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  1. Babies and safety

    11 Oct 2018

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

  2. Baby bath - preparation and safety (video) [video]

    16 Jan 2018

    Detailing on baby bathing from Royal Women's Hospital...

    Duration: 5:03

    • Babies and toddlers (0-3) - Babies and toddlers basics,
    • Babies and toddlers (0-3) - Newborn babies,
    • Babies and toddlers (0-3) - Care and wellbeing
  3. Baby bath - skin care (video) [video]

    19 Dec 2017

    Detail on baby skin care from Royal Women's Hospital...

    • Babies and toddlers (0-3) - Babies and toddlers basics,
    • Babies and toddlers (0-3) - Care and wellbeing,
    • Babies and toddlers (0-3) - Newborn babies
  4. Baby care - moving from cot to bed

    07 Sep 2020

    Some children are unsettled the first few nights in a 'big bed'. Try to be patient, loving and reassuring...

  5. Baby care - weaning

    20 Feb 2019

    Be guided by your baby and let them set the pace when weaning and introducing solid foods...

  6. Baby due date

    06 Jun 2017

    Pregnancy is calculated from the first day of your last period, not from the date of conception...

  7. Baby furniture - safety tips

    16 Oct 2017

    Even if your baby furniture meets every safety standard and recommendation, your child still needs close supervision...

  8. Back pain

    20 Dec 2019 Back pain

    Back pain is common. Some people will develop back pain that is persistent (lasts more than three months). There are many things that you can do to live well with back pain...

  9. Back pain in children

    20 Feb 2019

    Children with back pain may grow into adults with chronic bad backs, so it is important to encourage sensible back care...

  10. Back pain – disc problems

    18 Mar 2020

    Most disc problems resolve without specific treatment...

  11. Bacteraemia, see

  12. Bacterial and viral infections

    08 Nov 2018

    Many bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, but they are useless against viral infections...

  13. Bacterial vaginosis

    11 Nov 2020

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is caused by an imbalance of the bacteria normally present in the vagina...

  14. Bad breath, see

  15. Bad breath

    09 Mar 2018

    Having halitosis or bad breath can have a major impact on a person...

  16. Bairnsdale ulcer, see

  17. Baker's cyst

    03 Aug 2018

    Baker's cysts of the knee don't always require active treatment and sometimes will only require observation by the treating doctor...

  18. Balancing energy in and energy out

    27 Apr 2018

    A kilojoule is a unit of measure of energy, in the same way that kilometres measure distance...

  19. Bamboo shoots

    20 Dec 2019 Bamboo shoots

    Crunchy bamboo shoots are a favourite ingredient in many Asian cuisines. They are high in fibre and contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. Bamboo shoots are available fresh from Asian food...

  20. Banana

    11 Dec 2015 Banana

    Yellow, sweet bananas can be eaten raw, blitzed in a food processor for smoothies or baked in cakes and tarts. Bananas contain vitamins C, B6 and folate, and dietary fibre. In Victoria, bananas are at...

  21. Barium tests

    06 May 2019

    Barium tests are used to examine conditions of the digestive tract such as reflux, narrowing or ulceration...

  22. Barmah Forest virus disease

    25 Nov 2020

    Barmah Forest virus (BFV) disease can cause joint inflammation and pain, fatigue and a rash of variable appearance. A full recovery can be expected. Most people recover completely within six months...

  23. Barrett's oesophagus

    27 Aug 2019

    Symptoms of Barrett's oesophagus are similar to regular heartburn, which means many people don't seek treatment until their condition is quite advanced...

  24. Basil

    23 Feb 2016 Basil

    Aromatic basil is a versatile herb that can be scattered fresh on salads, tossed on top of a simple tart or made into a pesto sauce. It is a good source of vitamins A and K and magnesium and contains...

  25. Basketball - health benefits

    09 Aug 2016

    Basketball is a sport enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities...

  26. Basketball - preventing injury

    03 Aug 2016

    Basketball is a fast game with frequent and aggressive body contacts - injuries can and do occur...

