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Measles is a contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Please see your GP if you have measles symptoms.
Heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster. Extreme heat can affect anybody but those most at risk are kids, older people and those with a medical condition. Make sure you and your loved ones survive the heat this summer with five simple tips.
As with any big change, starting primary school brings a new set of routines, challenges and rewards.
Making this transition a happy, healthy one can have some real benefits down the track.
In February 2019 Victorians will acknowledge the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires, one of the worst natural disasters our state has experienced.
Many Victorians still experience the effects of the bushfires and the severe heatwaves that occurred in early 2009.
Everyone’s journey through recovery is different and for many, recovery remains an ongoing challenge.
Traumatic events leave an indelible mark on many people – from individuals, to families, to emergency service providers, to whole communities, even an entire nation. This enlightening podcast will help you better understand the impact of trauma on people’s lives, how to deal with trauma and how to help others with their recovery.
Kambo is a poison used as a traditional medicine in purging or cleansing rituals, primarily in South America. It is a waxy substance collected by scraping the skin of an Amazonian tree frog.
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a group of conditions that cause joint pain and swelling in children and teens under the age of 16, for unknown reasons (idiopathic means ‘of unknown cause’).
Heat-related illness can range from mild conditions such as a rash or cramps to very serious conditions such as heatstroke, which can kill. Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition.
When it's hot cooling off in the water is great, but you need to take certain precautions to stay safe. Before taking the plunge find out how you and your family can reduce the risks and stay safe.
Did you know food poisoning is more common in summer than at any other time of the year? Unfortunately you won’t always know when food is contaminated – it will usually look, smell and taste normal, putting you and your family at risk of food poisoning.
In the hot weather there is a higher risk of food poisoning but if you follow some simple rules when you prepare, handle and store food it will significantly reduce your risk of getting sick.
If you have been diagnosed with a serious or chronic life-limiting illness, you may want to talk to your doctor or other health professional about how palliative care services may assist you.
The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) manages the emergency response to storms, floods, tsunamis and earthquakes in Victoria. The SES also helps with road rescues, search and rescue and with major bushfire events.
Watch this video and learn about Victoria’s pregnancy, birth and maternal services providing a range of services to support you.
Reducing your cancer risk is in your hands. This World Cancer Day is 4 February. You're encouraged to prioritise cancer screening and take action to prevent cancer.
14 February is Wear Red Day. Heart Research Australia is inviting you to Wear Red for someone close to your heart – a family member or that special friend who means the world to you, or in memory of someone you loved who sadly passed away due to heart disease.The National Wear Red Day is to honour those close to your heart and raise money for life-saving research.
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