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  1. Tranquillisers

    22 Jun 2018

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

  2. Human papillomavirus (HPV) – immunisation

    22 Jun 2018

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

  3. Weight management services

    22 Jun 2018

    Always consult with your doctor before choosing any weight management service...

  4. Immunisations for work

    21 Jun 2018

    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...

  5. Gas heating - health and safety issues

    20 Jun 2018

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

  6. Health checks for women

    20 Jun 2018

    A woman at high risk of a particular disease should be checked more frequently and/or at an earlier age...

  7. Is my body normal? (Boys)

    20 Jun 2018

    Boys’ bodies come in all shapes and sizes. As you get older, and go through puberty, you become more aware of your body and how it compares with others. Boys’ bodies come in all shapes and sizes...

  8. Immunisation in Australia

    20 Jun 2018

    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...

  9. Smoking and heart disease

    19 Jun 2018

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

  10. Heart disease and mental health

    18 Jun 2018

    Did you know that your mental health can affect your heart health and your heart health can affect your mental health? Depression can also affect how well people with heart disease recover, and...

  11. Pregnancy and diet

    18 Jun 2018

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

  12. My Health, Learning and Development book

    15 Jun 2018

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

  13. Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

    14 Jun 2018

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

  14. Mood and sleep

    08 Jun 2018

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

  15. Contraception - vaginal ring

    07 Jun 2018

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

  16. Contraception - vasectomy

    07 Jun 2018

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

  17. Contraception - condoms for women

    07 Jun 2018

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

  18. Contraception - diaphragms

    07 Jun 2018

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

  19. 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...

  20. Contraception - the mini pill

    07 Jun 2018

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

  21. Contraception – the combined pill

    07 Jun 2018

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

  22. Immunisations for older people

    06 Jun 2018

    Immunisations are important for you as you get older, because your immune system can become less effective at protecting you from some diseases...

  23. Pregnancy - pre-eclampsia

    31 May 2018

    There is no evidence that pre-eclampsia is caused by emotional stress, working too hard or not getting enough rest...

  24. Abortion services in Victoria

    31 May 2018

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

  25. Immunisation history statements for children

    30 May 2018

    By law, parents or guardians must provide an Immunisation History Statement when enrolling children in any childcare service, kindergarten or primary school in Victoria...

  26. Contraception - emergency contraception

    30 May 2018

    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)...

  27. Contraception - tubal ligation

    30 May 2018

    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...

  28. Physical activity for women

    30 May 2018

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

  29. Vaccines

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

  30. Abortion

    30 May 2018

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

  31. Pregnancy - premature labour

    27 May 2018

    Sometimes, babies arrive early. It’s important to recognise premature labour, in case you and your baby need medical care...

  32. Pregnancy stages and changes

    25 May 2018 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...

  33. Pregnancy - packing for hospital

    25 May 2018 Pregnancy - packing for hospital

    Packing for hospital is an exciting part of preparing for the birth of your baby...

  34. Talking to primary school children about sex

    25 May 2018

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

  35. Pre-immunisation checklist

    24 May 2018

    This immunisation checklist will help you prepare so you know what to expect and what information you will need to give your GP or clinic staff before your immunisation...

  36. Teenagers and sexual issues

    21 May 2018

    One in four teenagers report they were either drunk or high during their most recent sexual encounter...

  37. Food to have sometimes

    18 May 2018

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

  38. Contraception after giving birth

    17 May 2018

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

  39. Contraception - choices

    16 May 2018

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

  40. Contraception - intrauterine devices (IUD)

    16 May 2018

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

  41. Abortion procedures - medication

    16 May 2018

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

  42. Cycling - health benefits

    11 May 2018

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

  43. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

    11 May 2018

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

  44. Immunisation – common questions

    11 May 2018

    We answer some common questions about immunisation, including how immunisation works, why it's important and where you can be immunised...

  45. Buruli ulcer

    11 May 2018

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

  46. Teenagers and sleep

    11 May 2018

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

  47. Contraception - implants and injections

    11 May 2018

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

  48. 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...

  49. Meningococcal vaccine for young people

    11 May 2018

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

  50. Energy in food (kilojoules and calories)

    09 May 2018

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

  51. Kids and energy needs

    28 Apr 2018

    It’s important for kids to eat a wide variety of foods for a healthy, well-balanced diet and to be physically active. Creating healthy habits during childhood helps to ensure lifelong healthy...

