This week's feature stories

Lifestyle

Are you a ‘crazy pet parent’? Welcome to the club

We’re launching #LoveMyRescue to encourage Aussies considering a pet, to make it a rescue.

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Advice

Bringing your new pet home

Make sure your new furry friend settles in without a hitch.

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Health Check

Can pets make your kids healthier?

Studies show spending time with pets could actually improve kids' health as they grow up.

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Community

CancerAid: A new tool for cancer patients

A new app brings a personalised touch to cancer treatment.

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Advice

5 tips for choosing the right pet for you

Pets bring so much love into your life – but choosing one is a big decision.

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Advice

Travelling with your pet – or leaving them behind

Making travel plans as a pet owner takes a little extra thinking.

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Experts

The best way to prevent hearing loss

Professor David Ryugo from the Garvan Institute shares some expert tips.

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Lifestyle

Can origami help you achieve mindfulness?

Fold your way to a calmer mind. The soothing art of origami can double as a mindfulness tool.

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Lifestyle

7 things I learnt from a 7-day digital detox

Could you use a break to disconnect and recharge?

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Experts

Bowel cancer: 5 facts every man should know

Bowel symptoms aren't a fun topic of conversation – but knowing the facts could save your life.

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Advice

Refreshing summer herbal tea ideas

Naturopath Maya Muckalt on the goodness of tea.

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Travel

The 7 best Australian beaches

How many of these spectacular beaches have you ticked off your list?

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In Brief

Measuring and supporting corporate wellbeing

Introducing a new tool to help companies understand, measure and improve workplace wellbeing.

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Community

The history of the condom

A look condom use throughout history reveals a lot about changing attitudes to sexual health.

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Experts

5 signs you might need to see a podiatrist

Podiatrist Emily Smith explains how some common issues can be treated.

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Community

7 apps to make you happier

Boost your mood and release stress with these clever apps.

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Community

What it’s really like to float in a sensory deprivation pod

Recharge your mind and body by floating in a dark, soothing bath.

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Experts

How to support a loved one through cancer

Here's how to support a loved one through difficult times.

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Experts

Your 5-minute plan for a healthier day

Ask yourself these four questions each morning and set your day on the right track.

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Experts

Sun protection clothing: A stylish way to stay sun-smart

Sun smart dressing doesn’t have to mean rash vests and legionnaire hats.

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Experts

The easiest way to create a new habit

It's easy to put off making healthy changes if they seem like a lot of work.

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Travel

7 ways to make plane trips more comfortable

We look at how to make your trip a little easier on the body.

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Community

The history of washing hands

It's been barely a century and a half since hand washing was adopted as common practice by doctors.

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Community

Can urban greening make us happier and healthier?

How can more city-greenery improve our lives? Professor Richard Fuller explains.

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In Brief

A new step in cancer research

Susan Clark from the Garvan Institute explains new steps in cancer research.

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Experts

How stress can cause jaw pain and how to relieve it

Physiotherapist Michael Chan explains how stress and tension can cause jaw pain.

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Advice

7 ways yoga can help you beat stress

Here's why yoga is a fantastic tool against stress, tension and worry.

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Travel

7 ways to spend a weekend in Brisbane

Here’s a handful of ideas for making the most of your visit to Brisbane.

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Community

The art of drinking tea for mindfulness

Here’s how to create a calming ritual out of the simple act of drinking tea.

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Community

Visit Glenmore House: A garden in full bloom

Macarthur farm estate opens its doors this October in a celebration of the beauty of spring.

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Community

Indoor skydiving: Flying without the fear factor

Have you always dreamed of skydiving? Indoor skydiving is the adventure activity for you.

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Health Check

What is single sided deafness?

Here's what you need to know about single sided deafness, and how it can be treated.

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Community

How essential oils can help you relax and recharge

Soothe your mind and boost your vitality with beautiful, natural scents.

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Experts

Why sun safety matters in spring

Being sun smart isn't just for the heat of summer. Stay aware of the UV risk with these tips.

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Experts

Understanding FODMAPS and IBS

Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Take some advice from dietitian Chloe McLeod

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Recipes

Cauliflower and chickpea salad recipe

A fragrant and filling veggie salad, bright with the flavours of tahini, almonds and sultanas.

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Experts

Immunotherapy and cancer treatment

The power of the immune system can play a vital role in the development of new cancer treatments.

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Experts

The secret to making high heels more comfortable

Podiatrist Emily Smith shares a few tips for reducing foot pain.

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Experts

When clean eating goes too far

Psychologist Loren Byford takes a look at the development of orthorexia and eating disorders.

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Community

Why you need basic first aid skills

In an emergency, five minutes can save a life.

