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  1. Sadness

    28 Jun 2019

    Sadness is a feeling that everyone experiences. It is part of life. We can respond to our sadness in ways that help us feel better...

  2. Safe driving

    27 Nov 2018

    Safe driving is up to every individual on the road. You can be a safe driver by being alert and ready to take action at any time...

  3. Safe medication use

    22 Jun 2017 Safe medication use

    Find out how to use medication properly, so you can avoid problems such as unwanted effects and other adverse reactions...

  4. Safe sex

    Safe sex

    Safe sex is sexual contact that doesn't involve the exchange of semen, vaginal fluids or blood between partners...

  5. safe steps Family Violence Response Centre

    05 Jul 2016

    safe steps is a service for women and children experiencing family violence...

  6. Safety and babies

    11 Oct 2018

    Most injuries to babies do not occur by chance - many are predictable and largely preventable...

  7. Sage

    22 Oct 2015 Sage

    Sage is perfect when fried in butter and spooned over pasta, meat and fish, or used in a stuffing or marinade to flavour roasting meats. Sage contains vitamins A, B6, C and folate and minerals such as...

  8. Salmonellosis

    23 Oct 2018

    You may be more prone to salmonellosis if you are elderly, have another medical condition (such as a weakened immune system) or are malnourished...

  9. Salpingitis

    11 Sep 2018

    Salpingitis is one of the most common causes of female infertility and may permanently damage the fallopian tubes...

  10. Salt

    06 Jul 2018

    Too much sodium (salt) can cause high blood pressure and many other health conditions...

  11. SANE Australia

    05 Jul 2016

    SANE helps people affected by mental illness to lead a better life...

  12. Sarcoidosis

    18 Sep 2019

    Sarcoidosis is not a cancer or any other sort of malignant tumour...

  13. Scabies

    06 Sep 2018

    If you have scabies, your sexual partners and all members of your household will also need to be treated...

  14. Schizoaffective disorder

    09 Mar 2018

    Diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder may be difficult because the symptoms are similar to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia...

  15. Schizophrenia

    06 Jun 2019

    People with schizophrenia do not have 'split personalities' and they are not intellectually disabled...

  16. School lunches

    19 Jan 2017

    Simple ways to make your child's school lunch healthier...

  17. school sores, see

  18. School sores

    09 Mar 2018

    Impetigo, or school sores, is a highly contagious skin infection that commonly affects school-aged children...

  19. School support for children with special needs

    12 Jul 2017

    Supporting students with a disability to make the transition to primary and then secondary school can require careful planning...

  20. Sciatica

    20 Feb 2019

    Most cases of sciatica resolve by themselves within six weeks to three months...

  21. Scleroderma

    12 Nov 2018

    The most common symptom of scleroderma is a thickening and hardening of the skin, particularly of the hands and face...

  22. Scoliosis

    09 Mar 2018

    Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curve of the spine...

  23. Scooters and child safety

    11 Nov 2016

    Scooters can travel at fast speeds and falls and collisions are disturbingly common...

  24. Screening for bowel cancer

    07 Aug 2019

    The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) offers kits for free to Australians between the ages of 50 and 74 years of age...

  25. Scurvy

    12 Oct 2015

    Scurvy is uncommon in Australia but anyone whose diet is inadequate in vitamin C is at risk...

  26. Second opinions

    28 Feb 2017

    You have the right to ask a doctor for a second opinion if you are unsure about your doctor's suggested medical treatment or a diagnosis...

  27. Secrets to healthy ageing (slideshow)

    04 Apr 2019 Secrets to healthy ageing (slideshow)

    Experts say the key to living well into our 80s and 90s is making a commitment to live healthily. Check out these simple ideas and embrace your senior years!...

  28. Security and safety at hospital

    07 Dec 2016

    Hospital security arrangements ensure the safety of all staff, patients and visitors and provide a safe and secure environment for everyone...

  29. Sedentary behaviour - why sitting is the new smoking

    22 Aug 2018

    The less sitting or lying down you do during the day, the better your chances for living a healthy life...

  30. Seeing a complementary health practitioner

    14 Feb 2018

    It is important that you tell your doctor about any complementary medicine products and therapies you are using...

  31. Seeing a dentist or dental health practitioner

    07 Aug 2018

    There are a range of dental services available to assist you with any dental health problems you or your family may have...

  32. Seeing a doctor or general practitioner (GP)

    30 Apr 2019

    Your local doctor or general practitioner (GP) is your first point of call for non-emergency and preventative medical care during clinic hours...

