Medicines and Driving

Medicines and Driving

Health & Wellness

10-01-2018

It is estimated that road crashes cost Australia $27 billion every year. Since record keeping started in 1925, there have been more than 189,000 road deaths in Australia.

During the ‘silly season’ most people will consider their alcohol consumption and how it may affect their driving. However, many people don’t realise that medicines can also affect driving. We all know alcohol can slow our reflexes, but many medicines can do this too. If your driving skills are compromised by medicine side effects, you may cause an accident and risk death or injury to yourself or others. Other risks include fines, property damage, and loss of licence, or even time in jail. Read More >

Traumatic Experiences – from the Better Health Channel

Traumatic Experiences – from the Better Health Channel

Health & Wellness

01-01-2018

It is normal to have strong emotional or physical reactions following a distressing event. On most occasions though, these reactions subside as a part of the body’s natural healing and recovery process. There are many things you can do to help cope with and recover from such an experience.

A traumatic experience is any event in life that causes a threat to our safety and potentially places our own life or the lives of others at risk. As a result, a person experiences high levels of emotional, psychological, and physical distress that temporarily disrupts their ability to function normally in day-to-day life. Read More >

Medicines and driving

Medicines and driving

Health & Wellness

14-12-2017

It is estimated that road crashes cost Australia $27 billion every year.

Since record keeping started in 1925, there have been more than 189,000 road deaths in Australia.

 During the ‘silly season’ most people will consider their alcohol consumption and how it may affect their driving. However, many people don’t realise that medicines can also affect driving.

 We all know alcohol can slow our reflexes, but many medicines can do this too. If your driving skills are compromised by medicine side effects, you may cause an accident and risk death or injury to yourself or others. Other risks include fines, property damage, and loss of licence, or even time in jail. Read More >

Heartburn is very common

Heartburn is very common

Health & Wellness

06-12-2017

Heartburn is a feeling of discomfort or burning, rising up from the lower chest to the neck.

Most of us at some time in our lives will experience heartburn – after a big meal, undertaking strenuous activity too soon after eating, or drinking too much alcohol or coffee.

Heartburn (gastro-oesophageal reflux or indigestion) is really very common.

What is heartburn?

Heartburn is caused by the contents of the stomach coming back up into the oesophagus where it can cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat.

Persistent reflux that occurs more than twice a week is considered to be gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), and it can eventually lead to more serious health problems. People of all ages can have GORD. Read More >

Antibiotic use in colds and flu

Antibiotic use in colds and flu

Health & Wellness

09-11-2017

Antibiotics won’t help you get over a cold or flu faster. Colds and flus are caused by viruses. Antibiotics are medicines used to treat bacterial infections and diseases.

Viruses

 Colds and flu are caused by viruses. Viruses are a type of tiny organism that can cause illness. When you have a cold, you may sneeze and have a blocked or runny nose, a sore throat and a cough. Colds rarely cause serious harm, but they can still make you feel unwell. Colds usually get better in 7–10 days, but the cough can last up to three weeks. Influenza, commonly known as ‘the flu’, is different to a cold although both are caused by viruses. Flu symptoms usually start suddenly with a high fever and you may feel unwell and need to rest. You may have a dry cough, shivering, sweating and severe muscle aches. Read More >

Antibiotic use in colds and flu

Antibiotic use in colds and flu

Health & Wellness

06-11-2017

 Just because symptoms can last a long time doesn’t mean children need antibiotics

 

Colds

Colds are very common and are caused by viruses that are easily passed from person to person. 

Symptoms may include: sneezing, blocked or runny nose, sore throat, cough, low grade fever (38° C to 38.5° C), headache, and tiredness. Read More >

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Health & Wellness

26-10-2017

STIs come in all shapes and sizes! If you are sexually active, you can get an STI – even if you practice safe sex most of the time. There are many different STIs and not all of them have obvious symptoms, so there is a chance that you or your partner could have an STI without knowing it. The only way to find out if you have a STI is to have a sexual health check-up. Doctors deal with sexual health problems on a daily basis, so don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.

Are you a carer?

Are you a carer?

Health & Wellness

11-10-2017

National Carers Week, 15-21 October 2017, is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution that unpaid carers make to our nation. You can pledge your support online at Carers Australia.

Carers are a vital part of Australia’s health system, and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems. The estimated replacement value of unpaid care provided in 2015 was $60.3 billion. Carers are our unsung heroes and contribute much to our collective communities. Carers need everyone’s support, so in National Carers Week show you care by saying thank you to carers in person and online as well as offering to help out to ensure that Australia is a carer-friendly society. Anyone can become a carer at any point throughout their life, National Carers Week is an opportunity to educate Australians about the important role of carers.

 

Mental health and wellbeing support for LGBTI people

Mental health and wellbeing support for LGBTI people

Health & Wellness

26-09-2017

 

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians live healthy, connected, happy and positive lives, but overall LGBTI people experience poorer physical and mental health, are more likely to have problems with alcohol and other drugs, and have a higher rate of suicide. LGBTI people are also frequently subject to discrimination and can have problems accessing healthcare that’s right for them.

If you or someone you know is LGBTI and needs support, help is available … you are not alone.

Mental health services

A range of services is available specifically for LGBTI Victorians needing mental health support, and their families and friends. These include mental health counselling, resources and peer support activities.

Key providers of LGBTI mental health services in Victoria include:

  • drummond street services – including Queerspace mental health and wellbeing services delivered by specialist queer and queer affirmative mental health practitioners, and QHealth – queer-affirmative drug and alcohol counselling services
  • Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) – confidential, non-judgmental, counselling for members of the LGBTI community
  • Switchboard Tel. (03) 9663 6733 – a peer based, volunteer-run support service for LGBTQI people and their friends, families and allies
  • rainbow families Victoria – supports and promotes equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents, carers and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, gender diverse or intersex) in Victoria. Read More >