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    Survive the heat

    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.

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    Emergencies coping without gas or electricity

    High temperatures, fire or accidents may affect your gas or electricity supply. Read some tips and advice for coping with power in the short term.

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    Measles

    Measles is a contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Please see your GP if you have measles symptoms.

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    Ten-year anniversary of the 2009 bushfires in Victoria

    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.

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    Kambo

    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.

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    Arthritis and diet

    Your body works best when you eat a wide range of healthy foods. Try to eat a Mediterranean-style diet which includes fish, pulses, nuts, olive oil and plenty of fruit and vegetables.

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    Arthritis - juvenile

    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’).

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    Heat stress and heat-related illness

    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.

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    Water Safety

    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.

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    10 tips for summer food safety

    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.

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    Food safety for summer celebrations

    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.

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    Recent arrivals, asylum seekers and family support services

    There are a number of community organisations that fund or provide family support programs and health services that anyone can access, including asylum seekers, regardless of their visa or residency status.

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    Heart disease and stroke

    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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