Showing 1-319 of 319 results

  1. Cabbage

    24 Oct 2015 Cabbage

    Crunchy cabbage is nutrient rich and a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, fibre and folate. Cabbage comes in many shapes and in a variety of colours including green, white and red. In Victoria...

  2. Cadmium

    27 Apr 2016

    Low-level exposure to cadmium over a long period of time may cause health effects because cadmium can accumulate in the body...

  3. Caesarean section

    30 Jul 2018

    A caesarean section is usually performed when it is safer for the mother or the baby than a vaginal birth...

  4. Caffeine

    04 Mar 2019

    Caffeine is a stimulant that acts on the brain and nervous system...

  5. Caitlin and Liam's story (video) [video]

    20 Apr 2016 Caitlin and Liam's story (video)

    Find out how important you and your child's immunisation is to the most vulnerable members in our community...

    Duration: 1:53

    Tags:
    • Communicable diseases,
    • Immunisation,
    • Immunisation - A-Z of immunisations and vaccines,
    • Immunisation - Special risk groups,
    • Immunisation - Common concerns
  6. Calcium

    27 Apr 2016

    If you don't have enough calcium in your diet, your bones will eventually become weak and brittle...

  7. Calling an ambulance

    05 Sep 2018

    In a medical emergency, call triple zero (000) for assistance...

  8. Calling triple zero (000)

    17 Jul 2018

    Call triple zero (000) in an emergency for ambulance, fire or police services...

  9. Calories and kilojoules

    27 Apr 2018

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

  10. Calories and kilojoules

    09 May 2018

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

  11. Campylobacteriosis

    23 Oct 2018

    Campylobacteriosis is a type of gastroenteritis and is more common in children under five years of age and young adults...

  12. Cancer - bladder

    16 Jul 2019

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

  13. Cancer - bowel

    Cancer - bowel

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

  14. Cancer - brain tumours

    16 Jul 2019

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

  15. Cancer - breast

    16 Oct 2018

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

  16. Cancer - exercise to help you cope

    09 Mar 2018

    People with cancer should be as physically active as their abilities and condition allow...

  17. Cancer - fallopian tubes

    09 Mar 2018

    Fallopian tube cancer is one of the rarest gynaecological cancers...

  18. Cancer - gliomas

    09 Mar 2018

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

  19. Cancer - kidney

    16 Jul 2019

    Most kidney cancers are found when the doctor is checking for something else...

  20. cancer - leukaemia

    16 Jul 2019

    Most children and many adults with acute leukaemia can expect to be cured, while chronic leukaemia can be successfully managed...

  21. Cancer - liver

    16 Jul 2019

    Liver cancer can be a primary cancer that starts in the liver, or a secondary cancer that starts in another part of the body and spreads to the liver...

  22. Cancer - lung

    16 Jul 2019

    Lung cancer occurs most often in adults between the ages of 40 and 70 who have smoked cigarettes for at least 20 years...

  23. Cancer - lymphoma

    16 Jul 2019

    Lymphoma is a general term for a cancer that begins in the lymphatic system...

  24. Cancer - melanoma

    09 Mar 2018

    If untreated, melanomas can spread to other parts of the body and may be fatal...

  25. Cancer - mouth

    28 Jun 2019

    Smoking increases the risk of mouth cancer six-fold...

  26. Cancer - pancreas

    17 Jul 2019

    The causes of pancreatic cancer are unknown, but smokers are at greater risk...

  27. Cancer - rectum

    16 Jul 2019

    If treated in its earliest stages, rectal cancer is highly curable...

  28. cancer - stomach

    28 Jun 2018

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

  29. Cancer - testicle

    09 Mar 2018

    Early diagnosis and treatment can cure almost all cases of testicular cancer...

  30. Cancer - throat

    16 Jul 2019

    Risk factors for throat cancer include smoking and heavy alcohol consumption...

  31. Cancer - thyroid

    09 Mar 2018

    Anyone can develop thyroid cancer, regardless of age or gender...

  32. Cancer - uterus

    09 Mar 2018

    Uterine cancer is one of the most common gynaecological cancers...

  33. Cancer - vagina

    11 May 2018

    Some vaginal cancers have no symptoms in their early stages, and only cause symptoms once they have invaded other parts of the body...

  34. Cancer - vulvar

    11 May 2018

    In its early stages, vulvar cancer often has no symptoms because the cancer is so tiny...

  35. Cancer and asbestos

    19 Jun 2019

    Long-term exposure to asbestos is a cause of lung cancer and other serious illnesses...

  36. Cancer and food

    08 Jan 2019

    Diet can influence your risk of developing some cancers, but there is no evidence that specific foods can cause or cure cancer...

  37. Cancer and heredity

    02 Jun 2019

    Latest research suggests that most cancers are caused by environmental rather than genetic factors...

  38. Cancer and malnutrition

    09 Mar 2018

    It is important for the health of people with cancer to eat well before, during and after cancer treatment...

  39. Cancer Council Victoria

    09 Dec 2016

    Cancer Council Victoria aims to reduce the impact of all cancers for all Victorians...

  40. Cancer explained

    22 Aug 2018

    There are about 200 different types of cancer and most areas of the body can be affected...

  41. Cancer in children

    16 Jul 2019

    In children, the genetic changes that cause cancer are not due to lifestyle but are more likely to be random and difficult to predict...

  42. Cancer of the womb, see

  43. Cancer pain management

    02 May 2018

    A person with cancer who obtains pain relief is likely to sleep better and have more energy during the day...

  44. Cancer screening

    16 Jul 2019

    The aim of cancer screening is to find cancer in its early stages...

  45. Cancer treatments - chemotherapy

    09 Mar 2018

    Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells...

