Domestic and family abuse and violence

Domestic and family abuse and violence comes in many forms. This type of violence doesn’t discriminate and...

Domestic violence safety planning

You may need a safety plan if you feel you are at risk of domestic and family...

Sexual assault

Sexual assault as any type of sexual behaviour that makes someone feel uncomfortable, frightened, intimidated or threatened....

Caring for your cast

How do I look after my cast? It is important to let the case fully dry. Arm plaster casts can...

Clavicle fracture

A clavicle fracture is a broken collarbone. Your collarbone is in your shoulder and connects your arm...

Exercises for arm and hand casts

Why is this important? Your wrist has been put in a cast to stop it from moving so the bones...

Shoulder dislocations and instability

A shoulder dislocation is when the upper arm bone comes out of the shoulder blade socket. Shoulder...

Back pain

Back pain is the term for pain felt in the spine or back. It can be mild...

Abnormal bleeding or bruising

It’s normal to bruise or bleed after an injury. Abnormal bleeding or bruising is when you bruise...

Anaemia

Anaemia is when your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. This reduces the oxygen...

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is a type of blood clot that forms in a deep vein (not a...

Hypertension

Hypertension is the medical name for high blood pressure. High blood pressure means your blood is pumping...

Lymphoma

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps the body...

Myeloma

Myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is a type of blood cancer affecting plasma cells. Plasma cells are...

Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism is when a blood clot blocks the arteries that supply blood to the lungs....

Acute leukaemia

Acute leukaemia is a type of blood cancer that develops quickly. If you have acute leukaemia, your...

Bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is cancer that affects the colon or rectum. It is also called colorectal cancer. Cancer...

Breast cancer screening

Breast cancer screening is a test that checks for early signs of breast cancer. When breast cancer...

Breast Cancer Survivorship

  Breast cancer survival rates are improving. This means that are more and more women who are...

Cervical screening

Cervical screening is a test that checks for early signs of cervical cancer. When cervical cancer is...

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) is a type of blood and bone marrow cancer. The bone marrow is...

Endometrial cancer

Endometrial cancer is cancer that starts in the uterus. Most women who get this type of cancer...

Head and neck cancer

Head and neck cancer is a general term used for different types of cancers that develop in...

Liver cancer

Liver cancer is cancer that starts in the cells of the liver. In people with liver cancer,...

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is a form of cancer that starts in the lungs. In Australia, more people die...

Multidisciplinary teams in cancer care

When you have been diagnosed with cancer, you will be cared for by a whole team of...

Oesophageal cancer

Oesophageal cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the cells that line the oesophagus. The...

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is cancer that begins in the ovaries. In people with this type of cancer, cells...

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common developmental disorder that affects how people behave. Children with ADHD may...

Autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (autism for short) affects how someone thinks, feels, acts and behaves with others. Signs...

Behavioural concerns In children

Some children act differently to other children. Behaving differently isn’t always a problem. But, if your child’s...

Developmental concerns in children

GPs use milestones to track your child’s development. Milestones are the skills and tasks children can do...

Developmental milestones

GPs use milestones to track your child’s development. Milestones are the skills and tasks children can do...

Short stature in children

A child with short stature is much shorter than other children of the same age. When a...

Temper tantrums

Temper tantrums, also known as tantrums, are emotional outbursts. If your child is having a tantrum, they...

Weight management in children

Weight management in children is about making long-term changes that support a healthy lifestyle. The goal is...

Anxiety disorders in children and young people

An anxiety disorder is when we often feel very anxious. This can be anxious about something specific...

Behavioural Disorders in Children and Young People

A behavioural disorder is when a child has difficulty with their emotions and behaviours. Their behaviour can...

Compulsive disorders in children and young people

A compulsive disorder is when a person has has repeated unwanted thoughts or the need to repeat...

Depressive and bipolar disorders in children and young people

A depressive disorder is when a person has low mood, less interest or enjoyment in activities and...

Psychotic disorders in children and young people

Getting a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder will depend how long, how bad and in what ways...

BCG vaccination

The BCG vaccine is the vaccine for tuberculosis, also known as TB. Tuberculosis is a serious bacterial...

Birthmark (Infantile haemangioma)

An infantile haemangioma is the most common type of birthmark in babies. They often appear a few...

