Your choice of pasta (long, flat ribbons like tagliatelle or pappardelle go perfectly)
Small handful of dried porcini mushrooms
1 kg assorted mushrooms, such as flat, button, Swiss brown, Portobello and oyster… …read more
There is a lot of noise in the media around sugar. While most eating plans and ‘diets’ have great principles around eating healthier – including lots of fresh produce and cutting back on processed foods – banning, shaming and isolating fo… …read more
Good gardeners measure the rainfall they receive, every day it rains. They then note this down in their garden journals along with other information like the weather conditions, air and ground temperature, and what they are doing in the garden that d… …read more
Patrick Hollingworth knows a thing or two about pushing through discomfort. Over the past decade, he’s climbed multiple 8000 m peaks – including Mount Everest – and has experienced all the highs and lows of the mountaineering life.
At the same… …read more
Lured to Brazil in search of waves and adventure, close friends Ryan Black and Edmund Nichols found a lot more than epic breaks and barrels in this extraordinary destination.
“We fell in love with the country; the energy of the place was so po… …read more
1. Go wild with mushrooms. Autumn is mushroom season – a great reason to explore mushrooms of all types. Mushroom ragu is a beautiful cool-weather dish made even better with freshly-made pasta, but you could also try gluten-free options such as potat… …read more
Our purpose at Medibank is For Better Health, so we wanted to know more about Australia’s health and how it’s changing. To find out, we teamed up with Roy Morgan Research to launch the Medibank Better Health Index – Au… …read more
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the biggest fitness trends of the moment, and it’s easy to see why.
Quick, efficient and fantastic for strength, fitness and weight loss, this style of training alternates short bursts of… …read more
2 pork cutlets
1 tablespoon olive oil
25 g butter
90 ml Pedro Ximenez OR Madeira
2-3 persimmons, each peeled, cut into 6 wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled, crushed
½ teaspoon ground… …read more
We all know keeping active is good for us. The rush of endorphins after exercise clears the mind, can lift our mood, makes us feel stronger and has numerous physical benefits. In the long term, regular physical activity helps… …read more
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon coconut/palm sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 cups cooked quinoa (or ½ cup per roll)
1 packet toasted nori sheets
1 ripe avocado, sliced length ways
1 cucumber, julienned
1 carrot… …read more
We all have those nights that feel endless – tossing and turning, unable to rest until moments before the alarm goes off. Sleep deprivation can have a real impact on our wellbeing, especially when it happens night after night.
Research release… …read more
Like many of the sailors who race on the picturesque Sydney Harbour, Jack Macartney grew up on the water. He was a boy destined for the ocean, with his father Bill a stalwart supporter of the sailing fraternity after founding… …read more
Ahead of Close the Gap Day this Thursday, Medibank has announced the recipients of its 2016 Indigenous Grants, and reaffirmed its commitment to closing the health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
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Diabetes is a condition in which your body can’t properly control the amount of glucose in your blood. A hormone called insulin is needed for transferring glucose from the bloodstream to enter the body cells and be converted to energy.&nbs… …read more
This March, workplaces around Australia are celebrating cultural diversity with A Taste of Harmony.
Created by the Scanlon Foundation, this fun and delicious event encourages colleagues to bring in a dish from their cultural backgrounds t… …read more
Serve with a garden salad and fresh bread rolls. Substitute spinach and pumpkin with corn kernels and bacon, or leftover roasted vegetables for easy alternatives. Leftovers can be eaten cold the next day.
This dish can be prepared during t… …read more
2 large lamb shanks (about 1 kg total)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 long red chilli, ﬁnely chopped
2 cups ca… …read more
The mind is complex. There’s a lot we don’t know about why we think and feel the way we do. But the things we do know can help us bring more happiness, peacefulness and fulfillment into our daily lives.
Here, clinical psychologist and mind… …read more
Foot and heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, is a common roadblock to an active lifestyle. The classic presentation of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel and/or arch of the foot, usually first thing in the mornings or after a… …read more
New research shows nearly half of Australian parents are concerned their child is unable to make healthy food choices, and 3 in 5 are concerned that their child prefers processed food.
