Learn more about cancer screening

Learn more about cancer screening

Health & Wellness

12-05-2021

Cancer screening is testing a group of people in the population for signs of cancer in order to find it in the early stages, before it causes symptoms. Early detection is key to successful treatment.
Screening tests are offered to people who may have an increased risk of a particular cancer because of their age, sex or other factors.
In Australia we routinely screen for three types of cancer: bowel, cervical and breast.
If you have received a reminder for cancer screening, no matter how long ago you received it, make your appointment today.
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Watch out for gastro

Watch out for gastro

Health & Wellness

12-04-2021

Some germs can be effectively removed from our hands by using hand sanitiser. Others can’t.
For example, hand sanitiser does not work well to prevent the spread of gastro.
So if someone in your household is sick with gastro, the best way to prevent the spread is by washing your hands the old-fashioned way, with soap and water.
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The flu (Influenza)

The flu (Influenza)

Health & Wellness

24-03-2021

  • Influenza is a viral disease that causes widespread illness every year.
  • Immunising people who are at risk of complications from the flu is the most important way we have to reduce the number of flu infections and deaths.
  • Influenza immunisation is recommended for people in known high-risk groups.
  • People who work or live with people who are at risk of serious complications should also be immunised to avoid spreading the flu.
  • The vaccine cannot give you a dose of flu because it does not contain any live virus.

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Teens need their vaccines too

Teens need their vaccines too

Health & Wellness

27-02-2021

One school-based service you might not immediately think of as being impacted by the ups and downs of the 2020 Victorian school year is the Secondary School Immunisation Program. Important vaccines are usually delivered on school grounds to students in Year 7 and Year 10 but the usual schedule was impacted by the move to off-site learning. Catch-up programs are on their way, but in the meantime, parents – you can make sure your teen doesn’t miss out on vaccines they were due this year by checking with your local council immunisation service or your GP.

Look after your mental health

Look after your mental health

Health & Wellness

16-01-2021

Looking after your mental health, especially during times of change, can really help you and those around you
If you or someone you know needs mental health support, it’s available to you 24/7.
 
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The four steps for asthma first aid

The four steps for asthma first aid

Health & Wellness

04-01-2021

Grass pollen continues to be present in parts of Victoria potentially increasing the risk of an epidemic thunderstorm asthma event.
Stay vigilant. Look out for asthma symptoms and have your asthma medication with you at all times.
Call Nurse on Call on 1300 60 60 24 or see your doctor if you require medical advice.
Call triple zero (000) immediately if someone is not breathing, if their asthma suddenly becomes worse or is not improving, or if the person is having an asthma attack and a reliever is not available.
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Worried about hay fever?

Worried about hay fever?

Health & Wellness

30-11-2020

If you have any questions about hay fever, talk to your GP or pharmacist about a hay fever treatment plan. A plan can help you manage your hay fever symptoms and reduce your risk of thunderstorm asthma during grass pollen season.
 
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