Here’s some advice to keep kids writing while they’re at home

Here’s some advice to keep kids writing while they’re at home

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Staying home?

Here’s some advice to keep kids writing while they’re at home.

Writing about what they did last weekend isn’t every child’s delight, but children can develop their writing skills in other ways.

Try suggesting they plan out their dream daily schedule, or make a crazy shopping list or their own restaurant menu.

What have your kids written about?

Read more of our literacy tips:…/HealthyLiving/childre…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

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A collection of resources for the general public and industry about coronavirus (COVID-19).


Collection of documents about COVID-19 symptoms

Collection description

This collection includes fact sheets for the general public and industry about coronavirus (COVID-19). See also translated resources.


Find the facts

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – frequently asked questions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information on the use of surgical masks

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for hotel guests

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for close contacts of a confirmed case

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information about routine environmental cleaning and disinfection in the community

For international travellers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for international travellers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Exemptions to the 14-day mandatory quarantine period

For aged care residents and families

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for families and residents on restricted visits to residential aged care facilities

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for older Australians

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for retirement villages

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Restrictions on entry into and visitors to aged care facilities

For employers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for employers

For travel, transport and hotel industries

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the airline industry (including flight crew)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for border staff

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for cargo and mail workers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the cruise industry

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for hotels and hotel staff

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the marine industry

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for marine pilots


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Know the signs

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Stop the spread


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Last updated: 
4 April 2020
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Exercise has many benefits including mental health

Exercise has many benefits including mental health

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Exercise has many benefits, not only for your physical health but also your mental health. In your brain, exercise stimulates chemicals that improve your mood and the parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning.
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Benefits of exercise

Physical activity and exercise has many benefits. It can: Read More >

Washing your hands is important

Washing your hands is important

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Hands are a major transmitter of viruses and bugs. Washing your hands regularly and properly is a quick and easy way to help stop the spread of germs.

Here’s how you do it in 5 easy steps.

1️⃣ Wet your hands
2️⃣ Put soap on your hands
3️⃣ Rub the soap all over your hands for at least 20 seconds
4️⃣ Rinse your hands under running water
5️⃣ Dry your hands with a disposable paper towel or hand dryer.

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What is febfast?

What is febfast?

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febfast is where individuals call time-out on alcohol, sugar or another vice of their choice, to support disadvantaged youth in Australia. It is the perfect excuse to kick-start the year with a little good health and good will.

Across Australia, thousands of people give up alcohol or sugar for the month of February to raise funds for young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

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Plan ahead for the heat

Plan ahead for the heat

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When hot days are forecast it’s important to plan ahead.

🔴 Stay up to date with the weather forecasts in your area

🔴 If you have something planned for the hottest part of a very hot day, consider if you can cancel. If that’s not possible, try to reschedule for the coolest part of the day

🔴 Make sure you have what you need so you don’t have to go out in the heat. Having plenty of food – including some that doesn’t need refrigeration – is a good idea, as is filling some bottles with water and popping them in the fridge. Check if you have any medications you might need.

🔴 On a cooler day, visit your GP to check if you need to change your medications during extreme heat. It’s also important that you store any medications you have at the appropriate temperature Read More >

All you need to know about first aid kits

All you need to know about first aid kits

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An organised and properly stocked first aid kit can give you peace of mind in a medical emergency. Being prepared could help you save a life.

Doing a first aid course is recommended to give you the knowledge and skills to provide capable first aid assistance.

Buying a first aid kit is a convenient option.

First aid kits are sold in different shapes and sizes and for different uses.

A basic first aid kit checklist

You can customise your first aid kit depending on the activities you do. A basic first aid kit checklist might include:

  • crepe bandages of varying widths
  • hypoallergenic (skin) tape
  • triangular bandages
  • adhesive dressing strips (such as bandaids) in different sizes
  • gauze swabs
  • combine dressing pads (10cm x 10cm)
  • non-stick dressing pads (7.5cm x 10cm)
  • sterile eye pad
  • alcohol swabs
  • stainless steel scissors (sharp/blunt) 12.5cm
  • disposable gloves
  • stainless steel pointed splinter forceps (tweezers)
  • shock (thermal) blanket
  • safety pins
  • notepad and permanent marker
  • sterile saline tubes/sachets
  • disposable resuscitation face shield
  • antiseptic skin swabs
  • stop itch cream
  • first aid booklet Read More >

Bowel Cancer in Men – December is Decembeard month

Bowel Cancer in Men – December is Decembeard month

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1 in 11 Australian men will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.

Bowel cancer affects men of all ages – and risk increases every year from age 50.

Around 55% of all Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are men.

Choices you make related to diet, lifestyle, screening and surveillance can influence your bowel cancer risk.

Because you can change or modify these risk factors, they are referred to as ‘modifiable’.

Increased age, personal and family health history and hereditary conditions can also influence your bowel cancer risk.

Because you cannot change these risk factors, they are referred to as ‘non-modifiable’.


Bowel cancer and men – the impact

Bowel cancer is the third deadliest cancer in men

Bowel cancer kills more than 2,900 men each year, 279 (10%) are under age 55.

More than 8,500 Australian men are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Around 1,194 (14%) of those men diagnosed with bowel cancer are under age 55. Read More >

About World AIDS Day

About World AIDS Day

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World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about HIV and AIDS. It is a day for the community to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS related conditions or other conditions associated with HIV. Learn more here

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