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  1. Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox) – immunisation

    Immunisation is the best protection against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox)...

  2. Bisexuality

    22 Sep 2017

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

  3. Gay male sexuality

    22 Sep 2017

    There is no real explanation as to why some men are gay and others are not; it is just part of the wide variety of human sexuality...

  4. Gay and lesbian discrimination

    22 Sep 2017

    Gay people may still feel constant uncertainty about whether they will be accepted, and the pressure of this uncertainty affects their health...

  5. Lesbian sexuality

    22 Sep 2017

    Many women report they have lesbian experiences or feelings, but do not think of themselves as lesbians...

  6. Nutrition needs when you’re over 65

    21 Sep 2017

    Nutrition needs vary with age and gender. Now you’re older, the foods and drinks that make up a healthy diet. What to put on your plate] for you may need to be slightly different from when you...

  7. Talking through problems

    20 Sep 2017 Talking through problems

    Kids and teenagers may be worried that adults won't take their feelings seriously...

  8. Stress

    20 Sep 2017

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

  9. Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

    20 Sep 2017

    Worrying can be constructive if it helps you to work out possible solutions to a problem, but some people are troubled by excessive anxiety...

  10. It's okay to feel sad

    20 Sep 2017

    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...

  11. Breathing to reduce stress

    20 Sep 2017

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

  12. Negative emotions

    20 Sep 2017

    Negative emotions can dampen our enthusiasm for life, depending on how long we let them affect us...

  13. Anger - tips to resolve arguments

    20 Sep 2017

    There are many people you can talk to who can help you overcome feelings of wanting to lash out...

  14. Family conflict

    20 Sep 2017

    It is normal to disagree with each other from time to time and occasional conflict is part of family life...

  15. Men’s nutrition needs

    20 Sep 2017

    Nutrition needs differ with gender and age. A healthy diet for a man is different from a healthy diet for a woman. And what a middle aged male needs from his food for good health and growth...

  16. The amount of physical activity you need

    20 Sep 2017

    It’s important for your health that you get enough physical activity every day, and that you limit your sedentary behaviour. But getting the amount of physical activity you need doesn’t have to be...

  17. Fighting your fears

    20 Sep 2017

    Fear is a natural human emotion, and it is something that everyone experiences in their lifetime. What matters most is how you fight your fears, and whether you let them affect your life...

  18. Meningococcal vaccine for young people

    19 Sep 2017

    Meningococcal group vaccines provide good protection against meningococcal group diseases...

  19. Meat and poultry

    19 Sep 2017

    Meat and poultry are a great source of protein and lots of other nutrients your body needs. Check your recommended intake of meat and poultry and try to stick with it...

  20. Lunch at work

    19 Sep 2017

    Did you know lunch is just as important as breakfast? In other words, don’t skip lunch: you need it every day! A nutritious lunch will give you the energy to get through an afternoon of work...

  21. Dairy and dairy alternatives

    19 Sep 2017

    Dairy products (and dairy alternatives) are packed with calcium, protein and lots of other essential nutrients. Calcium is vital for healthy teeth and bones. It is also important for your muscles...

  22. Choosing the right shoe

    19 Sep 2017

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

  23. Getting enough protein

    18 Sep 2017

    Protein is an important nutrient that helps your body grow and repair cells. Most Australians eat more than enough protein, but if you are vegetarian or vegan you may not be getting enough protein (or...

  24. Eggs

    18 Sep 2017

    The humble egg is a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. Eggs are full of things your body needs. They are a great source of protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin A, vitamin D...

  25. Cyberbullying (online bullying)

    18 Sep 2017

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

  26. 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...

  27. Beaches and water quality

    15 Sep 2017

    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...

  28. Fats and oils

    15 Sep 2017

    Animal products and processed foods like fried fast food are generally high in saturated fats...

  29. Workplace conflict

    12 Sep 2017

    A clash of personalities at work is bad for business, because it can affect productivity and increase absenteeism...

  30. Workplace safety - coping with a critical incident

    12 Sep 2017

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

  31. Workplace safety - overuse injuries

    12 Sep 2017

    Occupational overuse syndrome, also known as RSI, is caused by repetitive movements or awkward postures...

  32. Kilojoules and calories

    12 Sep 2017 Kilojoules and calories

    A kilojoule (or calorie) is a unit that measures food energy...

  33. Travel and holiday planning

    07 Sep 2017

    Simple planning can reduce your risk of illness or injury when travelling...

  34. Travel immunisation

    Travel immunisation

    If you are travelling overseas, check with your doctor well in advance to find out what immunisation you need...

