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  • Immunisation

    Did you know that you need immunisations throughout your life, not just in childhood? Everyone's immunisation needs are different, depending on their health, age, lifestyle and occupation - their HALO. Learn more about immunisation catch-ups and boosters.

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  • Staying healthy in the heat

    After the warmest October for years and with a strong El Nino event predicted, weather experts are urging Victorians to prepare for a long, hot and dry summer. Make sure you and your family are prepared for the hot weather ahead and know what to do to stay healthy when the heat hits.

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  • Smoking - quitting tips

    Over 80 per cent of Victorians who smoke have tried to stop at least once, while around 40 per cent try to quit each year. Some people find that going ‘cold turkey’ – quitting completely and immediately – is the most successful method for them. However, if you haven’t succeeded in stopping smoking on your own, getting extra support can increase the likelihood that you will quit successfully.

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  • Anxiety

    Anxiety is extreme worry that interferes with our daily lives. Symptoms include panic attacks, physical fear reactions and attempts to avoid the situation. Anxiety disorders can lead to social isolation and depression but help is available.

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  • Understanding your medication

    Our medicines guide has consumer medicine information for hundreds of pharmaceutical medicines, including common uses, side effects, reactions with other drugs and safety information. Make sure you are informed and medicine wise.

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  • Bites and stings

    The early hot weather has seen a huge spike in the number of insect and snake bites over the past month. Make sure you know what to do if someone is stung or bitten.

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  • Event
    Event start date: 15 Nov 2015
    Event end date: 21 Nov 2015

    Skin Cancer Awareness Week

    UV. It all adds up. It's not just sunburn that does damage - regular exposure to UV radiation year after year can also lead to skin cancer. Reduce your risk this skin cancer awareness week.

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  • Risk factors for skin cancer

    In Australia, two out of three people will develop skin cancer before they reach the age of 70. It doesn't matter whether you have fair skin or not, whether you have moles and freckles or not, or whether you regularly get sunburnt or not. Anyone can get skin cancer.

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  • Event
    Event start date: 15 Nov 2015
    Event end date: 22 Nov 2015

    Antibiotic Awareness Week

    Antibiotics have saved millions of lives but they are losing their power. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics mean that many infections are becoming harder to treat. Take the pledge today and join the fight against antibiotic resistance.

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  • Summer water safety

    Water sports, swimming and water play are part of our way of life. Unfortunately, many people drown or are injured in the water each year. The two most important things you can do to prevent a tragedy are to make sure everyone learns to swim, and to make sure you only swim where it is safe.

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  • Which physical activity is right for you?

    Congratulations! You’ve decided to build physical activity into your daily life. The next step is to choose the right kind of activity for you.The most important thing to remember is to choose an activity that you find enjoyable. From formal organised activities to a more casual approach, to doing things on your own or as part of a group - there's something for everyone. Let us help find what's right for you.

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  • Fad diets

    Don't be fooled by promises of quick weight loss or celebrity endorsements - fad diets can harm your health and can ultimately result in extra weight gain. If you want to lose weight, do it the right way. Recognise that healthy weight loss takes time and is about making sustainable lifestyle changes, not eating nothing but raw cabbage for a month.

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