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Trusted Health Advice | healthdirect

Details: healthdirect provides easy access to trusted, quality health information and advice online and over the phone. Menu Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on. Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately. healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse

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Health topics | healthdirect

Details: Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately. healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

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Health information online | healthdirect

Details: Practical tips and advice to help you assess trusted health information online. Menu Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on. Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately. healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you

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Department of Health | healthdirect

Details: The Department of Health is responsible for achieving the Government’s priorities for population health, primary health care, mental health, Indigenous health and community participation in sport and recreation. The department administers programs to meet the Government’s objectives in health infrastructure, regulation, safety and quality, health workforce, acute care, dental care

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Healthy lifestyle | healthdirect

Details: Health benefits of sex and love. Some scientific studies suggest that love and sex can bring benefits such as lower blood pressure. Find out how cupid's arrow can boost your health. Read more about Health benefits of sex and love.

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Health and wellbeing apps | healthdirect

Details: National Public Toilet Map. By Department of Health. National Public Toilet Map, designed by the Department of Health, shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private public toilet facilities across Australia.. The National Public Toilet Map iPhone Application improves the independence and quality of life for Australians who are affected by incontinence.

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Women's health | healthdirect

Details: A guide to routine health checks and tests for women, including mammogram, bowel cancer screening, blood pressure and more. Read more about Health checks for women. Hysterectomy. A hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus or womb. Read about the different types of hysterectomy and why this kind of surgery may be needed.

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Teenagers' health | healthdirect

Details: Growing up to a young adult can be exciting, but can also be tough for a lot of teenagers. Find out what to expect during puberty, and learn about health issues including acne, eating disorders, glandular fever and more.

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Primary health networks (PHNs) | healthdirect

Details: Primary Health Networks (PHNs) were set up to improve patient care and to make health care in Australia more efficient and effective. They are advised by local doctors, health workers and patients in the community.

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Healthy eating over 60 - Trusted Health Advice | healthdirect

Details: Iron is important for our general health. A lack of iron can make us feel as though we have no energy, so include some iron-rich foods in your diet. The best source of iron is lean red meat. The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend older men over 51 should eat 2 ½ serves and women over 51 should eat 2 serves of protein a day. A serve is 65g

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Drinking Water | healthdirect

Details: Drinking plenty of water every day is essential for good health. Australian tap water is the best choice for staying well hydrated. Why is water important for good health? Water is an essential part of a healthy balanced diet because the body relies on it to function properly. Between 50% and 80% of the human body is made up of water.

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WA Health | healthdirect

Details: dental health services including school dental health and public community dental services Aboriginal health services WA Health also fosters partnerships within the healthcare community to achieve the best possible outcomes for the people of Western Australia to receive the care they need, when they need it.

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Seniors' health | healthdirect

Details: Mental health and older people. Older people can have mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression, which are often caused by triggers such as grief, loss or illness. Read more about Mental health and older people.

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Supporting someone with a mental health issue | healthdirect

Details: If someone you know is affected by a mental health issue, getting support from friends and family can make all the difference to how they cope and their recovery.. If your loved one is showing signs of a mental health problem or reaches out for help, the first step is to talk about it.

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About our content | healthdirect

Details: UK National Health Service (NHS) nhs.uk is the UK's biggest health website. Some of healthdirect’s online content, including the scripts behind the Symptom Checker, is based on information licensed from the NHS. Such health information has subsequently been reviewed and localised against Australian healthcare guidelines and standards. Video

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Heart | healthdirect

Details: Good health for your heart. You can lower your heart disease risk with regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, eating well and, if you are a smoker, quitting. It’s also important to manage your blood pressure and blood cholesterol level, and — if you are diabetic — to manage your diabetes.

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The public and private hospital systems | healthdirect

Details: The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 is about ‘protecting workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety and welfare’. For health professionals, this includes infection control measures and means that effective hand washing is an essential and legally required task in the workplace.

