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…

Top Australian GP Bloggers 2015

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If you enjoy reading health blogs and you’re looking for great & reliable medical sites – look no further! The 2015 list of Top Australian GP Bloggers contains some pretty amazing Family Medicine blogs with many new and upcoming writers. In previous years I have listed the sites alphabetically, but…

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…

The Millionaire Next Door – A Doctor’s perspective

If there were anything that I could do to help my patients that goes beyond the call of a family doctor, would be to help them with their finances. I would love to help liberate some from living paycheck to paycheck and the constant financial pressure that mounts from poor decisions and a consumer lifestyle….

The concern that never leaves parents

Most parents would admit that somewhere deep inside of them is a little worry or anxiety about their children and their future that never seems to leave. This usually involves concerns about their health and development, their education, their friends and the environment in which they are growing up in but most of all, it…

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…

Burnout, depression and not wanting to be a doctor anymore

I have been here a few times over the last 9 years of doctoring. Not too long ago I understood what it felt to be sad everyday for no good reason and have no energy. Things were getting strained at home and I wasn’t enjoying my work. I’d like to share a story and talk…