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  • Measles feature

    Measles

    Measles is a contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Please see your GP if you have measles symptoms.

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    Mushroom poisoning

    Australia has many varieties of wild-growing fungi, many of which are edible. However, a few types are poisonous or even deadly. The only way to tell whether a wild mushroom is safe to eat is to have it identified by a mushroom expert (mycologist). If you are unsure, don’t eat it.

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    Flu vaccination for children

    From May 2018, children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age can have a free flu vaccination. Book an appointment with your GP or local immunisation provider.

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    Kilojoules on the menu

    Large fast food and supermarket chains must display the kilojoule content on their ready-to-eat food and drinks from 1 May. Kilojoule labelling will make it easier for you to make healthier food choices.

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    Granulomatosis with polyangiitis

    Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (formerly known as Wegener granulamatosis) is a rare type of inflammation that targets the arteries, veins and capillaries of the kidneys and the respiratory system, including the lungs, trachea, nose and sinuses.

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  • Women's health

    Vaginal cancer

    Vaginal cancer is one of the rarest gynaecological cancers, accounting for around two per cent of cases. Women aged over 50 years are most commonly affected.

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    Meningococcal disease

    Meningococcal disease is uncommon but serious. Vaccines are available to protect against some strains.

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    Physical activity for women

    This Girl Can is about empowering women to enjoy being active without worrying about judgement, gender stereotypes or skill level. Join the activity now.

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    Depression and exercise

    Research suggests that regular exercise may be effective in preventing depression and also in treating mild depression.

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    Teenagers and sleep

    Sleep research suggests that a teenager needs between eight and 10 hours of sleep every night. Yet most adolescents only get about 6.5 – 7.5 hours sleep per night, and some get less.

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