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a type of arthritis that develops in a child aged 16 or younger....

Obstructive sleep apnoea in children

Obstructive sleep apnoea is when something partly or completely blocks the throat during sleep. This causes breathing...

Physical activity in children

Regular physical activity is essential for your child’s health, growth and development. Kids need to be active...

Rashes in children

A rash is a change in colour and texture of the skin. They can feel hot, itchy,...

Coronavirus and aged care facilities

A COVID-19 outbreak is a serious health risk for people who live in residential aged care facilities....

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

A new type of coronavirus was detected in late 2019. This virus can cause a severe respiratory...

COVID-19: Self-isolation

A new type of coronavirus was detected in late 2019. This virus can cause a severe respiratory illness called coronavirus...

How to manage COVID-19 at home

Can I manage my COVID-19 at home? South Western Sydney is moving towards people self-managing their COVID-19 infection. This is...

Stopping the spread of COVID-19

A new type of coronavirus was detected in late 2019. This virus can cause a severe respiratory illness called coronavirus...

Refugee health assessment

A refugee health assessment is a detailed check of a person who has arrived in Australia as...

Diabetes and diet

Diet is an important part of managing your diabetes. There is no one-size-fits-all diet for diabetes, because...

Diabetes and pregnancy

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and are pregnant, you need special care. If...

Diabetes eye screening

Diabetes is not just a disease that affects your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can...

Diabetes foot screening

Diabetes is not just a disease that affects your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can...

Diabetes kidney screening

High blood sugar levels can damage your kidneys. Undiagnosed kidney damage can lead to serious health issues....

Diabetes Medications

If you have type 2 diabetes, you may need medication to help manage your blood sugar levels....

Gestational diabetes

Diabetes develops if the body can’t make enough insulin. Insulin helps the body to absorb sugar from...

Guidelines for insulin storage and handling

Storage Vials and cartridges of insulin not currently being used should be stored in the refrigerator (2 to 8 degrees)...

Hypoglycaemia

Hypoglycaemia is low blood sugar and it’s one of the most common problems related to diabetes. Taking...

Pre diabetes

After you eat, your body breaks down food into glucose, a type of sugar. A hormone called...

Pre-pregnancy planning for women with diabetes

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and are thinking about having a baby, pre-pregnancy...

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is when your pancreas is unable to make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that...

Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes develops if the body can’t make enough insulin. After you eat, your body breaks down food...

Benefits of exercise

It can sometimes seem too hard to exercise, with time, money, tiredness and other factors getting in the way. However,...

Maintaining healthy behaviour change

Sometimes getting the motivation to change our lifestyle is easy but actually making that change and sticking with it can...

Nutrition resources

Scroll down for recommended resources to guide you towards eating a healthier diet. 

Obesity related conditions

Obesity can affect a person’s overall health and wellbeing. People with a body mass index of more...

Planning to lose weight

Being overweight or obese can have an impact on your health, but even small amounts of weight...

Quitting smoking

Smoking is the greatest cause of preventable illness and death in Australia. Around two-thirds of long-term smokers...

Alcohol

Alcohol is a legal drug in Australia for people over the age of 18. However, alcohol use...

Cannabis

Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in Australia. It is used in three main forms:...

Cocaine, Ecstasy, and Other Drugs

Cocaine and ecstasy are two commonly used illegal drugs. These drugs are damaging to your health and...

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is an illegal stimulant which is often called ‘crystal meth’ or ‘ice’. Methamphetamine gives you a...

Needle and syringe programs

Needle and syringe services in South Western Sydney Find your closest Needle and Syringe Program outlet below.

Opioid dependence treatment

Opioid dependence treatment is treatment for people who are dependent on opioids. Opioids are pain-relieving medications. There...

Opioids

There are many types of opioids, including prescription opioids such as morphine and illegal opioids such as...

Problem gambling

Some people can gamble responsibly, but others find it hard to stop. Gambling becomes a problem when...

Safe injecting practices

What should I do? People who inject drugs can place themselves at risk of HIV, hepatitis C and other blood...

Ankle fractures

An ankle fracture is a broken ankle. Fractures can be thin cracks or complete breaks that shatter....

