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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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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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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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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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Australia’s healthcare system | healthdirect

Details: Primary health care is the first point of call for most people for most illnesses. It's delivered in a variety of settings, including at general practices, community health centres and at home. Primary care is provided by doctors, along with community nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other allied health professionals. Allied health

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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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Head to Health | healthdirect

Details: Head to Health has a range of resources from trusted Australian based providers and is there to help you (or someone you care about) feel more in control of your mental health at a time and place convenient to you. On the site you can choose the information, advice and services you are most comfortable with.

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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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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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Genetic disorders | healthdirect

Details: People with the condition will have health problems, but might still enjoy a normal lifestyle. Read more about Congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Cystic fibrosis (CF) Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a disease affecting the lungs and digestive system. Treatments can improve the quality of life for people living with CF.

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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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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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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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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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Diverticular disease - diverticulitis and diverticulosis

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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The public and private hospital systems | healthdirect

Details: Private health insurance policies cover some of the costs of treatment in a private hospital. Insurance can also help cover 'extras' – other medical services such as dental, physiotherapy, optical and more. Find out how Health helps to improve the private health insurance industry.

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Mental health stigma - dealing with stigma and how to

Details: What is mental health stigma? A stigma can be like a mark, a stain or a blemish. People with mental illness may face stigma — they may be treated differently, as if they are somehow less than other people.. Stigma shows when someone with a mental illness is called 'dangerous', 'crazy' or 'incompetent' rather than unwell.

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Healthy eating - nutrition, diet, kids, adults | healthdirect

Details: Health and Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people I’ve heard I need 2 serves of fruit & 5 serves of vegetables, but what is a serve? I'm tired all the time, should I try a detox diet? The low-down on Paleo – Welcome to our three part series on the Palaeolithic diet.

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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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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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Immune system | healthdirect

Details: Your immune system defends the body from infection. It is made up of a complex network of cells, tissues and organs in your body. An underactive or overactive immune system can cause health issues.

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Fever - Trusted Health Advice | healthdirect

Details: FIND A HEALTH SERVICE — The Service Finder can help you find doctors, pharmacies, hospitals and other health services. Source s : Raising Children Network (Fever) , Choosing Wisely Australia (Recommendations) , NPS MedicineWise (What every parent should know)

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Healthy eating over 60 - Trusted Health Advice | healthdirect

Details: Iron is important for general health. A lack of iron can reduce energy levels and even lead to iron deficiency anaemia, so include some iron-rich foods in your diet. The best source of iron is lean red meat, such as beef, lamb, veal, pork, goat or kangaroo. However, many Australians, especially men, would benefit from eating less red meat.

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Safe sex - an overview | healthdirect - Trusted Health Advice

Details: Welcome to Sexual Health | Sexual Health Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality Read more on Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services website

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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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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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Salt facts | healthdirect

Details: For better health, try to limit your daily salt intake to the recommended amount. For adults, this is less than 6g a day (equivalent to 2,300mg or 2.3g of sodium) — about a teaspoon of salt. Babies and children under 11 should have less salt than adults. If a baby is breastfed, he or she will get the right amount of salt from breast milk.

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Healthy bones | healthdirect

Details: Bone health is an important part of general health. Bones are flexible yet strong for movement and protect vital organs. When the structure of bone is compromised and becomes weaker and less dense the bone has an increased risk of breaking. This is osteoporosis.

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Infectious diseases | healthdirect

Details: Health advice on COVID-19, including when to get tested or self-isolate, symptoms, how to avoid infection, physical distancing and restrictions. Read more about Coronavirus (COVID-19). Cough. Most coughs are caused by viruses which inflame the throat, windpipe or lungs. Here are some tips to relieve the symptoms.

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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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Dealing with stress - stress management | healthdirect

Details: Better Health Channel (2017) describes cortisol as being a hormone produced by the two adrenal glands, into the bloodstream (Healthdirect 2016). There is one adrenal gland found on the top of each of the two kidneys (Better Health Channel 2017; Healthdirect 2016).

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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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Abortion | healthdirect

Details: a health risk to the mother; a high probability that the baby will have a medical condition; Abortion law in Australia varies across states and territories. Abortion is legal in all states and territories under certain circumstances and when it is done by a registered medical professional. This article details abortion law in each State and

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Chiropractors | healthdirect

Details: A chiropractor is a registered health practitioner who treats the musculoskeletal system (muscles, ligaments, bone and joints). Chiropractic is used as an alternative to, or to complement, conventional medicine.This article explains what chiropractors do, and includes questions you might ask.

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Coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis | healthdirect

Details: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of eight main forms of chronic disease in Australia. Other main chronic diseases are: asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), arthritis, back pain, cancer, and mental health conditions (Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing 2018).

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Heart arrhythmias | healthdirect

Details: Heart conditions - atrial fibrillation - Better Health Channel Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of arrhythmia, which means that the heart beats fast and abnormally. Read more on Better Health Channel website

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Speed and mental health | healthdirect

Details: Speed is a stimulant drug from the amphetamine family. It speeds up the messages going to and from your brain. It can make you feel happy and energetic, but also paranoid, anxious or psychotic. Doctors can legally prescribe some amphetamines to treat conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).Other amphetamines, including speed and ice, are produced and sold illegally.

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Social workers | healthdirect

Details: Health Information Line - Women's Health Queensland Inc The Health Information Line is a free information and referral service for Queensland women, staffed by nurses, midwives and social workers.1800 017 676

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Assistance dogs or service dogs | 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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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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Symptoms of stress | healthdirect

Details: However, too much stress can affect mental and physical health, particularly if it becomes chronic (ongoing) or overwhelming. Stress can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour.

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Puberty for boys | healthdirect

Details: Understanding Mental Health - From mental wellbeing to mental health problems - 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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South Australia rural and remote health services

Details: My Health Record helps improve communication with and between your doctor, health services, specialists and hospitals. Health advice online and over the phone. Online health information can be really helpful, but it's important to use reputable sources. Look for a site with HON (Health On the Net) Foundation certification.

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Alzheimer's disease - symptoms, causes, diagnosis

Details: Key facts. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that affects a person’s thinking, behaviour and ability to perform everyday tasks. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with a build-up of certain proteins and chemicals in the brain, which leads to dementia symptoms that worsen over time.

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Stye | 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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Penis care | healthdirect

Details: The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000). Source s : NHS Choices (UK) (How to keep a penis clean) , Healthy Male (Foreskin hygeine) , Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne (Penis and foreskin care)

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Croup - symptoms, causes and treatments | 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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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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Rubella (German measles) - symptoms, treatments and

Details: Rubella (German measles) | Australian Government Department of Health Rubella, or German measles, is a contagious disease with symptoms that include fever and rash. It can affect people of all ages but can be prevented with vaccination.

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