  35. Food safety while travelling

    07 Sep 2017

    Travelling, eating and drinking go together but unfortunately, traveller's diarrhoea and other food-related illnesses can sometimes come along for the ride...

  36. Pregnancy stages and changes

    07 Sep 2017 Pregnancy stages and changes

    It’s helpful to have an idea of how your body may react to the different stages of pregnancy. It also helps to know how pregnancy may affect your emotions and feelings...

  37. Pregnancy - obstetric emergencies

    06 Sep 2017

    An obstetric emergency may arise when a woman is pregnant, or during her delivery.In this case, extra care is needed. A woman may need a lot of tests and treatments, and extended hospital stays. She...

  38. Contraception after giving birth

    06 Sep 2017

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

  39. Year 12 exams - managing stress

    06 Sep 2017

    Help your child manage stress during exams by getting them to use good study habits, eat well, exercise, relax, sleep and keep things in perspective...

  40. Abortion services in Victoria

    06 Sep 2017

    Some abortion services in Victoria offer reduced fees to students, healthcare card holders and those experiencing financial difficulty...

  41. Mental health first aid

    05 Sep 2017

    We all see friends and loved ones going through rough times, but sometimes what we’re witnessing is a developing mental health problem, or a mental health crisis. In preparation for these times...

  42. Physical activity for women

    05 Sep 2017

    If you can't make the time to exercise for yourself, do it for your family...

  43. Immunisations for work

    05 Sep 2017

    Some jobs have a higher risk of exposure to infectious diseases, so if your job is one of these, it’s a good idea to check your immunisation status...

  44. Bushfire smoke

    04 Sep 2017

    Bushfire smoke can reduce air quality in rural and urban areas, and may affect people's health...

  45. Gardening safety

    01 Sep 2017

    Gardening is an enjoyable form of exercise, but you need to take care...

  46. Travel tips for seniors

    31 Aug 2017

    All travellers should plan carefully, but older people have a few extra concerns when travelling...

  47. Immunisation – DTP, polio, hep B and Hib

    A number of combined immunisations against diphtheria, tetanus and other infectious diseases are available to provide protection at various life stages...

  48. Abortion

    29 Aug 2017

    All women should have access to accurate information about abortion so they can make their own informed decisions...

  49. Tetanus

    29 Aug 2017

    Tetanus is a life-threatening disease and immunisation is the best way to reduce your risk...

  50. Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious bacterial disease that causes severe inflammation of the nose, throat and windpipe...

  51. Abortion procedures - medication

    28 Aug 2017

    Mifepristone, also called RU486 or the 'abortion pill', is used to terminate (end) a pregnancy up to nine weeks...

  52. Talking with your doctor

    24 Aug 2017

    To get the most out of the conversation with your doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider, it is best to be open about providing information and to speak up if you don?t understand...

  53. Alcohol and teenagers

    22 Aug 2017

    Alcohol is responsible for most drug-related deaths in the teenage population...

  54. Drugs and teenagers

    22 Aug 2017

    Teenagers use drugs for similar reasons that adults do...

  55. Pregnancy - bleeding problems

    18 Aug 2017

    Bleeding from the vagina in early pregnancy happens in almost one in four pregnancies...

  56. Smoking statistics

    11 Aug 2017

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

  57. Smoking kills

    10 Aug 2017

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

  58. Immunisation in secondary schools

    10 Aug 2017

    Some immunisations are recommended for all Australian teenagers...

  59. Who provides immunisations in Victoria

    09 Aug 2017

    Immunisations in Victoria are provided by local councils, GPs and specially qualified nurses in medical clinics and community health services, some Maternal and Child Health nurses, travel clinics and...

  60. Fish

    08 Aug 2017

    Eating two or more serves of fish per week can reduce the risk of a range of diseases including dementia, depression and cardiovascular disease...

  61. Mercury exposure and poisoning

    08 Aug 2017

    Preventing or minimising exposure to mercury in your environment is the best way to reduce the risk of mercury poisoning...

  62. Breastfeeding

    03 Aug 2017

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

  63. e-cigarettes

    03 Aug 2017

    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...

  64. Victoria’s tobacco laws

    01 Aug 2017

    Smoking kills more Victorians every year than road accidents, alcohol and other drugs combined. To minimise the health effects of tobacco on individuals and the community, Victoria has laws...

  65. How to find your vaccination records

    01 Aug 2017

    If you've recently arrived in Australia or missed out on an immunisation for any reason, you may need catch-up doses...