  46. Cancer treatments - radiotherapy

    30 Dec 2018

    Radiotherapy uses precisely targeted x-rays to destroy cancer cells while reducing the impact of radiation on healthy cells...

  47. Candida auris (C. auris)

    07 Aug 2018

    Candida is a genus of fungi (yeasts) that live on the skin and inside the human body. Candida auris (also called C. auris) is an uncommon fungus that can cause serious infections...

  48. Cannabis (marijuana)

    16 Apr 2018

    Cannabis has many harmful effects on health...

  49. Canoeing and kayaking - health benefits

    09 Aug 2016

    Canoeing and kayaking can be done as a hobby, a competitive sport or as a fun activity on holidays...

  50. Canoeing and kayaking - preventing injury

    09 Sep 2016

    Careful preparation and the right equipment can help prevent canoeing and kayaking injuries...

  51. Capsicum

    24 Oct 2015 Capsicum

    Capsicums, available in a multitude of colours, are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. This versatile vegetable can be stuffed, roasted, used in stir-fries or simply eaten raw. In Victoria...

  52. Carambola

    22 Oct 2015 Carambola

    Carambola can be eaten raw in salads, made into a refreshing drink or cooked as a vegetable. It is a good source of vitamin C and contains vitamin B5 and dietary fibre. In Victoria, carambola has two...

  53. Carbohydrates and the glycaemic index

    09 Aug 2018

    The glycaemic index (GI) can be a useful tool to control blood sugar levels...

  54. Carbohydrates and weight loss

    18 Apr 2019

    Carbohydrates are essential for a healthy body, so beware of very low-carbohydrate diets...

  55. Cardiac surgery and mycobacteria - infection risk

    09 Nov 2018

    Mycobacterium chimaera is a type of bacterium known as a non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM). There is a risk that heater cooler units (HCUs) used in cardiac (heart) surgery may be contaminated with...

  56. Cardiologist

    14 Feb 2018

    A cardiologist is a medical specialist who can diagnose and treat diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels...

  57. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

    19 Nov 2018

    CPR is a life-saving skill that everyone should learn from an accredited organisation...

  58. Career management

    12 Oct 2015

    Some people are unable to effectively manage their careers because previous choices have left them few options...

  59. Carer Advisory Service (Carers Australia)

    05 Jul 2016

    Carer Advisory Service provides information and advice to carers...

  60. Carer rights and recognition

    23 Jan 2019

    Respect, consideration, recognition and support are some of the principles that guide how government departments, local councils and government-funded services work with carers and people who are...

  61. Carer role

    14 Jan 2016

    More than 700,000 Victorians are a personal carer for a family member or friend who is older with care needs, has a disability or has a mental health or other chronic health condition...

  62. Carer services and support

    26 Mar 2019

    As circumstances change it is important to continually assess what services and home assistance will be most helpful...

  63. Carers

    08 Nov 2018

    The term ‘carer’ can refer to paid and unpaid, professional and ‘lay’ carers...

  64. carers allowance and income support, see

  65. Carers financial support

    27 Nov 2017

    The Australian and Victorian Governments offer a number of carer support services to people who provide care to someone with a disability or mental illness, with a medical condition, after an illness...

  66. Carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

    08 Nov 2018

    Care in culturally and linguistically diverse communities may be supported by extended family networks...

  67. Carers support services

    22 Jun 2017

    Look after your emotional needs so you can continue your care role, be healthy and well and enjoy life as much as possible...

  68. Carers Victoria

    08 May 2017

    Carers Victoria provides information and advice to carers and their families about carer supports and services...

  69. Carers – changing circumstances

    14 Jan 2016

    There will be times during your care role when you will need to adjust your role as the circumstances of both you and the person you care for change...

  70. Carers – getting emergency or crisis support

    29 May 2019

    An emergency care plan is a set of instructions about caring for someone in the event that you are not able to...

  71. Carers – looking after yourself

    28 Feb 2017 Carers – looking after yourself

    If you are a carer, for example of a person with a disability or mental illness, or recovering from an accident or illness or an older person with care needs, you need to look after yourself or the...

  72. Caring for someone with mental illness

    28 Feb 2019

    Being a carer for someone with a mental illness can be emotionally and physically demanding, but it can also be a rewarding experience...

  73. Caring stages

    08 Nov 2018 Caring stages

    Carer roles can change, for example, from part-time to full-time care and back as a person’s care needs change...

  74. Carpal tunnel syndrome

    09 Aug 2018

    Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by repetitive hand movements, pregnancy and arthritis...

  75. Carrots

    24 Oct 2015 Carrots

    Carrots have been grown for thousands of years. This common, long and tapered vegetable is an excellent source of beta-carotene and other vitamins and minerals. In Victoria carrots are at their peak...

  76. Cataracts

    09 Mar 2018

    A cataract of the eye is like the lens of a camera becoming fogged up...

  77. Cauliflower

    24 Oct 2015 Cauliflower

    The most common cauliflowers available in Australia have a creamy, white head surrounded by green leaves. This cruciferous vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin C and contains plenty of dietary...

  78. Celebrations - Christmas Day the healthy way (video) [video]

    Celebrations - Christmas Day the healthy way (video)

    Victorian State Public Health Nutritionist, Veronica Graham shows us how to cook a light and healthy Christmas meal without overindulging. Whatever way you celebrate, there are ways to eat healthily...

    Duration: 15:36

    Tags:
    • Video library,
    • Healthy eating,
    • Healthy Eating - Planning, shopping and cooking,
    • Travel and holidays,
    • Travel and holidays - Festivities and celebrations,
    • Festive,
    • Summer 2015,
    • Better Summer Guide week 2
  79. Celebrations - healthy birthday parties (video) [video]

    Celebrations - healthy birthday parties (video)

    Birthday parties can be healthy as well as fun. Flip Shelton reports on some great ideas for healthy and tasty treats for your child’s next birthday...

