How to use your words to powerfully give hope

A few months ago, I made a patient cry. His body shook as tears ran down his face, faster than he could wipe them away. I had told him the truth. It wasn’t what he had expected to hear from his doctor, nor was it something that he had ever heard from anyone else. It had…

36 thoughts on my 36th birthday

These are my reflections, predictions, deepest desires and thoughts on my 36th birthday. 1) As I grow older, the worries can mount and the joy can be eroded and the excitement fade BUT my God, my Jesus and my saviour fills me with his spirit daily and I am growing deeper in love with him….

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…

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….