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    Ten-year anniversary of the 2009 bushfires in Victoria

    In February 2019 Victorians will acknowledge the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires, one of the worst natural disasters our state has experienced. Many Victorians still experience the effects of the bushfires and the severe heatwaves that occurred in early 2009. Everyone’s journey through recovery is different and for many, recovery remains an ongoing challenge.

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    Survive the heat

    Heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster. Extreme heat can affect anybody but those most at risk are kids, older people and those with a medical condition. Make sure you and your loved ones survive the heat this summer with five simple tips.

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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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    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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    Arthritis occurs when joints or muscles become painful, stiff and swollen. Exercise, medication and supportive therapies can help manage symptoms.

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    Arthritis - juvenile

    Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a group of conditions that cause joint pain and swelling in children and teens under the age of 16, for unknown reasons (idiopathic means ‘of unknown cause’).

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    Arthritis and diet

    Your body works best when you eat a wide range of healthy foods. Try to eat a Mediterranean-style diet which includes fish, pulses, nuts, olive oil and plenty of fruit and vegetables.

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    Emergencies - floods

    Do you know what to do during a flood? People risk their lives by trying to travel through floodwaters. When there is a flood alert in your area, there are things you can do to prepare, find out more.

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    When returning to your home after a flood, take precautions to reduce the possibility of injury, illness or disease.

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