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Health information online and in the media can be confusing and overwhelming.  

 

Below are some common health topics that are should be a priority for you and your family.

What is your chance of having a heart attack or stroke?
 

Heart disease is still the biggest killer in Australia.  Both heart disease and stroke are affected by the following risk factors:

 

  • age

  • male gender

  • high blood pressure

  • high cholesterol

  • diabetes

  • smoking

 

If you know some of this information, you can estimate your chance of having a heart attack or stroke within the next 5 years using this simple risk calculator.

Simple ways to keep diabetes and cholesterol under control

 

 

Even if diabetes or high cholesterol run in your family, you can minimise their impact and prevent them from getting worse by developing just a few simple habits. Start small and increase at your own pace:

 

  • Start with 10 minute walks twice a week

  • Avoid food and drinks with high carbohydrate/sugar load or high fat.

 

To prevent the complications of diabetes, you should have regular assessment of:

 

  1. Eyes

  2. Feet

  3. Heart

  4. Kidneys

 

Ask your doctor how this can be organised.

*Worried that you might be at risk of diabetes?  Use this diabetes risk calculator.

Minimise your chance of cancer

 

 

 

No matter how healthy you are, cancer remains a significant risk for everyone.  The most effective way in preventing cancer is by screening tests, which can detect very early cancer or pre-cancerous states.  

Cancer screening is available for the following cancers:

 

  • Bowel cancer

  • Breast cancer

  • Prostate cancer

  • Cervical cancer

  • Skin cancer

 

Check with your doctor if you are up to date with these.  

 

Unfortunately, for many other cancer, effective screening is still unavailable.

Women's Health checklist

 

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Kids' Health

 

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Men's Health checklist

 

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Could you have emphysema?

 

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Your mental health

 

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Who will make decisions for you when you can't?

 

Now any adult can easily fill out an 'Advanced Care Directive' - a legal document that states your wishes about your healthcare when you can no longer make these yourself. It replaces the Medical Power of Attorney and other similar documents.

It only takes effect when you cannot make decisions and only about healthcare, including refusal of care and resuscitation.

 

Visit the Advanced Care Directive website to read more and fill out the form.

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