Ankle sprain

An ankle sprain is an ankle injury caused by rolling, twisting or straining the ankle. An ankle...

Foot and toe injuries 

There are many different types of foot and toe injuries, including fractures. A fracture is a broken...

Foot pain

Foot pain can affect the toes, midfoot, ankles, arches and heel. There are many types and causes...

Ingrown toenail

Ingrown toenails occur when your toenail grows into the skin of the toe. They are most common...

Bowel cancer screening

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to help detect signs of bowel cancer early. Early diagnosis...

Iron deficiency anaemia

Iron deficiency anaemia is a type of anaemia caused by a lack of iron. You need iron...

Iron therapy

Iron therapy is when you receive iron through an injection into a vein. This is also called...

Vitamin B12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency occurs when you don’t have enough vitamin B12 in your body. Our bodies need...

Family risk of breast or ovarian cancer syndromes

One of the known risk factors for breast or ovarian cancer is a family history. Around 5%...

Family risk of colorectal or endometrial cancer syndromes

Around 10 to 15% of all people with colorectal cancer have a family history. Family history means...

Haemochromatosis

Haemochromatosis causes the body to absorb too much iron from food. The condition is genetic, which means...

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. The pinched nerve causes a...

Dupuytren’s contracture

Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that occurs when the skin under your hand gradually becomes thick and...

Ganglia

Ganglia are small cysts. They contain a thick jelly-like material called synovial fluid. Ganglia are also called...

Mallet splints

A mallet splint is designed to keep your finger tip in an over-extended position to allow the...

Scaphoid fractures

A scaphoid fracture is a break in one of the bones in your wrist. They usually happen...

Trigger finger

If you have trigger finger, your finger will get stuck or locked after flexing, then snap back...

Chest pain

Chest pain can feel like a dull ache, a sharp stab, or a crushing or burning sensation....

Heart failure

Heart failure is when your heart can’t pump enough blood to the rest of your body. The...

Home blood pressure measurement

Measuring your blood pressure can help your GP find out if you have hypertension. Hypertension is when...

Reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease is a term for a range of diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels....

Adverse events following immunisation

  Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFIs) is the term used to describe certain medical issues that people may...

Immunisation

Immunisation is the process of getting a vaccine against a serious disease. Vaccines contain very weak forms...

Immunisation and pregnancy

Getting certain vaccines before, during and after pregnancy protects you and your baby. Vaccines recommended for pregnant...

Influenza immunisation

The influenza immunisation is a vaccine that protects against the flu. It’s recommended for anyone over the...

Travel vaccination

Travel vaccinations are vaccines that protect against the serious diseases you may encounter when travelling overseas. Overseas...

Rabies and bat lyssavirus

Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus are viruses that spread through bites or scratches from infected animals. These...

Zika virus

Zika is a virus that spreads through infected mosquito bites. It can also be sexually transmitted. In...

Acute kidney injury

Acute kidney injury is a form of kidney damage that occurs quickly, over a period of days...

Chronic kidney disease

Your kidneys filter the blood in your body, removing waste products that can harm your organs. If...

Dialysis

Your kidneys filter the blood in your body. They remove waste products that could harm your vital...

Kidney infection (pyelonephritis)

Kidney infections happen when bacteria enters your body via the urethra (the tube you pass urine through)....

Proteinuria

Proteinuria is the medical name for protein in the urine. There is usually a small amount of...

Urinary incontinence

  Urinary incontinence is the involuntary or accidental leakage of urine. This affects 30% to 50% of...

Knee pain

Knee pain is pain that you can feel in the knee joint or around the knee. Knee...

Prepatellar Bursitis (Housemaid’s Knee)

Prepatellar bursitis is a type of knee injury that occurs when the bursa, in the front of...

Shin pain

Shin pain is type of pain that occurs on the tibia, the shin bone. Shin pain is...

Fatty liver disease

Healthy livers have very little or no fat in them. But if you drink too much alcohol,...

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that affects the liver. The virus is spread through body fluids such...

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a virus that affects your liver. It is spread by direct blood contact such...

Community health centres

South Western Sydney Local Health District has 18 community health services across the district providing a range of services:

Emergency care

Note: For emergencies, dial 000 and ask for AMBULANCE.