  66. What to expect when you quit smoking

    01 Aug 2017

    We all know smoking can cause a wide range of health problems and shorten your life expectancy. But making the decision to quit can be intimidating. Will it be as hard as your friends tell you it will...

  67. Smoking - how to discourage your children

    01 Aug 2017

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

  68. Smoking - quitting tips

    01 Aug 2017 Smoking - quitting tips

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

  69. Surrogacy

    31 Jul 2017

    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...

  70. Ectopic pregnancy

    27 Jul 2017

    Ectopic pregnancy is caused by a fertilised egg not being able to move through the fallopian tube...

  71. Physical activity - it's important

    27 Jul 2017

    Just 30 minutes of moderate activity each day can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing certain conditions or diseases...

  72. Physical activity - what's your excuse?

    27 Jul 2017

    There are many excuses we can come up with to avoid being active, but the truth is there is always a way to fit some physical activity into your day...

  73. Physical activity for men

    26 Jul 2017

    Many men are only motivated to become more active after they have a health scare...

  74. The dangers of sitting: why sitting is the new smoking

    26 Jul 2017

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

  75. Exercise programs

    26 Jul 2017 Exercise programs

    If you are unfamiliar with what is involved, starting an exercise program can be challenging...

  76. 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...

  77. Physical activity – choosing the one for you

    26 Jul 2017

    You are more likely to keep up a healthy lifestyle change if your chosen activity suits you...

  78. Physical activity - staying motivated

    26 Jul 2017

    Pick an exercise or fitness activity that appeals to you and suits your lifestyle...

  79. Physical activity – setting yourself goals

    26 Jul 2017 Physical activity – setting yourself goals

    When you're trying to become more physically active, set realistic health and fitness goals...

  80. Physical activity – overcoming the barriers

    26 Jul 2017

    If you think physical activity is boring, try exercising with a friend...

  81. Physical activity for seniors

    26 Jul 2017

    Physical activity can help older people maintain independence, recover from illness and reduce their risk of disease...

  82. Exercise - everyday activities

    26 Jul 2017

    There are lots of everyday activities that provide an opportunity to be active and provide health benefits...

  83. Physical activity - how to get active when you are busy

    26 Jul 2017 Physical activity - how to get active when you are busy

    Even if you’re busy, you still need to find a way to be physically active...

  84. Getting active - tucker talk tips

    26 Jul 2017

    The main thing is to choose physical activities that you enjoy and that you can stick to in the long term...

  85. Exercise with a friend

    26 Jul 2017 Exercise with a friend

    Exercise is important for your physical and mental health. Working out with a friend means you’re more likely to have fun and stick to your exercise plan...

  86. Salt

    25 Jul 2017

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

  87. Food labels

    25 Jul 2017

    Food labels carry useful information to help you make good choices about food...

  88. Eating tips for preschoolers

    25 Jul 2017

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

  89. Eating tips for school children

    25 Jul 2017

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

  90. Teenagers and healthy eating

    25 Jul 2017

    A teenager who consumes healthy meals and snacks will maintain their weight and meet their requirements for essential nutrients like calcium and iron...

  91. Food variety and a healthy diet

    25 Jul 2017

    If you eat a variety of good food, your diet will provide you with adequate nutrition...

  92. Lunch box tips

    Lunch box tips

    Encourage children to help choose and prepare their own healthy snack or lunch...

  93. Breakfast

    25 Jul 2017

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

  94. Lunch boxes - menu planner

    25 Jul 2017

    By planning ahead, you can make sure that your child's lunch box has each of the six key elements of a healthy lunchbox...

  95. Healthy eating tips

    25 Jul 2017 Healthy eating tips

    A good balance between exercise and food intake is important to maintain a healthy body weight...

  96. Food to have sometimes

    25 Jul 2017

    Junk food should be kept to a minimum. It usually contains a lot of fat, salt or sugar...

  97. Lunch boxes - healthy ideas

    25 Jul 2017

    Healthy foods that are great for school lunch boxes...

  98. Drink spiking

    24 Jul 2017

    Slipping alcohol or drugs into a friend's drink as a joke is against the law...

  99. Steroids

    24 Jul 2017

    Prolonged misuse of steroids can cause liver damage and severe mood swings...

  100. GHB

    24 Jul 2017

    GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) is an illegal drug that acts as a nervous system depressant. It is also called grievous bodily harm (GBH) or fantasy. GHB is highly addictive. It produces feelings of...

