Endal – Dog of the Millennium


by Allen and Sandra Parton

The remarkable story of Endal, voted ‘Dog of the Millennium’, and how, through his remarkable skills, companionship and unstinting devotion, he gave Allen Parton a reason to live again. Allen Parton was seriously injured while serving in the Gulf War. He lost the use of both of his legs, plus all memories of his children and much of his marriage. He was left unable to walk, talk or write – isolated in his own world. After five years of intensive therapy and rehab, he was still angry, bitter and unable to talk. Until a chance encounter with a Labrador puppy – Endal – who had failed his training as an assistance dog on health grounds. They ‘adopted’ each other, and Endal became Allen’s reason to communicate with the outside world, to come to terms with his injuries, and to want to live again. Not content with learning over 200 commands to help Allen complete everyday tasks like getting dressed and going out to the shops in his wheelchair, Endal gave Allen the ability to start living again, and to become a husband and father again in his own special way. This is the incredible story of Allen, his wife Sandra, and his family. And, of course, Endal.


Allen Parton was serving in the Gulf War when an accident robbed him of the use of his legs and half of his long-term and short-term memory. After 5 years in hospital, he was still unable to walk, talk, read or write. It was only when he was partnered up with his Canine Partner, Endal, that he found the strength to learn to communicate with the world again. As his aide with everyday tasks, Endal allows Allen to lead an independent life. Endal has been given many awards, including the PDSA Gold Award and Dog of the Millenium award. Allen and Endal currently work with a number of animal and disability charities.

Sandra Parton is a writer, known for Endal (2015) and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (1999).


This book can be purchased at most book shops including online from bookstores such asFishpond

Publisher: HarperTrue

ISBN: 9780007303007



by Tim Winton

This book is a modern, comtempory work of fiction.

From separate catastrophes two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch. For twenty years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

Tim Winton’s funny, sprawling saga is an epic novel of love and acceptance. Winner of the Miles Franklin and NBC Awards in Australia, Cloudstreet is a celebration of people, places and rhythms which has fuelled imaginations world-wide.

This book has also had a recent re-release as special 21st anniversary edition and as a TV miniseries.


Tim Winton has published twenty-five books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won theAustralian Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows,CloudstreetDirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.


This book can be purchased through any good book store or online.

Bookworld is one of the online bookstores that sell this book.

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia

ISBN:  9780140273984

A Big Little Life


by Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz’s first ever nonfiction book is the deeply moving story of his life with his good dog Trixie.

Dean Koontz is known for exploring the dark side of human nature in his fiction. But his softer, playful side comes out when he talks about his beloved dog, Trixie, a golden retriever. Trixie had a special place in Dean’s heart and now in his first non-fiction book, Dean opens his heart to his readers to give us memories of Trixie, of the glorious dog who changed him and changed his life.

There’s everything in this memoir: adventure, mischief, emotion, and sadness too. Dean will talk with joy about the many gifts Trixie gave him – and the lessons she taught – and he’ll talk with sadness at losing his beloved pet. The loss of a dog is a heartbreak that’s been experienced by a great many people, and Dean’s delving into that loss is a powerful part of this book, and a cathartic experience for those of us who have loved and lost an animal companion. Trixie had a big little life and lives for ever in Dean’s heart… and in these pages.


Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he lives with his wife Gerda, their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.


Most Bookshops online or off. Online examples include: Barnes and Noble, Fishpond, Angus and Robertson or Booktopia

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780345530608

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook


By Edmund Bourne

This is a revision of the best-selling classic. It provides step-by-step help for sufferers of anxiety and phobic disorders. This edition offers the latest treatment strategies for the whole range of these problems – panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder – with revisions that include updated information on medications, mindfulness training, and health-related conditions that aggravate anxiety.



Edmund J. Bourne, PH.D. is an American self-help author, psychologist and researcher on anxiety, anxiety disorders and the treatment of anxiety disorders. He was the director of The Anxiety and Treatment Center in San Jose and Santa Rosa, California. In 1990, Edmund Bourne published The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, a self-help book that won the Benjamin Franklin Book Award for Excellence in Psychology. He lives and practices in Florida and California.


You can purchase The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook from http://www.fishpond.com.au

(It is also available from all major bookshops in Australia.)

Published by: New Harbinger Publications,U.S.

ISBN: 1572244135


‘I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone trying to find positive solutions to overcoming phobias and anxiety.  It is easy to read and in a workbook form, which makes following the directions very easy.’


Living With It – A Guide to Panic Attacks



Written by a patient for patients from a patient’s point of view, Bev Aisbett’s little book provides the tools in dealing with panic with the aid of her inimitable cartoons. Her follow-up books – Living It Up and Letting It Go – are presented in the same cartoon style and act as a guide to the life skills required to transform anxiety into a tool for growth and change.


