To my brown eyed boy

Two years ago our family welcomed Benjamin Frederick Ramachenderan into the world. Like many babies, his birth was expected and well prepared for. He received the best in evidenced based antenatal care and his mother nurtured him well, as she looked after her body and kept herself healthy. He was the youngest, born into a…

How to perform a wedding anniversary health check

The one thing that I am learning as I progress through my life is, how much noise and opinion there is in my world and how this often holds me back from trusting my instincts and moving forward. My gut has always told me that the health of your marriage matters the most as you…

I think that your life is making you tired

Summary: In the absence of disease, a busy life lacking personal replenishment is detrimental to your health and future Take home message: Reverse engineer the type of life that you desire, cut out the distractions, live intentionally and replenish yourself daily Key beneficiaries: Anyone who lives in this busy, distracted and connected world! Time to read: 8 minutes…

How to SNAP in to 2016 with better habits

Entering the new year brings excitement and promise for the 12 months ahead and most people enjoy reflection on the year that was and cannot wait to embark on attaining new habits and leaving old ones behind. As a GP I often deal with specific diseases but overwhelmingly, I am involved in the business of…

The most popular posts on theHealthyGP in 2015

What a brilliant year! I’ve wondered why my wife and I were so tired towards the end of year and realised a great deal had happened! We are enjoying a break in warm Perth at the moment, reflecting on the year that was and preparing to tackle 2016. These posts below were the most read…

Year 12 is not the end – life begins after high school (part two)

If you missed part one, click here. It was too long for one post! Thank you for all positive feedback and taking the time to read part one. I am truly grateful to be able to share my experience. The aftermath The period between high school and starting something new in the face of uncertainty and…

Ask important questions

“Dad look at me, look at me, look at me WITH YOUR EYES!!!”, I swung my head around to look, interested at my sons request. There he was, having completed a 40 piece puzzle in no time at all. My three and half year old son, I was struck. “When did learn to solve puzzles let…

The secret to contentment: A birthday reflection

The secret to contentment is to practice everyday. Contentment is formed through a habit of daily thankfulness and appreciation of what we have, where we are going and where we’ve come from. Today is my 35th birthday. In Australia it happens to fall on ANZAC day. On this day we pause in silence to reflect,…

The purpose of fatherhood

  This morning I was awoken with a head nestled into my face. I opened one eye to see a cheeky 3 year old peering at me. His mum had said to leave me alone but eye contact was all the he needed to start jumping on me, instinctively I bent my leg upwards and…

How husbands can love their wives

Enjoy the wife you married as a young man! Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose – Don’t ever quit taking delight in her body. Never take her love for granted (may you be always captivated by her love) (Message translation) This proverb is poignant on Valentine’s day. It talks about that exhilarating moment…

Make lasting connections with your children

Over the last 6 years I’ve wrestled with the balance of work and life but there has been one thing that has kept me connected with my two boys, time alone. Despite the relentless emergency department roster, the 14 hour intensive care night shifts and the all-night caesarean festivals, I have found that carving a…

The hardest time of the day to be a Dad

“Daddy’s home!, daddy’s home!,” the boys shriek most afternoons as my car pulls into the drive way, frequently loud enough to make our neighbours smile. It is almost movie like as they run out to greet me, enthusiasm overflowing, and expectant that Dad is going to play with them and has some interesting stories to…