  27. Be savvy with food this summer (slideshow)

    04 Apr 2019 Be savvy with food this summer (slideshow)

    How to keep food fresh and safe in warmer weather...

  28. Beaches and water quality

    07 Nov 2018

    Water quality of natural water sources, such as beaches and rivers, can vary greatly. Keeping a lookout for poor water quality (such as water that is discoloured, murky or smells unpleasant) will help...

  29. Beans

    23 Feb 2016 Beans

    Fresh beans are popular in many cuisines. They are a good source of dietary fibre, vitamins A and C and contain iron and folate. Some varieties of beans (such as kidney beans) are allowed to ripen so...

  30. Beat the Bite! Mosquito-borne disease risk and management (video) [video]

    Beat the Bite! Mosquito-borne disease risk and management (video)

    Dr Finn Romanes, public health doctor at Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services explains the department’s program to monitor and manage the risks associated with Mosquitoes. Learn about the...

    Duration: 2:00

    • Beat the Bite,
    • Infections,
    • Infections - Animal to human infections,
    • Infections - A-Z of infectious diseases,
    • Infections - Preventing infections,
    • Topic,
    • Infections
  31. bedbug bite symptoms, see

  32. bedbug bite treatment, see

  33. bedbug characteristics, see

  34. bedbug hosts, see

  35. bedbug infestation causes, see

  36. bedbug infestation control, see

  37. Bedbugs

    19 Nov 2018

    Bedbugs have highly developed mouth parts that can pierce skin...

  38. bedbugs hiding spots, see

  39. Bedwetting

    09 Mar 2018

    Bedwetting is a problem for many children and punishing them for it will only add to their distress...

  40. Beetroot

    23 Feb 2016 Beetroot

    Beetroot, known for its intense, red colour, is a great source of vitamin C, dietary fibre and antioxidants. Grate and use raw in salads, or roast, boil and steam and serve as a nutritious side dish...

  41. Behaviour therapies for children

    09 Mar 2018

    Early childhood interventions help babies and young children with developmental delays or disabilities...

  42. Behavioural disorders in children

    13 Nov 2018

    Untreated behavioural disorders in children may mean they grow up to be dysfunctional adults...

  43. Behaviours of concern and communication in children with disabilities

    There are services that can help parents and carers understand the cause of the behaviour and ways to help your child develop other ways to communicate their needs...

  44. Bell's palsy

    09 Mar 2018

    The majority of people with Bell's palsy, around 90 per cent, will recover completely with time...

  45. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

    28 May 2019

    Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a condition characterised by episodes of sudden and severe vertigo...

  46. Benign prostate disease - transurethral resection of the prostate

    04 Apr 2019

    Surgery on the prostate gland can have many side effects, including erectile problems and urinary incontinence...

  47. Benzodiazepines

    26 Oct 2020

    Benzodiazepines (tranquillisers) are highly addictive and should only be used for certain conditions in a short-term or emergency situation...

  48. Bereavement Information and Referral Service

    30 Apr 2020

    The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement provides specialist bereavement services for individuals and families who need help after the death of someone close to them...

  49. Best care guidance for non-urgent elective surgery

    A handful of non-urgent elective surgical procedures have been found to have limited benefits, except in very specific circumstances. If you’re being considered for one of the procedures listed below...

  50. Better Start- early intervention funding

    30 Apr 2020

    The Better Start for Children with Disability initiative provides funding for early intervention services...

  51. beyondblue

    01 May 2020

    beyondblue is an organisation that provides a free online and telephone helpline for people with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues...

  52. Bicycle safety and children

    10 Jan 2018

    As they grow and develop, and with the help of adults, children become increasingly aware of how they can manage their own safety and become safer road and bicycle users...

  53. Binge eating disorder

    19 Nov 2019

    Binge eating disorder is a serious mental health condition. It affects people of all ages and from all backgrounds, and is the most common eating disorder in Australia. You can recover from binge...

  54. Biopsy

    09 Mar 2018

    Before a biopsy, you need to discuss a range of issues with your doctor or surgeon...

  55. Bipolar disorder

    16 Oct 2019

    Bipolar disorder is a type of psychosis, which means the person?s perception of reality is altered. It is characterised by extreme mood swings...