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Lifestyle

5 relaxing yoga poses for the work week

This relaxing sequence of yoga poses will have you feeling rejuvenated.

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Experts

10 ways to treat hayfever

Dr David Ng shares things that may help soothe those sore eyes and fight off spring itchiness.

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Advice

How to make (or break) a habit in 3 simple steps

Here's how to create positive habits and kick the ones you want to change.

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Experts

8 things you should know about preventing disease

How can you lower your risk of common health conditions?

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Community

How your blood can change lives

Blood is a precious resource. Here's why we should all consider donating to people in need.

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Advice

How to keep your liver healthy

Your liver works hard to keep you healthy and vibrant. Here’s how to give it some loving care back.

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In Brief

CareComplete: Support for chronic health conditions

How Medibank helps members with chronic health conditions take positive steps forward every day.

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Experts

How to build mental resilience

Life has a habit of testing our limits - mental resilience is your chance to bounce back.

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Lifestyle

Making the decision to Donate Life

Talk to your loved ones about your wishes and register your decision online.

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Lifestyle

The history of the stethoscope

Brilliant ideas often spring from unlikely places, like the playful history of the stethoscope

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Experts

Caring for braces

Braces will be your best friend (once they’re off your teeth). Here’s a few tips for the meantime.

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Community

What the Merry Medic knows about health

The Merry Medic on his latest book and some valuable lessons learnt

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Community

Onsen Ma: Soaking and shiatsu

Healing steam from the Japanese mountains settles in the Melbourne laneways Onsen Ma.

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Lifestyle

6 essential apps for mind and body

Want to fuel your body, reach those targets and tune your mind? Let these apps sweat it out for you.

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Lifestyle

How to create the perfect morning routine

Mornings deserve to be designed - here are 5 tips to curate the start to a perfect day.

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Experts

Laser eye surgery alternatives

Laser surgery not an option? Here are some alternatives.

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Experts

Warm up with Chinese medicine

Take time for self-care this winter with nourishing foods, energising movement and deep reflection.

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Advice

The 7 best sleep apps

Tired of counting sheep and losing sleep? Here’s 7 apps to find that deep rest you’re dreaming of.

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Lifestyle

10 fitness and wellbeing podcasts to get you inspired

Supercharge your motivation, learn something new, and be entertained with uplifting health podcasts.

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Community

Words of the wise

Be inspired, be motivated, be bolder. An online collection of interviews redefining age and wisdom.

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Lifestyle

The best way to plant seedlings

Get seedlings off to the best start with hot tips from Stephanie Alexander’s Garden Kitchen.

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Experts

Why gum health matters

Did you know healthy gums prevent heart disease, memory loss and diabetes? Here's to flossing!

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Community

Wayapa: Mindfulness and movement

Based on traditional Aboriginal teachings, this wellbeing practice encourages deep connection.

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Community

Growing young Koorie health ambassadors

Health meets play in Coach, an early childhood program committed to educating young Koorie children.

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Experts

10 things you need to know about the body

Our bodies are complex, mysterious, miraculous things. Dr Bridie O'Donnell tells us how they tick.

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Experts

10 things you need to know about the mind

Psychologist Emily Toner takes us inside this mysterious mass of nerves and fibres in our heads.

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Lifestyle

How to support someone experiencing domestic violence

1800RESPECT shares how you can help support family and friends affected by domestic violence.

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Travel

The best 5 nature experiences in New Zealand’s southern seas

Seaweed meadows, blue whales and the best seafood this side of the Tasman. Here's more to explore.

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Lifestyle

7 ways volunteering can improve your life

Giving to your community is a two way street. Here's how volunteering can enrich your life.

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Lifestyle

6 ways to keep your heart healthy

Give your heart some love and care and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack.

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Community

Forecasting the future of health

How Medibank's Chief Actuary uses data, trends and patterns to help the mission of better health.

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Lifestyle

The first step to better health for Australia

Most of us think about making healthy changes at least weekly. What stops us from making the leap?

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Community

How happy is your melon?

Follow yoga teacher Masha Gorodilova in the journey into the art of yoga and mindfulness meditation.

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Community

On track to better health

A new online tool pools info on nutrition and exercise for healthy living and cancer prevention

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Travel

The 10 best places to eat and play in Tokyo

Blogger Hello Sandwich shows us her top picks of Tokyo.

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Community

Moved to make a difference

Can everyday people make a difference for victims of domestic violence?

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Community

Smiling Mind: Mindfulness made easy

Making mindfulness meditation free, Smiling Mind improves the mental wellbeing of young Australians

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Travel

The 10 best places to travel this year

From city streets to glaciers to cherry blossoms - here are 10 places to tick off your list

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Lifestyle

How to do a daily digital detox

Australian's spend more time scrolling than sleeping. Here's how to take time to recharge yourself.