  52. 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...

  53. Men’s nutrition needs

    27 Apr 2018

    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...

  54. Food labels

    Food labels

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

  55. Teenagers and healthy eating

    27 Apr 2018

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

  56. Balancing energy in and energy out

    27 Apr 2018

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

  57. Flu (influenza) – immunisation

    23 Apr 2018

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

  58. Conceiving a baby

    23 Apr 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...

  59. Soft drinks, juice and sweet drinks - children

    20 Apr 2018

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

  60. 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...

  61. Childcare and healthy eating

    20 Apr 2018

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

  62. Lunch box tips

    Lunch box tips

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

  63. Lunch boxes - healthy ideas

    20 Apr 2018

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

  64. Lunch boxes - menu planner

    20 Apr 2018

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

  65. Healthy eating – what to put on your plate

    20 Apr 2018

    Healthy eating – what to put on your plate, nutr...

  66. Overweight children - healthy lifestyle tips

    20 Apr 2018

    You can help your child to develop healthy patterns for life and avoid obesity...

  67. Body image and diets

    20 Apr 2018

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

  68. Obesity

    20 Apr 2018

    Overweight and obesity are essentially preventable diseases...

  69. Weight loss - common myths

    20 Apr 2018

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

  70. Parenting services

    20 Apr 2018 Parenting services

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

  71. Immunisation – side effects

    19 Apr 2018

    Find out more about possible side effects of immunisation...

  72. Lead exposure and your health

    18 Apr 2018

    Long-term exposure to low levels of lead may produce symptoms including irritability, lack of energy and loss of appetite...

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

    18 Apr 2018

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

  74. Smoking – Quit services for Aboriginal communities

    18 Apr 2018

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

  75. Food poisoning - listeria

    18 Apr 2018

    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...

  76. Physical activity for seniors

    18 Apr 2018

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

  77. Healthy ageing – stay involved

    18 Apr 2018

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

  78. Cannabis (marijuana)

    16 Apr 2018

    Cannabis has many harmful effects on health...

  79. 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...

  80. Body mass index (BMI)

    16 Apr 2018 Body mass index (BMI)

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

  81. Cradle cap

    16 Apr 2018

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

  82. How to find your vaccination records

    16 Apr 2018

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

  83. Immunisation in secondary schools

    16 Apr 2018

    Some immunisations are recommended for all Australian teenagers...

  84. Chickenpox – immunisation

    16 Apr 2018

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

  85. 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...

  86. Smoking - quit services for diverse groups

    13 Apr 2018

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

  87. Immunisation and pregnancy

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

  88. Myths and facts about fertility

    12 Apr 2018

    Fertility refers to the ability to conceive and have a child...

  89. Talking to young people about sex

    11 Apr 2018

    Talking about sex with your child is easier if you start when your child is young...

  90. Talking with your doctor

    09 Apr 2018

    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...

  91. Heroin

    09 Apr 2018

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

  92. Heroin dependence - medication treatments

    09 Apr 2018

    Medication treatments for heroin dependence include methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone...

  93. Oral sex

    09 Apr 2018

    Oral sex is using your mouth, lips or tongue to stimulate your partner’s genitals or anus. Both men and women can give and receive oral sex...

  94. Childhood immunisation

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

  95. 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...

  96. 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...

  97. Partying safely and sex

    03 Apr 2018

    Partying is fun but being out of it on alcohol or drugs can put you at risk of unwanted or unsafe sex...

  98. Immunisation – deciding which vaccines you need

    27 Mar 2018

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

  99. Parent's guide for active girls

    27 Mar 2018

    Physical activity is an important part of health and wellbeing, and girls should remain active as they grow up...

  100. Tetanus

    27 Mar 2018

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

  101. Typhoid and paratyphoid

    27 Mar 2018

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

  102. Rotavirus – immunisation

    27 Mar 2018

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

  103. Pneumococcal disease – immunisation

    27 Mar 2018

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

  104. Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for men who have sex with men

    27 Mar 2018

    Since May 2017 there has been an increase in the number of confirmed cases of meningococcal C disease in Victoria, mostly in men who have sex with men...