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Psychiatrists and psychiatry | healthdirect

Details: A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has done extra training to become a specialist in mental health. Many people get confused by the differences between a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Both are health professionals who can care for people with mental health problems. Both have had years of education and training.

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Mental health resources for men | healthdirect

Details: Your mental health is important. Your mental health is an important part of your overall health and wellbeing. You need good mental health to help you get through life’s challenges, to have healthy relationships with others and to enjoy life. Problems with mental health are common, and not a sign of weakness. In fact, it can take courage to

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What is a referral? | healthdirect

Details: The referring doctor or health professional will provide the specialist with as much information about your condition as they think is needed. Once the specialist has seen you, they will in turn send details of your recommended treatment back to the doctor or health professional who referred you. All your medical information is regarded as

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Mental illness | healthdirect

Details: Physical health challenges - The link between physical health and mental health in young people - Orygen, Revolution in Mind. Orygen is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people. Read more on Orygen website.

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Healthy and active children | healthdirect

Details: Australia’s Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend adults get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity, each week to help improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, heart health, and muscle and bone strength

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Nine signs of mental health issues | healthdirect

Details: Other mental health issues can impact appetite and weight too. 6. Quiet or withdrawn. We all need quiet time occasionally, but withdrawing from life, especially if this is a major change, could indicate a mental health issue.

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Beach safety | healthdirect

Details: Read more on Better Health Channel website Water safety for kids | Raising Children Network Close adult supervision at all times is the key to drowning prevention and water safety for kids around dams, ponds, swimming pools, beaches and lakes.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 | healthdirect

Details: Visit the Department of Health's website for the latest alerts on COVID-19 in Australia, or the World Health Organization's website for global updates. Resources in other languages. COVID-19 resources in other languages are available from the Department of Health, as well as from the ACT, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic and WA health departments.

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Healthy eating for children | healthdirect

Details: Healthy eating is essential for your child's good health, growth and development. Healthy eating in childhood means they will have less chance of developing chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some cancers.

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Respiratory system | healthdirect

Details: Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately. healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

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Personal hygiene | healthdirect

Details: Australian Government Department of Health (Personal Hygiene), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Keeping hands clean), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Show Me the Science - Why Wash Your Hands?), Jean Hailes (Vulva & vaginal irritation), Healthy Male (Foreskin problems and circumcision), ABC Health (A gynaecologist’s

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How to help someone with a drug problem | healthdirect

Details: The Department of Health provides information about different drugs and their effects on their website. Are you a carer or helping someone out? Carers are everyday people who provide unpaid and ongoing care and support to someone they know who has a disability, mental illness , drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or

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Kids and mental health | healthdirect

Details: Mental health difficulties in children might present as frequent or intense struggles with their emotions, their thoughts, behaviours, learning or relationships. As a parent or concerned adult, there are some simple steps you can take to support a child’s mental health. These are things like taking an active interest in the child, encouraging

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Sexuality and mental health | healthdirect

Details: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the term given to a specific set of reactions and health complications that follow the experience of an event that threatened a person’s life or safety, or the safety of those around them. Read more on Ausmed Education website.

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Antibiotic resistance | healthdirect

Details: The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 is about ‘protecting workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety and welfare’. For health professionals, this includes infection control measures and means that effective hand washing is an essential and legally required task in the workplace.

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What is a healthy blood pressure? | healthdirect

Details: In addition to the bone health benefits, there is also evidence that calcium supplements may improve cholesterol levels, blood pressure, clotting risk and other cardiovascular risk factors. However, a 2008 study from Auckland, New Zealand, designed to assess the efficacy of c

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Cost of dental care - Trusted Health Advice | healthdirect

Details: Does private health insurance pay for dental care? Many Australians use private health insurance to pay for dental care. Most health funds will only pay about half of the cost and you will need to pay the rest yourself. Policies vary widely between different health funds. There are differences in what they will cover and how much they will pay.

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Your healthcare rights | healthdirect

Details: The best health outcomes are achieved when patients, families and healthcare providers work together. Knowing and understanding your rights means you can help the health system to help you. For example, a doctor may not realise you don’t understand something unless you tell them.