  33. Seeing a specialist

    20 Jun 2018

    Medical specialists are doctors who have completed advanced education and training in a specific area of medicine...

  34. Seeing an allied health professional

    29 Jun 2017

    Allied health professionals are university-trained health practitioners who work as part of your healthcare team...

  35. Self esteem

    15 Nov 2016 Self esteem

    Low self-esteem can be remedied but it takes attention and daily practice...

  36. Self Help Addiction Resource Centre

    25 Jun 2019

    The Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) helps people to help themselves recover from addiction...

  37. Self-harm and self-injury

    11 Feb 2019

    Self-harm and self-injury is when people hurt themselves on purpose, usually in response to intense emotional pain or negative feelings, thoughts or memories...

  38. Seniors Online

    26 Jul 2016

    Seniors online is an online community filled with useful information for older people in Victoria...

  39. Sepsis, see

  40. Septicaemia

    16 Aug 2018

    Bacteria in the bowels, urinary tract, mouth and skin can cause disease if they get into the bloodstream...

  41. Service profiles

    28 May 2018

    Browse the vast range of health services & support options available to Victorians. Learn about the different types of services, what they do, how you can access, contact details, costs, and more...

  42. Services And Support

    01 Oct 2018

    Victoria’s health system offers a vast range of services and support to Victorians across the state. Whether you are seeing a doctor, going to hospital for surgery or in need of emergency or crisis...

  43. Services to support people with dementia and their carers

    28 Feb 2018

    Services are available in Victoria for people with dementia, and their partners, carers and friends...

  44. Sever's disease

    04 Sep 2019

    Sever's disease is a common cause of heel pain, particularly in the young and physically active...

  45. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

    09 Mar 2018

    Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia caused by a virus called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). There is currently no cure or vaccine. Treatment...

  46. severe allergic reaction wasp sting, see

  47. Sewage overflows at home

    25 Oct 2016

    Sewage contains harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa...

  48. Sex - premature ejaculation

    10 Jun 2019

    Premature ejaculation is only a problem if it happens frequently...

  49. Sex and chronic illness

    14 Feb 2018

    Sexuality is a key part of human nature. Expressing sexuality in satisfying ways is important for everyone, including people with a disability. Some people with disability may need additional support...

  50. Sex education - preschoolers

    30 Mar 2019

    By four, most children are curious about certain sexual issues, and they need honest answers to their questions...

  51. Sex education - primary school children

    30 Mar 2019

    Some parents find it hard to talk with their primary age children about sex, but help is available...

  52. Sex education - tips for parents

    30 Nov 2016

    Mothers are more likely to talk about intimate, emotional and psychological aspects of sex than fathers...

  53. Sex – are you ready

    06 Mar 2019

    It is normal to have mixed feelings about having sex with someone else...

  54. Sexual abuse

    13 Mar 2019

    If you suspect sexual abuse or have been told about it by a child, you must report it...

  55. Sexual abuse - helping your child

    10 Oct 2019

    As a parent, you have an important role in helping your child recover from sexual abuse...

  56. Sexual assault

    18 Sep 2019

    Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual behaviour or activity that makes the victim feel uncomfortable, frightened or threatened...

  57. Sexual Assault Crisis Line

    02 Aug 2018

    SACL is a telephone crisis counselling service for people who have experienced sexual assault...

  58. Sexual issues - menopause

    09 Mar 2018

    Menopause, the final menstrual period, is a natural event that marks the end of a woman's reproductive years...

  59. Sexuality - intellectual disability

    11 Apr 2019

    People with intellectual disability can express their sexuality in satisfying ways...

  60. Sexuality explained

    Sexuality explained

    Sexuality is not about whom we have sex with, or how often we have it. Sexuality is about our sexual feelings, thoughts, attractions and behaviours towards other people. We can find other people...

  61. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

    It is not difficult to avoid catching sexually transmitted infections (STIs)...

  62. Shallot

    22 Oct 2015 Shallot

    Shallots are related to onions and garlic but have a milder taste. They contain vitamins A, C and folate and a variety of minerals such as potassium, manganese, calcium and iron. In Victoria, shallots...

  63. Shellfish and fish allergies

    09 Mar 2018

    Symptoms of fish and shellfish allergies vary and range from milder reactions to a life-threatening severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)...

  64. Shiftwork

    09 Dec 2018

    A person working the night shift is at greater risk of various disorders and accidents...

  65. Shiga toxin-producing E.coli

    There are many types of E.coli bacteria, most of which are harmless. However, some types of E.coli produce toxins (poisons) that can cause gastroenteritis (gastro). One of these types of E.coli is...