    Duration: 3:59

    Tags:
    • Video library,
    • Healthy eating,
    • Healthy Eating - Planning, shopping and cooking,
    • Recipe,
    • Travel and holidays,
    • Travel and holidays - Festivities and celebrations
  80. Celeriac

    22 Oct 2015 Celeriac

    With its knobbly, light-brown skin, celeriac looks unusual. But it is a versatile vegetable with high nutritional value (a good source of fibre and essential minerals). It tastes a bit like celery and...

  81. Celery

    24 Oct 2015 Celery

    The long, pale green stalks of celery are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Celery adds crunch to salads and it is a quick and easy snack when stuffed with cheese and fresh herbs. In Victoria...

  82. Cellulitis

    16 Apr 2018

    Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin that occurs most commonly on the lower legs and in areas where the skin is damaged or inflamed...

  83. Central auditory processing disorder, see

  84. Central nervous system birth defects

    26 Jun 2019

    Folic acid taken before conception, and during at least the first four weeks of pregnancy, can prevent around seven out of 10 cases of neural tube defects...

  85. Cereals and wholegrain foods

    14 Jan 2019

    Common cereal foods include bread, breakfast cereals and pasta...

  86. Cerebral palsy

    22 Aug 2018

    Cerebral palsy affects people in different ways some people experience minor motor skill problems, while others may be totally physically dependent...

  87. Cervical cancer

    18 Jul 2019

    All women aged between 25 and 74 are advised to have Cervical Screening Tests every 5 years, new tests help identify HPV or cervical cancer...

  88. Cervical screening tests

    16 Aug 2018

    The cervical screening test protects up to 30 per cent more women than the Pap test...

  89. Changing needs and aged care

    15 Mar 2019

    There is a wide range of aged care services available to help meet the health and care needs of older people, including home support services, residential care and services for people leaving hospital...

  90. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT)

    11 Jul 2019

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is the most common inherited disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system...

  91. Charles Bonnet syndrome

    09 Mar 2018

    Many people who suffer from Charles Bonnet syndrome do not consult their doctor out of fear and embarrassment, as hallucinations are associated with mental illness...

  92. Check-ups and health checks

    29 Jan 2018

    Regular health checks can help you identify any early signs of health issues...

  93. Chemicals and spray drift

    15 Aug 2016

    Sprayed chemicals can drift over neighbouring properties or water sources, and can affect human health, animals or the environment...

  94. Chemicals in the home

    11 Feb 2019

    Learn how to safely store and dispose of household chemicals, and how to respond when a person is poisoned...

  95. Chervil

    22 Oct 2015 Chervil

    Chervil can be used to add flavour to soups, casseroles, salads, sauces, eggs and fish. It also combines well with other herbs such as basil, chives and tarragon. It contains vitamins A and C...

  96. Chest infections

    09 Mar 2018

    A chest infection affects your lungs, either in the larger airways (bronchitis) or in the smaller air sacs (pneumonia)...

  97. Chest pain

    31 Jul 2018

    If in doubt about the cause of your chest pain, call an ambulance...

  98. Chickenpox

    09 Apr 2019

    Chickenpox is highly contagious, but it is generally mild and gets better without the need for special treatment...

  99. Chickenpox – immunisation

    16 Apr 2018

    Immunisation against chickenpox can protect your child from getting chickenpox and from the possible serious complications of chickenpox...

  100. Chief Psychiatrist talks about major trauma

    26 Jun 2017

    The Chief Psychiatrist provides clinical leadership and promotes improvement in the quality and safety of mental health services...

  101. Chilblains

    09 Mar 2018

    The symptoms of chilblains are made worse with sudden temperature changes...

  102. Child abuse - reporting procedures

    28 Feb 2019

    Any person who believes, on reasonable grounds, that a child needs protection can notify Child Protection...

  103. Child abuse – what to look for

    28 Feb 2019

    Too many children are physically, sexually and emotionally abused and when this happens, it is up to adults to speak up...

  104. Child and adolescent mental health services - CAMHS

    10 Nov 2017

    CAMHS provide services for children and adolescents experiencing mental health problems...

  105. Child care – management of asthma

    30 May 2018

    If your child has asthma, the childcare centre or school should have relevant action plans and staff trained to deal with asthma emergencies...

  106. Child development (1) - newborn to three months

    11 Nov 2018

    Infants in the first eight weeks have no control over their movements and all their physical activity is involuntary or reflex...

  107. Child development (2) - three to six months

    09 May 2017

    Young babies still have a notion that the whole of life is happening inside themselves, and they are 'making it all happen'...

  108. Child development (3) - six to nine months

    20 Apr 2017

    Fun activities, such as shaking or banging objects, helps a baby understand they have an effect on the world...

  109. Child development (4) - nine to 12 months

    06 Nov 2015

    At nine months your baby is moving around by crawling or pulling along with their arms. Safety is very important now. Your baby is also 'talking' with recognisable sounds and may even say simple words...

  110. Child development (5) - one to two years

    20 Apr 2017

    Between the age of one and two, your toddler understands they are a completely separate person from you...

  111. Child development (6) - two to three years

    20 Apr 2017

    Parents can be tricked into thinking our toddlers are more grown up than they really are...

  112. Child development (7) - three to four years

    21 Feb 2018

    Your child is starting to understand social skills like sharing and being kind, but they can only practise these skills for a short time while feeling safe and happy...

  113. Child FIRST

    16 Jun 2017

    Child FIRST (Child and Family Information Referral and Support Team) provides support and assistance to vulnerable children, young people and their families where there are concerns about their...