Bev Aisbett is a counsellor and recovering depressive.
She has written several books on how to cope with anxiety and depression.   The content of all her books is very valuable for depression sufferers, and they make very easy reading.
Bev believes that to beat depression, sufferers have to change their thoughts. Change your thoughts and you’ll change your life. Aisbett says thoughts are extremely powerful.

However, she agrees with other experts that there are three main causes of depression: genetic, physical or personality. Some of us are born with a tendency to depression inherited form a parent. Others have a chemical imbalance in the brain. Another cause is personality. Particularly sensitive and emotional people are more prone to have feelings that upset them. Perfectionists who set themselves high standards can become upset when they don’t achieve them. People who are highly dependent on others can become depressed if they feel let down.

Aisbett believes the genetic argument is over-estimated. “If we look at the list of factors that have triggered a persons current emotional state, and they start owning those, the genes aspect is pretty minimal,” she says. If the cause was totally genetic, Aisbett points out, the sufferer should not improve but people with depression do improve. Which brings Aisbett back to the power of thought and self-opinion. “If your self-esteem is good, then you’re going to perceive the world in a more supported way. You’re not going to be interpreting the blows of life as blows, but as challenges.”


Available from most major bookshops in Australia

ISBN:  0207180407

Publisher HarperCollins


“A book I found to be absolutely fantastic is this one. It’s a slightly comical and very down to earth book written by an Australian sufferer. “

From Panic to Power

From Panic to Power



“From Panic to Power will take you on a transforming journey from fear, anxiety, and panic to success, personal power, and peace of mind. Lucinda Bassett developed the internationally acclaimed “Attacking Anxiety” program — a combination of techniques and skills that helps people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks to overcome their fears and regin their independence. Her powerful program, which teaches people how to think differently and respond in a less anxious way, has already enabled thousands all over the world to transform their draining doubts, fears, and anxieties into powerful positive energy and newfound freedom.


Lucinda Bassett developed the internationally acclaimed ‘Attacking Anxiety’ program, a combination of techniques and skills that help people suffering from anxiety and panic attacks to overcome their fears and regain their independence. The program has been used with major corporations in the USA like McDonalds, Chrysler and Ford. Her recovery program concentrates on taking responsibility for the way you feel; compassionate self-talk; cultivating self-esteem; self-motivation (stop being disappointed and start getting what you want); and keeping stress from becoming anxiety. Her book is full of personal stories (including her own), lots of questions and answers, lots of headings too which makes reading the book so much easier


You can purchase ‘ From Panic To Power ‘ from Fishpond http://www.fishpond.com.au/    (It is also available from all major bookshops in Australia.)


Published by: HarperCollins


ISBN: 0060927585

Embracing The Fear

Embracing The Fear: Learning To Manage Anxiety and Panic Attacks

By Judith Bemis and AMR Barrada

Nothing to fear but fear itself? For anyone who has ever suffered from the palm sweating, heart pounding, trembling, panting, exhausting terror of anxiety or panic attacks, that is more than enough. This book, authored by two recovering agoraphobics, offers strategies for managing anxieties and phobias, emphasizing the need to first accept our anxiety and panic, encouraging us to take risks, and giving specific dialogues to counter fearful self-talk. Although they do not address nutritional approaches or relaxation techniques, the cognitive approach they emphasize is a uniquely valuable strategy for understanding and managing fear


Judith Bemis, a recovered agoraphobic, started experiencing panic attacks in 1965. Thinking that it was a serious medical problem, she continually searched for answers concerning the cause, but to no avail. After a period of being semi-housebound, she managed to white-knuckle it until a major setback in 1981 prompted a renewed search for help. A year of cognitive therapy proved to be a turning point in her life. 
Wanting to share her freedom with others, she founded Open Door Outreach, Inc. (a network of support groups for people with agoraphobia and other related anxiety disorders) and has served as director and facilitator for the organization since 1986. In January of 2007, Open Door merged with NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Ms. Bemis currently serves on the NAMI Minnesota Board of Directors. 

Ms. Bemis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota, and did graduate work at Michigan State University. Before retiring, she taught public school music for thirty-five years and worked as a consultant for two years at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic in Minneapolis. She is committed to helping improve the lives of people who suffer with anxiety and panic attacks. 



You can purchase Embracing The Fear ‘ from http://www.fishpond.com.au (It is also available from all major bookshops in Australia.)

Published by: Hazelden Publishing



I have read and or purchased over 10 Anxiety books and this one was definiately a book worth reading. I want general advice or a cognitive plan that works. I’ve suffered with my illness for more than 6 months, been on many different meds. (Still taking them) and tried many things. To me this book is as good as any therapy I’ve had so far. This book will not cure you, but it will teach you how to “Cope” with attacks instead of fighting them.


DONT PANIC: Anxiety, Phobias & Tension



We are all inclined to worry, but for many people the problem is more profound, even disabling. This practical book explains and identifies phobias, anxiety and tension, and offers commonsense suggestions on how to face your fears and regain control. Don’t Panic will teach you to think straight again so that you can look forward to a brighter future.