  66. Shigella

    06 Sep 2018

    Outbreaks of shigella gastroenteritis can occur in institutional settings, particularly where children are still in nappies or adults are incontinent...

  67. Shin splints

    09 Mar 2018

    'Shin splints' refers to pain felt anywhere along the shinbone from knee to ankle...

  68. Shingles

    09 Aug 2018

    Shingles is caused by the same virus responsible for chickenpox...

  69. Shock

    09 Mar 2018

    Shock is when there is not enough blood circulating in the body. It is a life-threatening medical emergency...

  70. Shopping - 10 tips for healthy eating

    30 Dec 2016

    Make a shopping list for healthier food choices ... 10 tips for healthy shopping...

  71. Shopping at fresh food markets (video) [video]

    13 Oct 2015

    Victorian State Nutritionist, Veronica Graham talks about the benefits of shopping at fresh produce markets...

    Duration: 1:10

    • Healthy eating,
    • Healthy Eating - Planning, shopping and cooking,
    • Topic
  72. Short bowel syndrome

    09 Mar 2018

    A person with short bowel syndrome is likely to be deficient in a range of important nutrients...

  73. Short-sightedness

    09 Mar 2018

    If you are short-sighted, you will have trouble seeing objects clearly in the distance and they will appear blurry...

  74. Shoulder pain

    03 Aug 2018

    Shoulder pain is common in our community. The good news is that with appropriate treatment pain will improve so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy...

  75. Shy bladder syndrome

    09 Mar 2018

    Severe paruresis (fear of urinating in public) can affect a person's life in a similar way to agoraphobia...

  76. Sign language - Auslan

    20 Nov 2018

    Like any language, Auslan continues to evolve to meet the communication needs of people who are deaf...

  77. Silverbeet

    22 Oct 2015 Silverbeet

    Leafy green silverbeet is a favourite in Australian gardens and kitchens, where it is a versatile accompaniment to many meals. It is highly nutritious and a good source of vitamins A, B6, C and K as...

  78. Simple ways to cut down on fat (slideshow)

    04 Apr 2019 Simple ways to cut down on fat (slideshow)

    Cutting down on fat is not as hard as you think. Here's how to maintain a healthy weight by consuming the right amount and types of fat...

  79. Single parenting

    06 Nov 2019 Single parenting

    In single-parent households, issues such as holidays or major family purchases are more likely to be decided with the children...

  80. Sinusitis

    09 Apr 2018

    If you suffer from sinusitis, it?s important to see if there is any trigger which can be treated...

  81. Sjogren’s syndrome

    21 Aug 2019

    Sjogren’s syndrome can be managed with medications and products such as artificial tears and saliva...

  82. Skin cancer

    25 Aug 2019

    Check all of your skin, not just sun-exposed areas. If you notice anything unusual, including any change in shape, colour or size of a spot, or the development of a spot, visit your doctor as soon as...

  83. Skin cancer - children

    25 Aug 2019

    Encourage your child to be SunSmart ? whatever their age...

  84. Skin cancer - protecting outdoor workers

    04 Sep 2019

    People who work outdoors are in one of the highest risk groups for skin cancer...

  85. Skin cancer - risk factors

    04 Sep 2019

    The major cause of skin cancer is over exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or other sources, such as solariums...

  86. Skin cancer - tanning

    09 Mar 2018

    A suntan is a sign of skin damage ? there is no such thing as a 'safe' tan...

  87. Skin care and preventing pressure sores in hospital

    26 Jul 2019

    During a stay in hospital, your skin may be affected by staying in bed or sitting in one position for too long, your mobility, your hydration and diet, and your physical condition...

  88. Skin cuts and abrasions

    17 Apr 2018

    The body begins repairing a wound immediately and the process may continue for days, weeks, months or even years...

  89. Skin explained

    22 Aug 2018

    The skin is a good indicator of health - if someone is sick, it often shows in their skin...

  90. Slapped cheek disease

    17 Apr 2018

    Children with slapped cheek do not need to be kept home from school or day care, as cases are only contagious before the onset of the rash...

  91. Sleep - children and naps

    15 Feb 2019

    A child needs a daytime nap until they are around two and a half to three years of age...

  92. Sleep - children and nightmares

    09 Dec 2018

    Your child may have only a few scary dreams a year, or be troubled by nightmares much more often...

  93. Sleep - common disorders

    09 Dec 2018

    Sleep disorders can prevent some people from getting enough sleep...

