Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

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Health workers are on the frontline of the COVID-19 response and exposed to hazards that put them at risk of infection. Risks include:
-Long working hours
-Psychological distress
-Occupational burnout

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Hand Care – how to protect your skin

Hand Care – how to protect your skin

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Proper hand washing is the first line of defence against infections. However, frequent hand washing
can lead to dry, cracked, painful and itchy skin which may lead to an infection. This is especially true
for those people suffering from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Dry skin is caused by an
impaired skin barrier and a deficiency in the healthy fats in the top layer of the skin.
Here are a few tips for protecting your skin from drying out:
1. Dry your hands properly
After washing your hands, it is important to dry them properly. Not only are germs easily transferred
between wet hands, but water has a drying effect on the skin. When water evaporates it reduces
the skin’s natural oils.
2. Avoid using hot water for handwashing
Make sure you use warm rather than hot water. It is also a good idea to wear latex or rubber gloves
when washing the dishes, and when using cleaning products that may dry out the skin, for example
bathroom cleansers or shampoos when washing your child’s hair.
3. Regularly use a moisturiser
Frequent use of hand sanitisers and soaps can strip the proteins in the top layer of the skin. When
this happens you may experience dryness, itching and even cracking or bleeding. Your skin might
feel like its burning. Frequent moisturising helps to avoid dermatitis and heal rough hands, locking
the moisture inside. You should use a moisturiser throughout the day and especially when your
hands feel dry. To prevent spreading germs, it’s a good idea to carry your own personal tube of
moisturiser rather than sharing a jar of it with others. Read More >

Take care of yourself, including your mental health

Take care of yourself, including your mental health

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If you’re a frontline worker in the COVID-19 response, know that you’re not alone. Talk about your experiences and feelings with someone you trust.

Take care of yourself, including your mental health.

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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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General public

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.

Febfast lady with ice-cream

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 >