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Susan Martin

Former Blue Room Editor 

Susan Martin started her career as a lawyer before moving to Australia for love. After starting a new life in Australia, Susan moved into marketing and communications and has never looked back. Susan loves cycling, drinking coffee and travelling. 
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Baby breastfeeding Families

Breastfeeding 101: How to breastfeed

We look at how to breastfeed and provide some practical tips to help make breastfeeding a little easier.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 15 Sep 17 Babies
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Ultimate guide to C sections

A caesarean section is an operation to deliver your baby through your tummy, we look at everything you need to know about caesarean delivery. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 30 Jul 17 Pregnancy
Pregnant woman breathing through a contraction Families

Different options for pain relief during labour

We look at some of the different options for pain relief in labour. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 30 Jul 17 Pregnancy
Woman preparing for vaginal delivery Families

Ultimate guide to vaginal birth

We look at what to expect if you have a vaginal childbirth and investigate what happens during this type of labour and delivery. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 30 Jul 17 Pregnancy
Baby feet Families

Epidural for childbirth

We look at what an epidural is and how it can help you cope with the pains of labour. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 27 Jul 17 Pregnancy
A partner is holding their partner's hand who is in a hospital bed Families

Ectopic pregnancy guide

In our ectopic pregnancy guide we look at what is ectopic pregnancy, what are some of the signs of ectopic pregnancy, what are the risk factors, and… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 27 Jul 17 Pregnancy
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Pre-eclampsia: a guide

Check out our guide to pre-eclampsia for all the information you need to know about pre-eclampsia.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 27 Jul 17 Pregnancy
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Healthy, happy mum = healthy, happy baby 

Welcoming a little one into your family can be all consuming, but we look at why it’s vital for both you and bub that you take some time out for you.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 11 Jul 17 Parental health
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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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Plant, grow, eat: From the backyard to the lunchbox

Encouraging your kids to get into gardening can help top up their lunchbox – and develop a lifelong healthy habit.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 09 Feb 17 Raising children
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Tooth truths: Why flossing is essential

Flossing is important for dental health. And it’s never too late – or early – to start. Here’s why… 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 07 Feb 17 Wellness
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Why eggs are good for you

The nutritional benefits of eggs are well established, but how many should you eat?

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 07 Feb 17 Healthy eating
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How to create a home first aid kit

A first-aid kit is essential for every home and car. Here’s how to create one so you’re prepared for most minor illnesses and injuries.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 07 Feb 17 Wellness
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No ifs and butts: Talking to your teen about smoking

Finding out your teenager is smoking can be a terrible shock for most parents. But how you deal with the issue can help make a difference.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 02 Feb 17 Smoking
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"What's wrong, Grandad?" Helping children understand dementia

When a much-loved family member is living with dementia, knowing how to talk to young children about what’s happening is vital.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 25 Jan 17 Dementia
Woman's legs Healthier

Preventing deep vein thrombosis

If you’ve ever been on a long-haul flight, you’re probably aware of the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). While air travel may increase… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 25 Jan 17 Wellness
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Basic first aid brush-up

First aid courses can be invaluable when it comes to dealing with family emergencies. Here we provide a few reminders for what to do if a child stops… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 24 Jan 17 Raising children
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Five ways to stay hydrated during exercise

Topping up your fluids while exercising is about more than just drinking water. We ask those in the know how it should be done.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 20 Jan 17 Be active
Colourful lunch box Families

Pretty as a picture lunch box ideas

If your child’s lunchbox continually comes home untouched, here are some ways to make it look more appealing to hopefully coax them to eat it.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 17 Jan 17 Raising children
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How to prepare your child for school

There are a few simple things you can teach your child that can help make their first weeks at school a little easier.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 16 Jan 17 Raising children
Jens Voigt Healthier

Jens Voigt's top tips for bike riding

We speak to Jens Voigt to get his top tips for those who want to get back on their bike.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 06 Jan 17 Be active
Girls at school Families

Step up: Finding the perfect fitting school shoes for your child

Shopping for school shoes for your child is often no easy task. So, what are some important things to look out for? 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 05 Jan 17 Raising children
Kids reading Families

How to prepare a shy child for school

Shy children can face some extra challenges at school, but here are some ways that may help them flourish.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 05 Jan 17 Raising children
Nervous boy at school Families