  94. Sleep - hypersomnia

    09 Dec 2018

    Hypersomnia means excessive sleepiness - it can have a number of different causes...

  95. Sleep - insomnia

    09 Dec 2018

    Around one in three people regularly have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep...

  96. Sleep - narcolepsy

    09 Dec 2018

    A person with narcolepsy is extremely sleepy all the time and may fall asleep several times a day...

  97. Sleep and teenagers

    09 Dec 2018

    Sleep research suggests that teenagers need between eight and 10 hours of sleep every night...

  98. Sleep and your baby

    06 Oct 2019

    Sleeping habits are learned, so try to set up a bedtime routine for your baby as soon as you can...

  99. Sleep apnoea

    20 Feb 2019

    A person with sleep apnoea may wake hundreds of times every night...

  100. Sleep deprivation

    09 Dec 2018

    A fatigued person is accident prone and more likely to make mistakes and bad decisions...

  101. Sleep explained

    20 Feb 2019

    Fatigue is thought to cause about one in six road accidents - make sure you get enough sleep...

  102. Sleep hygiene

    09 Dec 2018

    You can retrain your body and mind so that you sleep well and wake feeling rested...

  103. Slow transit constipation

    09 Mar 2018

    A newborn with slow transit constipation may not pass meconium until 24 hours or more after being born...

  104. Smallpox

    09 Mar 2018

    Smallpox was once a feared and highly contagious viral disease...

  105. Smoke and your health (video) [video]

    25 Jan 2017 Smoke and your health (video)

    Duration: 2:51

    • Video,
    • Video library,
    • Environmental health - Environmental health basics
  106. Smoke and your health - protect your health (video) [video]

    25 Jan 2017 Smoke and your health - protect your health (video)

    Duration: 1:08

    • Video,
    • Video library,
    • Environmental health - Air and water quality
  107. Smoke and your health - science summary (video) [video]

    25 Jan 2017 Smoke and your health - science summary (video)

    Duration: 0:54

    • Environmental health - Air and water quality,
    • Environmental health - Environmental health basics,
    • Video,
    • Video library
  108. Smoke from planned burns

    09 Oct 2017

    Bushfire smoke can reduce air quality in rural and urban areas, and may affect people’s health. Planned burns are an important part of reducing the risk of bushfires...

  109. Smoking - e-cigarettes

    11 Jul 2019

    What do the experts say about electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes – simulate the act of smoking, but you don’t burn tobacco when you use them...

  110. Smoking - effects on your body

    Along with nicotine, people who smoke inhale about 7,000 other chemicals in cigarette smoke. Many of these chemicals come from burning tobacco leaf. Some of these compounds are chemically active and...

  111. Smoking - how to discourage your children

    28 May 2019

    Children are less likely to smoke if their parents do not smoke...

  112. Smoking - Learn how to break your smoking habits (video) [video]

    28 Jul 2017 Smoking - Learn how to break your smoking habits (video)

    Learn from Quit Victoria Quitline specialist about how to break your smoking habits and quit smoking. Learn her tips on triggers and how to avoid them...

    Duration: 2:15

    • Quit smoking - Quit smoking,
    • Smoking and tobacco,
    • Smoking and tobacco - Quit and stay quit,
    • Smoking and tobacco - Get help to quit
  113. Smoking - quit services for diverse groups

    02 Jun 2019

    Resources to stop smoking are available in a variety of languages and are distributed free of charge...

  114. Smoking - quitting tips

    07 Nov 2019 Smoking - quitting tips

    People who successfully quit smoking see their past attempts as practice and experience...

  115. Smoking - the financial cost

    12 Feb 2019

    If you want to quit smoking, think about how much of your weekly income is going up in smoke...

  116. Smoking - Understand your smoking addiction (video) [video]

    28 Jul 2017 Smoking - Understand your smoking addiction (video)

    Duration: 2:11

    • Quit smoking - Quit smoking,
    • Smoking and tobacco,
    • Smoking and tobacco - Plan to quit,
    • Smoking and tobacco - Get help to quit
  117. Smoking - what to expect when you quit

    08 Apr 2019

    When you decide to quit smoking, it can help to find out what to expect as you work through the process. Some people have only a few mild symptoms when they quit but others find it harder.  While...

  118. Smoking and asthma

    09 Apr 2019

    Breathing in other people's cigarette smoke can be harmful to a person with asthma, especially a child...