Multicultural services and translated resources

This page lists resources on many health conditions with translations for non-English speakers. Scroll down to find information from children’s...

Telemonitoring

Telemonitoring is when your GP or healthcare professional monitors your health data electronically. Examples of health data...

Triple I (hub)

Triple I is SWSLHD’s centralised intake, information and intervention centre for primary and community health services within...

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, describes a range of lung diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, non-reversible...

End-stage respiratory disease

End-stage respiratory disease is when a lung disease reaches a stage where the person with the disease...

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a serious lung infection caused by a bacteria or virus. It can affect one or...

Shortness of breath action plan

The Shortness of Breath Action Plan shows different ways to manage your breathlessness. It is completed with...

Silicosis

Silica is a common mineral which can be found in bricks, tiles and concrete. Silica can become...

Medical termination of pregnancy

A medical termination uses medication to end a pregnancy. It is safe and effective for pregnancies up...

Vaginal pessaries

A vaginal pessary is a removable device that is put into the vagina. It is used to...

Biliary scan

A Biliary scan is a test to detect certain diseases of the gall bladder. It provides information...

Bone scan

A bone scan is useful in diagnosing and assessing a wide range of bone and joint diseases....

Colon transit scan

A Colon Transit scan is a test to examine if there is a problem with the movement...

Gallium scan

A Gallium Scan is a test that is used to detect a number of diseases including infections,...

Gastric emptying scan

A Gastric Emptying Scan is a test to examine if there is a problem with the movement...

Gated heart pool scan

A gated heart pool scan looks at how well the heart is pumping. It may be performed...

Liver spleen scan

A Liver-Spleen scan is a test to examine the liver and/or the spleen for abnormalities. This test...

Lung (V/Q) scan

A lung (V/Q) scan is also known as a lung ventilation and perfusion scan. This test is...

MIBG scan

An MIBG Scan is a test that is used to detect various tumours of the neuro-endocrine system....

Myocardial perfusion scan

A Myocardial Perfusion Scan (also known as a Sestamibi Scan) is a test to examine the blood...

Octreotide scan

An Octreotide scan is a test that is used to detect various tumours of the neuro-endocrine system....

Oral glucose tolerance test

An oral glucose tolerance test, or OGTT, is a test that looks at the amount of glucose...

Parathyroid scan

A Parathyroid scan is a test to identify and localise overactive parathyroid gland(s). What do I...

Positron emission tomography scan

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) detects and measures glucose metabolism within the body. PET scans can diagnose certain...

Radioiodine total body search

A Radioiodine Total Body Search detects the presence of residual thyroid tissue or cancer spread in patients...

RBC (red blood cell) liver scan

Liver masses are often found by other tests such as ultrasound or CT scans. An RBC Liver...

Recovering from keyhole surgery

Laparoscopic, or keyhole surgery, involves 3-4 small incisions (cuts) up to 1cm long in the abdomen (stomach)....

Renal cortex scan

A renal cortex scan is also known as a DSMA renal scan. The scan examines the functioning...

Renal scan

A renal scan looks at kidney blood flow and function. It can give information that cannot be...

Sentinel lymph node scan

What is a sentinel lymph node? Lymph is fluid that escapes from blood vessels into the tissues. It travels in...

Skin biopsy

A skin biopsy is a quick and simple procedure that removes a small sample of skin for...

Thyroid scan

A thyroid scan shows the function and structure of the thyroid gland. It can give information not...

Ultrasound

An ultrasound scan creates a real-time picture of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound...

White blood cell scan

A white blood cell scan is a test used to detect areas of infection in the body...

Antipsychotic medication

Antipsychotic medications help manage symptoms of psychosis, a serious mental health condition affecting the mind. People with...

Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue. It can be a normal and healthy response to stress. It can...

Bereavement, grief and loss

Bereavement is the process of coping with the death of a family member or close friend. If...

Depression

  Depression is when feel people feel low or down for at least two weeks. Depression can...

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are mental health conditions that cause a person to develop disordered or extreme eating habits....

Psychosis

Psychosis is a serious mental health condition affecting the mind. People with psychosis can experience an altered...

Psychotic disorders in children and young people

Getting a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder will depend how long, how bad and in what ways...

Self harm

Self harm is when someone purposely hurts a part of their body. Some common forms of self-harm...

