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We encourage everyone to take every possible step to help stop the spread of flu this winter. This will help protect our health system and our most vulnerable populations.
Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime but too many people don’t speak up for fear of stigma and discrimination. It’s time to start a new conversation - mental health is something which affects us all.
As of December 2019, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a newly identified virus that can cause respiratory illness, including pneumonia.
COVID-19 is especially difficult for Australians undergoing cancer treatment. Visit Cancer Council Victoria for more information about cancer and COVID-19, and for updates about its support services.
To stop the spread of the hepatitis A, the Department of Health and Human Services has introduced a free hepatitis A vaccination for all Victorians who have used drugs within the past 12 months and people who are experiencing homelessness.
Like any form of surgery, cosmetic procedures need a specialist surgeon trained in the procedure, including appropriate recovery time, healing and proper care. Find out how you can choose a qualified and reputable medical practitioner for your procedure.
In the first five years life, a child’s brain and body develops more quickly than at any other time. When babies are young, their learning and development mostly happens within the family at home.
Genetic services in Victoria provide a range of tests to identify genetic conditions or chromosomal abnormalities. Learn about genetics and the services and support that is available to you and your family.
Keeping chickens as pets can be a rewarding experience, especially for children. However, chickens and other poultry can carry germs such as Salmonella, even when they appear healthy and clean.
Australia has many varieties of wild-growing fungi, some of which are poisonous or even deadly. The only way to tell whether a wild mushroom is safe to eat is to have it identified by a mushroom expert. If you are unsure if a mushroom is safe to eat, don’t eat it.
Physical activity and fitness protect our health and can be fun. Walking, playing sport, swimming, cycling and gardening can all keep you fit. Stay safe and prevent injury during exercise by following some sensible tips.
Many people in Australia enjoy a social drink from time to time. Yet drinking too much alcohol or drinking too often increases your risk of developing an alcohol-related injury or disease. During Dry July it’s time to take control of your drinking.
Did you know that about 30% of all eye injuries occur in the domestic setting? DIY, car repairs and gardening have been shown to be a common cause of eye injury especially amongst males. Nearly all of these eye injuries can be prevented by wearing suitable eye protection.
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Page last reviewed: 22 Aug 2014
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