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Victorian Workers’ Compensation System – Independent Review

By |2020-09-26T12:21:03+10:00September 26th, 2020|work, Work / System, Workcover|

Would have been great if all injured workers labelled as 'complex cases' were notified of this survey participation call. Thank you to my twitter sister, Everyday AUSSIE @GalGeelong for letting me know. [...]

Don’t Go There Soula

By |2020-09-21T15:05:52+10:00September 21st, 2020|About, Blog, Living|

I'm closing the door on the 'reasoning rooms' and I'm not going to investigate what might have caused a sudden flare. 'Soula, let's not go there. Don't enter that routine. Don't walk towards the dead end. Don't waste your time... again!' 'You've wasted years, Soula. Over a decade in fact thinking in rooms that provided no answers. They are mostly empty – blank walls, no windows, no air to breath!'

My Lyrica Closure

By |2020-09-12T15:50:18+10:00September 12th, 2020|Blog, Learn, Professional Resources|

Life's pace is vastly slower if you are living with chronic pain. Anticipated outcomes from things like new treatments, explanations about causes of pain, pain research, realisations about personal ideas relating to my own experience all take months, years and even over a decade to arrive. Yesterday was the day I finally received some closure about the wicked Lyrica. There's been a build-up of medication reporting this past year but none of it hit the spot like The Project's report. I love the reporting on this show – it's one of the few programs that brings me to the TV. While watching last night, I got that bullseye feeling: I'm not crazy! How often does a person living with pain come to this blissful realisation? Not often enough I can tell you.

Life’s Changed

By |2020-09-06T11:10:45+10:00September 6th, 2020|Blog|

Not knowing what's ahead is a familiar nightmare for people living with chronic illness and injured workers and their families. This lived experience has been misunderstood. This lack of empathy could not have been understood without the personal experience of something like COVID-19 – something impacting the world. Even Governments may just get a glimpse of looking down at their feet and feeling the ground below them is trembling. Being unable to make plans and left dangling, waiting to hear about a way forward – whether you can resume work or even have a job (or business) is excruciating. Add a long-term health issue to that equation and the world begins to fall in on you. You can't help but ask, 'will I get through this?'

Pain ‘Down There’ Webiner Live Event

By |2020-09-03T11:34:53+10:00September 3rd, 2020|Learn, Professional Resources|

Join Dr. Echenberg (Dr E) and the Pain ‘Down There’ team as we talk with Lior Ofir about her experience with Restless Genital Syndrome (better known as Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder or PGAD). Lior will share her story and Dr. E will give us medical insights into this syndrome that afflicts an unknown number of women. We’ll talk about: – why this syndrome needs a new name – why there’s such hopelessness and desperation surrounding it (and why that doesn’t have to be the case) – the top 3 things on Lior’s list to manage her symptoms – vestibulectomies – how to talk to your spouse or sexual partner

Aug 28, 2020

By |2020-08-28T20:14:39+10:00August 28th, 2020|About, Living|

8am – 12noon tradies here ‘fixing’ heating/cooling unit (making noise, causing disruption and breaking much-needed silence). + Phone calls, all day (important, relating to mum’s future care plan). + Huge tree on [...]

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