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What to do if family or friends get bad news about cancer

  “I just want to die now. I am living in hell” That was a fifty year old cancer patient. “I am sorry to hear that – are you in pain?” “No” she said. “But, my husband is angry all day, because he is stuck in the anger phase of grief, my son couldn’t stand it so he moved in …

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Three ways to make that change you always talk about

Welcome to part three of the SOCK theory – a tool for change. The success of this tool relies on completing all of the steps. So if you missed any, start here first. I know this can be a difficult journey, but please stay with us. So far we have discussed the need to change, the need to own it, …

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Zero-culturalism: fear perpetuating ignorance and denying our kids clarity

  Al-Shabaab kills 147 students in Kenya. Boko Haram kidnaps 276 young girls in Nigeria. All in the name of fundamentalist Islam. Priests have abused children. This must surely mean that religion is evil and the teaching of any religion to kids is such a bad idea that we should get rid of it altogether. But religion has also generated …

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Four ways you might be playing the blame game today

Welcome to part two of the SOCK theory – a tool for change. The success of this tool relies on completing all of the steps in order. So if you missed the first one, stop, click here, and complete step one. Then come back here for step two. I have noticed that I have a powerful ‘blame reflex’ when I …

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Are you making this mistake and not seeing the change you need?

This is the second post of a five part series, if you missed the introduction to the SOCK theory – head here first. When I am overweight I stop getting on to the scales. I don’t want to know the truth about my weight. In fact, I would rather not know a lot of the negative things about myself. I …

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How to make your conversations great

Have you ever wished you were a better conversationalist? That other people would enjoy talking with you rather than enduring it? Over the summer break I have been relaxing and swimming and in the process, thinking about how hard human verbal communication actually is – how hard it is to listen, engage and leave feeling enriched rather than feeling a …

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An essential four step process to personal & corporate change

Why is it so hard for human beings to change? This is the introduction of a four part series that will go into more depth over the next couple of months. I have often sat in my medical consulting room and pondered this. When my patients, despite their best intentions. fail to change in some aspect that they really want …

Coaching

I had the privilege of playing for 8 years then coaching for 6 years the varsity football team of the University of Western Australia. I have always had a great love for Australian Football and the idea of coaching was very attractive to me. I finally retired because it was simply taking up far too much of my time and, …

Teaching

Lectures and seminars to medical students in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th years of their course (respiratory diseases, occupational medicine, molecular immunology) plus clinical teaching plus lectures/tutorials to dental medical students, nursing staff, paramedical staff and medical laboratory technologists. Postgraduate tutorials and clinical teaching. Teaching awards The Teacher of the Year award, 1990; the University of Western Australia School …