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    Smoke and your health

    Smoke from fires can reduce air quality, and exposure to smoke can affect you and your family's health.  Avoid smoke by staying indoors or by moving to an area away from the smoke. For ongoing information and updates on fires and smoke in Victoria, go to the Vic Emergency website.

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    Meningococcal disease

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

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    STI testing week

    If you’re sexually active, you can get a sexually transmissible infection (STI) – even if you practise safe sex most of the time. It’s estimated that around one in every six people will get an STI in their lifetime.

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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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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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    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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    Osteoporosis in children

    This rare condition is usually caused by an underlying medical condition, certain medications used to treat a medical condition, or lifestyle factors such as poor diet and lack of exercise. This is known as secondary osteoporosis.

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    Gout

    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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    Back pain

    Back pain can have a significant impact on all aspects of life including daily activities, family life, work, recreation and social activities. But there’s a lot you and your healthcare team can do to deal with back pain so you can get on with life.

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    End of life and palliative care explained

    End of life and palliative care provides help if you have a life-limiting or life-threatening illness. It can help you with symptom management as well as providing comfort and assistance and practical help with daily tasks.

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    Patient centred care explained

    Patient-centred care is about treating a person receiving healthcare with dignity and respect and involving them in all decisions about their health. This type of care is also called ‘person-centred care’.

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    Emergency or crisis support for carers

    The best way to deal with a crisis or emergency is to be prepared for one. If you do not have a plan in place, it is good to know about the emergency and crisis supports you can call on to help.

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