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

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

  106. Hepatitis B – immunisation

    27 Mar 2018

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

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

    27 Mar 2018

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

  108. Diphtheria

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

  109. Polio – immunisation

    26 Mar 2018

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

  110. Why immunisation is important

    26 Mar 2018

    Immunisation saves lives. It protects you, your family and your community. And it also helps protect future generations by eradicating diseases...

  111. Who provides immunisations in Victoria

    26 Mar 2018

    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...

  112. Contraception after an abortion

    23 Mar 2018

    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...

  113. Safe sex

    23 Mar 2018

    Safe sex is sexual contact that doesn?t involve the exchange of semen, vaginal fluids or blood between partners...

  114. Abortion procedures - surgical

    21 Mar 2018

    Abortion is one of the most common and safest types of surgery in Australia...

  115. Asbestos and your health

    19 Mar 2018

    When asbestos fibres become airborne, people working with asbestos may inhale particles which remain in their lungs...

  116. Myths and facts about abortion

    15 Mar 2018

    In Victoria, where abortion is available in a range of public and private settings, it is a safe, common and legal reproductive health choice...

  117. Women's sexual and reproductive health - where to go and whom to talk to

    15 Mar 2018

    This list includes some key Victorian and national services and phonelines providing health and sexual and reproductive health information and or health care...

  118. Myths and facts about contraception and long-acting reversible contraception

    Myths and facts about contraception and long-acting reversible contraception

  119. Weight loss and carbohydrates

    14 Mar 2018

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

  120. Food safety when cooking

    14 Mar 2018

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

  121. 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...

  122. Vitamin D

    13 Mar 2018

    A balanced approach to sunlight exposure will help you get enough vitamin D while protecting against skin cancer...

  123. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

    09 Mar 2018

    Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) occurs when an infection spreads from the vagina to the cervix and fallopian tubes...

  124. Menopause and sexual issues

    09 Mar 2018

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

  125. Menstruation - abnormal bleeding

    09 Mar 2018

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

  126. 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...

  127. Travel immunisation

    Travel immunisation

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

  128. Transgender and transsexuality

    07 Mar 2018

    Your gender is what feels natural to you, even if it is different from your biological sex. Some people may not feel comfortable with their biological sex but choose to live with the gender with which...

  129. Contraception - condoms for men

    05 Mar 2018

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

  130. Puberty

    01 Mar 2018

    Adjusting to the many changes that happen around puberty can be difficult for both parents and young people...

  131. Pregnancy - signs and symptoms

    28 Feb 2018

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

  132. Fruit and vegetables

    27 Feb 2018

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

  133. The amount of physical activity you need

    27 Feb 2018

    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...

  134. Sport and children

    26 Feb 2018

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

  135. Nutrition needs when you’re over 65

    22 Feb 2018

    Nutrition needs vary with age and gender. Now you’re older, the foods and drinks that make up a healthy diet may need to be slightly different from when you were younger. In general, you&...

  136. Work and your health

    22 Feb 2018

    Work can provide satisfaction, but loss of a job or work-related problems can affect our physical, emotional and mental health...

  137. Single parenting

    22 Feb 2018 Single parenting

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

  138. Parenting on your own

    22 Feb 2018

    A person can become a single or sole parent for many different reasons. You may have chosen to start a family on your own, you may be separated or divorced, or your partner may have died.  As a...

  139. Disability - schooling choices

    21 Feb 2018

    If your child has a disability, you need to consider extra issues when your child starts school...

  140. 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...

  141. 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...

  142. Workplace safety - hazardous substances

    20 Feb 2018

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

  143. Workplace safety - dangerous goods

    20 Feb 2018

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

  144. Workplace safety - confined spaces

    20 Feb 2018

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

  145. Childbirth - pain relief options

    20 Feb 2018

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

  146. Dummies

    20 Feb 2018

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

  147. Caffeine

    19 Feb 2018

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

  148. Parenting when you’re a foster carer

    19 Feb 2018

    As a foster carer, you are providing a safe and supportive home for a child or teenager who can’t live with their family of origin. You may face challenges that affect you physically, emotionally and...

  149. Gardening safety

    18 Feb 2018

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

  150. Exercise with a friend

    15 Feb 2018 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...

  151. Masturbation

    14 Feb 2018

    Masturbation is a normal and healthy way for people to explore their own bodies...

  152. Teenagers - sexual knowledge

    14 Feb 2018

    Most Australian teenagers don't practise safe sex...

