Christie Cooper

Journalist

Christie Cooper is a Melbourne health journalist and media and communications adviser for Bupa. With two Quill awards under her belt, Christie is passionate about health research and health education, to help people live longer, happier healthier lives. A little piece of her heart lies in Tanzania and her guilty pleasures include great coffee, her dog Ruby and photography.
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Articles by Christie

Newborn fast asleep in their car seat Families

How to choose a baby capsule

Find out what you need to know about choosing a car seat or baby capsule to help protect your child

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 02 Oct 17 Babies
father holding healthy baby Families

Caution: Reports vitamin B3 could "cure" miscarriage may be misleading

Bupa medical specialists say pregnant and breastfeeding women should be a little cautious before acting on a new study that suggests vitamin B3… read more

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Christie Cooper 11 Aug 17 Pregnancy
Young boy with his grandfather Caring

Difference between Alzheimer's and dementia

If you’re confused about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, you’ve come to the right place to find out some answers.  

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 10 Aug 17 Dementia
Families

Becoming mums: Camille and Tenielle's story

Camille and Tenielle Marshall share the joys and challenges of the first thousand days of their parenting journey, as a two-mum family. 

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Christie Cooper 31 Jul 17 Raising children
Riley Harris with his parents Families

Jarryd Roughead gives young Riley Harris a gift he'll never forget

A young Hawks supporter with Treacher Collins Syndrome has starred in his own brown and gold fairy tale, with the help of Bupa and the Hawthorn… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 17 Jul 17 Raising children
Pregnant woman holds her belly Families

The link between pregnancy complications and gum disease

Dentist Dr Mark Psillakis discusses the link between premature birth and oral health and why it’s so important to visit your dentist when you’re… read more

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Christie Cooper 19 Jun 17 Pregnancy
Boy holding tin to his ear Healthier

Hearing aid myths

Like mobile phones and virtual reality, hearing aid technology has also made enormous progress, leaping into the future. Here are six of the greatest… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 16 Jun 17 Wellness
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QUIZ: How good is your hearing?

You’ve thought about going for a hearing test but you’re not sure if you need to. Take our 3-minute hearing quiz to find out if you display any of… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 15 Jun 17 Wellness
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Australia's favourite sounds revealed

A recent survey has provided fascinating insight into the sounds which strike a chord with Australians. The results might not be what you’d expect,… read more

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Christie Cooper 13 Jun 17 Wellness
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The "why not" decision which could have saved my life

The Head of Brand at Bupa is counting his lucky stars, after a free work skin check uncovered a hidden ticking time bomb.

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 29 May 17 Cancer
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The conversation every woman should have with their daughters

Research by the McGrath Foundation has found that less than a quarter of all women surveyed had had a conversation with their mothers about their… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 02 May 17 Cancer
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What is the NDIS and who is eligible?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can be confusing but it’s also an exciting opportunity for many people to receive support which they… read more

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Christie Cooper 06 Apr 17 Stay independent
Families

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
Bupa Therapy Hub reception Caring

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

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Christie Cooper 28 Feb 17 Keep connected
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Beware the post-op blues

After an operation, some people can feel down. Here we’ll talk about tips to manage the post-op blues, what signs to look out for, and when to seek… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 14 Feb 17 Wellness
Health and care goals - Blue Room - Bupa Healthier

Change your life. Ready... Set... goal!

Do you need inspiration to get up off the couch and make a difference to your health and care? Sometimes, making a difference starts with just one… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 10 Feb 17 Be active
Doctors and nurses - Blue Room Bupa Healthier

Why is my health insurance premium going up?

Bupa has announced an increase to the average health insurance premium, starting in April this year. Here, we’ll look at the reasons behind the rise,… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 10 Feb 17 Wellness
Collage of old photos Caring

The secret to 71 years of a loving marriage

A loving couple in their 90s is preparing to celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary this Valentine’s day. The Bupa Aged Care residents have… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 09 Feb 17 Keep connected
Grandfather and grandson - Bupa Blue Room Healthier

Introducing: 'The Happiness Project'

With so much sadness being shared through the world’s different media channels, it’s easy to forget just how wonderful people can be, and how much… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 08 Feb 17 Wellness
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When to seek help after an operation

After an operation, it can be hard to know which signs and symptoms are normal, and which are not. This article looks at common warning signs which… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 07 Feb 17 Wellness
Three children playing in a tree - Bupa Blue Room Families

Kids say the cutest things about their families

Children open up about the little things their families do to support them up when they’re feeling sad, and we think their responses are pretty cute. 

