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Academic Burnout – How do you switch off?

As a researcher, academic or PhD student, it can be difficult to completely disconnect with your work without feeling guilty about it. Rest is extremely important for productivity and mental health. The question of how to “switch off” from work was posed in our online journal club this week (please let me know if you would like to join us!).

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Are you eating healthy or under eating?

Are you eating healthy or under eating?

  • March 12, 2019
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Are you eating healthy or under eating? It might be your aunt, maybe a friend, or even you.  We all have someone in our life on some new healthy eating endeavour.  It’s not long before the first social media post goes up. It usually features a plate without carbohydrates (because carbohydrates are the devil’s food), and heavily filled with some sort of salad and protein.

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Why healthy eating guidelines don't apply to the really sick person in a hospital bed.

The Dos and Don’ts of Influencing Policy

  • February 25, 2019
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This high level article talks about influencing policy through research, which is something we all strive to achieve. The recommendations seem quite basic, but we seem to have been presented with somewhat of a conundrum.After recently being involved in providing advice to the Queensland Government roadmap for reducing obesity,  the advice was commissioned through a third party and did not involve any real-time discussion with named people in government, nor did they know my name, only my label as an expert academic in the field.  This raises the question of how academics can better communicate with policymakers during daily activities, particularly for recommendation 4, 5 and 6.

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