  56. Bird flu (avian influenza)

    26 Nov 2018

    The symptoms of bird flu in humans are similar to those of regular influenza...

  57. Birth control, family planning

    13 Jun 2019

    This page shows you where to find translated information about the different methods of contraception (how to prevent getting pregnant) available in Australia...

  58. Birth control, family planning, termination of pregnancy

    24 Sep 2019

    In Victoria, you can have two types of abortion: surgical and medication. Both types are safe and reliable. You can have a medication abortion up to nine weeks of pregnancy. You can have a surgical...

  59. Birth control, Family planning, the morning after pill, see

  60. Birth defects explained

    26 Apr 2020

    The cause of birth defects is often unknown, speak to your GP if you are at increased risk of having a baby with a congenital anomaly...

  61. Birthmarks

    01 Jun 2020

    In most cases, we do not know what causes birthmarks. Most are harmless, happen by chance and are not caused by anything the mother did wrong in pregnancy...

  62. Bisexuality

    27 Aug 2020

    Bisexuality is when a person finds men and women physically, sexually or emotionally attractive...

  63. Bites and stings – allergies

    22 Oct 2019

    Allergies to insect stings and bites range from milder allergic reactions to life-threatening, severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)...

  64. Bites and stings – first aid

    Bites and stings – first aid

    If you are bitten or stung by an insect or animal, apply first aid and seek medical treatment as soon as possible...

  65. Blackberry

    23 Feb 2016 Blackberry

    Blackberries are a type of berry that is delicious eaten raw or added to tarts and other desserts. The fruit contain vitamins A, C and K and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and copper...

  66. Bladder

    09 Mar 2018

    Your bladder is a hollow organ that stores urine from the kidneys...

  67. Bladder cancer

    05 Dec 2019

    Bladder cancer affects twice as many men as women...

  68. Bladder prolapse

    20 Jul 2020

    Bladder prolapse is when the bladder bulges into the vagina...

  69. Bleeding

    09 Mar 2018

    Bleeding may be minor or it may be a life-threatening medical emergency...

  70. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)

    30 Jan 2019

    Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, aims to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both...

  71. Blepharospasm

    09 Mar 2018

    Blepharospasm means involuntary twitching, blinking, closure or squeezing of the eyelids...

  72. Blisters

    01 Jun 2020

    A blister is one of the body's responses to injury or friction...

  73. Blocked tear duct

    26 Jul 2019

    Some babies are born with a blocked tear duct, but other events, including infection and trauma to the nose, can cause a blocked tear duct...

  74. Blood and pathology tests

    09 Mar 2018

    Blood and pathology tests leave many people squeamish, but they’re an important part of detecting, diagnosing and treating disease. In fact, if you’re sick, many decisions about your care...

  75. Blood count

    28 Mar 2019

    The full blood count (FBC) test looks for abnormalities in the blood, such as unusually high or low numbers of blood cells...

  76. Blood donation

    14 Jun 2019

    Donated blood is used to help people who are sick or injured, or for medical research...

  77. blood donation types, see

  78. Blood groups

    14 Jun 2019

    A person's blood group is determined by a pair of genes, one each inherited from their mother and father...

  79. blood plasma products, see

  80. Blood poisoning, see

  81. Blood pressure

    22 Sep 2020 Blood pressure

    Healthy eating and lifestyle changes can help to manage high blood pressure...

  82. Blood pressure (high) - hypertension

    21 May 2020

    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can increase your risk of heart attack, kidney failure and stroke...

  83. Blood pressure (low) - hypotension

    09 Mar 2018

    Low blood pressure is only a problem if it has a negative impact on the body...

  84. Blood pressure - keep your blood pressure down (video) [video]

    04 Jul 2017 Blood pressure - keep your blood pressure down (video)

    Heart Foundation of Australia warns of the risk of high blood pressure and tells you what you can do to keep your blood pressure down...