  101. Harmful algal blooms

    20 Jul 2017

    Some types of blue-green algae produce toxins that can harm humans and animals when swallowed, inhaled or touched. People and pets should not enter the water at locations affected by blue-green algae...

  102. Obesity

    19 Jul 2017

    Overweight and obesity are essentially preventable diseases...

  103. Nutrition - women's extra needs

    18 Jul 2017

    Women?s nutritional needs change during menstruation, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause...

  104. Water - a vital nutrient

    18 Jul 2017

    Water is essential for the human body to function...

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

    18 Jul 2017

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

  106. Fruit and vegetables

    18 Jul 2017

    Eating fruit and vegetables can help protect against some diseases including diabetes and some cancers...

  107. Physical activity – how to get started

    18 Jul 2017

    If you've been inactive and want to begin physical activity, see a doctor first...

  108. Smoking - the financial cost

    18 Jul 2017

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

  109. Healthy weight - tucker talk tips

    18 Jul 2017 Healthy weight - tucker talk tips

    A healthy, nutritious diet and physical activity can help you to maintain a healthy weight...

  110. Weight loss - a healthy approach

    18 Jul 2017

    Crash dieting makes you gain more weight in the long run because it lowers your metabolism...

  111. Cleaning up ash after a fire

    17 Jul 2017

    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...

  112. Food safety when shopping

    14 Jul 2017

    When you shop, choose, pack and transport food carefully...

  113. Mosquitoes can carry diseases

    14 Jul 2017 Mosquitoes can carry diseases

    You can reduce the risk of mosquito bites if you get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites around your home...

  114. Food safety when eating out

    14 Jul 2017

    If you have any doubt about the safety of food when you're out, don't eat it...

  115. Mosquitoes - protect your home a checklist

    14 Jul 2017

    Use this simple checklist and take action to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. The best protection from mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid mosquito bites...

  116. Mosquitoes - mozzie-proof your holiday a checklist

    14 Jul 2017

    Use this simple checklist and take action to prevent mosquitoes from spoiling your holiday. Mosquitoes can carry diseases be prepared and avoid mosquito bites...

  117. Food safety when cooking

    14 Jul 2017

    Most foods should be cooked to at least 75 ?C to minimise the risk of food poisoning...

  118. Food safety - eggs

    14 Jul 2017

    To enjoy eggs safely - buy clean, keep cool and cook well...

  119. Food safety and storage

    14 Jul 2017

    High-risk food should be kept at 5 °C or below, and above 60 °C to avoid the temperature danger zone and food poisoning...

  120. Childhood immunisation

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

  121. Vitamin K and newborn babies

    12 Jul 2017

    With low levels of vitamin K, some babies can have severe bleeding into the brain, causing significant brain damage...

  122. Jaundice in babies

    12 Jul 2017

    If your baby is full-term and healthy, mild jaundice is nothing to worry about and will resolve by itself within a week or so...

  123. Toddlers and mealtime manners

    12 Jul 2017

    Some toddlers do most of their eating on the run, refusing to sit down at the table at all...

  124. Eating tips for babies

    12 Jul 2017

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

  125. Eating tips for young toddlers

    12 Jul 2017

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

  126. Children's diet - fruit and vegetables

    12 Jul 2017

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

  127. Soft drinks, juice and sweet drinks - children

    12 Jul 2017

    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...

  128. 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...

  129. Young children and communication

    12 Jul 2017

    Children thrive with words of encouragement and praise...

  130. Immunisation in Australia

    12 Jul 2017

    Immunisation is one of the safest and most effective ways we know of stopping preventable diseases from spreading. Find out more about immunisation in Australia...

  131. Christmas – tips to reduce the stress

    12 Jul 2017

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

  132. Other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED)

    11 Jul 2017

    OSFED is now one of the most common eating disorders...

  133. Contraception - emergency contraception

    10 Jul 2017

    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)...

  134. Contraception - choices

    10 Jul 2017

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

  135. Eating disorders - support for families

    29 Jun 2017

    You have the potential to be a great support to your family member if they are diagnosed with an eating disorder...

  136. Bulimia nervosa

    29 Jun 2017

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

  137. Body image - women

    29 Jun 2017

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

  138. Body image – tips for parents

    29 Jun 2017

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

  139. Trauma and children - two to five years

    29 Jun 2017

    Preschoolers may not have the words but will show their distress at traumatic events through changes in behaviour and functioning...

  140. Trauma and families

    29 Jun 2017

    When a family is affected by trauma, everyone will react in a different way...

  141. Wellbeing

    28 Jun 2017

    The quality of our personal relationships, not the size of our bank balance, has the greatest effect on our wellbeing...

