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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.
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.
Regular servicing of your gas heating could save you and your families lives and also save you money. As we move into winter, make sure that your gas heaters have been professionally serviced in the past two years.
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.
Nutrition for life identifies a woman's four main life stages and how to eat healthily for each of them.
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.
Pain may be described as acute or persistent. Persistent pain, sometimes called chronic pain, is pain that lasts for more than three months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association is calling attention to the benefits of mateship across the community.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Australia with almost 20,000 diagnoses and close to 3,500 deaths each year. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Prostate Cancer Foundation is helping to create awareness of the disease.
Sadly around 710 children aged 0-14 are diagnosed with cancer in Australia every year and 100 will die from the disease. September is childhood cancer awareness month The Cancer Council aims to raise awareness of the range of cancers that affect children.
Active Ageing week, is from 24-30 September, so join in the fun. Staying physically active, eating well, socialising and improving your health can help you live a healthy, happy and active life as you get older.
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Page last reviewed: 22 Aug 2014
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