  119. Smoking and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - Diagnosis [video]

    04 Jul 2018 Smoking and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - Diagnosis

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious, progressive and disabling condition that limits airflow in the lungs. Hear from individuals who have been diagnosed...

    Duration: 6.06

    • Smoking and tobacco - Get help to quit,
    • Smoking and tobacco - Quit and stay quit,
    • Smoking and tobacco - Reasons to stop smoking,
    • Smoking and tobacco - Smoking and health conditions,
    • Smoking and tobacco - Smoking risks throughout life,
    • Lungs - Lung conditions,
    • Lungs - Breathing difficulty,
    • Topic,
    • Health conditons,
    • By body part,
    • Lungs
  120. Smoking and eye disease

    09 Mar 2018

    Smoking is thought to be a factor in age-related macular degeneration and blindness...

  121. Smoking and heart disease

    19 Jun 2018

    A smoker's excess risk of heart attack reduces rapidly after only one year of not smoking...

  122. Smoking and oral health

    29 Mar 2017

    People who smoke should visit their dentist regularly to keep their teeth and gums healthy, and have regular oral cancer checks...

  123. Smoking and weight

    29 Jan 2019

    You would have to gain over 40 kilograms above your recommended weight to equal the risk of heart disease posed by smoking...

  124. Smoking kills

    09 Apr 2019

    Tobacco causes more illness and death than any other drug...

  125. Smoking statistics

    09 Apr 2019

    Smoking kills more Victorians every year than road accidents, alcohol and other drugs combined...

  126. Smoking – Quit services for Aboriginal communities

    12 Feb 2019

    While the smoking rate in Australian Aboriginal communities is decreasing, it is still more than three times the national average. Smoking is the cause of one in five deaths in Aboriginal communities...

  127. Snoring

    09 Dec 2018

    Snoring isn't harmful but may lead to long-term sleep deprivation...

  128. Snow pea

    22 Jul 2016 Snow pea

    Pea snows (or snow peas) add crunch to salads and are a popular addition to stir-fried Asian dishes. They are a good source of vitamins (B1, B2, B3, C and K) and minerals. In Victoria they are at...

  129. Snow sports - safety issues

    06 Aug 2019

    Pay attention to basic safety precautions to reduce your risk of injury from winter sports...

  130. Snow sports and cold-related injuries

    30 Jul 2019

    You can help reduce your risk of winter sports injuries with planning, preparation and proper equipment...

  131. Soccer - health benefits

    17 Nov 2017 Soccer - health benefits

    Soccer is great for your health and can be played in competition or in the park with friends...

  132. Soccer - preventing injury

    03 Aug 2016

    Common causes of injuries to soccer players are player contact, falls and tackles...

  133. Social phobia

    09 Mar 2018

    A person with social phobia experiences anxiety in situations where they are likely to be scrutinised and observed by others...

  134. Social worker

    14 Jun 2017

    Social workers are trained to help people experiencing a range of issues including family problems, anxiety, depression, crisis and trauma...

  135. Soft drinks, juice and sweet drinks - children

    20 Apr 2018

    Encourage children to drink and enjoy water. Sweet drinks such as juice, cordial and soft drinks may cause health problems for children if consumed in large amounts...

  136. Soft drinks, juice and sweet drinks – limit intake

    24 Oct 2018

    Consumption of drinks containing added sugar is associated with weight gain, reduced bone strength and tooth erosion and decay...

  137. Solariums (sunbeds and tanning beds)

    04 Sep 2019

    There is no such thing as a safe solarium tan...

  138. Soybeans

    24 Oct 2015

    The soybean may be a ?superfood? that can reduce the risk of a range of health problems...

  139. Specialised care for your baby

    29 Mar 2016

    If your baby is sick at birth or born too early (premature) they will be cared for in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN) by highly experienced medical and nursing...

  140. Specialist clinics in hospitals

    09 Apr 2018

    Specialist clinics at hospital provide services that are located in a hospital. This helps the service get the best outcome for your treatment and care. Specialist clinics in hospitals are an...

  141. Specialist plastic surgeon

    15 Jun 2017

    A specialist plastic surgeon specialises in invasive cosmetic and reconstructive surgery...

  142. Speech pathologist

    15 Jun 2017

    Speech pathologists (therapists) work with people of all ages who have communication or swallowing difficulties...

  143. Speech pathologists

    28 May 2019

    Speech pathologists help people who have problems with communication and swallowing...

  144. Spider and varicose veins

    17 Apr 2018

    Smaller varicose veins are usually treated by sclerotherapy ? the injection of irritant chemicals into the affected vein...

