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Blogs by Dr Hayley Dickinson

Women's Health Scientist

Nature Therapy

by Dr Hayley

Nature Therapy

Nature is fundamental to our health. If you’ve been spending more time outside this summer you may have noticed a change in the way you’ve been feeling. Those long, warm days welcome us outdoors, and back into the environment where we belong. Biophilia, from the Greek meaning, ‘love of life and the living world’, has been used to describe the concept that humans have a biological need to connect with nature.

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Meet your Microbes

by Dr Hayley

Meet your Microbes

Microbes, or microrganisms are microscopic organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. We play host to so many microbes that for every 1 human cell there are 10 microbes on and in our body. The community of microbes that inhabit our body is referred to as our microbiome. Changes in the gut microbiome, in particular, have been implicated in a number of chronic diseases.

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Fundamentals of Food

by Dr Hayley

Fundamentals of Food

Is there a diet we are supposed to follow?
We eat food to provide our body with the nutrients required to perform its many functions. Our body is built from these nutrients and we cannot achieve proper health and wellness without considering nutrition. We don’t just eat for nutrition and health. There is a great sense of reward and satisfaction that comes from eating food. But some foods we eat actually don’t leave us feeling that great.

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Identifying and managing stress

By Dr Hayley

Identifying and managing stress

Stress triggers are known as ‘stressors’ and they are many and varied. Stressors can be social, chemical or environmental. They can be short-term and acute (e.g. being stuck in traffic) or long-term and chronic (e.g. high pressure job), but whatever the cause or nature of our stress, if it’s allowed to continue unchecked over extended periods of time, it can have significant physical, chemical and psychological effects.

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Exploring birth control with our adolescents

By Dr Hayley

Exploring birth control with our adolescents

The pill provided opportunities for more women to enter the workplace, to have control over their bodies, preventing pregnancy if desired, or planning the introduction of new babies into their lives. A whole new era of ‘family planning’ became possible with the birth control pill. But with so many historical benefits, few people today consider the possible consequences of birth control use as we are often not made aware of some of the associated risks.

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Environmental exposures and our health

By Dr Hayley

Environmental exposures and our health

Genetics lay the foundations of our health and our disposition to a range of diseases. But our environment influences the behaviour of our genes and determines how our genes function throughout our lives. Believe it or not, the lifestyle choices your parents and grandparents made years ago may still be having an impact on your health, and many of the choices you make every day could have long-term implications for the health and wellbeing of your children. So, with even more evidence to support the idea that our families’ health influences our own, how much responsibility should we be taking for the long-term health of our children?

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Talking Puberty

By Dr Hayley

Talking Puberty

Many of us remember going through puberty and all of the awkward and embarrassing moments of this developmental coming of age. Although we may cringe as our children head towards this monumental milestone, this is an important time for us to truly engage with our young people.

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Skin 101

By Dr Hayley

Skin 101

Our skin is the largest organ in our body, acting as a physical and biological barrier and gatekeeper between our internal and external environment. Our skin keeps us alive by preventing organ dehydration and infection. The structure of our skin gives it the ability to do this, so let’s take a closer look.

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Acne Relief for Teenage Skin

By Dr Hayley

Acne Relief for Teenage Skin

It seems to happen overnight. Our children begin to look and sound more like adults. Those childish features transform into the more mature version of themselves, giving us a glimpse at the grown-up person they will soon become. During puberty, our children morph in appearance, they mature psychologically and start to develop and express social and sexual attitudes. It is during this pivotal developmental stage that we are also confronted with acne and acne-related skin problems.

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Pregnancy and your Skin

By Dr Hayley

Pregnancy and your Skin

Our body changes more during pregnancy than at any other time in our lives. Growing a new life is hard work, and we dutifully accept some of the necessary physical changes, but when we think of stretchmarks and spider veins we solemnly hope that we will somehow manage a clean escape.
The reality is, most women will experience some skin changes during pregnancy. Most of these changes will be temporary and resolve after birth, but some may bear a permanent reminder of the physical investment their body made to bring precious new life to the world.

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Menopause and Beyond

By Dr Hayley

Menopause and Beyond

Thanks to adequate nutrition, modern medicine and technology, human life expectancy has increased over the past 150 years. Female life expectancy exceeds that of males and is approximately 82 years in Australia. The average age of menopause has remained stable at 45-55 years. This means that women will most likely live for 30-40 years post menopause. The dramatic shift in hormone levels after menopause means we must learn to adapt and thrive in a changed body, either accepting or becoming more active in the fight against ageing, particularly when it comes to the look and feel of our skin.

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Finding your rhythm

By Dr Hayley

Finding your rhythm

As part of our new women’s health content series, endota is delighted to collaborate with leading lights in the field, bringing women’s health and wellbeing to the forefront. In this first instalment, we learn about the importance of getting in sync with our natural circadian rhythms with the help of our women’s health expert, Dr Hayley Dickinson BSc (Hons), PhD. In addition to a successful career as a respected scientific advisor and researcher, Hayley is also a mother committed to her own journey of selfcare. Her personal quest is to work with and inspire as many women as she can to achieve their health and wellbeing goals, and to prioritise themselves and their individual needs.

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Here's to your health

In conversation with Dr Hayley

Here's to your health

As our endota community members continue to explore new ways to achieve wellness and selfconnection, we are excited to extend the resources we offer on haven to deepen our understanding of female health. This helpful guidance will be brought to you from a range of trustworthy and knowledgeable sources in women’s health. We hope you will be enlightened and inspired as we begin our exclusive series with leading insights from the field, and warmly invite you to join in the conversation.

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Words by Dr Hayley


Dr Hayley Dickinson, BSc (Hons), PhD is a women’s health expert. In addition to a successful career as a respected scientific advisor and researcher, Hayley is also a mother committed to her own journey of selfcare. Her personal quest is to work with and inspire as many women as she can to achieve their health and wellbeing goals, and prioritise themselves and their individual needs.