  142. Food safety outdoors

    27 Jun 2017 Food safety outdoors

    Food poisoning is a real risk when taking food outside the home, especially in warmer weather...

  143. Food poisoning - listeria

    27 Jun 2017

    Listeria infection is uncommon but very dangerous for the elderly, people whose immune systems are not working properly and pregnant women and their unborn babies...

  144. Food poisoning - prevention

    27 Jun 2017

    You can minimise the risk of food poisoning by taking simple precautions...

  145. Heroin

    23 Jun 2017

    Heroin is a depressant of the central nervous system, which means it slows down brain function and particularly the control of breathing...

  146. Cocaine

    23 Jun 2017

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

  147. Eye safety at work

    23 Jun 2017

    Wearing eye protection appropriate for the task can significantly reduce the risk of injury...

  148. Binge eating disorder

    23 Jun 2017

    You can recover from binge eating disorder with the right help and commitment...

  149. Heat stress and heat-related illness

    21 Jun 2017

    Heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster. Find out how you can treat and prevent heat-related illness...

  150. Holiday stress

    21 Jun 2017 Holiday stress

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

  151. Travelling with children

    21 Jun 2017

    If your child is old enough, involve them in planning a trip so they can get excited about it...

  152. Travel tips for women

    20 Jun 2017

    Many countries have different ideas about how women should dress and behave, and your trip will be more enjoyable if you respect local expectations...

  153. Travel health tips

    20 Jun 2017 Travel health tips

    The most common travel-related illnesses are gastrointestinal diseases from poorly prepared foods or untreated water...

  154. Travel safety tips

    20 Jun 2017

    You can reduce your risk of being mugged or robbed while travelling by taking a few simple precautions...

  155. Hallucinogens

    20 Jun 2017

    Hallucinogens target specific centres of the brain to alter its understanding of sensory input...

  156. Healthy ageing - stay mentally active

    20 Jun 2017

    Researchers believe that many of the supposed age-related changes affecting the mind, such as memory loss, are actually lifestyle related...

  157. Healthy ageing – stay involved

    20 Jun 2017

    Reach out to the world around you for fun, a sense of achievement, social contact and mental stimulation...

  158. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

    20 Jun 2017

    Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is a bacterium that causes a life-threatening infection that can lead to serious illness, especially in children...

  159. Anorexia nervosa

    19 Jun 2017

    A common misconception is that anorexia nervosa only affects young women, but it affects males and females of all ages...

  160. Growing pains

    19 Jun 2017

    Growing pains may cause a lot of pain but they are harmless and can respond to simple treatments...

  161. Lawn bowls - preventing injury

    16 Jun 2017

    People who take part in lawn bowls develop skills and coordination that improve their fitness...

  162. Lawn bowls - health benefits

    16 Jun 2017

    Lawn bowls is a popular participant sport, particularly for the elderly, due to its relaxed pace and comparatively light physical demands...

  163. Mushroom poisoning

    14 Jun 2017

    Contrary to popular belief, there is no home test that can distinguish between edible and poisonous varieties of wild fungi or mushrooms...

  164. Rotavirus – immunisation

    14 Jun 2017

    Children need several doses of the vaccine to reduce the risk of rotavirus...

  165. Meningococcal disease – immunisation

    08 Jun 2017

    Meningococcal group vaccines provide good protection against meningococcal group diseases...

  166. Foster care

    07 Jun 2017

    Foster care is temporary care of children up to 18 years by trained, assessed and accredited foster carers...

  167. Caesarean section

    06 Jun 2017

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

  168. Pregnancy tests - ultrasound

    06 Jun 2017

    Ultrasound is used during pregnancy to check the baby's development and to help pick up any abnormalities...

  169. Pregnancy testing

    06 Jun 2017

    Sometimes, a home pregnancy test may be positive when a woman isn’t pregnant...

  170. Placental abruption

    06 Jun 2017

    Placental abruption means the placenta has detached from the wall of the uterus, starving the baby of oxygen and nutrients...

  171. Placenta previa

    06 Jun 2017

    Placenta previa means the placenta has implanted at the bottom of the uterus, over the cervix or close by...

  172. Baby due date

    06 Jun 2017

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

  173. Childbirth - pain relief options

    06 Jun 2017

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

  174. Quitting smoking and managing weight

    06 Jun 2017

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

  175. Olive oil

    06 Jun 2017

    Choosing extra virgin olive oil as part of a healthy well-balanced diet may reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases...