  153. Gay and lesbian discrimination

    14 Feb 2018

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

  154. Community health centres

    14 Feb 2018

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

  155. Physical activity – overcoming the barriers

    14 Feb 2018

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

  156. Pregnancy tests - ultrasound

    14 Feb 2018

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

  157. Sleep and your baby

    13 Feb 2018

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

  158. Sleep - children and naps

    13 Feb 2018

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

  159. Toddlers and mealtime manners

    13 Feb 2018

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

  160. Toilet training

    13 Feb 2018

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

  161. Baby care - moving from cot to bed

    13 Feb 2018

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

  162. Toddlers and fussy eating

    13 Feb 2018

    If you restrict yourself to a narrow range of foods, your child will notice and copy your wariness...

  163. Food irradiation

    13 Feb 2018

    Food irradiation can kill insects, moulds and bacteria, but it cannot kill viruses...

  164. Hot weather and child safety

    13 Feb 2018 Hot weather and child safety

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

  165. Child safety in the car

    12 Feb 2018

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

  166. Managing a relationship breakdown

    08 Feb 2018

    Breaking up is a tough time. It can be better or worse depending on how you deal with it. Here is some information to help you recognise how you’re feeling, and why.  You’ll also find...

  167. Ladder Safety – Mick's story

    08 Feb 2018 Ladder Safety – Mick's story

    Injuries associated with ladder falls have been steadily increasing in Australia, especially among men aged 60 years and older doing work in and around the home...

  168. Ladder Safety – Nick's story

    08 Feb 2018 Ladder Safety – Nick's story

    Injuries associated with ladder falls have been steadily increasing in Australia, especially among men aged 60 years and older doing work in and around the home...

  169. Ladder Safety – Paul’s story

    08 Feb 2018 Ladder Safety – Paul’s story

    Paul was sanding the exterior of his house when he overreached and fell more than two metres from his ladder...

  170. Strong relationships, strong health

    08 Feb 2018

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

  171. Bushfire preparation advice

    08 Feb 2018 Bushfire preparation advice

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

  172. Food poisoning - prevention

    08 Feb 2018

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

  173. Exercise and mental health

    07 Feb 2018

    We all know how important exercise is for keeping us physically healthy. But did you know that exercise can also help keep you mentally healthy? Research shows that people who exercise regularly have...

  174. Water safety for children

    05 Feb 2018

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

  175. Motor vehicle crashes

    05 Feb 2018

    Motor vehicle crashes continue to be one of the biggest killers and causes of injury in Victoria...

  176. Pregnancy and teeth

    04 Feb 2018

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

  177. Cyberbullying (online bullying)

    04 Feb 2018

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

  178. Meningococcal disease – immunisation

    02 Feb 2018

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

  179. Sexual assault

    02 Feb 2018

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

  180. 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...

  181. Swimming - preventing injury

    25 Jan 2018

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

  182. Heat stress and exercise

    25 Jan 2018

    Heat stress occurs when sweat can't evaporate fast enough to keep the body sufficiently cool during physical activity...

  183. How to cope and stay safe in extreme heat

    25 Jan 2018

    Know the effects of extreme heat, who is at risk and how you can prepare yourself and others...

  184. Heat stress and older people

    25 Jan 2018

    People aged 65 years and over are at increased risk of heat-related illnesses and need special care in hot weather...

  185. Heat stress – preventing heatstroke

    25 Jan 2018

    Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency that can be avoided by following simple prevention measures...

  186. Heat stress and heat-related illness

    25 Jan 2018

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

  187. Water – a vital nutrient

    25 Jan 2018

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

  188. Sugar

    24 Jan 2018

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

  189. Exercise and mood

    24 Jan 2018

    Exercise can have an enormous impact on your mood. Not only can exercise help in treating depression, it can also prevent people from becoming depressed again. So it’s important to keep up an exercise...

  190. Eating disorders and adolescents

    22 Jan 2018

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

  191. Eating disorders

    22 Jan 2018

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

  192. Lunch at work

    22 Jan 2018

    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...

  193. Body image - men

    22 Jan 2018

    Homosexual men and athletes are particularly vulnerable to poor body image or feeling insecure about their bodies...

  194. Talking to kids about drugs

    22 Jan 2018 Talking to kids about drugs

    All children are eventually exposed to drugs ‒ prescription medication, alcohol and tobacco, and sometimes illegal drugs too ‒ or to messages about drugs...