  114. Child Protection Service

    16 Apr 2018

    Child Protection provides child-centred, family-focused services to protect children from harm caused by abuse within the family...

  115. Child safety - road safety

    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 users...

  116. Child safety and animals

    11 Nov 2016

    Children should always be closely supervised near animals and taught how to behave safely around pets...

  117. Child safety and injury prevention

    25 Jun 2019

    By making a few practical changes to your home, you can dramatically reduce the risk of injury to your child...

  118. Child safety and scooters

    11 Nov 2016

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

  119. Child safety in the car

    25 Jun 2019

    Taking care to restrain children correctly while travelling in a car is the best way to prevent injuries...

  120. Child safety – at home

    11 Oct 2017

    The best way to reduce the risk of injury to children is to remove a potentially dangerous item or add a safety product...

  121. Child safety – bicycle safety

    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...

  122. Child safety – hot weather

    Child safety – hot weather

    Babies and children can quickly lose body fluids in hot weather, which can lead to dehydration...

  123. Child safety – playground equipment

    08 Jul 2019

    Play environments can be safe and beneficial for your child. With proper planning, you can make sure your child gets plenty of playtime activity...

  124. Child safety – poisoning

    21 Mar 2019

    Call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 immediately if you suspect your child has been poisoned or given the wrong medicine or the wrong dose of medicine...

  125. Childbirth - pain relief options

    20 Feb 2018

    Understanding your pain relief options can help you cope better with the pain of childbirth...

  126. Childcare and healthy eating

    20 Apr 2018

    Childcare centres should provide healthy meals for your children...

  127. Childcare options and support

    22 Jun 2017

    Early childhood education and childcare options to choose from include preschool, education and care at a centre, family day care, occasional care, after-school care and private nannies...

  128. Childhood apraxia of speech

    11 Jun 2019

    Childhood apraxia of speech affects a person?s ability to organise the muscles used in speech...

  129. Childhood developmental delay and disability early intervention

    09 Mar 2018

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

  130. Childhood immunisation

    03 Jul 2019

    Being immunised from an early age helps protect your child against serious childhood infections...

  131. Children - acquired heart disorders

    19 Jun 2019

    Some children acquire a heart problem after an illness in childhood, and this is called an acquired heart defect...

  132. Children - burns and scalds

    08 Jul 2019

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

  133. Children - ear problems

    09 Mar 2018

    Babies and young children are more likely to develop middle ear infections because they are still building up their immunity...

  134. Children - eating tips for babies

    12 Jul 2017

    First foods for babies can be prepared easily and cheaply at home without salt, seasonings and sweeteners...

  135. Children - eating tips for preschoolers

    21 Feb 2018

    Children are able to decide how much food they need for activity and growth if allowed to eat according to their appetite...

  136. Children - Eating tips for school children

    01 Feb 2018

    Snacks are an important part of a healthy diet for active children, so offer nutritious as well as high energy snacks...

  137. Children - eating tips for young toddlers

    12 Jul 2017

    Children have a natural ability to sense when they are hungry and when they are full...

  138. Children - farm safety

    16 Nov 2016

    Children who live on farms are at greater risk of injury and death than their parents or other farm workers...

  139. Children - fear and anxiety

    09 Mar 2018

    You can help your child overcome anxiety by taking their fears seriously and encouraging them to talk about their feelings...

  140. Children - hearing problems

    19 Jun 2019

    The earlier that hearing loss is identified in children, the better for the child?s language, learning and overall development...

  141. Children - teeth development

    19 Oct 2018

    Teething symptoms are common in children and can be managed without medications...

  142. Children - water safety

    15 Jan 2019

    Toddlers are most at risk of drowning because they are mobile and curious but don't understand the danger of water...

  143. Children and asthma

    17 Apr 2019

    Understanding asthma triggers for your child can help to reduce the risk of an asthma attack...

  144. Children and back pain

    20 Feb 2019

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

  145. Children and families at risk due to living circumstances

    26 Feb 2018

    Certain children are at a higher risk of physical or emotional harm than others due to their living circumstances or home environment...

  146. Children and grief

    26 Nov 2018

    It can be difficult to talk to a child about death, but it is important to be honest with them...

  147. Children and health services

    03 Jul 2019

    There is a range of subsidised and free health services, including services for mental health and dental health, available for children in Victoria...

  148. Children and literacy

    20 Apr 2017

    Your child is literate if they know how to speak, read and write their language with confidence...

  149. Children and shyness

    20 Apr 2017

    If your child's shyness is especially debilitating, you may like to consider professional help from a counsellor or psychologist...

  150. Children and sibling rivalry

    10 Feb 2019

    Sibling rivalry is a common problem, particularly among children who are the same sex and close together in age...

  151. Children and vomiting

    09 Mar 2018

    Mild vomiting is normal in most babies and improves over time...

  152. Children of Parents with a Mental Illness

    09 Sep 2016

    COPMI helps to promote better outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness...

  153. Children – keeping them active

    12 Jul 2017 Children – keeping them active

    A young child is naturally active, so build upon their inclinations to use their body...

  154. Children's diet - fruit and vegetables

    20 Apr 2018

    If you eat and enjoy fruit and vegetables every day, your child may eventually follow your lead...

  155. Children's feet and shoes

    11 May 2018

    A child learning to walk receives important sensory information from the soles of their feet, and shoes can make walking more difficult...

  156. Children, young people and mental health services

    27 Feb 2019

    Growing up is not easy and at each stage of development, from pre-primary right through to the teen years, there are challenges that will test a child’s emotional and mental health...

  157. Chillies

    24 Oct 2015 Chillies

    Fiery chillies add another dimension to Mexican, Indian and Asian dishes. This popular vegetable is an excellent source of vitamin C and provides dietary fibre, folate and minerals. In Victoria...

