A new Dawn: recovering from postnatal depression

Dawn shares her family's experience with postnatal depression and her long road to recovery. read more

Dawn Rieniets
Dawn Rieniets 14 May 16 Pregnancy

Recovering from stroke

Bill Gasiamis is a stroke survivor. At 37 he thought he was bullet proof but he suffered his first stroke. Read more about his story here. read more

Bill Gasiamas
Bill Gasiamas 15 May 16 Stroke

4 ways dogs can help make your kids healthier

If you need another reason to give in to those puppy-dog eyes, pet ownership might just improve your family’s health. read more

Tracy McBeth
Tracy McBeth 20 May 16 Raising children

Can you be 'fat but fit'

It’s currently a trending hashtag but can you still be healthy even if you’re overweight so long as you’re fit? read more

Karen Fittall
Karen Fittall 31 May 16 Be active
  1. A new Dawn: recovering from postnatal depression
  2. Recovering from stroke
  3. 4 ways dogs can help make your kids healthier
  4. Can you be 'fat but fit'

The Blue Room

Welcome to The Blue Room. Whether you’re raising a family, trying to improve your health and wellbeing, caring for an ageing loved one, or living with a health condition, you’ve come to the right place. We have information you can trust, and real stories to help inspire you to live a longer, healthier, happier life.

Caring

If you’re getting older or caring for an ageing loved one, Caring provides advice to help you stay at home longer, make informed decisions about care, be happy, engaged and socially active.

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The healing power of hugs

We know hugs can make us feel good, but could they be good for our health? A new study has found a hug a day might just help keep the doctor away.

Tracy McBeth
Tracy McBeth 31 May 16 Keep connected
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The gift of time

For Denise Bunn, Bupa Aged Care in Runaway Bay is like her second home.

Tracy McBeth
Tracy McBeth 12 May 16 Keep connected
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A lifetime of memories

When 92-year-old Joyce Scott reflects on her service during World War II, she has mixed emotions.

Tracy McBeth
Tracy McBeth 21 Apr 16 Considering care

Families

From pregnancy to birth, babies and beyond, Families provides helpful information and resources to help you raise healthier, happier children.

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Gender selection: Can you try for a boy or a girl?

There are many theories bandied around suggesting you can plan a baby’s gender using different sex positions, timing or even the type of underwear… read more

Tracy McBeth
Tracy McBeth 02 Jun 16 Pregnancy
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Breaking barriers through song

They’ve fled violence, war and poverty in their homeland, but a world away in Melbourne’s West, a singing program is helping refugees settle into a… read more

Tracy McBeth
Tracy McBeth 02 Jun 16 Raising children
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Ten Freezable Lunchbox Ideas

Here are ten freezer friendly lunchbox fillers to help take the hassle out of making packed lunches for the kids. 

Stacey Clare
Stacey Clare 27 May 16 Raising children

Healthier

If you’re committed to improving your health, Healthier has the information, inspiration and advice to help you reach your goals.

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Eating disorders Myths and facts

Without even realising it we probably make assumptions about eating disorders, body image and dieting. 

Eating disorders Victoria
Eating disorders Victoria 04 Jun 16 Mental Health
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How many nuts in one 'portion'?

Nuts are a powerhouse of nutrition. They’re packed with a vegetarian source of protein and full of healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.… read more

Rosalyn D'Angelo
Rosalyn D'Angelo 01 Jun 16 Healthy eating
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Can you be 'fat but fit'

It’s currently a trending hashtag but can you still be healthy even if you’re overweight so long as you’re fit?  

Karen Fittall
Karen Fittall 31 May 16 Be active

Manage & Recover

Manage & Recover provides information and support to help you or a loved one with a heart condition, cancer or diabetes.

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Breast cancer myths debunked

We’ve all heard myths about deodorant or underwire bras causing breast cancer. So we talk to those in the know to sort fact from fiction. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 26 May 16 Cancer
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Recovering from stroke

Bill Gasiamis is a stroke survivor. At 37 he thought he was bullet proof but he suffered his first stroke. Read more about his story here.

Bill Gasiamis
Bill Gasiamis 15 May 16 Stroke
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Heart attack: family, life, relationships

Your loved ones might be struggling to deal with your heart attack. Here’s how to help them while still putting your needs first.

Megan Blandford
Megan Blandford 20 Apr 16 Heart health

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