  195. Kava

    18 Jan 2018

    It is dangerous to take kava in combination with alcohol or other psychoactive drugs...

  196. Alcohol and weight gain

    18 Jan 2018

    While the relationship between alcohol consumption and obesity remains unclear, there are good reasons to think that alcohol may play a role...

  197. Smoking - effects on your body

    Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco smoke that causes smokers to continue to smoke. Addicted smokers need enough nicotine over a day to ‘feel normal’ – to satisfy cravings or...

  198. Urban flash floods - FAQs

    18 Jan 2018 Urban flash floods - FAQs

    Urban flash flooding can happen quickly and without warning. Heavy rain causes runoff to collect in dips, car parks and roads, and there is a risk of contamination, injury and disease...

  199. 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...

  200. Bulimia nervosa

    15 Jan 2018

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

  201. Fishing - preventing injury

    11 Jan 2018

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

  202. Beaches and water quality

    10 Jan 2018

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

  203. Bicycle safety and children

    10 Jan 2018

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

  204. Road and traffic safety for children

    10 Jan 2018

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

  205. Water from natural resources

    02 Jan 2018

    Drinking untreated water, such as creek water, bore water and sometimes even rainwater can lead to illnesses including gastroenteritis...

  206. Medical tourism and insurance

    19 Dec 2017

    People may choose to travel overseas to seek medical or surgical treatment that is unavailable in their home country. This is called medical tourism, and it's a booming industry worldwide. People...

  207. How drugs affect your body

    18 Dec 2017

    Drugs affect your body’s central nervous system. They affect how you think, feel and behave...

  208. Snow sports and cold-related injuries

    15 Dec 2017

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

  209. Snow sports - safety issues

    14 Dec 2017

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

  210. Partying safely

    14 Dec 2017

    It is important to create a safe environment at parties so that everyone can have fun.  Staying safe means avoiding injury or assault, not hurting anyone else, and not ruining an event or...

  211. Addiction

    14 Dec 2017

    Addiction is a craving to use a substance or to repeat a behaviour...

  212. Alcohol and pregnancy

    14 Dec 2017

    There’s no safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy. It’s safest to not drink at all during pregnancy, when trying to conceive, and while breastfeeding...

  213. 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...

  214. Monitoring your mood

    12 Dec 2017

    Most people know when they are feeling ‘in a mood’. But do you know what ‘mood’ means? Or where your mood comes from? Or how to change your mood? Understanding your moods may help you work out what...

  215. Emergencies - floods

    Emergencies - floods

    You and your family should work out an emergency plan in case of flood...

  216. Harmful algal blooms

    26 Nov 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...

  217. Caesarean section

    22 Nov 2017

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

  218. Soccer - health benefits

    17 Nov 2017 Soccer - health benefits

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

  219. Family violence - tips for children

    Kids are not to blame for violence at home, it's not your fault and it's not a special secret...

  220. Partying safely - schoolies week

    09 Nov 2017

    Partying at schoolies week can be fun, but you need to be aware of the risks, which can include accidents, robbery, violence and sexual assault...

  221. 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...

  222. Bushfires and water tanks

    23 Oct 2017

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

  223. Bushfire aftermath - safety tips

    23 Oct 2017

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

  224. Bushfire smoke

    23 Oct 2017

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

  225. Alcohol

    19 Oct 2017

    The size of a standard drink can vary according to the type of alcohol...

  226. Steroids

    19 Oct 2017

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

  227. Inhalants

    19 Oct 2017

    Inhalants are chemical substances that give off fumes that can be breathed in to achieve a 'high'...

  228. Ice

    19 Oct 2017

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

  229. How alcohol affects your body

    19 Oct 2017

    How alcohol affects your body Many Australians enjoy a drink. In fact, alcohol is Australia’s most widely used social drug. But like all drugs, alcohol can damage your body, especially...

  230. Ecstasy

    19 Oct 2017

    Ecstasy is an illegal stimulant and hallucinogenic drug that can cause stroke and heart attack...

  231. Drug dependency services

    19 Oct 2017

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

  232. Alcohol and the law

    19 Oct 2017

    Alcohol is Australia’s most widely used social drug, but it can cause significant harm to people and society, especially when consumed in excess. To control the effects of alcohol on...

