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    Anxiety is extreme worry that interferes with our daily lives. Symptoms include panic attacks, physical fear reactions and attempts to avoid the situation. Anxiety disorders can lead to social isolation and depression but help is available.

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    Did you know that you need immunisations throughout your life, not just in childhood? Everyone's immunisation needs are different, depending on their health, age, lifestyle and occupation - their HALO. Learn more about immunisation catch-ups and boosters.

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    Bites and stings

    The early hot weather has seen a huge spike in the number of insect and snake bites over the past month. Make sure you know what to do if someone is stung or bitten.

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    Staying healthy in the heat

    After the warmest October for years and with a strong El Nino event predicted, weather experts are urging Victorians to prepare for a long, hot and dry summer. Make sure you and your family are prepared for the hot weather ahead and know what to do to stay healthy when the heat hits.

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    Smoking - quitting tips

    Over 80 per cent of Victorians who smoke have tried to stop at least once, while around 40 per cent try to quit each year. Some people find that going ‘cold turkey’ – quitting completely and immediately – is the most successful method for them. However, if you haven’t succeeded in stopping smoking on your own, getting extra support can increase the likelihood that you will quit successfully.

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    Understanding your medication

    Our medicines guide has consumer medicine information for hundreds of pharmaceutical medicines, including common uses, side effects, reactions with other drugs and safety information. Make sure you are informed and medicine wise.

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    Event start date: 01 Dec 2015

    World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have lost their lives. World AIDS Day encourages Australians to be aware of the risk of HIV and to practise safe sex to reduce transmission.

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    HIV and AIDS

    Did you know it can take one instance of unprotected sex with a HIV positive person for HIV to be passed on? With HIV in the news, it is a timely reminder for us to practise safe sex - having sex where semen, vaginal secretions or blood are not exchanged between sexual partners. Practising safe sex (such as using condoms and dams for protection), can dramatically reduce the spread of most sexually transmissible infections (STIs) including HIV. It is the individual's responsibility to protect themselves and their partner. It is also important to know that AIDS is not the same as HIV. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. A person living with HIV does not necessarily have AIDS, but all people with AIDS are HIV positive.

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    The Everyday Lifesaver App

    Our friends at Life Saving Victoria have teamed up with Dexler education to create this fun little app to teach teens and tweens about water safety. Interactive games and tools show users how to spot dangers (such as rips), how to respond in an emergency and CPR. The app is being trialled with year 7 and 8 students across 20 Victorian schools. It is free to download at iTunes and Google Play stores until March 2016.

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    Summer water safety

    Water sports, swimming and water play are part of our way of life. Unfortunately, many people drown or are injured in the water each year. The two most important things you can do to prevent a tragedy are to make sure everyone learns to swim, and to make sure you only swim where it is safe.

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    Which physical activity is right for you?

    Congratulations! You’ve decided to build physical activity into your daily life. The next step is to choose the right kind of activity for you.The most important thing to remember is to choose an activity that you find enjoyable. From formal organised activities to a more casual approach, to doing things on your own or as part of a group - there's something for everyone. Let us help find what's right for you.

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    Fad diets

    Don't be fooled by promises of quick weight loss or celebrity endorsements - fad diets can harm your health and can ultimately result in extra weight gain. If you want to lose weight, do it the right way. Recognise that healthy weight loss takes time and is about making sustainable lifestyle changes, not eating nothing but raw cabbage for a month.

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