  145. Spiders

    15 Nov 2018

    Australia has about 2,000 species of spider but most species are relatively harmless to humans...

  146. Spina bifida

    09 Mar 2018

    Folate can prevent up to 70 per cent of spina bifida cases if taken daily for one month before conception and during the first three months of pregnancy...

  147. Spinach

    22 Oct 2015 Spinach

    Spinach, with its delicate flavour, can be eaten raw in salads, made into soups or sautéed with garlic and oil to make a simple vegetable dish. It is packed with vitamins and minerals and provides...

  148. Spinal cord injury - paraplegia

    20 Dec 2018

    Most people who have a spinal cord injury are young males, who have a greater tendency to indulge in risky behaviour...

  149. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)

    12 Nov 2019

    A child with spinal muscular atrophy type 1 rarely lives beyond three years of age...

  150. Spleen

    09 Mar 2018

    Surgically removing a diseased or damaged spleen is possible without causing any serious harm to the person...

  151. Splenomegaly

    09 Mar 2018

    Any conditions that cause a rapid breakdown of blood cells can place great strain on the spleen and make it enlarge...

  152. Sport - HIV and hepatitis

    07 Mar 2019

    People with HIV or hepatitis B or C participate in a wide range of sports without restrictions, and the risk of transmission to another player is extremely small...

  153. Sport and children

    26 Feb 2018

    Make sure that some family outings offer opportunities for physical activity, such as playing sport together...

  154. Sporting performance and food

    04 Aug 2016

    Good nutrition and a healthy diet are essential to improving your sports performance...

  155. Sports and physical activity

    26 Jul 2017

    Around 62 per cent of Australians adults do not meet the recommended physical activity guidelines to gain the health benefits of increased fitness and reduced body fat...

  156. Sports injuries

    19 Jul 2016

    A sports injury may be more severe than you think...

  157. Sprains and strains

    30 Jul 2019

    It is important to get the correct treatment for a sprain or strain as soon as possible after the injury to help you recover quickly...

  158. Spring onions

    22 Oct 2015 Spring onions

    Spring onions have dark green hollow-tubed leaves and a white bulb. They are a versatile vegetable that is popular in Asian cuisines. An excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fibre, this vegetable...

  159. Squash

    22 Oct 2015 Squash

    Squash comes in many shapes and colours. It can be baked, sautéed and made into stews. Squash is an excellent source of vitamins C and B2 and contains dietary fibre. In Victoria, squash is at its peak...

  160. Squash - health benefits

    09 Aug 2016

    Squash can be a fast-moving, sport that provides an excellent cardiovascular workout...

  161. Squash - preventing injury

    19 Jul 2016

    Eye protection is recommended to prevent eye injuries...

  162. St Kilda Crisis Contact Centre

    05 Jul 2016

    The St Kilda Crisis Contact Centre offers support, information and referrals to people who are in difficult situations...

  163. Staphylococcus aureus - golden staph

    06 Jun 2019

    Hospital patients are more likely to be infected by golden staph because of surgical or other wounds...

  164. Starting kindergarten for children with disabilities

    Choosing the right kindergarten to suit your child’s needs takes planning and research...

  165. Staying active in hospital

    22 Jul 2019

    Stay physically and mentally active in hospital as this can help you recover faster and reduce the chance of problems when you go home...

  166. Staying safe when drinking (video) [video]

    There are some simple things you can do to stay safe when drinking...

    Duration: 3:12

    • Alcohol and drug services,
    • Healthy lifestyle,
    • Alcohol - Responsible use
  167. Stepfamilies

    10 Oct 2019

    Becoming part of a stepfamily involves adjusting to a number of changes...

  168. Steven shares his major trauma story

    30 Jun 2017

    Steven talks about his major trauma incident...

  169. STI, STD, sexually transmitted infection, sexually transmitted disease, see

  170. Stigma, discrimination and mental illness

    17 Jan 2019

    Stigma is when someone sees you in a negative way because of a particular characteristic or attribute, such as mental illness. When someone treats you in a negative way because of your mental illness...

  171. Stoma after ileostomy or colostomy

    09 Mar 2018

    A stoma is an artificially created hole (stoma) in the abdomen so that faeces can still leave the body...

  172. Stomach cancer

    21 Jul 2019

    The symptoms of stomach cancer are usually vague and can be common to other medical conditions...

  173. Stomach ulcer

    09 Mar 2018

    Most stomach ulcers are caused by infection or medication, not stress or poor diet...

