HSW 97: Becoming a Healthy Shift Worker with Roger Sutherland.

A healthy shift worker – myth or a reality?

In today’s episode, we discuss this exact topic with Roger Sutherland who has been a police officer for over 35 years, and is part of an emergency services family with a son, daughter and partner who also work 24/7.

Some of the things that we discuss include:

  1. Roger’s heart-warming story of how he wanted to become a police officer since he was 2-years old.
  2. Some of the health struggles he faced later in his career including being crippled in pain from Sacroiliitis, and what he did to overcome it.
  3. How years of poor dietary choices, sedentary behaviour and undervaluing his sleep would have been a contributing factor in the development of his poor health and chronic pain.
  4. What made the most significant change in his health when he began to prioritise it?
  5. What is LISS training, and how it has helped him to incorporate exercise and movement into his lifestyle, without adding additional stress to his body – especially when on the night shift.
  6. How a shift in mindset played a pivotal role in helping him to transition from being an unhealthy shift worker, to one that is now healthy.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Roger’s Instagram Account – https://www.instagram.com/roger_suth/
Roger’s A Healthy Shift Instagram Account – https://www.instagram.com/a_healthy_shift/
The Oura Ring – https://ouraring.com/

HSW 96: Veterinarian Wellness with Dr Nadine Hamilton.

This week we’re chatting with Dr Nadine Hamilton, a psychologist, author and leading authority in veterinary wellbeing based on the Gold Coast.  She is the owner of Positive Psych Solutions, a boutique psychology practise that specialises in supporting the health and wellbeing of veterinary and wildlife professionals, and author of the best-selling book “Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian”. 

Nadine’s passion for the industry led her to set up Love Your Pet Love Your Vet – a registered charity designed to raise awareness about the issues within the veterinary industry.

I absolutely loved talking with Nadine in this episode – she has an absolute heart of gold and her devotion to this industry is nothing short of inspiring!

Some of the things we talk about include:

  1. Why there’s such a high incidence of burnout and suicide in the veterinarian industry.
  2. The 5 biggest driving factors contributing to these statistics based on Nadine’s doctoral research.
  3. What can be done to reduce these high suicide rates?
  4. What led Nadine to set up the charity Love Your Pet, Love Your Vet.
  5. Nadine’s Top 3 tips for coping with some of the emotional trauma currently surrounding Australia’s unprecedented bushfires.
  6. Details on a wellbeing conference coming up on March 21-22 in beautiful Kingscliff, NSW, specifically for veterinary professionals.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Positive Psych Solutions

Love Your Pet, Love Your Vet

Reach Out Wellbeing Conference in Kingscliff, NSW:  21-22 March 2020

HSW 94 – Project Sunrise and Jet Lag with Dr Sun Bin.

Today we’re talking all things jet-lag with Dr Sun Bin from the University of Sydney who is an epidemiologist and public health researcher, who has a particular interest in sleep and circadian rhythms.

Dr Sun Bin and her team are currently working on a research project with Australia’s largest airline, Qantas, called “Project Sunrise” to ascertain the feasibility of running non-stop 19-20 hour commercial flights from the east coast of Australia, to London and New York, with a special focus around passenger and crew well-being.

What you’re going to learn:

– What is Project Sunrise, and some of the aims of the research?
– What scientists are specifically monitoring throughout the flights, as part of the research.
– Why passengers are being encouraged not to eat during the biological night, to help reduce digestive discomfort.
– Some of the results and findings so far, along with future research plans.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness

Stair walking is more energizing than low dose caffeine in sleep-deprived young women.

Dr Bin’s work and research

HSW 93 – Weight Loss Study for Shift Workers with Professor Maxine Bonham

Are you struggling to lose weight whilst working 24/7?  If so, this episode is for you!

Today I’m talking with Associate Professor Maxine Bonham who is a registered nutritionist and research academic at Monash University in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food here in Australia.  Maxine is currently involved in research examining some of the adverse health effects associated with sleep debt, poor dietary habits and misalignment of circadian rhythms in shift workers.  All super relevant for anyone working 24/7.

Maxine and I discuss how alternating our mealtime or food intake can conflict with our natural body clock or circadian rhythms, and how this can negatively impact on our health including our weight, along with her latest research – a world-first study trialling weight-loss interventions for those working night shift.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

The Swift Study open to night shift workers based in Melbourne or Adelaide – https://www.monash.edu/medicine/swiftstudy

Shifting the Risk – A study investigating meal timing and heart health in shift workers –
https://www.monash.edu/medicine/base/about/volunteer/shiftwork

HSW 92 – Live Event in Brisbane!

Are you a shift worker living in Brisbane or know someone who is?  If so, this podcast is for you!

In conjunction with the launch of my new book Too Tired To Cook’, I’m super excited to announce my first ever Healthy Shift Worker Live Event in Brisbane, which is open to the general public!

What does this mean?

It means that ANYONE who works shift work in Brisbane can attend.

So if you work in healthcare (nurse, doctor, veterinary medicine), transport & logistics (train driver, aviation worker, ship crew, truck driver), manufacturing, hospitality (hotel, casino or cafe worker), emergency services (police, fire, ambulance), security – or any other occupation that I’ve missed … and you’ve been struggling with this whole shift working lifestyle – then this event is for YOU.

Titled “Better Sleep & Nutrition for Shift Workers”, this event is a version of the Healthy Shift Worker Seminars that I’ve been delivering to shift working organisations all over Australia.

WHEN – Friday the 29th November 2019, from 7:30-9 pm.

WHERE – Toombul Shire Hall, Brisbane QLD

I’ve lost count of the number of times people have come up to me after a seminar and said “Audra, where were you when I needed you 20 years ago?!”

So if you (or members of your workplace) are wanting to gain invaluable tools and strategies to improve your sleep and nutrition whilst working 24/7, (amongst a whole host of other things like weight loss, stress relief etc) – then tune into this episode to learn more about the event.

To book your tickets CLICK HERE and I look forward to seeing you there!