Being Well podcast series
Our podcasts each tackle an important mental health topic and provide insight and expert knowledge from and for health professionals.
Being Well is everybody's business
Fiona Wright was probably best known as a poet until she wrote her recent book, 'Small Acts of Disappearance', where she described her experience of living with an eating disorder.
Fiona will be telling us about that experience of mental illness, and other experiences with depression and of anxiety.
She’ll also explain how, although writing about her mental illness came relatively late, it brought a lot of good things to her life.
If this episode leaves you needing to talk to someone, you can always call Lifeline on 13 11 14 in Australia, or the eating disorder & body image support line, run by the Butterfly Foundation, on 1 800 33 46 73.
More Being Well podcasts
Jocelyn Lowinger is a doctor who knows a lot about doctors’ mental health. She has some valuable insights to add to the discussion of wellbeing in the medical profession, including some ways to help doctors improve the level of distress in a profession that is not known for looking after itself.
We’d like to add that online mental health programs such as Black Dog Institute’s myCompass or any of the other Australian evidence based programs are a great place for doctors to start to learn psychological survival skills – some of which might benefit their patients as well!
If this episode raises issues you need to talk about, you can call Lifeline in Australia on 13 11 14, beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, or via online counselling.
Wayne Wigham is an ex-footballer with a big heart and the gift of being able to talk like a real person – especially about his struggles with his mental health. In this episode, Wayne talks about what it’s like to be a big tough guy with depression, why he works so hard to get the message about depression out to the community, and why he does it so well.
Some of the things spoken about in this podcast may be distressing to some people. If this episode raises issues you need to talk about, you can call Lifeline in Australia on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, or via online counselling.
Amy, like many young people, got lost in a tangle of anxiety and depression in her teens. Amy was one of the lucky ones - she found her way out.
Some of the things spoken about in this podcast may be distressing to some people. If you or someone you know find this content distressing and require assistance, please call LifeLine on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.
Using Online Tools in Suicide Prevention
Does the idea of using online interventions to help prevent suicide surprise you? Listen to this podcast to hear Dr Jan Orman and her guests talk about some of the current work being done using technology in the quest to reduce the rate of suicide in the Australian community.
- Dr Caroline Johnston
- Melbourne-based GP with a strong interest in mental health
- Senior Lecturer at University of Melbourne
- Clinical Lead – Mental Health for the RACGP Expert Committee
- Quality Care and Board Member, Mental Health Australia.
- Dr Fiona Shand
- Clinical psychologist and Senior Research Fellow at Black Dog Institute whose research focusses on suicide prevention and e-health interventions for suicide prevention
More webinar-based podcasts
This podcast is based on a webinar of the same name presented in February 2018. It focusses on the things we need to know to convince ourselves and others to undertake the very effective non-pharmacological interventions that are available to help us overcome sleep difficulties and discusses some of the detail of those interventions.
- Dr Simon Holliday – Addiction specialist and rural GP
- Dr Kris Kafer – Clinical psychologist
- Dr Vincent McCauley – Medical sleep researcher
In this podcast, based on the eMHPrac webinar presented on 15th November 2015, we look at the factors influencing the mental health of people in the LGBTIQ community and the ways in which we as health professionals can help, both in our face to face dealings with LGBTIQ patients and in the recommendation of online resources developed especially for this population.
- Sally Morris – Social Worker and National Project Coordinator of MindOUT National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Project
- Stella Topaz – Registered Nurse Qlife National Project manager. Masters in Health Policy
Both Stella and Sally are members of the LGBTIQ community as well as experts in mental health care in the community.
Moderator: Dr Jan Orman - MBBS MPsychMed General Practitioner with a special interest in mental health and GP Services Consultant at the Black Dog Institute
This podcast examines the non-pharmacological strategies available to patients with chronic pain and introduces participants to some useful online programs for chronic pain management. The podcast is based on Webinar 19 in the eMHPrac Series which can be accessed on our free accredited webinars page.
- Dr Simon Holliday - Rural GP with a special interest in pain management. Addiction medicine specialist. Conjoint Lecturer at University of Newcastle's School of Medicine and Public Health. Chair RACGP Specific Interest Group in Pain Medicine.
- Dr Toby Newton-John - Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Director of Research and Innovation in the Graduate School of Health at the University of Technology Sydney.
- Dr Regina Schultz - Clinical and neuropsychologist who was involved in the development of the THISWAYUP chronic pain management program known as "Reboot."
Moderator: Dr Jan Orman - MBBS MPsychMed GP Services Consultant at the Black Dog Institute GP at the University Health Service (University of Sydney)
Talking with experts podcasts
Tegan And Coincidences
In this podcast Dr Jan Orman gives us an insight into a consultation with her patient Tegan. Tegan has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Jan looks at the warning signs that trigger an episode of depression or hypomania for Tegan and explains how the use of the free online screening tools for mania and hypomania used at the Black Dog Institute can help detect a bipolar high.
More talking with experts podcasts
In this podcast Dr Jan Orman talks to Professor Gavin Andrews, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of NSW, about what GP's can do to help patients get the best out of online programs.
myCompass is a personalised self-help program that you can use on your mobile phone, computer and/or tablet. In this podcast Dr Jan Orman talks to Dr Janine Clarke, one of the developers of myCompass, to discuss the benefits of myCompass and where the future is heading.