expert and psychologist, Dr. Happy, "The most common example of social anxiety is a fear of public speaking; but it can also be experienced as extreme anxiety associated with eating or drinking in public, signing one’s name under scrutiny, and even using public toilet facilities. At the heart of social anxiety for everyone, however, is a fear of negative evaluation." The good news is that treatments for social anxiety are relatively effective for most people, most of the time, and relatively quickly. In this article, Dr. Happy discusses social phobia and provides his advice on how to manage these fears.  

Category:Mental Health
How to Cope With the Anxiety of Leaving Your Pet When You Go Away

How to Cope With the Anxiety of Leaving Your Pet When You Go Away

Dr. Happy
Do you ever experience that feeling of guilt and anxiety about leaving pet behind while you go on holiday? You've probably even organised a spot for your beloved fur-kid at the best boarding facility in town or even your trusting relatives or friends have offered to take care of them. But, despite knowing your pet is in the best possible hands, you still can't shake that anxious feeling. Well HIF mental health blogger Dr. Happy is on hand with his expert tips on how to cope with the anxiety of leaving your pets when you go away.
Category:Mental Health
How Therapy Dogs Help to Improve the Lives of People with Mental Illness

How Therapy Dogs Help to Improve the Lives of People with Mental Illness

Dr. Happy
Did you know that just patting or stroking an animal can help to reduce stress and increase “feel good” hormones? According to Mental Health professional, Dr. Happy, "There are some “common” or “generic” factors that have been found to be associated with improvements in mental health and wellbeing; these are, enhancing the relationships and/or sense of connectedness in someone’s life, providing the individual with something to care for, and guiding the person to develop a sense of purpose in their life; or quite simply, helping them find a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Notably, each of these life-enhancing factors can be found in or attributed to “therapy dogs”. In his latest article for HIF, Dr. happy discusses how therapy dogs can provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with a range of health and mental-health diagnoses."
Category:Mental Health
What You Need to Know About the Medicare Levy Surcharge Before June 30

What You Need to Know About the Medicare Levy Surcharge Before June 30

HIF Australia

It’s that time of year again! The end of the financial year is quickly approaching and there are a few things you should probably be aware of. If you’re thinking about taking out private hospital cover in the near future but you lack the motivation to do so, putting it off may mean you’ll be affected by certain fees and charges, especially if you’re earning over $90,000 per year. In this article, HIF guest blogger Bessie Hassan from finder.com.au explains what the Medicare Levy Surcharge is and how you can avoid paying it. 

Category:HIF News
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