  158. Chinese herbal medicine

    09 Mar 2018

    The principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine are very different from traditional Western notions about health, illness and the workings of the body...

  159. Chiropractic

    06 Jun 2019

    Chiropractic treatment can be clinically effective for many problems of the skeleton and muscles, such as back pain and headache...

  160. Chiropractor

    16 Jun 2017

    A chiropractor diagnoses, treats and prevents conditions of the spine and musculoskeletal system...

  161. Chives

    24 Oct 2015 Chives

    Chives will add an onion or garlic flavour to omelettes, salads, soups and sauces. They contain vitamins A and C, minerals such as potassium and manganese and dietary fibre. In Victoria, chives are at...

  162. Chlamydia

    07 Nov 2018

    Chlamydia is often called the 'silent infection' because most people do not realise they have it...

  163. Chocolate

    31 Jan 2019

    Chocolate is a high-fat food that can be consumed in moderation as part of a nutritious diet...

  164. Choking

    09 Mar 2018

    Don't slap a choking person on the back while they are upright - gravity may cause the object to slip further down their windpipe...

  165. Cholesterol

    09 Mar 2018

    Your body needs cholesterol, but it can make its own. You don't need cholesterol in your diet...

  166. Cholesterol - healthy eating tips

    Cholesterol - healthy eating tips

    Replacing foods that contain saturated fats with foods that contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats will help to lower your cholesterol...

  167. Choosing hospitals and specialist doctors

    01 Feb 2019 Choosing hospitals and specialist doctors

    If you need to go to hospital to see a specialist or surgeon, you have the right to choose both the hospital and the specialist you want...

  168. Choosing the right shoe

    09 Mar 2018

    The right footwear can help keep your feet healthy, make your physical activity easier and help keep your body safe from injury...

  169. Chorionic villus sampling

    04 Jul 2019

    Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a pregnancy test that checks the baby for some abnormalities...

  170. Christmas can be stressful

    13 Dec 2017 Christmas can be stressful

    The expense of gifts and food, the pressure of shopping, and the expectations of the season can make Christmas an extremely stressful time...

  171. Christmas catering (video) [video]

    Christmas catering (video)

    With more than half of all Victorians in full time or part time employment, workplaces that support healthy eating can significantly contribute to the improved health and wellbeing of their workforce...

    Duration: 1:50

    Tags:
    • Video library,
    • Healthy eating
  172. Christmas – tips to reduce the stress

    28 Nov 2018

    Christmas doesn't have to be a financial headache if you plan ahead...

  173. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

    09 Mar 2018

    Myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, can affect people of any age, including children...

  174. Chronic illness

    09 Apr 2018

    A chronic or long term illness means the person has to adjust to the demands of the illness and the therapy used to treat the condition...

  175. Chronic illness - coping at school

    22 May 2017

    Supporting a student with a chronic illness requires a 'whole school' approach...

  176. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

    19 Jul 2018

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the collective term for a number of lung diseases that prevent proper breathing...

  177. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - diagnosis (video) [video]

    04 Jul 2018 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - diagnosis (video)

    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

    Tags:
    • 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
  178. Chronic or degenerative conditions

    05 Oct 2018

    Find some of the more common degenerative conditions that lead to limited mobility or motor control...

  179. Circulatory system

    09 Mar 2018

    The heart, blood and blood vessels work together to service the cells of the body...

  180. Cirrhosis of the liver

    09 Mar 2018

    Cirrhosis is a type of liver damage where healthy cells are replaced by scar tissue...

  181. CJD blood donation, see

  182. Claustrophobia

    28 Jun 2019

    With appropriate treatment, it is possible to overcome claustrophobia or any other phobia...

  183. Cleaning up ash after a fire

    18 Jan 2018

    After a fire, many homes may be affected by ash residue from smoke. This ash can be harmful, particularly for children or people with heart or lung conditions. This factsheet has tips and advice for...

  184. Cleft palate and cleft lip

    29 Apr 2019

    Most cleft palates and cleft lips can be repaired so that appearance and speech develop normally...

  185. Climate change - what you can do

    10 Apr 2019

    There are many things you can do to tackle climate change and live a more sustainable lifestyle...

  186. Clinical geneticist

    15 Jun 2017

    A clinical geneticist provides gene testing and genetic counselling...

  187. Clinical residential rehabilitation services (community care units)

    25 Jan 2017

    Clinical residential rehabilitation services are for people with a serious mental illness...

  188. Clinical trials

    09 Mar 2018

    People who are deciding whether to enter a clinical trial must understand all the essential facts, benefits and risks...

  189. Cocaine

    23 Jun 2017

    Cocaine is a highly addictive illegal stimulant that has serious side effects...

  190. Cockroaches

    19 Nov 2018

    Cockroaches prefer to live in kitchens and other food preparation areas, so they can feed off food spills...

  191. Coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity

    08 Feb 2019

    Coeliac disease is an immune disease caused by gluten...

  192. Cognitive behaviour therapy

    09 Mar 2018

    Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) can help you change unhelpful or unhealthy habits of thinking, feeling and behaving...

  193. Cognitive disability and sexuality

    11 Apr 2019

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

  194. Cognitive, Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS)

    08 May 2017

    The CDAMS provides diagnosis and referrals to those experiencing memory loss and decreased cognition...

  195. Cold sores

    15 Aug 2018

    Cold sores are blisters around the mouth and nose, caused by the herpes simplex virus...

  196. Cold weather

    28 Jun 2019

    Even moderately cold weather increases the risk of illness and death. Check on your older neighbours, friends and relatives during spells of colder weather, especially those living alone or with a...