  174. Strawberry

    18 Feb 2016

    Strawberries are a popular summer fruit that can be eaten fresh, added to salads, made into sauces and jams and used in desserts. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and contain some...

  175. Streptococcal infection - group A

    09 Mar 2018

    Streptococcal infection ? group A can cause sore throats (pharyngitis), scarlet fever or impetigo (school sores)...

  176. Streptococcal infection – group B

    09 Mar 2018

    Group B streptococcal bacteria can cause a wide range of illnesses in susceptible people including newborns, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer. Out...

  177. Stress

    20 Sep 2017

    Stress affects people in different ways, but a balanced lifestyle can help you manage everyday stress...

  178. Stress - holidays

    28 Nov 2018 Stress - holidays

    Holidays are supposed to offer relaxation and recuperation, but some people find them disappointingly stressful...

  179. Stress busters

    02 Mar 2017 Stress busters

    Stress can affect your health and your life, so you need to know effective ways of dealing with your stress...

  180. Stretch marks

    17 Apr 2018

    Over time, stretch marks lose their bright colouring and become silvery, shimmering lines...

  181. Stretching exercise in winter (video) [video]

    13 Oct 2015

    When starting out an exercise program, it's really important to do a warm up and cool down before and after exercise...

    Duration: 2:25

    • Video library,
    • Exercise and fitness,
    • Healthy lifestyle,
    • Keeping active,
    • Keeping active - Staying fit and motivated
  182. Stroke and heart disease

    15 Jan 2019 Stroke and heart disease

    Although blocked blood vessels can cause both coronary heart disease and some types of stroke, stroke is not the same as heart disease...

  183. Stroke and women

    14 May 2018

    Stroke is the second biggest killer of Australian women and kills more women than breast cancer...

  184. Stroke can occur in children

    09 Mar 2018

    Stroke is rare among children and babies, but it can occur...

  185. Stroke explained

    22 Aug 2018

    A stroke interrupts blood flow to an area of the brain and is a medical emergency...

  186. Stroke risk factors and prevention

    09 Mar 2018

    Everyone can reduce their risk of having a stroke by making a few simple lifestyle changes...

  187. Stroke – rehabilitation

    25 Jun 2018

    Early treatment and rehabilitation after stroke helps many people to regain a lot of function...

  188. Stroke: in mid-life - early days (video) [video]

    04 Jul 2018 Stroke: in mid-life - early days (video)

    People who have had a stroke talk about the events and emotions surrounding their stroke...

    Duration: 3:03

    • Video library,
    • Health conditons,
    • Stroke,
    • Stroke - Life after stroke
  189. Strong relationships, strong health

    08 Feb 2018

    Throughout your life, the number and strength of your relationships affect your mental and physical wellbeing. The benefits of social connections and good mental health are numerous. Proven links...

  190. Stuttering

    04 Sep 2019

    Children who stutter should see a speech pathologist, preferably before they start school...

  191. Styes

    09 Mar 2018

    Styes may be red and sore, but they generally do not cause any damage to the eye or eyelids...

  192. Subarachnoid haemorrhage

    09 Mar 2018

    A subarachnoid haemorrhage is any bleed located underneath one of the protective layers of the brain known as the arachnoid layer...

  193. Subdural haematomas

    09 Mar 2018

    Subdural haematomas are blood clots formed underneath one of the protective layers of the brain...

  194. SubjectMatterExpertProfile

    18 Jul 2017

  195. Substance dependency services

    30 Oct 2018

    Some people need to explore different treatment options for drug dependency before they find what works for them...

  196. Substance misuse and mental illness – dual diagnosis

    29 May 2019

    Dual diagnosis means someone has both a mental illness and a substance use problem...

  197. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), see

  198. Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), see

  199. Sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI and SIDS)

    19 Sep 2019

    You can reduce your baby's risk of sudden unexpected death by providing a safe sleeping environment and avoiding tobacco smoke...

  200. Sugar

    17 Jul 2019

    Too much sugar in the diet can contribute to health problems, so limit foods and drinks with high amounts of added sugar...

  201. Sugary drinks - know the facts (video) [video]

    13 Oct 2015 Sugary drinks - know the facts (video)

    Victorian State Nutritionist, Veronica Graham says to limit your intake of sugar-sweetened drinks, they are not needed and may cause you harm...

    Duration: 00:47

    • Healthy lifestyle,
    • Healthy Eating - Healthy eating basics,
    • Healthy eating,
    • High sweetened beverage consumption
  202. Suicide

    24 Jul 2018

    In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death for males and females aged between 15 and 44. We can all play a role in preventing suicide by looking out for possible warning signs, reaching out...