  176. Teenage health

    31 May 2017

    Young people have to work through a broad range of issues as they move from childhood to adulthood...

  177. Sex – are you ready

    31 May 2017

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

  178. Erectile dysfunction

    30 May 2017

    Common causes of erectile dysfunction include physical illness, anxiety and too much alcohol...

  179. Dummies

    29 May 2017

    Dummy sucking should stop before school age to avoid teeth or mouth problems...

  180. Tertiary studies - time management

    26 May 2017

    Effective time management will help you cope with the stress of study...

  181. Tertiary studies - mature age students

    26 May 2017

    Returning to study as a mature age student presents many challenges and rewards...

  182. Tertiary studies - managing stress

    26 May 2017

    Stress is a common issue for all tertiary students, but there are lots of ways to manage your stress...

  183. Farm safety - crush injuries

    25 May 2017

    Hand and finger injuries are the most common crush injuries that occur on Victorian farms...

  184. Farm safety - machinery

    25 May 2017

    Poorly used or faulty machinery is a major cause of death and injury on farms...

  185. Smoking and heart disease

    24 May 2017

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

  186. Death of a baby

    24 May 2017

    Miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death is a shattering event for those expecting a baby, and for their families. Grief, relationship stresses and anxiety about subsequent pregnancies are common in...

  187. Cradle cap

    24 May 2017

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

  188. Walking for good health

    23 May 2017

    Walking will improve your fitness and reduce your risk of heart disease...

  189. Reduce your risk of early death

    23 May 2017

    You can dramatically reduce your risk of early death by making a few simple lifestyle changes...

  190. Sexual abuse - helping your child

    23 May 2017

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

  191. Sexual abuse

    23 May 2017

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

  192. Computer-related injuries

    23 May 2017

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

  193. Colic

    22 May 2017

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

  194. Gluten-free diet

    22 May 2017

    Gluten sensitivity can be managed with a gluten-free diet...

  195. Chronic illness - coping at school

    22 May 2017

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

  196. Farm safety and handling agrichemicals

    19 May 2017

    To reduce risks on the farm, use hazardous chemicals according to manufacturer guidelines or replace them with less dangerous options...

  197. Christmas can be stressful

    18 May 2017

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

  198. Eating disorders

    17 May 2017

    Eating disorders are a mental illness and can affect women and men of all age groups...

  199. Eating disorders and adolescents

    17 May 2017

    Often, an eating disorder develops as a way for an adolescent to feel in control about what's happening in their life...

  200. Down syndrome and health

    16 May 2017

    There are a number of significant health and medical issues that are more common in people with Down syndrome...

  201. Disease clusters

    16 May 2017

    Disease clusters are rare but can cause community concern about the possible effects of exposure to environmental hazards...

  202. Air pollution

    15 May 2017

    Around 75 per cent of Melbourne?s air pollution is caused by vehicle emissions...

  203. Vegetarian diets and children

    12 May 2017

    Children can eat a vegetarian diet and stay healthy as long as their extra nutritional needs are met...

  204. Immunisations – catch-ups and boosters

    If you've recently arrived in Australia or missed out on an immunisation for any reason, you may need catch-up doses...

  205. Caffeine

    10 May 2017

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

  206. Behavioural disorders in children

    10 May 2017

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

  207. Obesity in children - causes

    10 May 2017

    Once children are overweight, it takes a lot of effort for them to return to a healthy weight...

  208. Growth and development - primary school children

    09 May 2017

    Always see your doctor if you are concerned about your child's growth or weight...

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

    09 May 2017

    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...

  210. Weight loss - common myths

    09 May 2017

    There are no magical foods, or ways to combine foods, that melt away excess body fat...

  211. Weight loss and fad diets

    09 May 2017

    With a balanced eating plan, it's what you leave in that makes all the difference...

  212. Folate for pregnant women

    09 May 2017

    Even women who aren't planning to have a baby should increase their folate intake in case of unplanned pregnancy...

  213. Single parenting

    09 May 2017 Single parenting

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

  214. Sleep and your baby

    09 May 2017

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

  215. 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'...

  216. Pregnancy - signs and symptoms

    09 May 2017

    All women experience pregnancy differently, and you will experience different symptoms at different stages of your pregnancy...

  217. Toilet training

    09 May 2017

    When toilet training your toddler, praise every little success and remain calm about accidents...

  218. Pregnancy and diet

    09 May 2017

    Good nutrition during pregnancy can help to keep you and your developing baby healthy...