Dr Andrew Page is Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology Training at the School of Psychology, University of Western Australia. He is also a consultant to one of Australia’s premier private psychiatric hospitals, Perth Clinic, and is Co-Director of the Robin Winkler Clinic at the University of Western Australia. He has also worked as a clinical psychologist with the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

Dr Page is the inaugural winner of the Tracy Goodall Early Career Award in recognition of innovation in research and treatment in cognitive and behavioural therapy and is past national president of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy. He has written six books and numerous journal articles, chiefly on anxiety and its disorders.


This book can be purchased through the Jean Hailes Online Bookshop for $9.95

Published by: ACC Publishing Pty Ltd

ISBN:   9781876624873

Understanding Depression

Understanding Depression

By Maria Prendergast

Depression is devastating not only for patients but also their families and friends.  This book provides a unique insight into this pervsive illness, and includes frank and moving stories from both sufferers and their carers.

Maria Prendergast also tackles the bigger picture, examining the information (and misinformation) available in the public arena and revealing the painfully inadequate state of Australia’s mental health services.

This extremely accessible book reveals the human face of depression.  It will undoubtedly further our understanding of this illness and it is to be hoped, inspire a more enlightened approach to those who suffer from it.


Maria Prendergast is a freelance writer and broadcaster. She has written many books, including Understanding Asthma, Understanding Migraine, Stroke and Heart Attack Rehabilitation and Banks Behaving Badly. She was a feature writer for Australian Consolidated Press for many years and currently contributes to newspapers in Australia and the United Kingdom. She is on a number of boards and committees, including the board of depressioNet from 2004 to 2006 and has a strong interest in social and environmental issues.

Maria has experienced depression personally since writing this book, following the death of her husband and best friend in 2009.  She has always been a strong supporter of the founder of depressioNet – including our new dNet!


You can purchase ‘Understanding Depression’ directly from our dNet for $25.00 (inc p&h)!   Justsend us an email and we will organise it directly with you.

Published by: Penguin

ISBN: 0-14-100493-2

Hands-on Health Promotion

Hands-on Health Promotion

Edited By Rob Moodie and Alana Hulme

Hands-On Health Promotion provides health promoters with useful guidance on everyday practice – on how to conceptualise, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate health promotion programs at national, state and local levels.

In his Introduction to the book, Rob Moodie defines health promotion, provides a framework for how health promotion can be understood and successfully practised, and outlines the aim, approach, and content of the book.

The book’s 32 substantive chapters are then organised into five parts:

  • In Part 1, building blocks, the core activites that underpin all successful health promotion (information gathering, evaluation, influencing policy, public health law, advocacy, communication, leadership and management, project management, partnerships, and community mobilisation) are the focus, with the key elements of each activity outlined.
  • In Part 2,practical approaches are suggested to promoting specifc health and behavioural issues: tobacco control, physical activity, healthy eating, minimising harm from alcohol and illicit drugs, sexual health, injury prevention, road safety, and mental health and wellbeing.
  • In Part 3, practical approaches are offered to promoting health in various settings and sectors: early childhood, sport and active recreation, community arts, workplaces, and schools.
  • The focus of Part 4 is how the health of special populations (Indigenous people, refugees, women, men, young people, and older people) might best be promoted.
  • In Part 5, the focus is on how health inequalities might be reduced.

In each chapter, a what to do and a how to do approach is taken. The result is a stimulating, easy-to-read, and easy-to-use book that is ideal for project-to-project use – a book for dipping into, as a need arises, for ideas, inspiration, and directions.

The book will prove valuable to:

  • health promotion and public health practitioners;
  • tertiary-level students of health promotion, public health, medicine, and nursing;
  • health professionals, of various sorts, who are involved in health promotion ‘now and then’; and
  • other professionals (local government officers, community workers, sports coaches and managers, community arts workers, youth workers, etc) who play a vital role in promoting health.


Rob Moodie
Dr Rob Moodie has been CEO of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) since 1998, and has professional appointments in public health at The University of Melbourne and Monash University.

For many years, Rob worked in refugee and Aboriginal health care, and HIV/AIDS prevention programs, with Save The Children Fund, Medecins sana Frontieres, Congress (the community-controlled Aboriginal health service in Alice Springs), WHO, UNDP, and UNAIDS.

Rod is co-chair of the 2004 International Union of Health Promotion and Education World COnference, and is a member of the Federal Minister’s Aid Advisory of the Asia Pacific Leadership Forum on HIV/AIDS.

Alana Hulme
Alana Hulme is Community Relationships Manager for Connectus, the business project of the Victorian Premier’s Drug Prevention Council.

Alana has managed a cross-sectoral partnership between the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, the Transport Accident Commission, and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

Alana has researched and worked on a diverse range of issues in health promotion, including risk and protective factors in young people, the role of local government in promoting health, and collaboration between health and other sectors.


For more information see the details on the publisher’s website.  The book may be ordered from the publisher.

Published by: IP Communications

ISBN: 0-9578617-6-1