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Coronavirus: Our Practice Policy

Coronavirus: Our Practice Policy

March 9, 2020

Until we receive clearer directions, CFIH is adopting a “better to be safe than sorry approach”. Please support us in our efforts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

International Women’s Day: Our Message

International Women’s Day: Our Message

March 8, 2020

On International Women’s Day, we passionately strike the #EachforEqual pose. To us, this pose symbolises equality, compassionate boundaries, allyship, and the disruption of destructive gender-based cycles.

Exercise and eating disorders

Exercise and eating disorders

February 20, 2020

In an interview with Hack on Triple J, CFIH Psychologist, Ashleigh Olive, proposed a number of red flags that can help to identify someone with or at risk of an eating disorder.

How accurate are nutrition information panels?

How accurate are nutrition information panels?

October 2, 2018

Diet-culture loves numbers – we’re sold the idea that we can achieve tight and calculated control over food and our bodies through counting, tracking, weighing and measuring.

5 ways to shut down diet-talk in the office

5 ways to shut down diet-talk in the office

August 15, 2018

Office diet-talk can be relentless, triggering and difficult to avoid. If 8 hours of carb, keto and cleanse commentary is making you want to ride your wheelie chair down the fire escape, here’s a few ideas for you: Excuse yourself and walk away. After a few smoke-bomb moments they’ll start to get the picture you’re … Read More

When Intuitive Eating Becomes Another Diet..

When Intuitive Eating Becomes Another Diet..

July 23, 2018

Being surrounded by a diet-obsessed culture full of rights and wrongs, dos and don’ts, can make it hard to adjust to a totally new concept in which there is no “right way”. When developing the skills of an intuitive eater, one can become stuck in thinking that they can only eat when they are hungry, … Read More

Show up, do the work, trust in the process

Show up, do the work, trust in the process

July 12, 2018

I’ve recently returned to running after abandoning it for some time, with the goal of completing a marathon at the end of the year. During tonight’s run, I got to a point along the course where I would normally fatigue and slow down before stopping..

