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Extreme heat can affect anybody. Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition.
Thunderstorms have been linked to epidemics of asthma, especially during the grass flowering season. An asthma attack can be life threatening. Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000.
People experiencing asthma like symptoms for the first time should visit their GP for advice and if appropriate develop an asthma management plan. More information and advice from the Chief Health Officer can be found on Asthma – emergency first aid page.
Family violence directly affects one in five Victorian women over the course of their lifetime. Violence against women is never acceptable - find out how you can get help.
We love getting outdoors while the weather is warm. The problem is – so do the mosquitoes. They’re not just annoying; some mozzies can transmit serious diseases. There are simple things you can do to Beat the bite!
Not sure where to start looking for info about your healthcare? Visit our new Services and Support section to find out more about how the healthcare system works and how it can help you.
Parents can reduce the risks by supervising their child around water at all times, teaching them to swim and taking precautions to reduce the risk of drowning around their home.
Did you know food poisoning is more common in summer than at any other time of the year? This is because bacteria grow faster in hot and humid weather. Use these simple tips and don’t let food poisoning ruin your summer.
Australia has many animal and insect species that bite or sting. In general, first aid includes bandaging the wound and keeping the person immobile until medical help arrives.
Talking to children openly in a way that suits their age and involving them in decisions and actions regarding bushfire preparation, will help them to feel emotionally secure and to be more confident during the bushfire season.
Find out from your doctor or travel health clinic which vaccinations you need for your specific travel arrangements.
When your planning to go out partying know where you’re going, how you’re getting there and how you’re getting home.
Whether you are swimming in your local public pool, soaking in a spa or surfing in the ocean, regardless of the location, there are simple steps you should follow to minimise the risk of getting sick.
Two of three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70 and more than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year. Skin Cancer Action Week is a timely reminder to people to slip, slop, slap and slide and to check their skin for skin cancer.
When you are drunk or using drugs you are more likely to do things you normally wouldn’t do when sober. When partying, stick with your friends and look out for each other.
With a little effort and simple precautions, you can avoid illnesses and unforseen events that can ruin your holiday.
Experts say the key to living well into our 80s and 90s is making a commitment to living healthily. Check out some simple ideas and embrace your senior years.
Partying is a chance to catch up with friends and meet new people and have fun but it is also a time to be careful when it comes to alcohol, drugs, sexual assault and other violence.
Breathing can be much harder for someone with lung disease, however some specific breathing exercises and a little physical activity can help some people.
Supercare Pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a nurse on site from 6 pm to 10 pm.
There is a range of mental health support services that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These services provide treatment, information, tools and advice on how to deal with a range of mental health issues.
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Page last reviewed: 22 Aug 2014
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