    Duration: 0:56

    • Blood and blood vessels,
    • Blood and blood vessels - Blood pressure,
    • Heart,
    • Heart - Know your risk for heart disease,
    • Blood and blood vessels,
    • Heart
  85. Blood transfusion

    08 Jul 2019

    Donated blood is screened for blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis, syphilis and HIV...

  86. Blueberry

    11 Dec 2018 Blueberry

    Indigo-coloured blueberries can be eaten raw, tossed in savoury salads, added to desserts or made into salad dressings. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins C and K and dietary fibre. In Victoria...

  87. Blushing and flushing

    08 Jul 2020

    Severe blushing can make it difficult for the person to feel comfortable in social or professional situations...

  88. Body contouring surgery

    Body contouring is surgery to remove sagging skin and extra fat, and improve the shape and tone of underlying tissue...

  89. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)

    08 Jan 2019

    People with body dysmorphic disorder constantly worry about the way they look...

  90. Body image - men

    14 Nov 2019

    Your body image is how you think and feel about your body. Body image involves your thoughts, perceptions, imagination and emotions. It may have little to do with your actual appearance. Although body...

  91. Body image - women

    22 Jul 2020

    The urge to diet or use other dangerous weight loss methods is almost always prompted by feeling unhappy with body shape or size...

  92. Body image and diets

    08 Nov 2019

    Some people diet because they have a poor body image, not because they want to be a healthy weight...

  93. Body image and young people - staying positive (video) [video]

    Body image and young people - staying positive (video)

    The pressure on young girls and boys to be physically perfect is creating an epidemic of children and teenagers with low self-esteem and negative body image. Reporter Flip Shelton introduces us to the...

    Duration: 5:16

    • Healthy Mind,
    • Healthy Mind - Identity and relationships,
    • Children (4-12) - Identity and relationships,
    • Young people (13-19) - Identity and relationships,
    • Parents - Communication, identity and behaviour
  94. Body image – tips for parents

    10 Aug 2020

    Give your child opportunities to appreciate their body for what it can do, rather than what it looks like...

  95. Body lice

    19 Nov 2018

    Body lice can spread from one person to another when the environmental conditions are crowded and unhygienic...

  96. Body mass index (BMI)

    26 Apr 2020 Body mass index (BMI)

    Body mass index or BMI is an approximate measure of your total body fat...

  97. Boils

    09 Mar 2018

    Some areas of the body are more susceptible to boils, including the face, throat, armpits, groin and buttocks...

  98. Bok choy

    20 Dec 2019 Bok choy

    Bok choy is a leafy Asian green that is delicious stir-fried with garlic, ginger and chilli. It contains vitamins A, C and K and it is a good source of dietary fibre. In Victoria, bok choy is at its...

  99. Bolton Clarke healthcare service

    01 May 2020

    The Bolton Clarke healthcare service provides nursing care for people living at home along with residential and healthcare support...

  100. Bone cancer

    25 Jun 2020

    Bone cancer is a rare form of cancer that is treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormone therapy...

  101. Bone density testing

    06 Aug 2018

    Most procedures that measure bone density are quick and pain-free...

  102. Bone fractures

    09 Mar 2018

    Common sites for bone fractures include the wrist, ankle and hip...

  103. Bone marrow

    29 Oct 2018

    Bone marrow is the spongy tissue in the hollow centres of a person?s long bones and is the blood cell 'factory'...

  104. Bones

    06 Aug 2018

    The adult skeleton is made up of 206 bones, which provide the structure for our bodies...

  105. Borderline personality disorder

    16 Oct 2019

    People with borderline personality disorder may exhibit extreme behaviour, such as repeated self-mutilation or taking overdoses of medication...

  106. Botox®,anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers

    23 Jul 2019 Botox®,anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers

    Cosmetic injections into the skin can be used to reduce wrinkles...

  107. Bottle feeding - nutrition and safety

    26 Sep 2018

    Breastmilk or commercial infant formula is necessary for all babies less than 12 months...

  108. Botulism

    09 Mar 2018

    Botulism is considered a medical emergency. If untreated, it may cause death...

  109. Bowel cancer

    Bowel cancer

    Bowel cancer is highly curable if found at an early stage...

  110. Bowel cancer screening

    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...