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 02 Feb 17 Raising children
Gemma bowling Families

Meet the girl who gave Peter Siddle a run for his money

A young cricket fan’s dream has come true, after she was selected to be personally trained by two of Australia’s greatest cricket stars. Gemma… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 25 Jan 17 Raising children
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How to help yourself recover from an operation

After an operation, you may feel like all you want to do is go home and rest. But there are many different things you can do which can help your… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 25 Jan 17 Wellness
David and his father Healthier

David's story: The day my father took his life

“The minute I got the phone call from my mother, and she said my father was missing, the pieces of the jigsaw fell together in my mind and I knew… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 24 Jan 17 Mental Health
dog swimming in the sunshine Families

Seven ways to keep pets cool on hot days

Here are a few things you can do to look after your fur babies on scorching summer days, when you can’t leave them inside air-conditioned rooms.

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 16 Jan 17 Raising children
Girl drinking from a sprinkler Healthier

How to recognise and treat heat exhaustion

Learn the symptoms and treatments for heat exhaustion, heat stroke, cramps and heat rash.

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 12 Jan 17 Wellness
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Caution: protect your aging loved ones in the heat

An aged care doctor has warned people to look after their senior loved ones this Summer, with those over 65 particularly at risk on hot days. Dr Tim… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 10 Jan 17 Stay independent
Care home workers Caring

Why care homes can be the greatest place to spend Christmas

If you’re still stuck for what to do on Christmas day, why not spend it at an aged care home with your relatives? Here are 6 great reasons why… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 23 Dec 16 Keep connected
Carl and Santa - Bupa Caring

How to make Christmas special for relatives in a care home

For people with loved ones in aged care homes, it can be tricky to know how to make Christmas feel special. If you can’t take them out for the day,… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 23 Dec 16 Keep connected
Boy holding teeth Families

Dental emergency: how to save a knocked out tooth

Are your children prone to accidents, especially over the holidays? Here is some advice from a dentist on how to handle a dental emergency, and what… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 16 Dec 16 Raising children
Close up of a cyclist on a bike - Blue Room - Bupa Healthier

Training & nutrition tips for the Santos Tour Down Under

Here you'll find a list of articles and resources to help you prepare for the Bupa Challenge Tour at the Santos Tour Down Under, or other endurance… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 15 Dec 16 Be active
Boy looking lovingly at grandfather Caring

7 ways to show your 'greats' that you care

While Christmas is traditionally a time of giving, sometimes the best gifts are gestures from the heart. We asked our some of our senior Bupa… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 07 Dec 16 Keep connected
Five walking Caring

The quiet volunteer making dreams come true

An aged care volunteer has gone above and beyond to make a dream come true for three senior Geelong residents, after he realised, by sheer… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 07 Dec 16 Keep connected
Associate Professor Gail Garvey Manage & Recover

Closing the cancer gap

An Aboriginal research leader dedicated to “closing the gap” through cancer research has won the 2016 Bupa Health Foundation’s Emerging Health… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 17 Nov 16 Cancer
Aboriginal child with face paint Manage & Recover

A dream to 'close the gap' through science

Australian scientists have made an exciting discovery which could help “close the gap” when it comes to the health of indigenous children. Dr Laura… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 15 Nov 16 Heart health
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The dream to eliminate hepatitis C

A Melbourne doctor who specialises in infectious diseases has set his sights on eliminating hepatitis C in Australia. Dr Joseph Doyle believes it can… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 14 Nov 16 Wellness
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World War II through the eyes of a soldier

If there was one thing 93 year old Geoffrey McGregor would do differently if he had his time again, it would be to avoid going to the Second World… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 09 Nov 16 Keep connected
Family at dinner Families

Four surprising benefits of family dinners

It can be easy for quality family dinners to fall off the priority list amongst busy schedules and days which just don’t seem to contain enough… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 04 Nov 16 Raising children
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3 unsung heroes reunited in aged care

Great Grandfather Bob Sadler had no idea he was living alongside two brothers in arms, in an Aged Care home in Geelong. But in a twist of fate, the… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 04 Nov 16 Keep connected
A woman meditating Healthier

Finding a happier you

Here you’ll find a few tips for how you can discover your inner happiness, and details about free meditation classes on offer in Melbourne’s CBD.

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 03 Nov 16 Wellness
Woman instructing Tai Chi Healthier

Think Tai Chi is just for seniors? Think again!

If you’ve ever wanted to improve your mental focus, sleep better at night or work on your posture, this article is for you.

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 02 Nov 16 Be active
Father and teenage daughter hugging Healthier

To my beloved daughter who has depression...

This raw, emotional and honest letter was written by a Bupa Executive, to his daughter who has depression. 

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 27 Oct 16 Mental Health
Des giving Rhonda a kiss on the cheek Caring

Young love in aged care

Forget online dating, two loved up seniors discovered the best place to find romance was in a Bupa aged care dining hall.