  233. Alcohol and teenagers

    19 Oct 2017

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

  234. Is my body normal? (Girls)

    18 Oct 2017

    Puberty is a time when your body goes through lots of changes. It’s wonderful and exciting, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. This is the time your body changes from being a girl into being a woman...

  235. Erectile dysfunction

    16 Oct 2017

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

  236. Carbohydrates and the glycaemic index

    16 Oct 2017

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

  237. After a flood – returning home safely

    16 Oct 2017

    When returning to your home after a flood, take precautions to reduce the possibility of injury, illness or disease...

  238. Date rape

    16 Oct 2017

    Date rape can be especially common among young people who have had little sexual experience and aren’t sure that what they have experienced crosses the line into rape. Many victims of date rape can...

  239. After a flood – animal and insect related hazards

    16 Oct 2017

    When returning to a flood-affected area, remember that wild animals, including rats, mice, snakes or spiders, may be trapped in your home, shed or garden...

  240. Baby furniture - safety tips

    16 Oct 2017

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

  241. Babies and safety

    16 Oct 2017

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

  242. Child safety and injury prevention

    16 Oct 2017

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

  243. Playgrounds and child safety

    16 Oct 2017

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

  244. Healthy eating tips

    Healthy eating tips

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

  245. Herbs

    Herbs

    Use herbs to enhance the flavour of virtually any dish, including desserts...

  246. Poisoning and child safety

    11 Oct 2017

    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...

  247. 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...

  248. Pest control services

    11 Oct 2017

    If you have pest problems that you cannot manage yourself, you may need to hire an authorised pest control operator...

  249. Smoke from planned burns

    09 Oct 2017

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

  250. Wood fires and breathing problems

    09 Oct 2017

    The smoke from wood fires can affect air quality and may affect people's health...

  251. Men and sexuality

    09 Oct 2017

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

  252. Sexuality explained

    04 Oct 2017

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

  253. Women and sexuality

    04 Oct 2017

    Most girls start puberty around 10 years old, but it can be earlier or later than that. Your body will go through big changes as you change from a girl into a young woman. For some girls (and women...

  254. Family violence and the LGBTIQ communities

    04 Oct 2017

    Within Australia, intimate partner violence is the most common form of family violence. Evidence presented to the Royal Commission into Family Violence suggests intimate partner violence is as...

  255. Family violence and culturally diverse women

    03 Oct 2017

    All forms of family violence (also called domestic violence) are illegal and unacceptable in Australia. But for women from culturally diverse backgrounds, the situation is complex...

  256. Family violence and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

    03 Oct 2017

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience both far higher rates and more severe forms of family violence compared to other women...

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

    03 Oct 2017

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

  258. Eggs

    25 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...

  259. Bisexuality

    22 Sep 2017

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

  260. 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...

  261. Lesbian sexuality

    22 Sep 2017

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

  262. Talking through problems

    20 Sep 2017 Talking through problems

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

  263. Stress

    20 Sep 2017

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

  264. 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...

  265. Breathing to reduce stress

    20 Sep 2017

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

  266. Negative emotions

    20 Sep 2017

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

  267. 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...

  268. 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...

  269. 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...

  270. 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...

  271. 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...

  272. 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...

  273. 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...

  274. Fats and oils

    15 Sep 2017

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

  275. Workplace conflict

    12 Sep 2017

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

  276. 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...

  277. Workplace safety - overuse injuries

    12 Sep 2017

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

  278. Travel and holiday planning

    07 Sep 2017

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

  279. 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...

  280. 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...

  281. 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...

  282. 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...

  283. Travel tips for seniors

    31 Aug 2017

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

  284. Drugs and teenagers

    22 Aug 2017

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

  285. Pregnancy - bleeding problems

    18 Aug 2017

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

  286. Smoking statistics

    11 Aug 2017

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

  287. Smoking kills

    10 Aug 2017

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

  288. 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...

  289. 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...

  290. 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...

  291. 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...

  292. 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...

  293. 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...

  294. Smoking - how to discourage your children

    01 Aug 2017

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

  295. Smoking - quitting tips

    01 Aug 2017 Smoking - quitting tips

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

  296. 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...

  297. Ectopic pregnancy

    27 Jul 2017

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

  298. 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...

  299. 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...

  300. Physical activity for men

    26 Jul 2017

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