Five tips to help your child ease back into school

Going back to school or starting for the first time can be stressful, but there are ways to help ease the transition.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 05 Jan 17 Raising children
Young boy riding bike Families

Learning to ride a bike 101

Here’s a quick guide on how to help your child learn to ride a bike.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 05 Jan 17 Raising children
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Bike Safety 101

Here’s a quick checklist to help you make sure your kid’s bike is safe to ride.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 05 Jan 17 Raising children
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Seven tips to help keep you safe on your bike

Here’s a quick checklist to help keep your child safe when they’re riding their bike. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 05 Jan 17 Raising children
Child alone on field Families

Game plan: How to help a child who doesn't enjoy school sports

There are so many reasons why it’s important that your child takes part in sports at school, but what can you do if your child’s not keen?

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 05 Jan 17 Raising children
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Five tips for back to school bliss

Towards the end of January, millions of Aussie families are busy getting ready for the school year. For some it can be a stressful time. One way to… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 05 Jan 17 Raising children
Girl riding bike Families

Bike helmets: Three steps to the perfect fit

Here’s a quick guide on how to make sure your bike helmet is fitted correctly.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 04 Jan 17 Raising children
Jens Voigt Families

Take 10 with Jens Voigt

We took ten and caught up with Jens Voigt, former professional road bicycle racer, and asked him some questions about his ‘Team Family’.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 02 Jan 17 Raising children
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Nine to fine: Your back-to-work fitness guide

When you return to work after the holidays, exercise routines can sometimes slide – here’s some tips to help you keep it up when your back in the… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 22 Dec 16 Wellness
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How to put more happy into Happy New Year

Happiness may seem elusive – but finding it isn’t as complicated as you might think. Here are seven ways to help you be happier in 2017.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 22 Dec 16 Wellness
Healthier

Work it out: six ways to a healthier nine-to-five you

For some of us work can get in the way of working out. But what if you could combine the both? Here are six ways you can strive towards a better… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 22 Dec 16 Be active
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Five apps to help you manage diabetes

Wish everything that you need to keep on top of your diabetes could be at your fingertips? It turns out there’s more than one app for that. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 22 Dec 16 Diabetes
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The sensible guide to New Year's resolutions in 2017

Looking for ways to feel happier and healthier this year? Grab a pen and paper – it’s time to set some goals. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 22 Dec 16 Wellness
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Four health and fitness pros reveal their New Year’s resolutions

We ask four  people with health or fitness expertise what they hope to achieve in the coming year – and suggest how you can meet your goals too.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 22 Dec 16 Wellness
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Getting clarity on a grainy picture

Most of us aren’t eating enough grains and, as a result, we’re missing out on some pretty impressive health benefits…

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 18 Oct 16 Healthy eating
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Feeling anxious? You're not alone

We look at how common anxiety is and explore some common symptoms.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 06 Oct 16 Mental Health
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How your diet affects your sleep

What you eat and drink during the day can impact your sleep quality. We look at the ways your diet either invites slumber or sabotages it.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 05 Oct 16 Wellness
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What not to pack in your child's lunchbox

What we think is healthy for our kids’ lunches, and what is actually good for them can be vastly different.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 14 Sep 16 Raising children
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8 questions you should ask before getting married

Whether you’ve had a million failed relationships, or you’re with your very first sweetheart, finding The One and falling in love is one of the most… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 24 Aug 16 Wellness
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The fairy tale effect on your little princess

We look at the “princess effect” and what it can mean for your little girl.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 23 Aug 16 Raising children
toddler in bath Families

Baby eczema! What do I do?

While baby eczema may come as a shock for both parent and child, it’s actually very common and can be easily and effectively managed.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 18 Aug 16 Babies
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Baby's first food: a guide

Just when you thought you were beginning to master the art of breastfeeding, Mother Nature comes along and throws a new challenge your way -… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 18 Aug 16 Babies
Oliver Caring

Oliver's journey to recovery through physiotherapy

When 96-year-old Oliver Green arrived at the Bupa Aged Care home in Traralgon he was in a wheelchair and had been completely incapable of walking for… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 01 Aug 16 Stay independent
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Move it or lose it

