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 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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    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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    Legionnaires disease

    Legionnaires’ disease is caused by Legionella bacteria, which are widespread in our environment. A person may catch Legionnaires' disease by breathing in fine droplets of water that contain the bacteria.

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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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    Buruli ulcer

    The Buruli (Bairnsdale) ulcer is a rare skin disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans.

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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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    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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    Disaster relief for national and state emergencies

    Emergency management arrangements involve the plans, structures and resources that bring together the activities of government, communities and organisations in a comprehensive and coordinated way to ensure an integrated response.

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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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    Rehabilitation after major trauma

    Rehabilitation services can provide help and care to assist with your physical state after severe trauma. Rehabilitation can begin as soon as you are stable while you are in hospital, the types of rehabilitation will depend on your individual needs.

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