Trauma reaction and recovery

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    Trauma - reaction and recovery

    It's normal to have strong reactions after being involved in or witnessing a distressing or frightening event, but there are many things you can do to cope with and recover from trauma.

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    Trauma and families

    When a family is affected by a crisis, everyone in the family will react in a different way. If your family has experienced or witnessed a distressing event find out how you can help them recover.

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    Trauma and teenagers - tips for parents

    Teenagers handle trauma differently to younger children or adults. Teenagers can experience strong and difficult emotions while they recover, such as moodiness and sensitivity. Find out how you can help your teenager recover from distressing events.

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    Trauma and children - tips for parents

    A distressing or frightening experience can challenge your child's sense of security and the predictability of their world. Find out how you can help your child cope and recover.

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In the news

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    Help us prepare for the 2019 influenza season

    The 2018 influenza season is over, and the Department of Health and Human Services is busy planning how we can better support Victorians to protect themselves during the next flu season. We've developed a short survey that will help us in our preparations for the 2019 flu season. The survey will take only 5 minutes to complete... your contribution will be invaluable!

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    Schoolies Week

    Every year thousands of Australian school-leavers head to holiday destinations around the country for schoolies week (or leavers week in WA), to celebrate the end of school life. The intense partying can be lots of fun, but you need to be aware of the risks, which can include accidents, robbery, violence and sexual assault. Visit Youth Central for more information.

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    Cutting down on sugary drinks

    Cancer Council Victoria has launched an awareness campaign on the link between obesity and 13 types of cancer. Being above a healthy weight is a leading preventable cause of cancer. One way you can reduce your risk of weight gain is to avoid sugary drinks.

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    Thunderstorm asthma

    Melbourne experienced the world’s largest epidemic thunderstorm asthma event on 21 November 2016, with thousands of people developing breathing difficulties in a very short period of time. If you have asthma or hay fever, find out how you can prepare for the grass pollen season and help protect yourself from the risk of thunderstorm asthma.

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    Cervical cancer

    Cancer of the cervix (cervical cancer) is diagnosed in about 180 Victorian women each year. These cases are almost always linked to infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).

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    Food safety when cooking

    Inadequate cooking is a common cause of food poisoning. Cross contamination from raw to cooked foods, such as from hands or utensils, can also cause food poisoning.

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    BMI body mass index calculator

    Body Mass Index is used to estimate your total amount of fat. It is only an approximate measure of the best weight for your health. This calculator is designed for men and women over the age of 18.

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    Children, young people and mental health services

    If your child is dealing with a mental health issue, it is important to know who you can talk to and where you can get help.

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    Victoria State Emergency Service

    The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) manages the emergency response to storms, floods, tsunamis and earthquakes in Victoria. The SES also helps with road rescues, search and rescue and with major bushfire events.

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    Family violence explained

    Family violence (also called domestic violence) is the use of violence, threats, force or intimidation to control or manipulate a family member, partner or former partner.

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Events and activities

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    Family violence explained

    White Ribbon Day is highlighting men's violence against women this Friday. Family violence is characterised by one person wanting to be dominant and have control over other family members and includes emotional, psychological, physical, sexual and financial abuse.

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    Skin cancer

    This week is Skin Cancer Action week Skin Cancer Action week. Most skin cancers are preventable and the majority of skin cancers can be successfully treated, if found early. Being familiar with your own skin may help you to detect any suspicious lumps or spots as soon as they develop.

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    Pancreatic cancer

    The pancreas is a gland of the digestive system. It is joined to the small bowel by a duct. Pancreatic cancer starts in the cells lining this duct. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. A time when people across the world come together to raise the profile of pancreatic cancer.

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