Never is the saying “move it or lose it” more relevant than when we’re older.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 01 Aug 16 Stay independent
kids lunchbox Families

Keep the kids happy with these lunchbox winners

Discover a selection of kids’ lunch options that are healthier than you might have imagined.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 01 Aug 16 Raising children
Little girl eating spaghette Families

Lunchboxes made easy with leftovers

Turn tonight’s leftovers into tomorrow’s healthy - and appetising - school lunch with these clever ideas.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 20 Jul 16 Raising children
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Ten ways to spend quality family time together

We catch up with ten families to find out how they spend quality time together and why it’s important to them. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 13 Jul 16 Raising children
Doughnuts with hearts Caring

Baking from the heart for the soul

Find out how a bit of flour, a bit of butter and a little TLC are making a difference to the lives of our residents and patients in palliative care. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 01 Jul 16 Considering care
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Feet first: how to choose shoes

It’s estimated people walk around 150,000 kilometres during a lifetime. Looking after your feet with good footwear will help them last the distance.… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 22 Jun 16 Wellness
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Four in one: heart health

Four facts about heart health and how we are partnering with the The George Institute to lead the way and help improve the heart health of… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 15 Jun 16 Heart health
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Bullying: a parent's guide

Around one in four Australian schoolchildren  in years four to nine are bullied every week, whether it's face-to-face teasing, social exclusion,… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 15 Jun 16 Raising children
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Polypill: tackling Australia's biggest killer

The George Institute for Global Health and Bupa Australia have joined forces to develop a new polypill designed to reduce the devastating toll of… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 14 Jun 16 Heart health
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What's in season this winter?

We look at which seasonal fruits and veggies we should be stocking up on this winter.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 03 Jun 16 Healthy eating
apricot balls Families

Cheap and freezy: how to plan ahead for school lunches

Help make the morning rush less stressful with these delicious lunchbox fillers you can prep in advance, freeze, then grab!

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 31 May 16 Raising children
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How to keep everyone happy when they've switched off tech

Could strengthening bonds with family and friends be as simple as stepping back from that screen?

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 31 May 16 Wellness
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6 apps to help new parents during the first 1000 days

When you've just had a baby, your phone can be a great source of information, support and reassurance. Here are six apps that might help.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 30 May 16 Parental health
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Bunny rabbit rice crackers

Trying out new snacks doesn’t have to be hard work. These bunny rabbit rice crackers are a fun and easy way to get your kids excited about snack time.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 30 May 16 Raising children
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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 25 May 16 Cancer
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Easter eggs versus 'eggercise'

It’s nearly Easter and before you tear off that shiny foil and devour that delicious Easter egg, why not take a second to find out how many calories… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 17 Mar 16 Healthy eating
Little girl with her face painted as a cat Families

Kitty cat rice cakes

A purr-fect after school snack to tide hungry little kittens over until dinner time.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 04 Mar 16 Raising children
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Health checks from pre-conception to childhood

Pre-conception, pregnancy and having a young family can be challenging.  

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 02 Dec 15 Pregnancy
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Fruit and Veg: What's Hot This Summer

Throughout summer, supermarket shelves are bursting with a huge array of sweet succulent fruit and crisp refreshing vegetables.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 18 Nov 15 Healthy eating
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Summer spoilers: tips to help soothe six common summer nasties

Long, lazy summer days can also bring some summer spoilers to avoid or be prepared for.  But don’t sweat, we’ve got a few tips to help soothe… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 18 Nov 15 Wellness
Baby yawning Families

Sleep-tight: secrets of a baby whisperer

Crazy as it sounds, babies don't always naturally fall asleep when they're tired – they may need you to teach them how. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 17 Nov 15 Babies
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Grown-Up Lullabies: the New Sleep Aid

Fitness lovers know that music can inspire you to work out harder, but did you know it may also help you sleep better too. 

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 17 Nov 15 Mental Health
Women in aged care Caring

Aged care: pop-in support

Caring for a loved one can be a full time and full on job. But Bupa's pop-in service is making a big difference helping carers cope.

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 09 Oct 15 Carer support
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First time dads: Important pre-birth milestones

Congratulations! You’re going to be a dad! So you might be wondering how you can be the kind of dad that’s really connected to their kids and… read more

Susan Martin
Susan Martin 01 Jan 01 Pregnancy

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