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

    09 May 2017

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

  220. Pregnancy - week by week

    09 May 2017

    Pregnancy is counted as 40 weeks, starting from the first day of the mother's last menstrual period...

  221. 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...

  222. Child safety in the car

    01 May 2017

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

  223. Tantrums

    01 May 2017

    When a young child is having a tantrum, it is because the emotional (limbic system) part of the brain is dominating the child's behaviour...

  224. Gas heating - health and safety issues

    01 May 2017

    If you service your gas heater regularly and use it correctly, it will be safe and economical to use...

  225. Menstruation - abnormal bleeding

    28 Apr 2017

    Heavy or abnormal periods may be an indication of other health problems...

  226. Pregnancy and exercise

    27 Apr 2017 Pregnancy and exercise

    Unless you have complications, you should be able to exercise throughout your pregnancy...

  227. Antioxidants

    26 Apr 2017

    Antioxidants scavenge free radicals from the body's cells, and prevent or reduce the damage caused by oxidation...

  228. Immunisation – deciding which vaccines you need

    24 Apr 2017

    Everyone's immunisation needs are different and are influence by your health, lifestyle, age and occupation...

  229. Rural issues - coping with stress

    21 Apr 2017

    The effort of trying to provide for the family and keep the farm going can be intensely stressful...

  230. Vaccines

    Vaccines trick the body into building immunity against infectious diseases without causing the actual disease...

  231. Pneumococcal disease – immunisation

    20 Apr 2017

    Immunisation can substantially reduce the risk of pneumococcal disease, especially in young children...

  232. Human papillomavirus (HPV) – immunisation

    20 Apr 2017

    The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps prevent infection with HPV that causes cervical cancer...

  233. Hepatitis B – immunisation

    20 Apr 2017

    Immunisation against hepatitis B reduces the risk of infection in babies...

  234. Polio – immunisation

    20 Apr 2017

    You need several doses of the vaccine before you are fully protected against polio...

  235. Immunisation status certificates

    20 Apr 2017

    Before they start school, primary school children need an Immunisation Status Certificate...

  236. Flu (influenza) – immunisation

    20 Apr 2017

    Influenza immunisation is recommended for people in known high risk groups...

  237. Immunisation and pregnancy

    Immunisation can protect a woman and her unborn baby against many infectious diseases...

  238. Immunisation facts and misconceptions

    The risk of complications from childhood diseases such as measles is much higher than the risks of immunisation...

  239. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningococcal group C disease – immunisation

    20 Apr 2017

    The National Immunisation Program provides children with free immunisation against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningococcal group C disease...

  240. Trauma and children – tips for parents

    20 Apr 2017

    Tell your child the facts about a distressing or frightening experience using language they can understand...

  241. Family breakups - supporting children

    20 Apr 2017

    Separating parents can help children by giving them honest explanations and emotional support...

  242. 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...

  243. Parenting services

    20 Apr 2017 Parenting services

    Parenting is one of the most important tasks we undertake but it doesn't always come naturally...

  244. Parenting support to help prevent abuse

    20 Apr 2017

    There is a range of non-government agencies available to help families under stress in caring for their children...

  245. Parenting and stress

    20 Apr 2017

    It is important to manage feelings like anger and frustration so that you can enjoy parenting...

  246. Breastfeeding and travel

    20 Apr 2017

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

  247. Baby care - moving from cot to bed

    20 Apr 2017

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

  248. Children and literacy

    20 Apr 2017

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

  249. Expressive language disorder

    20 Apr 2017

    Expressive language disorder means that a child has difficulty with verbal, written or other information...

  250. Receptive language disorder

    20 Apr 2017

    Receptive language disorder means the child has difficulties with understanding what is said to them...

  251. Victorian Child Health Record

    20 Apr 2017

    My Health and Development Record is designed for parents to keep and record their child's milestones, health, growth, development and immunisations...

  252. 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...

  253. 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...

  254. 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...

  255. Pregnancy - care choices

    20 Apr 2017

    It's very important for you and your baby to be looked after from the start of your pregnancy until after the birth of your baby...

  256. Postnatal exercise

    19 Apr 2017

    Always consult with your doctor or midwife before starting any postnatal exercise program...

  257. Pregnancy – labour

    19 Apr 2017

    Labour is divided into three stages. The first stage is dilation of the cervix from 0 to10 cm, the second stage is birth of the baby, and the third stage is delivery of the placenta. Labour typically...

  258. Pregnancy and travel

    19 Apr 2017

    Travelling to developing nations is not encouraged during pregnancy, due to the risk of disease and the standard of medical facilities...