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Experts

Myopia: Myths and facts about short-sightedness

What’s the best way to manage myopia? Professor Kathryn Rose explains the facts of short-sightedness

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Lifestyle

Conscious threads

Live simply, travel mindfully and keep active - Patagonia creates for exploring responsibly.

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Experts

Your child’s emotional development – and how to enhance it

Psychologist Stuart Passmore shares his advice for parenting for a happier home.

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Community

How to deal with uncertainty

Mountaineer Patrick Hollingworth shares the value of accepting disorder in a highly uncertain world

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Lifestyle

How to make a rain gauge for the garden

Take your gardening to the next level with this simple, kid-friendly weather project.

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In Brief

Introducing the Medibank Better Health Index

Australia’s biggest quarterly health index provides valuable insights into our nation’s well-being.

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In Brief

Cyclone Pam (Vanuatu) 2015 Red Cross Appeal

Here’s how you can help the Red Cross assist the ten thousands of people affected by cyclone pam.

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Experts

Sleep better: 6 ways to improve your slumber

From heart disease to diabetes; Dr Cheng explains how sleep deprivation affects you.

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In Brief

Medibank awards 2016 Indigenous Grants

Four community projects receive grants to help improve Indigenous Australians wellbeing.

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Experts

On-screen dementia support

Support for dementia is evolving - meet telehealth technology; the future of dementia care.

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Lifestyle

Modern family

What is a "family"? We take a look at the history and future of Australian households.

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Lifestyle

6 post-Mardi Gras hangover tips

Couldn’t say no to that second rainbow cocktail? Soothe your party fever with these tips.

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In Brief

Melbourne HIV clinic expands services

Fitzroy LGBTIQ-friendly sexual health clinic PRONTO! embraces a game-changing HIV prevention method.

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In Brief

Pride and passion on Facebook

Facebook stats show a swell in Australian’s identifying with and supporting the LGBTIQ community.

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Community

Mobile mindfulness

We look at how technology, meditation and mindfulness can work together.

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Experts

Protect your hearing

Your hearing is precious. Take some simple steps now to help prevent noise-induced damage over time.

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Lifestyle

How to grow a better garden

Grow your skills as well as your garden, with helpful advice from a green-thumbed horticulturist.

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Community

What I learned from a month without sugar

What giving up sugar to raise money for charity taught Medibank member Kamna Muddagouni.

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Recommended reading - Managing chronic conditions with diet

Experts

Diabetes shopping tips

How to be savvy in the supermarket and make healthy choices.

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In Brief

Mediterranean diet for diabetes prevention

Filling up on healthy fats favoured in the Mediterranean may help reduce your risk of diabetes.

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In Brief

Top nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables

A new study ranks the top “powerhouse” fruits and veggies, according to their nutrient density score

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Experts

One diet to rule them all

A scientific review paper has sought to answer the question of what is 'the' best diet for health.

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Experts

A diet to fight arthritis

Feeling creaky? Learn how an anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis.

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Experts

Low FODMAP diet for irritable bowel syndrome

Dr Sue Shepherd explains the origins of the low FODMAP diet.

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Experts

The Paleo diet: pros and cons

Nutrition expert Professor Tim Crowe untangles the fact, fad and fantasy of the popular Paleo diet

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Experts

Diet for type 2 diabetes

How to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes

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Experts

5 reasons not to cut grains from your diet

Fibre-rich whole grains are vital to a balanced diet. Accredited Dietitan Tim Cassettari explains

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Experts

Lower your blood pressure with the DASH diet

Here's what you need to know about the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet

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Experts

The brain-boosting diet

Nourish your brain for better focus, memory and mood with these delicious and nutritious foods.

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Experts

Super-foods!

Your mum was right, eat your greens!

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Experts

Cutting your cancer risk

A diet rich in unprocessed grains and meats, fruits and veggies can reduce your risk of cancer.

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Lifestyle

Bad fad diets

A look at some of the worst fad diets that somehow managed to gain a global following.

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Experts

The truth about gluten

We asked dietician Larina Robinson who can really benefit from a gluten-free diet.

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Experts

Cutting back on caffeine

Giving up caffeine for FebFast? Here’s some expert advice for letting go of your daily brew.

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Lifestyle

8 benefits of cutting back on sugar

From weight loss to healthy skin, there are plenty of reasons to reduce your sugar intake.

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Lifestyle

9 super-easy healthy food swaps

Creating a healthier lifestyle can be as simple as making a few small changes each day.

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