  203. Suicide - family and friends

    11 Oct 2019

    The grief felt by family and friends can be deeper when the cause of death is suicide...

  204. Suicide and mental illness

    11 Oct 2019

    A suicide attempt may be an early warning sign that a person is developing a mental illness...

  205. Suicide Call Back Service

    16 Jun 2017

    The Suicide Call Back Service is a confidential 24-hour crisis support line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...

  206. SuicideLine

    16 Jun 2017

    SuicideLine is a confidential 24-hour crisis support line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...

  207. Summer fruits are here! (video) [video]

    13 Oct 2015 Summer fruits are here! (video)

    Summer is a great time of year to enjoy a range of fresh fruits and vegetables...

    Duration: 2:14

    • Video library,
    • Healthy eating,
    • Summer 2015,
    • Healthy eating know-how,
    • Better Summer Guide week 5
  208. Sun protection at the snow

    21 Aug 2019

    Winter activities such as snow skiing or snowboarding pose a high risk of sunburn...

  209. Sunburn


    Even mild sunburn can cause permanent skin damage and may increase your risk of skin cancer...

  210. Support groups

    07 Dec 2016

    Support groups offer valuable advice and support and give you the chance to share information with others in a similar situation to you...

  211. Surfing - health benefits

    09 Aug 2016

    Take surfing lessons to learn the correct technique and get started safely...

  212. Surfing - preventing injury

    19 Jul 2016

    The main cause of injury when surfing is contact with a surfer?s own board or that of another surfer...

  213. Surgery

    01 Feb 2019 Surgery

    Ask your doctor or surgeon about the benefits, risks and possible side effects of surgery...

  214. Surgery - recovery and rehabilitation

    22 Jun 2017

    Major surgery can require some time to recover from. After your discharge from hospital, you may need intensive physical rehabilitation, or to simply take it easy for a few days. Make sure you get the...

  215. Surgery preparations

    01 Feb 2019

    Preparing for surgery is important. Maximising your recovery will depend on how you prepare for surgery...

  216. Surrogacy

    10 Oct 2019

    Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in which a woman carries a child within her uterus on behalf of another person or couple...

  217. Survivor reactions to traumatic events

    09 Mar 2018

    If you have survived a traumatic event, whether you were injured or not, it's important to recognise that trauma also causes emotional harm. Survival is often associated with complex emotional...

  218. Swallowing problems in hospital

    21 Jul 2019

    If you cough or choke when you are eating, or find that food or medication ‘sticks’ in your mouth or throat, you may have a swallowing problem...

  219. Sweat

    17 Apr 2018

    Sweat's main function is to control body temperature...

  220. Sweet corn

    22 Oct 2015 Sweet corn

    Sweet corn can be boiled, barbequed, made into soup and tossed into salads. It is a good source of vitamin C, thiamine, niacin and dietary fibre. In Victoria, sweet corn is at its peak between...

  221. Sweet potato

    22 Oct 2015 Sweet potato

    Sweet potatoes are versatile vegetables that can be baked, boiled, mashed or fried. They are an excellent source of vitamins A and B6 and contain dietary fibre. In Victoria, sweet potatoes are at...

  222. Swimmer's ear

    27 Nov 2018

    Swimmer's ear can be triggered by exposure to water or mechanical damage due to overzealous cleaning...

  223. Swimming - health benefits

    09 Aug 2016

    Swimming is fun, and a great way to keep fit and make friends...

  224. Swimming - keeping the water clean

    18 Sep 2017

    There are simple steps for all visitors to follow to keep pool water clean for healthy swimming...

  225. Swimming - preventing injury

    25 Jan 2018

    It takes only seconds for a child to drown, so never take your eyes off children near the water...

  226. Swimming pools - water quality

    29 Mar 2017

    Check your swimming pool regularly to make sure the water is safe for swimming...

  227. Switchboard (Victoria)

    20 Sep 2017

    The Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (Victoria) is a telephone helpline that gives advice, information, counselling and referrals to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people in...

  228. Synthetic drugs (new psychoactive substances)

    07 Jan 2019

    Synthetic drugs aim to mimic the effects of existing illicit drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy...

  229. Syphilis

    29 Oct 2019

    If you are infected with syphilis and do not seek treatment, you can remain infectious for up to two years...

  230. Syringomyelia

    09 Mar 2018

    Syringomyelia is the growth of a cyst in the spinal cord that may result in paraplegia or quadriplegia if not treated...