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    Thunderstorm Asthma

    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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    Extreme heat

    Extreme heat can lead to illnesses and deaths, so it's important that you know what to do to survive the heat. Drink plenty of water, keep cool with fans and air conditioning, and check on older family members, neighbors and friends, and never leave kids in cars.

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    Genetic services and support

    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.

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    Child health

    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.

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    Don’t make me sick – keep food safe to eat

    Every day, we think about the food we want to eat. We eat to live, but food is also one of life’s pleasures, until it makes us sick. Whether it’s fresh food we make at home or shop-bought ready-made, there are high-risk foods that need to be prepared, cooked and stored safely so we don’t get sick.

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    Children keeping them active

    Kids love to be active. Encouraging kids to be active when they are young establishes a routine that could stay with them throughout their life.

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    Women's nutrition for life

    The best opportunities for good health come from a combination of individual choices such as being more active, not smoking, going easy on alcohol and eating healthily. But what exactly does eating healthily involve?

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    Women's sexual and reproductive health

    Sexual and reproductive health is not only about physical wellbeing – it includes the right to healthy and respectful relationships, health services that are inclusive, safe and appropriate and access to accurate information.

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  • Child putting sun cream on - Skin-cancer campaign

    Skin cancer - risk factors

    It's National Skin Cancer Action Week. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so this week is a great time to take steps to reduce your risk of over-exposure to UV radiation and recreational sun exposure.

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    Testicular cancer

    This year, men's health month Movember is highlighting Testicular cancer. 44% of men don’t know how to perform a testicular self-examination. This Movember make yourself familiar with the usual level of lumpiness of your testicles and see a doctor if you notice a change.

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