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    Survive the heat

    Extreme heat can affect anybody. Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition.

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    Thunderstorm asthma

    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.

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    Family Violence

    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.

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    Beat the bite!

    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!

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    Navigating the Health System

    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.

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Safe summer

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    Food safety outdoors

    Always keep perishable foods well refrigerated until needed or in a cooler kept cold with ice or ice packs.

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    Beat the bite!

    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!

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    Water safety for children

    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.

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    Bites and stings – first aid

    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.

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    Talking to children about bushfire risk

    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.

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    Travel immunisation

    Find out from your doctor or travel health clinic which vaccinations you need for your specific travel arrangements.

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    Partying safely – tips for teenagers

    When your planning to go out partying know where you’re going, how you’re getting there and how you’re getting home.

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    Swimming - keeping the water clean

    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.

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    How to check for skin cancer

    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.

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    Partying safely and sex

    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.

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    Travel health tips

    With a little effort and simple precautions, you can avoid illnesses and unforseen events that can ruin your holiday.

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    Healthy ageing tips

    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.

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    Partying safely

    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.

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    Breathing problems and exercise

    Breathing can be much harder for someone with lung disease, however some specific breathing exercises and a little physical activity can help some people.

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