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    Thunderstorm Asthma

    With grass pollen season fast approaching, it’s important for people with asthma or hay fever to know about thunderstorm asthma and what they can do to help protect themselves. Even if you don't think you have asthma or hay fever, don't ignore symptoms like wheezing or shortness of breath - check with your GP. And learn the four steps of asthma first aid.

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    Flu (influenza)

    The flu is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications, including pneumonia. The flu is spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. The most common symptoms of the flu are sudden high fever, a dry cough, body aches, and feeling very tired and weak.

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    Learn about the health system in your language

    To help you locate information on how to access a range of healthcare services watch our videos in your language.

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In the news


    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

    STIs come in all shapes and sizes! If you are sexually active, you can get an STI – even if you practice safe sex most of the time. There are many different STIs and not all of them have obvious symptoms, so there is a chance that you or your partner could have an STI without knowing it. The only way to find out if you have a STI is to have a sexual health check-up. Doctors deal with sexual health problems on a daily basis, so don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.

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    Gonorrhoea is an STI which is transmitted by oral, anal or genital sex. Both men and women may have gonorrhoea without having any symptoms and so can be infected, or spread infection, without knowing anything is wrong. Find out how you can protect yourself and your partner.

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    Meningococcal vaccine for young people

    To combat a recent rise in cases of Meningococcal W disease, the Victorian Government has introduced a free, time-limited vaccine program for young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 (aged 15-19) in Victoria. The vaccine will protect against the ‘W’ strain of the disease, as well as three other strains (‘A’, ‘C’ and ‘Y’).

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Men's Health

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    I am the Difference - Men die on average six years earlier than women. But you can be the difference, and help change this startling stat.

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    Depression in men

    Depression can affect men of all ages and backgrounds. Around one in eight Australian men experience depression at some stage in their lives. Many men struggle in silence - bottling things up and not reaching out for advice or assistance when they need it.

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    Men and sexuality

    Your sexuality is a key part of who you are. Throughout your life, it will influence your choices and your experiences. Looking after your sexual health is important. Be sure to practise safe sex, and remember, if you have any sexual health issues there is always someone you can talk to.

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Schoolies Week

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    Partying safely - schoolies week

    Celebrating the end of school life during schoolies week can be lots of fun, but you need to be aware of the risks. Before you go, think about your values, talk to your friends and plan ways to look out for each other.

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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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    Taking to kids about drugs

    By starting and continuing a conversation about drugs, you can help your child have the right information and the right attitudes for when they make decisions about drug use.

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    Health checks for women

    Women should have a general check-up every year. Regular check-ups may help your doctor pick up early warning signs such as high blood pressure. Many diseases such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes and some cancers can be picked up in their early stages, when treatment is often more effective.

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    Kitchen gardens

    Nothing can compare to the taste of sun-warmed tomatoes picked straight from the plant, or tiny red strawberries bursting with flavour. A kitchen garden doesn’t have to be complicated or labour intensive. Nor does it require a lot of space.

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    A lovely quick and easy light lunch for the warmer weather

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Health events

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    Skin Cancer

    It's National Skin Cancer Action Week More than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year, yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.

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    Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness

    It's Perinatal Depression & Anxiety (PNDA) Awareness Week. This weeks aims to raise awareness about about mental health during the perinatal period, eliminate stigma and encourage those affected to seek help.

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    Lung Health

    The lungs are part of our respiratory system. - they help us breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Lungs can be affected by infection or allergy or may puncture or collapse. During Lung Health Awareness Month - learn about the lungs and how you can minimise your risk of lung disease.

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