  197. Colds

    07 Nov 2018

    Cold viruses are spread by sneezing, coughing and hand contact...

  198. Colic

    22 May 2017

    Caring for a crying baby with colic can be stressful, so take some time out to calm down...

  199. Colin's story about his son John

    04 Jul 2017

    Five years ago, Colin's son, John (not his real name), suffered a brain injury in a high-speed motor vehicle crash. Colin shares his experience and tips to help other trauma patients and their...

  200. Collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis

    09 Mar 2018

    Collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis are types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)...

  201. Colleagues, employees and mental health in the workplace

    16 Feb 2016

    If you are concerned that a fellow worker has a mental health issue, communicate with them to see if you can help or speak to someone more senior who can provide assistance...

  202. Colonoscopy

    11 Nov 2018

    A colonoscopy can be used to look for cancer of the colon (bowel cancer) or colon polyps, which are growths on the lining of the colon...

  203. Colour blindness

    11 Jun 2019

    People who are colourblind can't see some colours or see them differently from other people. Colour blindness is inherited, and affects more boys than girls. Out of 20 boys, it is likely that one or...

  204. Coma

    09 Mar 2018

    A wide range of illnesses, conditions and events can cause coma...

  205. Communication and speech support

    30 Mar 2016

    There are many disability supports available for people with a sight, hearing, speech or other communication difficulty...

  206. Communication in hospital

    03 Jan 2019

    There is a range of support to help you communicate with your doctor and hospital to get the services you need, from interpreters to special food and emotional support...

  207. Communication: it’s your task to ask (video) [video]

    10 Mar 2016 Communication: it’s your task to ask (video)

    While staying in hospital communication is important...

    Duration: 1:27

    Tags:
    • Get well soon,
    • Personal stories,
    • Health and hospital services,
    • Video library
  208. Community care

    04 Apr 2017

    There is a range of community health services and supports available for people with disabilities and the elderly still living independently at home...

  209. Community health centres

    14 Feb 2018

    A community health centre is publicly funded and offers a range of health services to local residents...

  210. Community health centres

    16 Jun 2017

    Community health centres operate across Victoria and offer a range of community health services to local residents...

  211. Community services

    14 Jun 2016

    Community services offer information, advice, practical support, financial help or a combination of services...

  212. Complaints about family, child and relationship services

    10 Apr 2019

    Find advice for the circumstances under which you can complain, tips for making the complaint and to whom you can address your complaint...

  213. Complaints about health services

    03 Jan 2019

    The Health Complaints Commissioner can accept complaints about anyone who claims to provide a health service...

  214. Complementary medicines - tell your healthcare professionals

    13 May 2019

    Tell your healthcare professionals about all medicines you take, including complementary medicines...

  215. Complementary medicines - the risks of buying online

    28 Feb 2017

    Purchasing complementary medicines online can seem attractive. Countless sites on the Internet offer a range of treatments, usually at very cheap prices. However, using products bought from online...

  216. Complementary therapies

    28 Apr 2019

    Complementary therapies aim to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease...

  217. Complementary therapies - choosing a practitioner

    09 Mar 2018

    When choosing a complementary therapist, think about your goals and ask your medical doctor for a recommendation...

  218. Complementary therapies - safety and legal issues

    09 Mar 2018

    Complementary therapies are not always safer than conventional medical treatments, even if they seem more 'natural'...

  219. Complementary therapies and asthma

    30 May 2018

    It is important you discuss your asthma and preferred therapies with both your doctor and complementary therapist...

  220. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

    26 Jun 2019

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a painful condition of a person?s arm, hand, leg or foot, which occurs after an injury, such as a fracture...

  221. Compulsory mental health patients

    22 Jan 2019

    When you are a compulsory mental health patient in the Victorian mental health system, you have certain patient rights that determine how you can be treated...

  222. Computer-related injuries

    24 Oct 2017

    Using a computer can contribute to problems of the muscles and joints, eyestrain and overuse injuries of the arms, wrists and hands...

  223. Conceiving a baby

    17 Sep 2018

    The odds of a young fertile couple conceiving by having sexual intercourse around the time of ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary) are approximately one in five every month. Around nine...

  224. Concussion treatment and recovery

    09 Apr 2018

    There is no specific treatment for mild head injury other than plenty of rest, and not overdoing things...

  225. Conditions and Treatments

    02 Jul 2018

    Poor health can be the result of physical illness, mental illness or both. Knowing what to do and who to see when unwell is an important step to recovery. Find fact sheets on a range of health...

  226. Conduct disorder

    09 Mar 2018

    Children with untreated conduct disorder are at increased risk of problems including substance use, personality disorders and mental illnesses...

  227. Confidentiality and privacy in healthcare

    03 Jan 2019

    There are laws that set out how healthcare professionals can collect and store your health information and when they are allowed to share it...

  228. Confined spaces - workplace safety

    20 Feb 2018

    Around 60 per cent of people killed in confined spaces were trying to rescue someone else...

  229. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)

    01 Nov 2018

    CAH is a rare genetic disorder, but it is well understood and treatment is readily available...

  230. Congenital dislocation of the hip, see

  231. Congestive heart failure (CHF)

    11 Jul 2018

    Congestive heart failure is present when the heart cannot pump enough blood to satisfy the needs of the body...

  232. Conjunctivitis

    09 Mar 2018

    Conjunctivitis is an eye infection caused by a bacteria or virus. Symptoms include eye redness, a discharge and swollen lids. Conjunctivitis is treated with antibacterial eye drops or ointment...

  233. Constipation

    12 Apr 2019

    Most cases of constipation are treated by eating a diet high in fibre, drinking more fluids, and exercising daily...

