This New Zealand native is passionate about health. Sarah Stewart is a health professional and is dedicated to educating her readers about childbirth, the need for midwives and health in general. She has a recent post announcing the upcoming Virtual International Day of the Midwife, which is a great example of her loyalty to midwives and others in healt field.
Coaching. An effective way to adddess work-life pressures?
BeyondBlue is an Australian organisation that addresses depression and mental health issues. One of the recent initiatives it has released is the NewAccess coaching service. This is a six week coaching service offered to people who wish to devise mechanisms and solutions to deal with particular work-life pressures or issues.I enrolled into this program a few weeks ago and have one session left. I decided to take part because it's a free service - yes, I am that shallow! - and I thought it would be interesting to access a coaching service. I have spent many years looking at mentoring and trying to tease out what the difference is between mentoring, coaching, preceptorship and counseling. I hoped that by receiving coaching I would be able to further tease out what is involved, and how it may be beneficial for professional development.I decided to focus on how to better manage my work-life commitments. If the conversations I have with friends and colleagues are any thing to go by, this is a problems that many of us face. I'll talk a little more about what I learned in my next post.I have found the program to be immensely beneficial. I talk to my coach by phone - we've never met in person. The 30 minutes or so that we've spent together have given me time out to think about the changes I can make to my life, and how to better manage my commitments. Whilst my coach has lent me a sympathetic ear, she has also given me strategies to try out in my life. None of it has been rocket science, or even stuff that I didn't already know. But I have found it very useful to have someone to be accountable to, and have the coach layer out activities for me week by week which has helped me see the wood for the trees. The only problem with NewAccess is that it has limited availability in Australia.I would certainly recommend the program to people who have access; in Adelaide, Canberra and New South Wales. I have enjoyed having a coach who I have found to be someone who not only listens to my issues but also offers me ideas about how to manage those issues effectively.This experience has certainly opened my eyes to the benefits of coaching, and I am going to look at how I can continue to access coaching in the new year. The only snag to professional coaching services that I can see, is the expense.Have you ever received coaching for work? How did you find it?Image - Kim Paulin: https://www.flickr.com/photos/axlape/6875179639
Trying out telephone coaching to help me lose weight
Having admitted that I have terrible trouble losing weight and keeping it off, I am back on the weight loss tread mill.I have gone back to Weight Watchers but this time I am using their weekly phone coaching service. I chose this methodology because I couldn't be bothered to go to the weekly classes - not a good sign!? And WW were having a sale, so it wasn't too expensive when I signed up.I have been at it for a month and enjoying this service. I get a 10 minute call every week and also have access to the online tracking system which can also be accessed via my phone.To be honest, I don't find the content of the coaching that helpful. You can't really achieve much dialogue in 10 minutes. But I am finding it motivating having to account to someone every week. And the mobile app is great for keeping track of what I eat and do.The plan that I have signed up for lasts for 3 months. I am not sure what I'll do when it runs out.But in the meantime, I think it will be really useful to keep me on the straight and narrow over Christmas. What motivation do you use for keeping fit and healthy?Photo - Billy Brown: https://www.flickr.com/photos/billybrown00/4982722491
'Make my day' - a day of my life in Canberra
Over the last couple of weeks I have taken part in a Canberra project called 'Make my day'. 'Make my day' is a Design Canberra project organised by Kate Shaw.The aim of the project was for participants to take photos during their day every couple of hours. Kate collated the photos to make a shared story of how Canberra defines participants and how the participants defined Canberra. The final product was displayed in an exhibition last weekend in Northbourne Street.I submitted photos from Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd November. My favorite photo was taken first thing on Sunday of a pair of shoes that a girl had left lying on the pavement from the evening before - I hope they weren't too expensive.It was fascinating to see all the photos put into themes and made into a giant mosaic. Canberra clearly is a very busy place, and at the same time means so many different things to different people.I expected to see many glossy "posed" Instagram photos, but was pleasantly surprised to see very ordinary pictures which felt so much more authentic.Canberra get a bum rap from many people who pass by, but to those of us who live here, Canberra is a vibrant place with many faces.
- Dec 01, 2015 "Suffragette" - Has the battle really been won?
- Nov 30, 2015 'Make my day' - a day of my life in Canberra
- Nov 23, 2015 Lessons learned from being guest blogger at the 2015 Canberra Film Festival
- Nov 17, 2015 Nominated for the Princess Srinagarindra Award 2015
- Nov 13, 2015 Community garden plot all planted up for the summer
- Nov 10, 2015 New sport facility for Canberra
- Nov 07, 2015 7 things to think about before hiring a migration agent
- Nov 04, 2015 Are you ready for the 2015 Canberra International Film Festival?
- Nov 03, 2015 I'm one of the 80%!
- Oct 25, 2015 Experimenting with an inground compost
- Oct 21, 2015 Do you make the most of life's little explosions?
- Oct 18, 2015 Concerns about insurance for Kiwi nurses and midwives
- Oct 17, 2015 Got me a plot in a community garden!
- Oct 14, 2015 Moving to Australia? Kiwis beware!
- Oct 11, 2015 5 reasons for integrating social media into your professional role
- Sep 30, 2015 Ditching my e-portfolio for LinkedIn
- Sep 26, 2015 Time to get blogging again?
- Oct 31, 2014 It's Human Brochure weekend!
- Oct 06, 2014 Will social media help Australian midwives become elected onto the Australian College of Midwives' Board?
- Jul 10, 2014 Glad to say I am a "Human"...
- Jul 07, 2014 Still trying to get my head around social media and testamonials for midwives in Australia
- Mar 25, 2014 Chance to talk to AHPRA's CEO about the advertising guidelines
- Mar 23, 2014 Totally hooked on Hootsuite
- Mar 21, 2014 AHPRA provides guidance for the guidance on advertising, but still leave health professionals with concerns
- Mar 13, 2014 Confusion for Australian health professionals about AHPRA advertising guidelines and social media