Looking for some free fun these holiday? Head to Barangaroo. The Cutaway has been filled with an ocean of white balls and there's plenty of fun to be had at the beach! You can pay to skip the queue - see details here- but we opted to wait in line (for an hour) and then spend the bucks at Da Mario's for lunch at the pop up Festival Village outside.
It's a great excuse to visit the park and spend a day by the water in this beautiful harbour city.
Living in Sydney at Festival time makes it so hard not to love life!
Have you been having fun at the Festival of Sydney?
I have in the past posted about some alarming statistics, one in particular that we have the highest rate of suicide in the world, and the highest per capita prescriptions for anti depressants. Something is not right in the state of Denmark Australia as they say. Given these figures, I was shocked by what I heard yesterday.
In an informal conversation with a doctor, I learnt of some changes to Medicare that fills me with fear. I am not a doctor, and I am hoping I have misunderstood what she was meaning, and if that is the case, please correct me and I will amend the post. If this issue does affect you, please don't panic yet, as I may be entirely wrong.
The short of it, as explained to me, is that the average person will no longer get rebates on counselling with Psychiatrists and Psychologists. If you are a child, homeless, with the healthcare card and suicidal, you will still get the rebate or access to the free services. However, if you are a mother with PND, a husband overwhelmed at his retrenchment, someone whose physical pain has become a little too much to cope with, or someone afflicted with anxiety, there is no code for the GP to give the referral, If you received help at 17, when you turn 18, that help will cease, unless you can pay for it.
Surely the key to mental health is preventative steps while the problem is manageable? Why wait for the breakdown, or for it to be too late? Surely it is in the public interest to support those seeking treatment? We all benefit from a happier, more productive society.
This offhand comment at a party was the first I heard of it, so I'm hoping I am wrong. It does seem odd that a google search doesn't bring it up, which gives me hope that I misinterpreted the conversation.
As I said, if there is just a delay in the process, and the codes are on their way to GPs in the 'new year' or if I totally misunderstood what was being said, please speak up and I can breathe easy and take down the post. If it is the case that the Government has decided to pull much needed funding from Mental Health in the areas of Anxiety and Depression, please give me an idea on how we combat or challenge this. Other than Change.org, I really have no idea how to start. I do however feel I can't sit this one out, as we aren't quite the lucky country I once thought we were, but I do believe we can be.
I believe we should be trying to encourage people to seek help when they need it. If we price it out of their means, they just won't bother, and so the downward spiral begins. This cost cutting seems very short sighted and detrimental to all of us, However a tide raises all boats, so let's start the swell.
Please note this discussion that may trigger distress. If feeling fragile, please always reach out for help. Lifeline13 11 14 (or 000 in an emergency). Beyond Blue1300 22 4636, Reach Out , Suicide Call Back Service1300 659 467. Also please leave the name calling off the comments, I will delete any disrespectful discussion whether it's regarding other comments or politicians.
We've just got back from The Funatorium, a kids cabaret that's on at the Opera House until the 22nd. While I'm still officially on holidays and not blogging, I just wanted to let you know that it's great, and you should go.
I only took our little one, as I thought the Alice theme meant it would be just for little kids. I think my high schooler would have loved it too, and I most certainly did! I was grinning, clapping and shrieking along with everyone else. In fact I suspect most of the adults enjoyed it as much as their little counter parts.
We got the cool hat and my little one 'practised' the March Hare's routine on the train home.
It's on until the 22nd - get tickets if you can.
I can honestly say for that hour I was truly loving life!
Not sponsored, we paid for ourselves. Get yours here.
This time next week I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas.
This time next week I hope you are cheering on the Sydney to Hobart or the Cricket.
This time next week I hope you are relaxed and enjoying your holidays.
This time next week, I hope you've seen the fabulously fun 1903 circus at the Sydney Opera House. I found this show delightful in it's appearance and imagery, as well as all the usual thrills and skills of the circus. It even engaged the teen and made them smile, so definitely a show for the whole family. (Buy tickets here - not sponsored, just thought it was so fun and charming.)
This couple just dressed up - turn of the century cosplay
Happy Christmas to you all. Stay safe, drive safely and if you're lonely or sad, speak up and reach out.
I was just wondering what I would write about for this week's xmas link up as I really haven't been out and about in the shops, but rather at presentation day after presentation day and project expos and a myriad of other school enterprises.
Then I received an email from Rafiki Mwema, asking for any assistance they could get. If there is one worthwhile activity at Christmas, it is charity. Remember those less fortunate, make someone's day brighter, give money, time, help. Whatever you can. That is the spirit of Christmas.
If you can't donate or sponsor, why not purchase something from the store?
Even just like and share their Facebook page or Instagram? Maybe this is just the cause someone you know is keen to get involved in.
I know far bigger bloggers than me have promoted this cause, but I am adding my small drop in the bucket, in the hope it does eventually overflow for them.
Give someone over the ocean and far away a merry Christmas, a safe January, a comfortable February and a year of all we take for granted.
A little house keeping. I'll be off the blog next week until Friday for the last Xmas link up for the year. I'll also get First of the Month Fiction up before the New Year, so swing back for that.