The survey, conducted by Medibank and the Stephanie Alexander Ki… …read more
1 ½-2 kg whole free range chicken
1 bouquet garni (3 sprigs parsley, 2 bay leaves, 10 sprigs thyme or 2 sprigs rosemary)
1 lemon pierced all over with a paring knife
Salt and freshly ground black pe… …read more
March’s employee of the month was awarded to Elisha Wright from Medicross Coomera. She was awarded employee of the month for being the most improved staff member at Coomera. She also shows great initiative and is always very helpful to staff, doctors and patients.
Hula hooping isn’t just for kids and circus performers. With a hoop around your hips and some music playing, you’ll work up a sweat, get your heart pounding and tone your abs, back, hips, glutes and legs – and have a good laugh at… …read more
½ small red onion, thinly sliced (85 g)
3 celery stalks with leaves, thinly sliced (220 g)
8 large Swiss chard leaves, white stalks discarded, roughly chopped (175 g)
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 tablespoo… …read more
Whether it’s for fitness, fun or a nature-based escape, canoeing and kayaking make for a brilliant active adventure.
Paddling along a rapid river will put your body to the test, giving you a thrilling outdoor workout and some super-strong arms … …read more
As babies we spend a lot of time trying to put anything and everything in our mouths. It’s an important part of learning to quickly establish what is edible and – importantly – what should never, ever, be put in our mouths again. With a few ear… …read more
Technology has transformed how we communicate in all aspects of our lives. For people with dementia, new telehealth solutions could soon provide greater support that will make a real difference for both patient and carer.
‘Telehealth’ is… …read more
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthways
200 g unsalted butter, chopped
150 g castor sugar
Rind of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon juice
2 teaspoons verjuice
4 medium-sized pears, peeled (be careful to leave the… …read more
The end of summer often sees a glut of chillies, sometimes with no immediate way of using them. Strings of dried chillies are a beautiful feature in a kitchen as well as a good way of preserving the chillies for future use. These strings are also kno… …read more
Serves: 4 (makes 5 cups)
2 Gala apples, quartered and cored (not peeled)
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
1 cup apple juice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Using a box grater, coarsely grate the app… …read more
It’s Mardi Gras time again! In the spirit of one of the most festive, colourful and seriously fun times of year, Facebook has released some statistics about LGBTIQ usage and engagement on the social media platform. And what they found shows a p… …read more
Melbourne HIV clinic PRONTO! has expanded its range of services to provide access to PrEP – a new and proven HIV prevention method.
The Fitzroy-based, LGBTIQ-friendly clinic is known in the community as a safe and welcoming space for sexual he… …read more
Plain flour, for dusting
Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
1 kg Coorong Angus Beef chuck, or other quality beef chuck, cut into 3 cm cubes
Extra virgin olive oil, for cooking
400 ml shiraz
1 medium-lar… …read more
Rohan Gunatillake is a disruptor of sorts. Challenging the assumption that technology isn’t conducive to mindful living, his app, buddhify, and latest book This is Happening, demonstrate how the digital age can create a purposeful existence – i… …read more
We protect our eyesight, teeth and bodies with regular check-ups. We even ensure the health of our hair with regular trips to the hairdresser. But very few of us take steps to ensure our hearing health. Yet hearing loss can lead to debilitating physi… …read more
270 g Greek style yoghurt
1 tablespoon of finely chopped mint, plus a few extra leaves to garnish
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
Olive oil, for frying
¼ onion, fin… …read more
Autumn is a magnificent time to be out in the garden. Working up a sweat in the late afternoon sun, planning and preparing new patches ahead of spring and crunching leaves underfoot.
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro, Angie Thomas, exp… …read more
Chronic disease is often discussed in terms of four major disease groups – cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes. Among these groups, there are four common behavioural risk factors – smoking, phys… …read more
There’s no slowing Rose Chong and her husband Min, both aged 70. As well as working part-time, like so many grandparents today, they also help care for their young grandchildren.
Grandparents are increasingly being called upon to help take car… …read more
I was inspired to do Febfast by my boss, who does a lot of work with Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), the organisation FebFast raises money for.
YSAS provides youth support related to drug and alcohol abuse, and I really believe in the wor… …read more
Serves: 4 as an accompaniment or 2 as a light meal
40 g unsalted butter
⅓ cup (80 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 large, plump fennel bulb, trimmed and quartered, fronds reserved
4 fresh bay leaves
1 meyer lemon (optional… …read more