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Victorian health alerts Toggle all alerts Date: Nov 20, 2021 Gastroenteritis linked to consumption of raw Pacific oysters from Coffin Bay, South Australia Date: Oct 27, 2021 New Hendra virus genotype discovered Date: Jun 15, 2021 Testing for respiratory pathogens Date: May 31, 2021 Ear and body piercing aftercare product linked to infection risk

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Managing your health

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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Health checks for men

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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Work and your health

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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Running and jogging

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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The dangers of sitting: why

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

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 …

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Personal hygiene

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Finding reliable health information

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

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

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)

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

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 …

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Types of mental health issues and illnesses

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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Physical activity

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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Mushroom poisoning

A video (May 2019) featuring Dr Brett Sutton, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and Dr Teresa Lebel, Senior Mycologist, Royal Botanical Gardens shows the need to be aware of the dangers of death cap mushrooms and other poisonous mushrooms. Protect your children from mushroom poisoning. Many varieties of poisonous mushroom grow wild in Victoria.

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Walking for good health

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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Mobile phones and your health

Mobile telephones and health effects, 2010, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. More information here.; IARC classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans, 2011, World Health Organization. More information here.; Mobile phones and health 2004: Report by the Board of NRPB, 2004, Documents of the NRPB, vol. …

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Mould and your health

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

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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How to eat healthily

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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Infections – bacterial and viral

It is possible to be vaccinated against some of the major disease-causing viruses (such as measles and polio), as well as bacterial diseases such as Hemophilus influenza Type b (Hib), tetanus and whooping cough. Infectious Diseases, Department of Health & Human Services, Victorian Government.

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Down syndrome and health

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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