The Checkup
Episode 19: #FreeBritney – how would Britney’s conservatorship play out in Australia?

Episode 19: #FreeBritney – how would Britney’s conservatorship play out in Australia?

August 25, 2021

Most people will be familiar with the very public rise and fall of Britney Spears - from pop princess to a young mother tormented by the paparazzi, and the toll this inevitably took on her mental health which played out publicly for the world to see. However, in recent years, Britney has hit headlines for unexpected reasons. It's come to light that she has been the subject of a conservatorship since 2008, with her father appointed as her conservator and therefore responsible for making all personal and financial decisions on Britney's behalf. 13 years later, and after numerous court hearings, on 13 August 2021, Britney's father agreed to step down as conservator.

So, why was it so hard for Britney to have a say in who controlled her own personal and financial decisions? Why was the independence to make decisions taken away in the first place? And why has this lasted 13 years? Her situation raises the question - could this (or does this) happen in Australia?

In this episode of The Checkup, BN's Sam Pillay, Milyka McCutcheon and Lisa Fairley explore Britney's 13 year (and counting) legal battle, and unpack how Britney's situation would apply if she lived in Australia.

Episode 18: The COVID-19 Vaccination with Dr Lai Heng Foong

Episode 18: The COVID-19 Vaccination with Dr Lai Heng Foong

May 13, 2021

As we continue to witness the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, especially across countries like the UK, the US and of course, the devastating effect its having on India, the development and implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination has become an important and topical conversation for everyone.

 

In this episode of The Checkup, BN’s Kate Hickey and Hannah Shiel are joined, once again, by Dr Lai Heng Foong, an emergency physician and frontline worker, and Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s Public Health and Disaster Committee. We talked to Dr Foong last March (episode 14), just as the devastating impacts of COVID-19 were really starting to unfold around the world. Over 12 months and 3 million COVID-related deaths later, Dr Foong joins us to discuss the COVID-19 vaccination, including herd immunity, concerns surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine and the risk ratios involved, who is required to have the vaccine, how it’s been developed, and why it should be considered a celebration of global cooperation. Kate and Hannah also provide some guidance to medical practitioners around receiving the COVID-19 vaccination from a medico-legal perspective.

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Episode 17: COVID, mental health and the rise of telehealth with Dr Erika Penney

Episode 17: COVID, mental health and the rise of telehealth with Dr Erika Penney

December 14, 2020

If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it’s the importance of having the necessary infrastructure in place to allow us the ability to pick up the phone and get the health and medical assistance we require. This includes mental health support. Telehealth hasn’t just helped prevent the spread of the virus, it’s made quality healthcare more accessible to people who, due to various circumstances, were unable to access these services previously.

In this episode of The Checkup, BN's Kate Hickey and Hannah Shiel talk to Dr Erika Penney, a clinical psychologist and lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney. Erika shares some of her professional experiences from the pandemic, the pros and cons of telehealth, issues and information relating to consent, as well as some tips to help maintain and improve your mental health.

Episode notes:

https://mindspot.org.au/

https://thiswayup.org.au/

https://moodgym.com.au/

https://about.healthdirect.gov.au/video-call

This episode of The Checkup was recorded by Sydney Podcast Studios and edited by Audio Advantage.

Episode 16: Cultural and Legal Issues in Indigenous Health with Avelina Tarrago

Episode 16: Cultural and Legal Issues in Indigenous Health with Avelina Tarrago

October 7, 2020

Since the Closing the Gap initiative began 10 years ago, some progress has been made to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. But there is still work to be done in achieving equity in Indigenous health. In this episode, BN's Melissa Carius is joined by Avelina Tarrago to discuss the cultural and legal issues for health practitioners who have patients of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island background. Avelina is a barrister with North Quarter Lane Chambers in Brisbane, and President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland.  

This episode of The Checkup was recorded and edited by Audio Advantage - www.audioadvantage.com.au

Episode 15: A Climate Change Emergency with Dr Lai Heng Foong

Episode 15: A Climate Change Emergency with Dr Lai Heng Foong

June 25, 2020

Whilst COVID-19 caused incredible loss, fear and panic around the world, there was a silver lining to the pandemic – a rejuvenation of our environment. With the world in lockdown and an unprecedented downturn in manufacturing, there has since been countless observations and reports of a worldwide ‘re-awakening’ and renewal of our ecosystems due to a reduction in burning fossil fuels. But as we begin to ramp up industry, just as quickly we return to the same destructive path. But it’s not just the environment it affects, it’s people, too. With a rising number of floods, heatwaves, bushfires and other natural disasters being driven by climate change, hospital emergency departments are at the forefront of dealing with the physical and mental effects of this ‘slow-burning’ emergency. In this episode, BN’s Kate Hickey talks to Dr Lai Heng Foong about climate change, it’s links to our healthcare system and our health, what we can do to prevent further damage and what our future might look like if we don’t take action. Lai Heng is an emergency physician in Sydney, and Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s Public Health and Disaster Committee.

