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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Munchausen syndrome (also known as factitious disorder) is a rare type of mental disorder in which a person fakes illness. The person may lie about symptoms, make themselves appear sick, or make themselves purposely unwell. This type of mental disorder is most often seen in young adults and is considered a type of self-harm.
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
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
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
Your elected Health and Safety Representative and your workplace occupational health and safety coordinator; Your doctor; WorkSafe Victoria Tel. (03) 9641 1444 or 1800 136 089 (toll free) – for general enquiries; WorkSafe Victoria Emergency Response Line Tel. 13 23 60 – to report serious workplace emergencies, seven days, 24 hours
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 obesity: a systematic review
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:
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.
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.
Types of doctors and health professionals
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
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.
Young people and health services
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
Preventing healthcare associated infection (HAI)
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
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
Kissing and your health
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.
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.
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.