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 20 Oct 16 Keep connected
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My experience with schizophrenia

When Shaun Taranto was 22, his life turned upside down. He experienced his first psychotic episode. Shaun opens up about the highs and lows of living… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 12 Oct 16 Mental Health
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Anxiety and alcoholics - how the two can merge into one

Have you ever turned to alcohol as a way of helping you cope with anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. Not only can anxiety contribute to alcohol… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 10 Oct 16 Mental Health
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A mother's heartfelt plea: don't ignore anxiety

Mother of four Cathie, opens up about her daughter’s terrifying experience with anxiety and depression, and the important role her family played in… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 06 Oct 16 Mental Health
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From attempted suicide to a life I'm loving

As a 16 year old, Rachael Laidler didn’t want to keep going. She struggled to see a way forward in life, until she found headspace. Rachael shares… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 06 Oct 16 Mental Health
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Retracing the steps of 40,000 forgotten refugees

Four unlikely Australian friends are set to become the first Westerners to retrace a major forgotten piece of WWII history, trekking 450 kilometres… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 06 Oct 16 Be active
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Teachers, doctors & lawyers are youngest when it comes to 'heart age'

New Bupa research reveals how different professions stack up when it comes to heart age – with manual labour adding on average three and a half… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 29 Sep 16 Wellness
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The magic of the MCG

Have you ever wondered how small kids would cope with a first time visit to a huge sporting stadium packed full of loud, boisterous and passionate… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 23 Sep 16 Raising children
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Kym's story: the highs and lows of giving birth to a premmie

It never crossed Kymberley Hogan's mind that she could give birth to a premature bub, so when she went into labour at 32 weeks, her world was turned… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 22 Sep 16 Babies
cute child looking at computer Families

Fake news: How to know what to trust online

Have you ever read an article and been outraged, only to later learn it was fake news? Here are a few ways to work out whether the information you… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 22 Sep 16 Raising children
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Am I depressed? Your Instagram account may hold the key

Have you ever wondered if there could be a hidden meaning in some of your friends’ Instagram posts? A new study by a pair of university researchers… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 22 Sep 16 Mental Health
baby camel drinking milk Families

Camel milk as a breastmilk alternative? No, no, no! 

This week, celebrity chef Pete Evans was reported to be promoting the use of camel's milk as a breast milk alternative. We worry this is an extremely… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 09 Sep 16 Babies
lilo dog on wheels with nappy resized Families

Meet the adorable Insta-famous dog on wheels

Move over Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus, there’s a new girl in town making tails wag all over the world. Her name is Lilo and she’s out to send a… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 08 Sep 16 Raising children
julia family Manage & Recover

Julia's story - living with terminal bowel cancer

Julia Watson is a mother of four beautiful, busy young girls. She also has terminal bowel cancer. Julia opens up about choosing living over dying,… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 02 Sep 16 Cancer
Family on the beach Manage & Recover

How a young life lost inspired a future of hope

Adam Santucci was just 20 when he took his last breath, but his siblings decided it would not be in vain. His younger brother is now dedicating his… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 25 Aug 16 Cancer
pensive girl looking out to sea Healthier

Difference between stress and anxiety

Almost everyone knows what stress feels like. Tense shoulders, brain working in overdrive, mood swings, feeling overloaded. But what's the difference… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 18 Aug 16 Mental Health
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Dear gluten-avoiders. You've been scammed.

Have you ever paid the extra $4 for a gluten-free pizza base or selected the gluten-free desert thinking it's a slightly healthier option? Think… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 16 Aug 16 Healthy eating
Holding hands anonymous Manage & Recover

Phil's story: the day my daughter saved my life

Two years ago father of three Phil Nash was a picture of health. So when he found out he had a blocked artery and needed urgent life-saving open… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 15 Aug 16 Heart health
Child in hospital Healthier

Tricks to help you overcome your fear of giving blood

If you're the type of person who's been too scared to donate blood in the past, we have five fun tips to help get you over the line, and rolling up… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 15 Aug 16 Wellness
Manage & Recover

Liv's story: a young girl's fight and a special bond

The Jones family shares the inspiring story of 11 year old Olivia's cancer battle, and a dream which was brought to life by Hawthorn Football Club,… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 12 Aug 16 Cancer
Jarryd Roughead Manage & Recover

Jarryd Roughead: I'm cancer free

Hawthorn star Jarryd "Roughy" Roughead has urged Australians to cover up and get their skin checked this summer, while revealing some fantastic news… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 05 Aug 16 Cancer
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The gift of giving – how charity can boost your wellbeing 

Giving time and money to charity is not only good for the community, it may be good for you too! Discover the benefits giving can have on your… read more

Christie Cooper
Christie Cooper 16 Jun 15 Mental Health

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