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Diagnosis of mental illness | healthdirect

Details: Physical health challenges - The link between physical health and mental health in young people - Orygen, Revolution in Mind Orygen is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.

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Bushfires and your health | healthdirect

Details: Health conditions that put you more at risk during a bushfire. Certain groups are more at risk of health issues during a bushfire or when exposed to both short-term and long-term bushfire smoke. Asthma: If smoke is a known trigger for your asthma symptoms, use your preventer medication and make sure you have access to your reliever medication

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Notification of illness and disease | healthdirect

Details: It also helps them improve health policy and check that health services are working to the required standard. Knowing when and where such illnesses occur can also help with healthcare planning. For example, it helps governments decide where to allocate funding and resources, and provides information so governments and health authorities can set

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Lithium - medication, how it works and side effects

Details: FIND A HEALTH SERVICE — The Service Finder can help you find doctors, pharmacies, hospitals and other health services. Source s: Up to Date (Lithium poisoning), Up to Date (Bipolar disorder in adults: Choosing pharmacotherapy for acute mania and hypomania), Australian Prescriber (Safe and effective use of lithium),

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Sciatica - treatment, symptoms and causes | healthdirect

Details: Read more on Better Health Channel website. Sciatica: symptoms, causes and diagnosis - myDr.com.au. Sciatica is characterised by pain deep in the buttock often radiating down the back of the leg. One of the most common causes is a herniated disc. Read more on myDr website.

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Alzheimer's disease | healthdirect

Details: Dementia is a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It affects thinking, behaviour, and your ability to do normal tasks. About 7 in 10 people with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease. While the exact cause is unknown, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease may be increased by a range of factors, including:

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Babies' and toddlers' health | healthdirect

Details: Knowing and understanding the health risks of young children is an important part of being a parent. Learn about health issues like breastfeeding, croup and fevers in young children.

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Duodart 500/400 | healthdirect

Details: On this page about Duodart 500/400 you will find information relating to side effects, age restrictions, food interactions, whether the medicine is available at a government subsidised price on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) as well as other useful information.

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Loneliness and isolation | healthdirect

Details: Mental health conditions — such as depression, feeling anxious, having panic attacks or feeling paranoid. Low energy — feeling tired or not having motivation. Sleep problems — not being able to get to sleep, stay asleep or waking up a lot.

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Prostheses | healthdirect

Details: Private health insurance generally doesn’t cover external prosthetic limbs or external breast prostheses. Nor does it usually cover implants that have a purely cosmetic function. Talk to your health professional about costs and funding sources. Remember to ask about the costs of surgery, scans, tests and hospital stays. Prostheses for children

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Cirrhosis of the liver | healthdirect

Details: Learn how alcohol affects your liver health, symptoms of liver damage & support services here. Read more on Hepatitis NSW website. Cirrhosis of the liver - Better Health Channel. Cirrhosis is a type of liver damage where healthy cells are replaced by scar tissue.

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Managing your alcohol intake | healthdirect

Details: Health and wellbeing: Cutting alcohol consumption means you are less likely to feel anxious or depressed, and you're at less risk of developing long-term health problems such as cancer, heart disease or liver cirrhosis (scarring). You might even lose weight, have more energy and look better.

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Causes of PTSD | healthdirect

Details: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the term given to a specific set of reactions and health complications that follow the experience of an event that threatened a person’s life or safety, or the safety of those around them. Read more on Ausmed Education website.

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Benefits of physical activity for children | healthdirect

Details: Health benefits of exercise. Exercise can be anything that makes children's breathing faster and their heart beat quicker. Sitting less and exercising for 60 minutes a day (not necessarily all in one go) has many health benefits for children: They will develop healthy bones, muscles and joints. They will develop healthy heart and lungs.

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Ketogenic diet | healthdirect

Details: Diabetes is a chronic health condition where the body has difficulty processing the carbohydrates in food because the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or the insulin produced is ineffective, or a combination of both. Read more on WA Health website. Show more. Top results.

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