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    Rural issues coping with stress

    People who live and work in rural and remote communities have to deal with hardships such as unpredictable climate and market conditions, financial strain, social isolation, long working hours and reduced access to services.

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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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    Transvaginal mesh

    Transvaginal mesh is a synthetic net-like substance that provides extra support to repair weakened or damaged internal tissue.

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    Meningococcal disease

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

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Women's Health

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    Sexual and reproductive health

    Good sexual and reproductive health is important for women’s general health and wellbeing. It is central to their ability to make choices and decisions about their lives, including when, or whether, to consider having children.

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    Women's nutrition for life

    Nutrition for life identifies a woman's four main life stages and how to eat healthily for each of them.

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    Breast screening

    Breast screening is the best method of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. Early detection offers the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.

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    The Better Healthcast on influenza

    We spoke to Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza Research, Prof. Kanta Subbarao, about the flu and yearly vaccines...

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    Gout is a common form of arthritis characterised by repeated attacks of extreme joint pain, swelling and redness. While most other types of arthritis develop slowly, an attack of gout usually happens suddenly, often overnight.

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    Rheumatoid arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that results from a malfunctioning immune system.

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    Living with persistent pain

    Pain may be described as acute or persistent. Persistent pain, sometimes called chronic pain, is pain that lasts for more than three months.

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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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