Life after stroke: taking over my daughter's role in life

At 53, I became a surrogate mother to my daughter’s 2 children, a carer to someone with a severe disability, and a person who felt completely alone in the world. But, I soon realised, I wasn’t alone at all. read more

Anonymous
Anonymous 01 March 17 Stroke

Five tips to make camping with kids a little easier

As the season of long weekends is almost upon us, many people decide to use this time to take the family camping. Here are five tips that may make camping with kids a little easier. read more

Suzy West
Suzy West 08 March 17 Raising children

How to let people know you're still recovering

If you’ve recently returned home from hospital, some people may think that means you’re back to full health. But the recovery process can continue long after you’re discharged. Here are some tips to help you manage their expectations. read more

Madeline Graham
Madeline Graham 24 February 17 Wellness

Swap chocolate for experiences this Easter

Can giving your kids an experience instead of chocolate this Easter help strengthen family and parent-child relationships? read more

Sophia Russell
Sophia Russell 01 March 17 Raising children
  1. Life after stroke: taking over my daughter's role in life
  2. Five tips to make camping with kids a little easier
  3. How to let people know you're still recovering
  4. Swap chocolate for experiences this Easter

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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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Life with cerebral palsy and the drive to make a difference

Kristy Trajcevski opens up about what it’s like to live in her uncooperative body. The 35-year-old with cerebral palsy is now working to give choice… read more

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Introducing Bupa Therapy: giving power to people with disability

“It’s time to find ways to be inclusive, and bring disability out into the open.” Bupa Therapy, a new centre for people living with disability, has… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 28 Feb 17 Keep connected
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How do you know when it's time for your loved one to stop driving?

It can be hard to know whether a loved one is still safe to drive on the roads but being aware of when they should stop is an important part of… read more

Jane Dickenson
Jane Dickenson 10 Feb 17 Stay independent

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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Jade's story: Cerebral Palsy and living life to the fullest

Jade Heinstman has a lesson for us all with her approach to living with a disability and not letting it hold her back from reaching her goals.  

Danielle Colley
Danielle Colley 21 Mar 17 Raising children
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QUIZ: Which holiday style best suits your family?

Have you ever wondered which type of holiday you should chose for your family's next adventure? Take our quiz to put your family holiday style to the… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 10 Mar 17 Raising children
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Five tips to make camping with kids a little easier

As the season of long weekends is almost upon us, many people decide to use this time to take the family camping.  Here are five tips that may make… read more

Suzy West
Suzy West 08 Mar 17 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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6 biggest mistakes people make when brushing teeth

If you brush your teeth twice a day, for “two minutes”, there’s still a good chance you could be getting it wrong. Bupa Dental’s Executive Clinical… read more

Dr Mark Psillakis
Dr Mark Psillakis 19 Mar 17 Wellness
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How to help someone who has recently been discharged from hospital

Recovering from a stay in hospital can feel a whole lot more manageable when you’ve got a good support network around you. Here are a few ways you… read more

Madeline Graham
Madeline Graham 27 Feb 17 Wellness
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12 things to do when recovering from a stay in hospital

If you’re recovering from an operation, you could be trying to cope with pain, sleeping problems, and new medications to remember to take. But one of… read more

Madeline Graham
Madeline Graham 26 Feb 17 Wellness

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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Life after stroke: taking over my daughter's role in life

At 53, I became a surrogate mother to my daughter’s 2 children, a carer to someone with a severe disability, and a person who felt completely alone… read more

Anonymous
Anonymous 01 Mar 17 Stroke
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Under the Jacaranda tree: One family's journey with cancer

In 2015 my wife Teresa lost her decade long struggle with Cancer. My apologies for the drama from the get go but there really is no other way to… read more

Alan
Alan 17 Feb 17 Cancer
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The truth about caring for a child with type 1 diabetes

One mum shares what having an eight-year-old son living with type 1 diabetes is really like – for her, for him and for the whole family. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 09 Feb 17 Diabetes

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