Festive and Summer season - ask an expert!

Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences experts are available for comment on a range of topics relating to Christmas and the summer season, including mental health, lifestyle; COVID-19; online safety; gambling and more.

  • Hangover cures. There aren’t any!
  • Does alcohol have medicinal properties?

Professor Merlin Thomas, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

  • Weight management and nutrition over Christmas
  • Travel Nutrition
  • General health over the festive and summer period

Melissa Adamski, Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Mental health and women’s health, isolation, consequences of physical distancing and fear of COVID-19 infection
  • Grief and disenfranchised grief, addictions to being busy

Professor Jane Fisher, The Jean Hailes Foundation

  • Cashless Debit Card/compulsory income management
  • Newstart
  • Young people transitioning from out of home care - extending care to 21 years in Victoria

Dr Philip Mendes, Department of Social Work

Read Philip’s commentary at Monash Lens

  • Problem gambling during the festive season
  • Christmas and the new year are dangerous times for many due to increased stress and anxiety, and opportunities for addictions to worsen

Dr Charles Livingstone, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Read Charles’ commentary at Monash Lens

  • Sleep, body clocks and performance

Dr Elise Facer-Childs, Translational Fellow in Industry, School of Psychological Sciences, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

  • Loneliness, social isolation and social support
  • How loneliness impacts our physical and mental health

Dr Rosanne Freak-Poli, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

  • Managing stress and conflict over the festive period;
  • Mindfulness
  • The role of mindfulness in reducing distracted driving and accidents

Dr Craig Hassed, Department of General Practice

Read more of Dr Hassed’s commentary at Monash Lens

  • Mental illness can worsen during the festive season
  • Christmas can be a lonely time for some

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)

Read more of Professor Kulkarni’s commentary at Monash Lens

  • Obesity and treatments, maintaining healthy weight-loss goals over Christmas
  • Cancer diagnoses during the Festive season

Associate Professor Wendy Brown, Department of Surgery

  • Blood supplies and transfusion emergencies over the holiday period

Associate Professor Erica Wood, Head of Transfusion Research Unit

  • Christmas time is a period of crisis for some
  • Mental health stress points and demands, coping and resilience over the festive season
  • Loneliness and social isolation, family/carer stress and workload
  • Alcohol and other drug use during COVID-19 and over the festive season

Dr Melissa Petrakis, Department of Social Work

  • Hospital and healthcare-associated infections and the prevention of hospital outbreaks
  • COVID-19

Associate Professor Philip Russo, Director, Cabrini Monash University Department of Nursing Research

Read more of Dr Russo’s commentary at Monash Lens

  • Covid-19 and epidemiological modelling

Associate Professor James Trauer, Head, Epidemiological Modelling Unit