  111. Bowel motions

    27 Dec 2019

    Many illnesses and events can affect the colour and texture of faeces...

  112. Bowen therapy

    09 Sep 2020

    Bowen is a holistic remedial body technique that works on the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body. Bowen therapy can be used to treat musculoskeletal or related neurological problems including...

  113. Bowen's disease

    11 Jun 2020

    Bowen's disease produces persistent red scaly patches on the skin that are neither sore nor itchy...

  114. Brachioplasty (arm lift surgery)

    30 Jan 2019

    An 'arm lift' is surgery to reshape or reconstruct the underside of the upper arm from the armpit to the elbow...

  115. Braille

    09 Mar 2018

    Braille is a reading and writing system for blind and vision impaired people, made up of raised dots that can be ?read? by touch...

  116. Brain

    09 Mar 2018

    Messages relay between the brain and the motor and sensory nerves of the body in a constant 'conversation'...

  117. Brain death

    09 Mar 2018

    Brain death differs from other states of unconsciousness in important ways...

  118. Brain injury and sexual issues

    09 Mar 2018

    A brain injury can change the way a person experiences and expresses their sexuality...

  119. Brain surgery

    01 Feb 2019

    Brain surgery is performed for a number of reasons, including alterations in brain tissue, brain blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid...

  120. Brain tumours - cancer

    16 Jul 2019

    Brain cancer symptoms and treatment depend on which part of the brain is affected...

  121. Brain tumours - gliomas

    09 Mar 2018

    Gliomas are brain tumours associated with the three types of glial cell in the brain...

  122. Breakfast

    12 Mar 2020

    Children who skip breakfast may lack sufficient vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B2...

  123. Breast augmentation surgery (breast implants)

    11 Dec 2019

    Breast implants are inserted under the skin to create larger breasts...

  124. Breast awareness

    07 Aug 2019

    Women should become familiar with the normal look, feel and shape of their breasts, so they will notice any abnormal changes...

  125. Breast cancer

    30 Jul 2020

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women...

  126. Breast Cancer - Early Diagnosis (video) [video]

    25 Jun 2018 Breast Cancer - Early Diagnosis (video)

    Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be overwhelming. Women, their partners and families need support to cope with the emotional impact of the illness on their daily lives. In this video clip...

    Duration: 5:19

    • Cancer - A-Z of cancer conditions,
    • Cancer - Cancer explained,
    • Cancer - Cancer risk factors,
    • Cancer - Cancer treatments,
    • Cancer - Living with cancer,
    • Cancer - Cancer screening and early detection,
    • Video
  127. Breast cancer and oestrogen

    16 Jul 2019

    There are different types of breast cancer, and around 70 per cent are sensitive to the female sex hormone oestrogen...

  128. Breast conditions other than breast cancer

    09 Mar 2018

    The vast majority of breast changes are not breast cancer, but you should always see your doctor if you notice changes in your breasts...

  129. Breast implants and mammograms

    23 Jul 2018

    Most women who have breast implants will be able to have regular screening mammograms...

  130. Breast reconstruction and mastectomy

    30 Jul 2020

    Some women choose to have breast reconstruction surgery to give a similar appearance to the look of their original breast in normal clothes...

  131. Breast reduction for men

    30 Jan 2019

    Breast reduction for men is surgery to correct overdeveloped or enlarged breasts...

  132. Breast reduction for women

    11 Dec 2019

    Breast reduction surgery removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body...

  133. Breast Screen Victoria

    01 May 2020

    BreastScreen Australia provides free mammograms and follow-up tests where necessary...

  134. Breast screening

    23 Jul 2018

    A breast x-ray or mammogram every two years is recommended for women aged 50 to 69...

  135. Breastfeeding

    04 Aug 2020

    Breastfeeding positioning and attachment come naturally to some babies and mothers, but many need time and practice to get it right...

  136. Breastfeeding - dealing with mastitis

    29 Aug 2019

    Mastitis affects some breastfeeding women and may be caused by blocked milk ducts or a bacterial infection...