  234. Constipation and children

    06 Feb 2019

    A healthy diet, plenty of fluids, exercise and regular toilet habits can help relieve constipation in children...

  235. Consumer Medicine Information, see

  236. Consumer Medicine Information leaflet – CMI

    09 Mar 2018

    A Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) leaflet gives you accurate information about the safety of your medication and how best to take it...

  237. Contact lenses

    09 Mar 2018

    Proper care of your contact lenses will help avoid irritation or damage to your eyes...

  238. Continence Helpline

    14 Dec 2017

    The Continence Helpline is a free telephone advice service. It is staffed by continence nurses who can provide information, education and advice to callers with incontinence (bladder or bowel control...

  239. Contraception - choices

    17 May 2019

    The method of contraception you choose will depend on your general health, lifestyle and relationships...

  240. Contraception - condoms for men

    20 May 2019

    Condoms are the most effective way to reduce your risk of contracting a sexually transmissible infection (STI) during sex...

  241. Contraception - condoms for women

    20 May 2019

    The female condom is effective in preventing an unplanned pregnancy and protecting against sexually transmissible infections (STIs)...

  242. Contraception - diaphragms

    20 May 2019

    The diaphragm acts as a barrier method of contraception...

  243. Contraception - emergency contraception

    20 May 2019

    It is best to take emergency contraception as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours of having unprotected sex, but it still works well within 96 hours (four days)...

  244. Contraception - implants and injections

    20 May 2019

    Hormonal contraception for women is available as implants or injections that slowly release hormones into the body over time...

  245. Contraception - injections for men

    07 Jun 2018

    Contraceptive injections for men are not yet available in Australia, but clinical studies suggest that they may provide a safe, effective and reversible method of male contraception in the future...

  246. Contraception - intrauterine devices (IUD)

    20 May 2019

    An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small contraceptive device that is put into the uterus (womb) to prevent pregnancy...

  247. Contraception - Louna's lowdown on emergency contraception (video) [video]

    13 Oct 2015

    This video was made by the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, with Louna Maroun to inform teenagers about this safe, effective form of contraception to prevent an unplanned pregnancy...

    Duration: 4:21

    Tags:
    • Sexual health,
    • Sexual health - Contraception,
    • Women's sexual and reproductive health - Contraception
  248. Contraception - the mini pill

    20 May 2019

    The two types of oral contraception available in Australia are the combined pill, known as "the Pill", and the mini pill...

  249. Contraception - tubal ligation

    20 May 2019

    Sterilisation is a permanent method of contraception that a woman can choose if she is sure that she does not want children in the future...

  250. Contraception - vaginal ring

    20 May 2019

    The vaginal ring works in a similar way to the oral contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy...

  251. Contraception - vasectomy

    20 May 2019

    Having a vasectomy does not affect a man?s ability to produce male sex hormones, enjoy sex or reach orgasm...

  252. Contraception after an abortion

    17 May 2019

    Whether you have a surgical or medical abortion you can become fertile again very soon after the abortion, so it's important to start using contraception immediately if you wish to prevent any...

  253. Contraception after giving birth

    20 May 2019

    After having a baby, you need to choose an effective method of contraception if you don't want to have another baby straight away...

  254. Contraception information translated into community languages

    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...

  255. Contraception – the combined pill

    20 May 2019

    The two types of oral contraception available in Australia are the combined pill, known as the Pill, and the mini pill...

  256. Convalescence

    03 Jan 2019

    During convalescence, it may be beneficial to set goals for each day which will aid in your recovery...

  257. Conversations Matter

    05 Jul 2016

    Conversations Matter is an online resource to help discuss suicide...

  258. Cooking healthy alternatives (video) [video]

    13 Oct 2015 Cooking healthy alternatives (video)

    Chef Andrew Blake shows people how to cook healthy fish and chips, spring rolls and pancakes...

    Duration: 4:37

    Tags:
    • Video library,
    • Healthy eating,
    • Healthy Eating - Planning, shopping and cooking,
    • Topic
  259. Cooking tips for busy people

    27 Apr 2018 Cooking tips for busy people

    If you lack the time or motivation to cook, try these tips...

  260. Coordinating hospital appointments

    08 Aug 2017

    Coordinating your hospital appointments well will ensure the process of diagnosing, treating and recovering from or living with medical issues runs as smoothly as possible...

  261. Coping with a critical incident - workplace safety

    26 Dec 2018

    Stress responses can develop over time after trauma, and support may be required by some workers or groups...

  262. Copper chrome arsenic (CCA) treated timber

    19 Oct 2015

    CCA treated timber should not be used to build children's play equipment, patios, new garden furniture, decking or handrails...

  263. Coriander

    24 Oct 2015 Coriander

    Coriander is a popular herb used in the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, India and Mexico. It is a good source of dietary fibre. The citrus-flavoured leaves and roots add a pungent taste to many dishes...

  264. Corneal transplantation and donation

    09 Mar 2018

    Corneal transplant surgery would not be possible without generous donors and their families, who have donated corneal tissue so that others may see...

  265. Coronary angiogram

    11 Feb 2019

    A coronary angiogram is the most accurate diagnostic test for a range of heart problems, including coronary heart disease...

  266. Cosmetic dentistry

    18 Jun 2019

    Discoloured, chipped or missing teeth can affect self-confidence but cosmetic dentistry techniques can help...

  267. Cosmetic genital surgery - labiaplasty and phalloplasty

    30 Jan 2019

    Cosmetic genital surgery involves reshaping the labia, vulva or penis to alter their size or shape...

  268. Cosmetic implants - buttock, fat and pectoral

    31 Jan 2019

    Buttock and pectoral implants involve surgery to insert shaped silicone pieces into skin cavities...

