Can you be mild to yourself?

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  • Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:30
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I have often attacked myself on occasions when things perhaps didn't go to plan at work, when something might not have been a worthwhile venture as I had imagined it to be, or when I forget things. Some days we are quite good at getting out the old imaginary punching glove and giving ourselves a good whack in the face with it. Can we be milder on ourselves? Of course, but first it's a good idea to work out why you are attacking yourself in the first place.

Do you need to test and tag?

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  • Sunday, 31 August 2014 10:41
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In any workplace there are cords, powerpoints, powerboards and appliances.  They are a necessity to run our office or practice rooms.  Have you thought much about the condition of your electrical equipment?  I hadn’t really until I had a test and tag assessment completed a few years ago and was notified my power boards were faulty.  I had no idea this was the case – seemed fine to me when I bought them at the local retail outlet.  Have you had your electrical equipment tested?  Do you need to?

Online reflective learning for student placements

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  • Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:46
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Ever been on a student placement yourself that didn’t really provide a lot of stimulation? Do not worry, some still exist!  A few weeks ago I attended the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators conference.  Mouthful – let’s call it ANZAHPE for short.  There was a lot of talk about new ways of teaching, so I thought I would share a technology tool that can help you create innovate learning experiences for students that come through your clinic or workplace.

Ditching the inner critic with the happiness factor

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  • Tuesday, 22 July 2014 07:24
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It is very easy to become lost in our negative emotions and self perceptions at times.  Shifting into a management role or into the business world of healthcare can be daunting and requires more than just developing a few business skills.  We need to build a vision and infrastructure to support clinical work, as well as self confidence that can tolerate the ups and downs of private practice.  Being happy can help this.  Are you happy?

Getting your ducks in a row for the new financial year

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  • Monday, 07 July 2014 21:11
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I don’t know about anyone else, but the EOFY (end of financial year – I know, I didn’t know that either when I started in business, so don’t feel silly) was a busy time at our practice. Students, stock take, reconciling accounts, and then of course I went and took a holiday right in the middle. If you are an employer like me, there are a few important things you need to ensure you do swiftly following the end of financial year. Here is a run down of what you should take account of... now!

5 Essentials for Choosing Online Tools

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  • Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:58
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Have you heard the saying, ‘A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way’ (Swahili Proverb)?  This is very true.  In business we must remember that not only are our customers important, but so are the relationships within a workplace.  If you want to stay happy and ahead of the competition, you need a team of workers who can perform at an optimum level… together!  In the day to day running of a practice, it can be hard to keep up with everything, particularly keeping employees motivated and engaged in their work.  Online tools can be a great way to manage a busy practice.  The tricky part is choosing which ones are right for you and your team.

What's On Your List From The Healthy Practice Conference?

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  • Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00
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About two years ago I went home from work and announced to my husband this crazy idea to run a service that taught good quality business and clinical education to allied health professionals that was modern, accessible to all, and Australian!   As he regularly does, my husband saw my passion and told me to ‘go for it’.  Born was Maida Learning!, But… I needed a launching pad, and decided whilst trying to continue to see patients, develop webinars, manage a team and be a mother, I would make myself even more crazy and run a conference!  How hard could it be!?!

Thinking About The End at The Start.

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  • Saturday, 10 May 2014 17:26
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When I started in practice, I just thought about getting started; just opening up and building a name for myself.  I certainly didn’t start off thinking about the end, and I often wonder how many of us do that.  Have you considered your exit plan? 

How to feel better about networking!

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  • Sunday, 04 May 2014 08:00
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Networking is an important part of working life.  It can be a crucial factor in everything from new clients, new employees, careers, keeping up to date with industry standards, and getting the right information.  But we are not really taught how to network well – it is often assumed if you stick a bunch of people in a room, we will all know what to do. Networking is the art of building and maintaining connections for shared positive outcomes.  Many people however, feel they are not good at networking.  I propose we change our outlook on the process of networking to make it less daunting.

Make your brand start working for you!

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  • Saturday, 19 April 2014 17:11
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A brand is basically your practice name that over time becomes familiar to people.  It is what gets you noticed and builds your business.  Your brand is your business identity let‘s say.  It’s defined by how you and your employees consciously or otherwise portray your practice to others, and how those ‘others’ then interprets this.

If someone mentioned the name of your service or practice – what would your patients and referring sources say? Are these consistent with the image you endeavour to build? If you have employees, have they bought into this image? Why or why not?

Public Speaking Anyone? How to Prepare your Nerves.

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  • Sunday, 06 April 2014 09:56
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Last week I was very excited to have met Mark Bunn.  Mark is our guest speaker for the Healthy Practice Conference in May 2014.  He is a former AFL player and motivational speaker, and will address delegates with his wisdom on working smarter, not harder.  Mark is here to remind us the simple things in life are invaluable to your health and happiness.  

Sometimes we need a lift in life.  In the busyness of everything, it can be easy to fall victim to self doubt, and your inner critic. When this happens, we tend to focus on the negative things, the stress full things, because they gravitate towards us.  You can get into these little ruts before you know it, and suddenly things become harder than they need to be.  To get the best out of your day, you need to attract the positives.   If you are confident in yourself, and motivated, you can seriously get a lot more achieved, and what’s great is you can use this energy to bring others along with you.  Your mood is infectious, so let’s make it an inspiring mood. It’s not a bad thing to need a pick me up, sometimes the hard thing is knowing where to find it! 

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