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Reflection by Helen Burt

Reflection by Helen Burt Post Covid Melbourne was a strange time. Connections were often broken by the lockdowns, and it could be hard to re-establish friendships and contacts when the lockdowns ended. During the second (and longest) lockdown I moved into a new apartment in inner-city Melbourne. I
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Reflection by Joy Nuske

Getting One's Wings My name is Joy Nuske. I was introduced to Social Health Australia, in November 2023. As a totally blind person living on my own, I was looking for people I could connect with, both on the phone and in person. I had a list as
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Reflection by Lara Kaput

A Family Member Reflects In 2022, my elderly father, Julius Edmundson, who had already been living with Parkinson’s disease, suffered a stroke. It left him unable to walk and barely able to speak. At his rehab facility, he was offered pastoral care, which we knew would not aid
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The Social Prescribing Revolution is Here

Despite whatever genetic predispositions we may possess to calm storms cooperatively, suffering alone is ubiquitous, particularly in the developed world. Social isolation and loneliness make it harder than ever for people to connect, much less heal one another. It explains why GPs in Australia report that about 20% of their appointments involve patients who simply just want to have a chat;
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A Crack of Light

The first time I stumbled across the words “death doula” they clobbered me. Strong words made stronger by the drum of their alliteration, but that wasn’t it. It was the startling directness about a matter that concern us all, and which we talk about rarely and only in swerving euphemisms.
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