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Join the OptimalMe research study.

Medibank has partnered with Monash University to trial and evaluate a research study that helps mums-to-be optimise their pre-pregnancy health. We’re now inviting eligible Medibank members to participate in OptimalMe.

Introducing the 'OptimalMe: Health in preconception, pregnancy and postpartum' research study

There’s a lot to think about when planning a pregnancy, and it can often feel like there are more questions than answers. Should I be ‘eating for two’? Is it safe to keep taking Pump classes? From books to blogs, the amount of health information out there can be confusing and conflicting. One thing is certain, when it comes to nutrition and staying active throughout your pregnancy, establishing healthy habits before you conceive is ideal.

 

Want help with boosting your health before you conceive?

In an Australian-first, Medibank has partnered with Monash University’s reproductive health experts1 to trial an innovative pre-pregnancy study. The study provides tailored health support to women who are planning to conceive within the next 12 months. Participants will receive complimentary, one-on-one health guidance and evidence-based information from pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after birth2.

The research study aims to prevent and reduce the health risks for both mum and baby associated with gaining too little or too much weight during pregnancy. A recent Monash University study has revealed that around 50 percent of mums-to-be gain too much weight during pregnancy, while 23 percent gain too little3.

Get information and support from pre-pregnancy to postpartum developed in line with world-leading research

We’re now inviting eligible Medibank members to take part in the exclusive OptimalMe study, offering specialised phone and online support from exercise physiologists and nutritionists to help you and your future little one to be as healthy as possible.

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How to get involved

Want to learn more about the OptimalMe research study?

About the OptimalMe study

Find out more information about the OptimalMe study and whether it works for you.
 

Interested in getting involved?

Click here to register your interest. If you have any trouble accessing the link, contact mchri-optimalme@monash.edu or by phone on (03) 8572 2619.

Places in the OptimalMe trial are limited to 300 participants. Participation is completely voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time. 

Our Commitment

At Medibank, we are proud to continue our long-standing tradition of supporting health and medical research. The Medibank Better Health Foundation aims to be a catalyst for positive change – investing in, advocating, promoting and disseminating research insights so that all Australians can live better.

References

1     Monash University. World’s largest study of how exercise and healthy diet interventions in pregnancy improve health of mothers and babies. (2019) Retrieved from https://www.monash.edu/news/articles/worlds-largest-study-of-how-exercise-and-healthy-diet-interventions-in-pregnancy-improve-health-of-mothers-and-babies

2     While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees).

3     Association of Gestational Weight Gain With Maternal and Infant Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (2017) Retrieved from: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2630599

4    Health Direct. (2020). Groups at higher risk of developing COVID-19. Retrieved from https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-groups-at-higher-risk-faqs#pregnant

Things you should know

While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees). 

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