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Dec
10

2018
Why I’m a Birthday Brat And Why You Should be One Too

I’m a big birthday person, always have been. It runs in my family. I think some people must look at us and think we are a little crazy (which we are). Growing up my mother always put on fantastic parties for me and my brother. And on the morning of our birthdays, she would decorate the living room with posters and balloons and have lots of presents for us to open. Not in a spoilt way, but she would find any little thing that she could wrap up so we would get the excitement of unwrapping gifts. She would make a big deal of our special day and celebrate it as much as she could. And even though we are no longer kids, she continues this tradition every year. As soon as I got to the age where I could use a credit card, I did the same for her,…

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Sep
06

2018
My Keynote on Decriminalising Abortion

Recently, I got asked to speak at an event in support to decriminalising abortion in the state of Queensland. For those of you who might not be aware, abortion in Queensland remains in the criminal code. The only time is it legal to be performed is to prevent serious danger to a woman’s physical or mental health. So, in a nut shell, what happens is that women who are wanting to terminate an unwanted pregnancy up until a certain point must sign a document saying that if they were to continue with the pregnancy, they would be at mental or physical risk. Whilst it’s great we have a loop hole, this makes an already terrible situation even worse. I was also shocked to discover that Queensland doesn’t have safe zones outside of these clinics with women having to be escorted through protestors. I struggled with what to say in this…

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Aug
31

2018
Sexy Seniors – The Key to a Happy Life

We are a society that is overly focused with being sexy. You don’t just have to be attractive and smart these days but sexy too. Even a nail colour or an inanimate object can be sexy. So then isn’t it ironic that as we age, the word sexy seems to be the one thing that is not used. Getting older is about being cute, wise and elegant, but unless you are Jane Fonda, being sexually attractive is not often a label used. But this issue has more importance and depth than just losing the label of sexy. As we age, sex is more important. Sex isn’t about just making babies and trying to prolong the honeymoon phase. A lot to do with how we see being sexy in an older generation has much to do with how we see sex in general. It’s not all about penetration, procreation and physical…

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Jun
20

2018
Feeling the pressure of “I Do”

Dear Dr Nikki, My boyfriend and I have been together for nearly 3 years. I have always been the type of person who goes with the flow, but lately, people have been asking me when are we going to  getting engaged and I have become a little anxious about it all. I don’t know if it’s because we have been together 3 years or because people are asking me more,  but I feel like I’m questioning whether he really wants to be with me if we are not engaged. I don’t want to be that girl, but I also feel like I’m going a little crazy. How do I calm down about all of this? Holly   Hi Holly, I feel like what you are asking is very normal and happens to most people. When you are dating, people ask you when you are you going to move in, when…

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