Smiling Mind is a modern mindfulness meditation website and free app for young people. It’s meditation made easy! It was developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, mindfulness meditation and web-based wellness programs. The programs are designed to incorporate easily into the daily life of young people. Age-specific programs outline the key aspects of mindfulness meditation in the form of guided meditations with the objective of managing stress and increasing resilience. You can practice the programs anywhere and anytime. Even as little as five minutes per day could have your mind feeling clearer and calmer! Give it a try! Download it free from the app store or check out the Smiling Mind website.
And what a night it was!
The night was opened on the 4th of April, with MUMUS President Luigi launching the long awaited Get-A-GP Campaign 2.0 – based on the same-name campaign run by AMSA a few years ago. MUMUS C&W were super proud to be able to finally make this resource available, and hope that it will be continually updated through the years and remain a source of support for medical students!
What followed were some great talks by Headspace, A. Prof Clearihan – Associate Dean of Professionalism, Dr Mulyadi – Department of General Practice and Rosie Latimer – C&W’s Mental Health Officer. They covered a range of things – from what causes stress, why medical students are prone to it, how to recognize in ourselves and others and various coping strategies and sources of support. The small-group setting allowed a lot of audience interaction, to produce a more discussion-y feel than lecture-y, which worked great for sharing anecdotes and experiences – proof that good things come in small packages!
The evening helped open up the ongoing conversation C&W wants to encourage this year about the issues we face with mental health and wellbeing, why we face them and what we can collectively do about it!
MUMUS C&W is proud to present the Get-A-GP Campaign!
Having your own GP is extremely important, but we know that finding one can be difficult.
That’s where the Get-A-GP campaign comes in – a handy guide with a list of bulk-billing GPs all over Victoria!
So download the booklet today and find one near you!
Calling all first years! Are you passionate about mental health? Are you all about improving the wellbeing of yourself, your peers and the wider community? Are you keen to help change the current mindset and stigma surrounding mental health issues? Then C&W is for you!!
Applications to join our committee are open from NOW till the 18TH OF MARCH – just follow the link, we would love to hear from you!
Eudaemonia, the official MUMUS Student Survival Guide, is back!
With loads of great tips to succeeding in medicine whilst also maintaining your health and wellbeing, we hope this guide helps you in some way along your journey!
Click here to view and download the guide!
The start of a new year can be tough – everything is unfamiliar, getting organised and orientated is all so hectic, you’ll feel like you’re juggling a thousand different things and you’ll be hard on yourself when you drop the ball and the stress gets to you. Check out this article by Guy Winch on how to deal with these negative emotions and look after yourself!
On the 27th of May, a group of budding bakers who are enthusiastic about helping beat cancer made delicious treats for the Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Our Monash Medical Centre, Bendigo and Cabrini Hospital sites were all able to host morning teas and bake sales.
Together, the three sites raised a collective $420.40, which can go towards paying an overdue bill for a family who hasn’t been able to work. The events were a fabulous success, and the MUMUS C&W team would like to thank all those who contributed baked goods, helped manage the stalls, and of course, bought some cakes and brownies for themselves!
On Sunday the 15th of May 2015, 1200 brave and enthusiastic runners assembled at Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens to partake in the annual Mother’s Day Classic. Among them was our very own C&W team.
Since its inception, the Mother’s Day Classic has raised over $24 million for breast cancer. To commemorate this massive achievement, here are three things to keep in mind about breast cancer:
Breastcancer is a serious issue. Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia. On average, 7 women die from breast cancer every day in Australia.
Breast cancer doesn’t just affect women. One in eight women and one in 688 men will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Unfortunately, men with breast cancer often have worse survival rates than women.
There is hope yet. Breast cancer survival rates have increased to 89%, up 6% since the Mother’s Day Classic began in 1998. So we can’t give up now!
For more information, head to the National Breast Cancer Foundation website at: http://www.nbcf.org.au/
Also, don’t forget to put on your sneakers and join the run:MUMUS team at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/177922655653415/
A special thanks to Zheng Song and Dee Tomic for organising the C&W team at this year’s Mother’s Day Classic.
They’re as delicious as they sound… and they’re simple to make!
For this recipe and more, visit: bunnehbakes.blogspot.com.au
175g unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour, sifted
1/4 cup cornflour, sifted
75g unsalted butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
3 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
Optional: 6-12 raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Mix the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixer, until the butter is pale and fluffy.
3. Add the sifted flour and cornflour to the butter mixture, and beat with a mixer until a smooth dough has formed.
4. Using the palms of your hands, roll teaspoons of the dough into rounds and place onto the baking tray. The biscuits will spread as they cook, so leave about 2 cm between each biscuit round. This recipe roughly makes 12 melting moments, but try to make an even number of biscuits.
5. Flatten each round slightly using a lightly floured fork. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. For quicker cooling, place wire racks into the fridge.
6. To make the lemon filling, place the butter, icing sugar, lemon juice and rind into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy.
7. Spread the filling onto the underside of cooled biscuits. You may also like to put a whole or half raspberry in the middle of the lemon icing. Sandwich the other biscuit half on top. (You can also choose to pipe the filling on with a star piping tip! I recommend Wilton 1M)
Elections for C&W Subcommittee are open now!
Check out the position descriptions below – positions are due in on the 24th of February at 12am.
Good luck everyone!
Jo & Viv