Skills To Communicate During Conflict

By Joey Ciappina What skills can I use to communicate during a conflict? Relationships with family, friends, and partners are not always easy. Healthy communication is important for sustaining long-term relationships. Often, people think conflicts within relationships are problematic. However, conflict can healthily signal the need for relationship change. The real problem is poor communication skills. For…

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The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep And effective methods we can implement at home to improve our sleep and harness its benefits Apoorva Madan, Clinical Psychologist at PsychMed You may often hear about the importance of sleep for our wellbeing, but what makes sleep so special? Though the full extent of why we sleep and how it…

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A look inside the ‘Addicted’ Brain

Understanding the Neurobiology of addiction Natasha Jovic, Provisional Psychologist at PsychMed Substance abuse or addiction disorder has shown to affect around 1 in 20 Australians. It is defined by a cluster of cognitive, behavioural and physiological symptoms where a person continues substance use regardless of significant substance related problems. These problems can include long-term damage…

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Managing COVID Distress in Hospitality

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the hospitality industry, with many closures, re-openings and restrictions affecting their economic activities. This unstable work environment, which for many resulted in joblessness or reduced income, has created significant anxiety and stress for those working in the hospitality industry. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Chronic Pain And Psychology

Amy Eades, Provisional Psychologist at PsychMed     In 2018, the number of Australians living with chronic pain was 3.24 million, and it continues to be a growing health concern across the world. Sadly, many people who experience chronic pain do not have access to the variety of pain management options that are available. This…

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Benefits Of Exercise On Mental Health

 Adrianna Munayco Wynman, Provisional Psychologist at PsychMed   Exercise has been found to be an effective evidence-based treatment for anxiety and depression. Research has indicated comparably similar outcomes for exercise, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and medication as treatments for anxiety and depression. However, complementing your CBT with an exercise routine has a range of other…

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Extended Better Access scheme and permanent telehealth rebates

  Last week, an announcement by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, brought some good news for health professionals and patients in Australia. Amongst the initiatives announced, the Better Access scheme has been extended for 2022 and telehealth rebates have now become permanent. Understanding the mental health impact of the…

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Sports Betting

  Be smart – take control and enjoy the game We are entering the Spring and Summer sports season, which comes with an increase in sports betting promotion. With Spring Racing Carnivals, football finals of all codes, cricket, golf and tennis competitions, gambling is at the height of activity. Many gamblers may be feeling the…

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Gambling Harms Support for Significant Others

Gambling Harms does not only impact the gambler themselves, but can affect loved ones such as family or friends. In partnership with SA Intensive Gambling Help Service (SAIGHS), we have developed this guide to support you in recognising warning signs, talking to your loved one, and seeking support for both yourself and the person you…

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Cutting Through the Jargon of Psychological Assessments

  When speaking with your psychologist, hopefully they discussed your psychological assessment in a way you could understand easily. If not or you’ve gone cross-eyed from trying to figure out too many psychological words while Googling about assessments, we’re here to help. These are a small smattering of words you may have come across. Psychometrics…

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Common Questions About Psychological Assessments

  What is a psychological assessment? Psychological assessment is a formal method of measuring an individual’s psychological abilities. Check out our other blog article for more information. Click Here What is a psychological test? Psychological tests are measures that have been designed to assess specific characteristics and abilities in order to explain individual differences. They…

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What Are Psychological Assessments?

What are Psychological Assessments? When you think of a psychologist, you may picture sitting or lying in a room answering stereotypical questions like, “how did that make you feel?”. Whilst therapy is at the heart of clinical psychology, all general and clinical psychologists have received training in psychological assessment. Many go on to have a…

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