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    Syphilis is a sexually transmissible infection (STI) caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum. It can affect both men and women. Syphilis is transmitted through close skin-to-skin contact and is highly contagious when the syphilis sore (chancre) or rash is present.

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    Listeria is an illness caused by eating foods contaminated by the bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes.

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    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

    Are you planning to travel to an area that is affected by MERS? Consult your doctor before travelling to discuss the risks and how to protect yourself.

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    Gas heating - health and safety issues

    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.

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    Fleas are a type of wingless parasite found worldwide. They feed off the blood of humans and animals such as dogs and cats and are known to transmit tapeworm larvae.

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    Heroin dependence medication treatments

    When a person becomes dependent on heroin or other opioids, they have a problem that may need treatment and support. Medication treatments (pharmacotherapies) for heroin or other opioid dependence include methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone.

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    Pre-immunisation checklist

    In Australia, immunisations are available to protect us from preventable diseases. This immunisation checklist will help you prepare so you know what to expect, and what information you will need to give your GP or clinic staff.

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    Living with bowel cancer

    In this video, participants discuss their surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Participants share some of the side effects and also their feelings as they progressed through the treatments.

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    Free vaccines for men who have sex with men

    In partnership with the Victorian AIDS Council, the Victorian government has launched an immunisation campaign to encourage men who have sex with men to take up the offer of four free vaccinations.

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    Immunisation history statements for children

    By law, parents or guardians must provide an Immunisation History Statement when you enrol your child in any childcare service, kindergarten or primary school in Victoria.

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    Ingredients profiles

    What is that ingredient? What is the nutritional profile and how do I store it? Find out more about artichokes, sweet potato, kale, cauliflower and more.

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    Childhood immunisation

    Find out what vaccinations your child needs and when they should have them with our handy immunisation schedule.

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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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    Recent arrivals asylum seekers and family support services

    Asylum seekers are among the most disadvantaged people living in Victoria. People with a refugee, humanitarian or recently granted Permanent Protection Visa are entitled to some financial assistance and health services from the Commonwealth Government.

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    Save Lives Save 000 for emergencies

    When an ambulance is called to a non-emergency, it puts the lives of people in a life threatening emergency at risk.

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Events and activities

  • MedicineWise week 2018

    Be medicinewise

    Be Medicinewise Week 20-26 August is a national awareness week that aims to promote the safer and wiser use of medicines. This year, they aim to raise awareness on the importance of having conversations about medicines.

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    By 2040, two million Australians are expected to be living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis. Friday the 24 August is Daffodil Day. Buy a daffodil and you can support vital research.

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