This episode of The Checkup was recorded by Sydney Podcast Studios and edited by Audio Advantage.

Episode 14: On the frontline of COVID-19 with Dr Lai Heng Foong

Episode 14: On the frontline of COVID-19 with Dr Lai Heng Foong

March 19, 2020

The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, was first discovered in Wuhan (China) in January this year and has rapidly spread throughout the world causing mass fear and panic on an immense scale. In this episode, BN’s Kate Hickey sits down with Dr Lai Heng Foong to discuss COVID-19, her experiences on the frontline of fighting a worldwide pandemic and some tips on how we can best manage the virus as a community, and as individuals. Kate also provides some guidance for how doctors can navigate the virus from a medico-legal perspective. Lai Heng is an emergency physician in Sydney, and Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s Public Health and Disaster Committee.

Episode notes:

Information for GPs – https://www.racgp.org.au/coronavirus
NSW Health Updates – https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
Medical Indemnity Protection Society (MIPS) – https://www.mips.com.au/articles/coronavirus-update-for-practitioners
AHPRA & National Boards – https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/COVID-19.aspx
UK case involving the spread of infection between a staff member and patient – https://bit.ly/3b6nsEB

This episode of The Checkup was recorded by Sydney Podcast Studios and edited by Audio Advantage.

Episode 13: Professional burnout – building resilience and finding your way back with Chelsea Pottenger

Episode 13: Professional burnout – building resilience and finding your way back with Chelsea Pottenger

February 11, 2020

The health care environment – with its heavy workloads, demanding pace and significant time pressures – can put practitioners at a high risk of burnout. In this episode, BN's Sam Pillay and Katrina Mawer discuss biohacking, resilience and overcoming burnout with Chelsea Pottenger. Chelsea is the director of EQ Consulting, international speaker, mental health ambassador, and key figure in the mindfulness movement.

Episode Notes: 

Oura Ring – www.ouraring.com
WHOOP Device – www.whoop.com
GUT by Giulia Enders
Microba – www.microba.com
Cyto Pro by Eagle Natural Health
Dr Nicholas Christakis ‘The Hidden Influence of Social Networks’ TED Talk
Dr Rhonda Patrick ‘Found My Fitness’ podcast – www.foundmyfitness.com
Beyond Blue – www.beyondblue.org.au
LifeLine Support – www.lifeline.org.au

This episode of The Checkup was edited by Audio Advantage.

Episode 12: Superbugs and antimicrobial resistance, and why it’s everyone’s problem!

Episode 12: Superbugs and antimicrobial resistance, and why it’s everyone’s problem!

November 18, 2019

World Antibiotic Week runs from 18 to 24 November 2019, aiming to draw attention to the effective use of antibiotics (a type of antimicrobial) in preventing and containing antimicrobial resistance.

With World Antibiotic Week in mind, in this episode of The Checkup, BN's Emma Topen talks to Dr Mark Blaskovich from the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience. They chat all things superbugs, why antimicrobial resistance is everyone's problem, and some novel and exciting homegrown programs and possible solutions.

Please support CO-ADD in its important work to find a solution, before drug-resistant bacteria becomes a global health catastrophe: https://www.co-add.org/content/donate

This episode of The Checkup was edited by Audio Advantage.

The Case of Keli Lane - Part 3: Abortion legislation then and now

The Case of Keli Lane - Part 3: Abortion legislation then and now

August 20, 2019

For those not familiar with Keli Lane’s story, she is a former Australian water polo player who made headlines throughout the country when her baby mysteriously went missing, sparking a coronial inquest into her disappearance. In December 2010, Keli was convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison. 

In the third and final instalment of our Keli Lane podcast series, BN's Sarah Carlisle and Emma Harman discuss the recent reforms to Queensland's abortion laws, and how they compare to the laws in the rest of the country. They consider what the law looked like in the 1990s, when Keli Lane was experiencing her unwanted pregnancies, and how the law has evolved over the last 20 years. 

The Case of Keli Lane - Part 2: The psychology of secret pregnancies

The Case of Keli Lane - Part 2: The psychology of secret pregnancies

July 2, 2019

For those not familiar with Keli Lane’s story, she is a former Australian water polo player who made headlines throughout the country when her baby mysteriously went missing, sparking a coronial inquest into her disappearance. In December 2010, Keli was convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison. 

In Part 2, BN's Sarah Carlisle is joined by Kathryn Smith, a clinical psychologist and the joint director of a large private practice in Brisbane. Kathryn has a broad range of experience which includes a stint working in a large maternity hospital providing psychological support to women during pregnancy and in the post-natal period. They discuss the psychology behind secret pregnancies and the significance of perinatal and postnatal mental disorders, both in that context and more generally.

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