  137. Breastfeeding - dealing with nipple problems

    12 Apr 2016

    Your nipples may be sensitive in the first few days after birth, but nipple pain is not a normal part of breastfeeding...

  138. Breastfeeding - deciding when to stop

    12 Apr 2016

    It is up to you and your baby to decide when breastfeeding should stop...

  139. Breastfeeding - expressing breastmilk

    16 Dec 2016

    Expressing breast milk by hand is a cheap and convenient method...

  140. Breastfeeding - the first days

    12 Apr 2016

    Let your baby feed as much as they want in the first few days to help establish good breastfeeding patterns...

  141. Breastfeeding - when to start

    12 Apr 2016

    Breastfeeding within the first hour after birth allows your baby to behave instinctively and breastfeed with little intervention...

  142. Breastfeeding and travel

    19 Nov 2018

    Breastmilk protects your baby from illness and infection, so it is the safest drink for your baby while travelling...

  143. Breastfeeding and work

    19 Sep 2016

    You can successfully combine breastfeeding with work if you have support from your employer, colleagues and family...

  144. Breastfeeding and your diet

    16 Dec 2016

    Breastfeeding women need to eat regularly and include a wide variety of healthy foods in their diet...

  145. Breastfeeding Helpline - 1800 mum2mum

    01 May 2020

    The Breastfeeding Helpline is a confidential telephone service that offers information and advice about breastfeeding your baby...

  146. Breathing problems and exercise

    15 Aug 2016

    A little physical activity and some breathing exercises can help people with lung disease...

  147. Breathing to reduce stress

    20 Sep 2017

    Many people use controlled breathing to help promote relaxation and reduce the effects of stress...

  148. Broad beans

    20 Dec 2019 Broad beans

    Broad beans are an excellent source of protein and are rich in fibre and vitamin A. In Victoria, they are in season between June and November. When fresh broad beans are not available, canned or dried...

  149. Broccoli

    22 Oct 2015 Broccoli

    The bright green florets of broccoli are highly nutritious and a great source of dietary fibre and vitamin C. Gently cook broccoli by steaming or stir-frying to enjoy the great flavour of this...

  150. Broken bones, see

  151. Bronchiolitis

    09 Mar 2018

    Bronchiolitis is a common chest infection in babies under six months of age...

  152. Brow lift

    30 Jan 2019

    A brow lift is cosmetic surgery to correct a sagging forehead and repair frown lines...

  153. Brussels sprouts

    20 Dec 2019 Brussels sprouts

    Brussels sprouts are highly nutritious vegetables that look like miniature cabbages. They contain vitamins and minerals and are a great source of dietary fibre. In Victoria, they are at their peak...

  154. Bulimia nervosa

    18 Nov 2019

    Understanding the warning signs of bulimia nervosa and seeking help as soon as possible will help your recovery...

  155. Bullying

    19 Jan 2017

    Parents can help with bullying by supporting their child and involving the authorities to find solutions...

  156. Burns and scalds

    11 Jun 2020

    Immediate first aid for all burns is to hold the burn under cool running water for at least 20 minutes...

  157. Burns and scalds - children

    24 Nov 2019

    Most hot tap water scald injuries to children happen in the bathroom...

  158. Bursitis

    21 Aug 2019

    Bursitis is often caused by overuse and the inflammation will continue unless the particular activity or movement is stopped...

  159. Buruli ulcer

    24 Feb 2021

    Since the ulcer gets bigger with time, early diagnosis and prompt treatment of Bairnsdale disease can keep skin loss to a minimum...

  160. Bush Support Services

    28 Feb 2019

    Bush Support Services (as part of CRANAplus) provides mental health services for remote health workers and their families...

  161. Bushfire aftermath - safety tips

    16 Jan 2020

    Houses, sheds and other buildings or structures burnt in a bushfire can leave potential health hazards...

  162. Bushfire preparation advice

    26 Apr 2020 Bushfire preparation advice

    Being prepared for a bushfire helps you cope better in an emergency...

  163. Bushfires and your private drinking water supply

    10 Jan 2020

    Debris, smoke, ash and dead animals from a bushfire can contaminate water tanks...