  259. Altitude sickness

    19 Apr 2017

    Being young and fit doesn't reduce your risk of altitude sickness...

  260. Pregnancy - morning sickness

    19 Apr 2017

    Morning sickness is typically at its worst early in the day but it can strike at any point during the day or night...

  261. Pregnancy and smoking

    19 Apr 2017

    Smoking while pregnant exposes a woman and her unborn child to an increased risk of health problems...

  262. Pregnancy - prenatal tests

    19 Apr 2017

    A range of tests is available to pregnant women to confirm pregnancy and monitor the baby's development in the womb...

  263. Pregnancy and teeth

    19 Apr 2017

    It's important to look after your teeth and gums when you're pregnant, as gum disease can affect your baby...

  264. Relationships – remarriage

    19 Apr 2017 Relationships – remarriage

    A step-family will be different from your previous experience of family...

  265. Menopause and sexual issues

    19 Apr 2017

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

  266. Contraception after giving birth

    19 Apr 2017

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

  267. Fishing - preventing injury

    19 Apr 2017

    Never go fishing alone ? always fish with someone else and, ideally, with two other people...

  268. Walking - the benefits for older people

    19 Apr 2017 Walking - the benefits for older people

    Walking is great exercise for older people. It has a range of health and social benefits, and most people can do it...

  269. Safe driving

    19 Apr 2017

    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...

  270. Ice

    19 Apr 2017

    The drug ice, is a stimulant with a high risk of addiction if it used regularly...

  271. Workplace safety - dangerous goods

    19 Apr 2017

    Dangerous goods are objects or substances that are potentially harmful to people or the environment, such as explosives or chemicals...

  272. Workplace safety - hazardous substances

    19 Apr 2017

    A hazardous substance can be inhaled, splashed onto the skin or eyes, or swallowed...

  273. Workplace safety - confined spaces

    19 Apr 2017

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

  274. Sugar

    06 Apr 2017

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

  275. Healthy cooking tips

    06 Apr 2017

    Eating healthy food doesn't mean giving up your favourite foods and switching to eating only salads...

  276. Reading food labels - tucker talk tips

    06 Apr 2017

    Labels on packaged food can give you useful information about the nutrition, ingredients, storage and weight of the food.Add full stop to pull quote...

  277. Mood and sleep

    06 Apr 2017

    Getting enough sleep is vital. Long term sleep deficiency can affect your mood. You can improve your sleep quality...

  278. Obesity in children - management

    04 Apr 2017

    If your child is overweight, you can help by making healthier lifestyle choices for yourself...

  279. Obesity and hormones

    04 Apr 2017

    The hormones leptin, insulin, oestrogens, androgens and growth hormone are factors in obesity...

  280. 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...

  281. Swimming pools - water quality

    29 Mar 2017

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

  282. Child abuse - reporting procedures

    23 Mar 2017

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

  283. Buruli ulcer

    10 Mar 2017

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

  284. Motion sickness

    07 Mar 2017

    Motion sickness may occur in anyone, but some people are particularly sensitive...

  285. Workplace safety - noise pollution

    07 Mar 2017

    There are many ways to reduce exposure to excessive noise in the workplace...

  286. Workplace safety - manual handling injuries

    07 Mar 2017

    A person can be injured when handling objects in a variety of ways including pulling, pushing, holding or restraining...

  287. Contraception - vasectomy

    07 Mar 2017

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

  288. Contraception - vaginal ring

    07 Mar 2017

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

  289. Contraception – the pill

    07 Mar 2017

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

  290. Contraception - intrauterine devices (IUD)

    07 Mar 2017

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

  291. Contraception - injections for men

    07 Mar 2017

    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...

  292. Contraception - Female sterilisation

    07 Mar 2017

    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...

  293. Contraception - condoms for women

    07 Mar 2017

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

  294. Contraception - diaphragms

    07 Mar 2017

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

  295. Pregnancy and your mental health

    06 Mar 2017

    Finding out you are pregnant can be a very exciting time. But it can also make you feel uncomfortable, unwell, worried and make you wonder how you are going to cope. And it doesn’t stop when the baby...

  296. Work-related stress

    02 Mar 2017

    Work-related stress causes an increase in sick days and absenteeism, a higher turnover of staff and a drop in productivity...

  297. 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...

  298. Typhoid and paratyphoid

    01 Mar 2017

    Almost every Australian case of typhoid or paratyphoid fever is caught overseas...

  299. Grief and children

    28 Feb 2017

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

  300. Breastfeeding - dealing with mastitis

    27 Feb 2017

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