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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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About our content | healthdirect

Details: The healthdirect website is operated by Healthdirect Australia and delivers comprehensive content that is clinically trustworthy, relevant, current and accessible. Our goal is to make health information easy to understand, useful, engaging, and visually appealing.

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Rural or remote mental health | healthdirect

Details: 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. But if you live outside a major city, it can be hard to find help.

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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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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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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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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: Healthy Eating How much exercise do I need to stay healthy? How much exercise do I need to stay healthy? 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

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Blood donation | healthdirect

Details: Mistakes can and will happen, which is why correct identification and procedure matching is crucial for minimising risk and keeping our patients safe. Communicating for Safety is the 6th standard from the recently updated National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

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Heatstroke | healthdirect

Details: NSW Health (Beat the heat), Northern Territory Government (Heat stress), Smartplay and SunSmart (UV exposure and heat illness guide), RSPCA (What can I do in hot weather to prevent heatstroke in my pet?), NSW Government (Heat-related illness, including heatstroke), National Centre for Farmer Health (Heat stress and heat stroke), SA Health (Heat

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mental health resources for adults | healthdirect

Details: Mental health refers to your sense of wellbeing and your ability to function both intellectually and emotionally in a positive way. It means being able to form positive relationships, reaching your potential and dealing with life’s challenges. A number of factors can negatively affect your mental health, including: stress; alcohol or drug abuse

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Digestive system | healthdirect

Details: Kids' Health - Topics - The digestive system - powering up your body. Machines need a power source in order to work. Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website. Cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is disability that mostly affects the lungs and digestive system.

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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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Croup - symptoms, causes and treatments | healthdirect

Details: Lung sounds tell you a great deal about a patient and their relative health. Knowing the difference between rales, a crackle, and a wheeze is sometimes still a confusing proposition for many nurses, especially new nurses. Part of the reason for that is that some of the language is interchangeable.

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Management of chronic conditions | healthdirect

Details: Speak with your community health centre about how a social worker may be able to help you manage your chronic condition. Self-management programs. Self-management programs give you information and skills to help manage your illness. Contact your local government office or community health organisation to find one that suits you. Support for carers

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COVID-19 information for older Australians | healthdirect

Details: Contact your health service provider to ask whether telehealth or phone services are available to you. Where a face-to-face consultation is required, patients will still be able to attend appointments at primary health clinics and hospitals. The Australian Government is also speeding up the electronic prescribing ('e-prescribing') of medicines.

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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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Informed consent | healthdirect

Details: Ensuring informed consent is properly obtained is a legal, ethical and professional requirement on the part of all treating health professionals and supports person-centred care. Read more on Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care website

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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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What is addiction? | healthdirect

Details: In 2018, the World Health Organisation stated that 'Gaming Disorder' is to be included in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 11th revision. Whilst gaming disorder may be alarming and could evidently affect an individual's daily living, controversy surrounds this classification.

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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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COVID-19 Restriction Checker | healthdirect

Details: 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 know what to do.

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Dental care for children | healthdirect

Details: The type of health insurance that pays for dental care is known as ‘General Treatment’ (sometimes called ‘Extras’ or ‘Ancillary’). Health insurance that only covers hospital or ambulance does not pay for dental care. Policies vary widely, so if you have private health insurance, check what dental care you are covered for, the amount

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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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Life stages | healthdirect

Details: Health information in relation to a number of different life stages and life events, such as babies and toddlers, children, teenagers, young adults, pregnancy, women's health, men's health, seniors and end-of-life issues.

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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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Head injuries - symptoms, treatments and prevention

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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