Health and Well Being

"The question of what's the cause of social ills in terms of drug addiction, suicide, mental illness - much of it comes back to the loss of community."


"To keep quiet about sexism and verbal put-downs is to condone violence. This complicit silence is acted out thousands of times a day - the turning of a blind eye to abuse that we know deep down is unacceptable. Soft-pedalling on abuse arodes our collective capacity to exercise compassion and respect, as well as guaranteeing the safety and wellbeing of everyone, especially women and girls."


"As adult women, we're better able to protect ourselves emotionally. We understand we don't need to spend time with people who don't make us feel good. We recognise that some people have bad energy and we know we don't want that in our lives. Instead, we choose to spend time with people who love us and treat us well and make us happy. There's no doubt that shows on your face."


"Self belief is just one of the reasons we're younger and looking better today. We're also better educated. We know more about the environment and how it impacts on us, we understand more about nutrition and diet, and how it can affect our health too. We're also aware that what we think can affect us and so we try to think positively."


"The mind exists in close relationship to our body, but it is not our body, not even just the brain. The mind functions in relationship to all around us. It is affected by the environment we are in, the animals and the people we interact with. The mind regulates all our vital functions. It collects, stores, retrieves and uses information. It controls the energy that flows through us: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual."

IAN, GAWLER - The Mind That Changes Everything

"Truly, it is the mind that changes everything."

IAN, GAWLER - The Mind That Changes Everything

"The mind has an incredible capacity to both limit us and to set us free. The mind has the capacity to enable us to do what at first might have seemed impossible."

IAN, GAWLER - The Mind That Changes Everything

"Our vision is for a world where no one is needlessly blind, and Indigenous Australians enjoy the same health and life expectancy as other Australians."

FRED, HOLLOWS - credo of The Fred Hollows Foundation

"If one's spiritual life is clear and sound, then every other level - mental, emotional, physical - falls into place."

KYLIE, KWONG - on the meaning of life

"Whether rich or poor, it's the ability to make sacrifice real that is the key to life and health."


"Sadness is often thought of as a problem. In our over-medicated world, some people find themselves in the health system and even placed in a chemically induced fog so that they don't feel the full effect of their sadness. But sadness is as necessary as oxygen. If our capacity for sadness is diminished then so is our capacity for life. There is a world of difference between sadness and depression."


"Sometimes sadness is the only gift I have for someone. I'll bet if you had eyes to see, you could read my face and know the depth of my longing to meet and know and love and be known."


"It is important to value the individual, to have good health, a loving family and good relationships, to have community ties, leisure pursuits. These are all part of our lives. It is important to keep all of our parts in working order."


"If your body is crying out for a change, or crying out that it's unhappy, for goodness sake listen to it. Our bodies aren't machines that get by with a grease and oil change every 50,000 kilometres. Stress is part of life but if prolonged stress is in our life, we have to ask ourselves if we are in the right place, right frame of mind, or doing the right job."


"Music is the elixir of life. It can mimic the heartbeats of our bodies and heal like a magic wand...The resonance it creates in our bodies cannot be replicated by any medicine. "

WALTER, MIKAC - Circle of Life

"Sunshine is the best disinfectant. "


"All Australians, regardless of location, income or age, have the right to world's best practice cancer care."

IAN, ROOS - speech to launch of Cancer Voices Australia on World Cancer Day 2007

"To all our beautiful young people out there. The greatest things in life are right under your nose but they do not take the form of anything you can use or buy. They are your family and friends. Their love is free, cherish them above all else and doing so cherish yourself. Stay away from drugs."


"If we actually love what we're doing and we go and do what we love, and every day we get up because we're really happy to get up and go and do what we do, you can't actually do that without expression, and art forms part of that mix of expression that makes the whole package of life so enjoyable to be in."


"That was the real gift of having cancer: that I had another go at living the life I really wanted to live. One of the biggest things I learnt was to say no, and to let people deal with it."

ANTHONY, WARLOW - on second chances

"With a healthy environment all our lives are enriched. Without it our lives are diminished. The environment is and will always be number one. One Life, One World, Our Future. "


"In life, you gotta do something. And the medical journals keep on saying if you've got a goal or some passion in life, you'll outlive all the other guys who - the bank manager that retired. They gave him a rocking chair and he rocked himself to death. So you gotta have a passion, whatever it happens to be. Whether it's this or something else, it doesn't matter, as long as it's a reason to get out of bed every morning, as my accountant of 50 years keeps on saying. "


"With the exception of Indigenous peoples, we are a nation of boat people whose forbears made the journey from elsewhere to our shores. How we assist succeeding generations in adjusting to their new country is one of the measures of Australia's maturity and well-being as a nation."

ARNOLD, ZABLE - on refugees