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We’ve heard from many of you that you’re finding recovery increasingly difficult at the moment - not only due to increased stress and pressures but also owing to restricted or reduced access to your usual supports. We hear you and we are here to support you!  The team at CFIH have been brainstorming options as to how we can provide this support in a way that is accessible & financially viable for all those requiring it whilst also sustainable for CFIH as a service. While we would love to offer this support for free to everyone requiring it, we are an entirely independent entity that receives no government or philanthropic support. So instead, we’re trying to be creative through the development of a ‘pay what you can afford’ framework.  We hope to have the basic scaffolding of this support service ready to announce early next week. If you think that this would be of value to you and you haven’t already expressed interest, please let us know the frequency you would like to attend, an indication of what you’re able to afford for the service, and any suggestions/comments/feedback that you have for us as to how we could structure this to best accommodate you and your needs.  Thank you for providing the feedback that helps us to better help you.  https://cfih.com.au/product/online-meal-support-group-for-individuals-with-an-eating-disorder/
I had a number of people reach out and offer messages of kindness, encouragement, compassion & support in response to my Facebook live video yesterday. Thank you!!  Not only was I touched by people’s generosity of time and energy (particularly in a time when people are trying to manage their own distress) but it was another reminder that, when used appropriately, vulnerability fosters connection and intimacy.  As promised, here is a 4-step summary of the process I have trained my compassionate self to respond to me with during such times of distress. This process has been adapted from Kristin Neff’s ‘self-compassion break’ which can be found in a guided meditation form here: https://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/#guided-meditations  Thank you to everyone who reached out. May you all fill your own cups (and be receptive to others doing the same for you) in the same manner you have each shown me over the past 24hrs ~ Kiera
Distance. Not disconnect.  Social connection is always important for our mental health. It’s especially important in the midst of stress and chaos.  It’s not easy to stay connected with the current laws around social distancing. We are grateful that our access to technology affords us a means of connecting on a regular basis.  What are others doing to stay connected to colleagues, friends, and loved ones in the midst of the social distancing laws?
We would like to introduce our newest member of the CFIH team, Brianna Thomas.  Bri has a wealth of experience in healthcare administration, comes highly recommended and has been a familiar face to many of you already.  If you haven’t already met Bri, please introduce yourself when you’re next on the clinic and join us in helping her to feel welcome.
Kiera: "We're so relieved to have you back in the country and back to the clinic!!!!"
Danica: "Ummmmm.... yehhh... about that..."  *Send us your best captions!*  We are thrilled to announce that Danica has safety arrived back in Australia. Despite being jet-lagged, quarantined, and in the wrong state of Australia, she is grateful to be "home" and "back to work" on Monday.  While we are all greatly disappointed that we won't be seeing Danica in person for some time yet, we are happy to confirm that she will be online and available to offer support remotely by the end of the week.  If you have questions or concerns about what this means for you or your appointments with Danica, please speak to our client care team on (07) 3161 0845 or info@cfih.com.au.
Until now, our fast-paced rapidly-evolving modern world with its frenetic consumerism has led to a gradual decline in our health and happiness - leaving many of us lonely, depressed and disconnected.  If there is to be a silver lining in the chaos of COVID-19 perhaps it is that we develop a stronger desire to reconnect with ourselves, our values and the world around us. 
While we might feel alone, the truth is that the whole world is right here in the midst of this with us. Many people do know how we feel and understand what we are going through.This shared experience reminds us of our common humanity. 
The thousands of people self-isolating in an effort to protect others (whom they have never met) is an incredible act of compassion and solidarity. Let us be reminded of the kindness of the human spirit and allow ourselves to receive the warm wishes others send out into the world for us to remain well and spared from suffering. 
In times like these, we realise how fragile the likes of our materials pursuits are and how strong and dependable love really is. The threat of being restricted access to material privileges that we ordinarily take for granted reminds us to appreciate the necessities - food, water, fresh air, shelter, toilet paper (sorry, we couldn’t resist) and access to health care! We are presented with an opportunity to cultivate gratitude for these necessities. 
Through the cancelling of events and meetings, we may feel an unexpected sense of relief. Possibly, it is because we have mindlessly said "yes" to obligations for so long, forgetting what we miss through not saying "no". 
Mother Nature has been afforded a small relief from the destruction caused by human activity with the marked drop in air pollution in China and the clear water of the Venice canals a lesson to us in the ways in which we need to change our ways.  While we all try to adjust to a new state of “normal”, let’s keep our spirits high, our hands clean, our physical bodies distant and remember that “we’re all in this together”. Vera - Psychologist, Art Therapist
We encouraged you to speak up and advocate for yourselves and over the past few weeks, you've done just that! Well done!!  We have been inundated with requests for additional support to help you cope during the increasingly difficult times. We've listened.. and we want to hear more. 
We have developed a short, 2min survey. Please take the time to tell us how we can best invest our resources to support you.  Surveys close at midnight Wednesday (April 1)  https://poll.app.do/pg/how-can-we-better-support-you
Making light of a tough situation.  When we walked into the clinic this morning to see plastic-covered couches (to be wiped down throughout the day), we decided that if we didn’t laugh about it, we’d only cry.  There’s nothing funny about COVID-19 or its many flow-on effects but there is value in focusing on the lightness & humour in bad situations in an effort to make them more tolerable.
Guess who successfully boarded the plane home from South America??!!!!  We are all very excited to have Danica back in the country with us as of tomorrow morning! Obviously she will need to stay in quarantine for 14 days however, she’ll be officially back at work (albeit online & remote) and available for telehealth sessions as of next week.
You have a part to play in keeping our clinic open for face-to-face appointments. - https://mailchi.mp/4ca6d2a4ffdd/introducing-consultant-psychiatrist-dr-nga-tran-12402406