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Managing your health

(2 days ago) health assessment if you have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes (every three years). If you are over 50, it is important to have the tests above as well as to have: breast checks and mammograms (for women, check yourself regularly and have a mammogram every two years.

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Regular health checks

(3 days ago) Regular health checks can identify any early signs of health issues. When you have a health check, your doctor will talk with you about your medical history, your family’s history of disease and your lifestyle, including your diet, weight, physical activity, alcohol use and whether you smoke.

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Health checks for men

(8 days ago) Health checks at home. Make health checks and staying well part of your regular routine. This will help you stay healthy and pick up potential problems early. Things you can do at home include: skin checks – check your skin regularly for unusual moles or freckles and look for any changes in the colour, size or shape of any spots. See your

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Running and jogging

(2 days ago) Health benefits of running and jogging. Regular running or jogging offers many health benefits. Running can: help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise. strengthen muscles. improve cardiovascular fitness. burn plenty of kilojoules. help maintain a healthy weight.

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Personal hygiene

(3 days ago) Content disclaimer. Content on this website is provided for information purposes only. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not in any way endorse or support such therapy, service, product or treatment and is not intended to replace advice from your doctor or …

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The dangers of sitting: why

(9 days ago) Australian Health Survey: Physical activity, 2011–2012, 2013, Australian Bureau of Statistics.; Ekelund U, Steene-Johannessen J, Brown WJ, et al. 2016, ‘ Does physical activity attenuate, or even eliminate, the detrimental association of sitting time with mortality? A harmonised meta-analysis of data from more than 1 million men and women ’, The Lancet, vol. 388, pp. 1302–10.

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Sexuality explained

(6 days ago) A parent’s guide to their child’s sexuality, headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Department of Health, Australian Government.; About sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status discrimination, Australian Human Rights Commission.; All about being gay, ReachOut, Australia.; Factors affecting LGBTI people, Beyond Blue, Australia.; A language guide: trans and gender

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Physical activity

(8 days ago) To maintain health and reduce your risk of health problems, health professionals and researchers recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days. Physical activity guidelines. Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines state that:

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Work and your health

(7 days ago) The most common health issues for office workers include musculoskeletal injuries such as repetitive strain injury (RSI). The rate of injury is highest in younger workers. Contributing factors may include job inexperience, lack of adequate training, and a tendency to work in jobs that present an increased risk of injury, such as retail.

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Types of mental health issues and illnesses

(5 days ago) Anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders is a group of mental health disorders that includes generalised anxiety disorders, social phobias, specific phobias (for example, agoraphobia and claustrophobia), panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder. Untreated, anxiety disorders can lead to significant

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Finding reliable health information

(7 days ago) Health information is readily available from reputable sources such as: health brochures in your local hospital, doctor’s office or community health centre. telephone helplines such as NURSE-ON-CALL or Directline. your doctor or pharmacist. reliable health information websites, such as government sites, condition-specific sites, support

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Healthy eating – what to put on your plate

(7 days ago) Australian guide to healthy eating, Eat for Health, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government. Dietary fibre: key for a happy, healthy gut, Dietitian’s Association of Victoria. Eat for Health: Australian Dietary Guidelines – Summary, 2013, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government.

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Hospital staff roles

(2 days ago) Allied health professionals. Allied health professionals are university-educated practitioners who work as part of your multidisciplinary healthcare team. They assess, diagnose and treat conditions and work to prevent disease and disability. Some examples of allied health professionals include: dietitians; occupational therapists; pharmacists

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Ice (crystal methamphetamine)

(Just Now) NURSE-ON-CALL Tel. 1300 60 60 24 – for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days) DrugInfo Line Tel. 1300 858 584; Counselling Online Tel. 1800 888 236 – free drug and alcohol counselling 24/7; Family Drug Help Tel. 1300 660 068 – for information and support for people concerned about a relative or friend using drugs

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Weight loss and fad diets

(2 days ago) National Health and Medical Research Council 2003, Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults. A guide to healthy eating, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra. More information here. National physical activity guidelines for Australians, Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Government.; Gibson,S, 2008, 'Sugar sweetened soft drink and obesity: a systematic review

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Workplace safety

(4 days ago) Health effects depend on the type of hazardous substance and the level of exposure (concentration and duration). A hazardous substance can be inhaled, splashed onto the skin or eyes, or swallowed. Some of the possible health effects can include:

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Walking for good health

(Just Now) Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.

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Mould and your health

(8 days ago) How does mould affect health. Mould associated with damp buildings can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, wheeze, respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions. People who are more susceptible to these symptoms and other serious health effects include those with: weakened immune systems. allergies.

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Medicines and side effects

(3 days ago) What is a side effect? A side effect is an unwanted symptom caused by medical treatment. All medicines can cause side effects, including prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines.Complementary medicines include herbal preparations, vitamins, and some products dispensed by naturopaths and other practitioners of complementary medicine.

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Types of doctors and health professionals

(3 days ago) These health areas require the skills not only of doctors and nurses, but of other health professionals, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and social workers. The combination of health professionals who look after your healthcare needs forms your healthcare team, each with their own role. Your doctor or GP

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How to eat healthily

(6 days ago) National health survey: first results, 2017–18, 2019, Australian Bureau of Statistics Eating away from home, 2015, Eat for Health, Department of Health, Australian Government. Fat, 2015, Eat for Health, Department of Health, Australian Government. Healthy meal and snack ideas, 2015, Eat for Health, Department of Health, Australian Government.

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Down syndrome and health

(1 days ago) A physically active lifestyle is recommended for general health and to combat this tendency. Neck problems In a small minority of children, there is increased mobility of the atlanto-axial joint. This is the joint that connects the two neck bones directly under the skull (known as the atlas and axis). This condition is known as atlanto-axial

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Preventing healthcare associated infection (HAI)

(5 days ago) Australian guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare, 2010, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government.; Healthcare associated infection, 2017, Health, NSW Government, Australia.; Patient safety: what you can do to be a safe patient, Healthcare-associated infections (HAI), CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health

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Kissing and your health

(Just Now) Heymann, D. L. (ed.) (2004), Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 18th edition, American Public Health Association, Washington. Communicable Diseases Network Australia, Guidelines for the early clinical and public health management of meningococcal disease in Australia - Revised Edition 2007, Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Government.

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Reproductive system

(6 days ago) The female reproductive system. The female reproductive organs are the vagina, womb (uterus), fallopian tubes and ovaries: Vagina – a muscular canal around 7.5 cm long that extends from the neck of the womb to the genitals, or vulva. Uterus (womb) – a muscular organ, shaped like an upside down pear. Its lining is called the endometrium.

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Testicular self examination

(4 days ago) Performing regular testicular self-examination (TSE) can help you to become familiar with the usual feel of your testicles so that you can recognise any changes, if they occur. All men should check their testicles regularly. Around 200 Victorian men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year, most commonly between the age of 20 and 50.

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Young people and health services

(4 days ago) Health services and support for young asylum seekers and refugees. Asylum seekers and refugees in Victoria, including children and young people, can use most health and community services funded by the Victorian Government because eligibility for most services is not determined by visa or residency status. These services include community

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