  269. Cosmetic Injectables - Things to know before the procedure (video) [video]

    Cosmetic Injectables - Things to know before the procedure (video)

    Cosmetic Injectables - Things to know before the procedure...

    Duration: 1:23

  270. Cosmetic Injectables - Things to know before the procedure - Mandarin(video) [video]

    Cosmetic Injectables - Things to know before the procedure - Mandarin(video)

    Cosmetic Injectables - Things to know before the procedure - Mandarin...

    Duration: 1:24

  271. Cosmetic surgery

    31 Jan 2019 Cosmetic surgery

    Cosmetic surgery carries risks and, in some cases, the results are not what you may anticipate...

  272. Cosmetic surgery - otoplasty (ears), see

  273. Cosmetic treatments - injectables

    31 Jan 2019 Cosmetic treatments - injectables

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

  274. Coughing and wheezing in children

    11 Feb 2019

    Coughing and wheezing in babies can be distressing for you and your baby, but in most cases symptoms can be relieved at home...

  275. Counselling Online

    05 Jul 2016

    Counselling Online is a free online alcohol and drug counselling service...

  276. Counselling, online and phone support for mental illness

    17 Jan 2019

    There are many free mental health hotlines and mental health online support services available across Victoria which provide crisis support, information, resources, counselling and therapy to people...

  277. Counsellor

    20 Sep 2017

    Counsellors use talk-based therapy to help people who have personal concerns such as relationship issues, grief, substance abuse or anxiety...

  278. Counsellors

    31 Mar 2019

    Anyone who is struggling with a personal concern can seek help from a counsellor...

  279. Cow’s milk allergy

    Milk allergy symptoms range from mild to a life-threatening severe allergic reaction. Avoid food containing milk only under strict medical supervision...

  280. Crabs (Pubic lice)

    06 Sep 2018

    Pubic lice (crabs) are spread through skin-to-skin contact and can cause small red areas or sores and itching...

  281. Cradle cap

    16 Apr 2018

    Cradle cap is not contagious and it is not caused by poor hygiene or bad parenting...

  282. Cranberry and mint soda (video) [video]

    13 Oct 2015 Cranberry and mint soda (video)

    Victorian State Public Health Nutritionist, Veronica Graham shares with us a healthy and delicious festive season recipe for cranberry and mint soda. Whatever way you celebrate the festive season...

    Duration: 1:54

    Tags:
    • Video library,
    • Healthy eating,
    • Recipe,
    • Summer 2015,
    • Festive
  283. Craniotomy

    09 Mar 2018

    A craniotomy is an operation to open the skull (cranium) in order to access the brain for surgical repair...

  284. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)

    09 Mar 2018

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is characterised by physical deterioration of the brain, dementia and walking difficulties...

  285. Cri du chat syndrome

    16 Dec 2018

    Most children born with cri du chat syndrome have moderate intellectual disability, with varying degrees of speech delay and some health problems...

  286. Cricket - health benefits

    09 Aug 2016

    To play cricket you need to be fit and strong and have good hand-eye coordination and ball-handling skills...

  287. Cricket - preventing injury

    19 Jul 2016

    Cricket is a very popular sport. Injuries are often caused by overuse, being struck by a cricket ball and falls...

  288. Crisis support services for families

    28 Feb 2019

    In times of family crisis it’s good to know there are emergency services only a phone call away...

  289. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

    06 Feb 2019

    When people with inflammatory bowel disease are not experiencing a flare-up of their illness, they feel quite well and are often free of symptoms...

  290. Croup

    09 Mar 2018

    Croup is a viral infection of the throat and windpipe that causes noisy breathing, a hoarse voice and a harsh, barking cough...

  291. Cryptosporidiosis

    23 Oct 2018

    Outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis have been associated with child care centres, public swimming pools and contaminated water supplies...

  292. CT scan

    05 Feb 2019

    The CT scan is a medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays and digital computer technology to create detailed images of the body...

  293. Cucumber

    16 Oct 2015 Cucumber

    What is a cucumber? A snack of delicate, crustless sandwiches of thinly sliced cucumber conjures the feeling of long, leisurely summer afternoons. Traditionally served with pots of tea, cucumber...

  294. Cultural and linguistic diversity and hospital

    02 Jan 2019

    People from all backgrounds can benefit from language and cultural support in Victoria’s health system...

  295. Cushing's syndrome

    09 Mar 2018

    Some people have Cushing's syndrome symptoms when they take glucocorticoid hormones to treat inflammatory conditions such as asthma, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis...

  296. Cyberbullying (online bullying)

    30 Apr 2019

    Cyberbullying (or online bullying) happens when technology is used to bully someone...

  297. Cycling - health benefits

    11 May 2018

    Cycling can help to protect you from serious diseases...

  298. Cycling - preventing injury

    03 Aug 2016

    You are much more likely to hurt yourself by falling off your bike or hitting a stationary object than colliding with another vehicle...

  299. Cystic fibrosis (CF)

    16 Apr 2019

    When a person has cystic fibrosis, their mucus glands secrete very thick sticky mucus that clogs the tiny air passages in the lungs and traps bacteria...

  300. Cystic kidney disease

    15 May 2018

    A cyst on your kidney does not automatically mean that you have cystic kidney disease...

  301. Cystitis

    10 May 2018

    Cystitis is the most common urinary tract infection in women...

  302. Cystocele, see

  303. Cysts

    09 Mar 2018

    Cysts may be as small as a blister or large enough to hold litres of fluid...

  304. Cysts - ganglion cysts

    09 Mar 2018

    A ganglion cyst is the most common lump on the hand, and tends to target women between the ages of 20 and 40 years of age...

  305. Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

    09 Mar 2018

    If an unborn baby gets CMV from their mother, it can cause hearing loss and intellectual disability...