Entries by Dr. Farhan Shahzad


As Sydneysiders and those living in Greater Sydney continue to be in the midst of another lockdown due to multiple outbreaks of COVID-19, our mental health and ability to juggle family and working life from home is again being put to the test. The original two-week lockdown of Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains and […]

Mind Over Matter – Back Pain

More than 4 million Australians struggle with back pain on a daily basis, majority of whom report that the pain interferes with their basic activities of daily living (AIHW 2020). When pain lingers, it can significantly compromise our quality of life by causing us physiological pain and disability as well as psychological distress. With an estimation that […]

The Detrimental Effects of Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Bullying and harassment in the workplace can not only cause detrimental physical and psychological health problems for employees, it can also greatly effect job performance and a business’s bottom line (Gordon 2020). While there are obvious forms of bullying including physical and psychological, there can be more subtle and indirect forms of bullying such as deliberate […]

Pain Pain Go Away, DON’T Come Back Another Day

The World Health Organisation defines ‘HEALTH’ as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (WHO 1948). This definition champions the idea that health is a multifaceted state of being, mimicking the Biopsychosocial Model of Health which acknowledges that it is the deep interactions between biological, psychological, and social factors that […]

Lockdowns and Quarantine make Australia a Pandemic Success Story

As much as no-one would ever want to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine with no ability to venture outside, or months under strict lockdowns, it is these severe preventative restrictions that have allowed countries including Australia to eventually suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus and pandemic. In particular, Melbourne, Victoria endured some of […]

Impact of Lockdowns on Australians’ Mental and Physical Health

The extreme life changes that have been thrust upon the world by the COVID-19 lockdowns have taken a considerable toll on our physical and mental health, without discrimination. Children, adolescents, adults and the elderly have all been challenged by factors including social isolation, boredom and loneliness, unemployment, financial instability, school and business closures, state and […]

Australian Timeline on COVID-19

On the 3rd of January 2020, China officially notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) of an outbreak of viral pneumonia of unknown cause (Xinhuanet 2020). Cases and deaths around the world rose astronomically over the coming days and weeks, specifically in China. By January 25, a man from Wuhan, China who had flown to Melbourne on 19 […]

Challenging Traditional Views of Health & Treatments of PAIN

History has long presented a dominating Medical Model of Health since the 18th Century, and the idea that science could cure all illness and disease has remained a core element of modern medicine. The Medical Model of Health measures health simply by determining if a disease is present or not (Community Development and Heath Network 2018). However, this underlying […]

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