A Message to Scott Morrison

This week, M├ędecins Sans Frontiers, or Doctors Without Borders, was ordered to remove their mental health team from Nauru, where about 800 refugees, including 90 or so children, are being kept in offshore detention, at the behest of the Australian Government. There have been repeated, independent reports of the appalling conditions that these, already traumatised, … Continue reading A Message to Scott Morrison

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The Stigma of Mental Health Issues

Recently I saw a post on Facebook that said "When cancer takes a life we blame cancer. Depression is a disease. Don't blame the victim for losing the fight." I've been thinking about it quite a bit. Partly because mental illness has touched our family, and partly because I've just submitted a story to the … Continue reading The Stigma of Mental Health Issues

The Bravery of Ian Thorpe

As I write, I'm watching Ian Thorpe's interview with Michael Parkinson. I've always loved to watch swimming. I swam competitively myself, not at a particularly high level, but high enough to understand what he meant when he talked about 'having a relationship' with the water. Our kids swam, and the swimming is the one bit … Continue reading The Bravery of Ian Thorpe