Suicidal thoughts

Sometimes, people have thoughts about wanting to harm themselves or end their life. These thoughts may occur...

Medicinal Cannabis

Cannabis is a type of flowering plant in the family Cannabacae. This plant has been used as...

Respiratory compromise in neuromuscular conditions

People with neuromuscular conditions have a high risk of developing respiratory compromise or failure. Respiratory failure means...

Stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked. There are two main types...

Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)

A transient ischaemic attack, also known as a TIA, occurs when blood supply to the brain is...

Dementia

Dementia causes a decline in brain function. It affects parts of the brain like memory, thinking, learning,...

Mild cognitive impairment

Mild cognitive impairment is memory loss that is not a normal part of ageing. It affects up...

Older person’s health assessment

An over 75s health assessment is a yearly test that helps your GP to: identify any health...

Palliative care

Palliative care is a specific type of care for people who have a life-limiting illness. Palliative care...

Urinary incontinence

  Urinary incontinence is the involuntary or accidental leakage of urine. This affects 30% to 50% of...

Chronic pain

Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than expected. It usually occurs after an injury or disease....

Medication options for acute pain

There are two main types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain starts suddenly and is usually...

Advance care planning

Advance care planning involves making a plan for your future medical care. If one day you are...

After a loved one has died

After a loved one has died, your GP may sign a certificate that confirms the death. You...

Bereavement, grief and loss

Bereavement is the process of coping with the death of a family member or close friend. If...

Managing the final stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that blocks airflow and makes it difficult...

Managing the final stages of dying

Managing the final stages of dying involves careful planning. It’s important the person’s wishes are respected. As...

Palliative care

Palliative care is a specific type of care for people who have a life-limiting illness. Palliative care...

Palliative care pain management

More than 65% of palliative care patients experience pain. People with cancer, osteoarthritis, end-stage renal failure, neurological...

Self-care for family and carers in palliative care

Caring for someone who is dying is both rewarding and challenging. It is normal to feel distressed...

Sleep disturbance in palliative care

People who are nearing the end of their lives may have difficulty sleeping. There are many reasons...

Understanding the dying process

What happens when a person is dying? It is very difficult to predict exactly what will happen. Some people deteriorate...

Anaemia in pregnancy

Anaemia means you don’t have enough red blood cells in your blood. It’s often caused by low...

Antenatal screening

A fetal anomaly, sometimes called a birth defect, is when there is a change to part of...

Asthma in pregnancy

If you have asthma and are pregnant, your asthma control can change. Some women have an increase...

Birth after caesarean section

For women who have had one or more caesarean sections in the past, you may have the...

Bleeding in mid-late pregnancy

Bleeding in mid to late pregnancy is any bleeding from 20 weeks to full term. It can...

Bleeding in rhesus negative women

Every person has one of four blood types (A, B, AB or O). These blood types are...

Coping with pregnancy loss

What will my healthcare team do? Your healthcare team can answer many of the medical questions you may have regarding...

Dilatation and curettage

A Dilatation and Curettage (D&C) is an operation performed on women to scrape away the lining of...

Epilepsy in women and pregnancy

If you have epilepsy and want to fall pregnant, there are some issues you need to be...

Foetal movements

Foetal movements is a term that refers to the baby’s movements in the womb during pregnancy. If...

Gestational diabetes

Diabetes develops if the body can’t make enough insulin. Insulin helps the body to absorb sugar from...

Hypertension in pregnancy and pre-eclampsia

Hypertension in pregnancy and pre-eclampsia are two serious medical conditions that can occur at any stage during...

Medical termination of pregnancy

A medical termination uses medication to end a pregnancy. It is safe and effective for pregnancies up...

Mental health and pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an emotional time for many women. It’s not uncommon for pregnant women to experience...

Miscarriage

A miscarriage is a pregnancy loss that occurs within the fi­rst 20 weeks. This is usually confirmed...

Obesity in pregnancy

It is normal to gain weight during pregnancy. However, being overweight or obese before pregnancy, or putting...

Perineal tear follow up

It is common for women to have some form of tear during a vaginal birth. A tear...

Planning to have a baby

If you’re planning to have a baby, it’s important to see your GP for a pre-conception visit...

Pregnancy and weight gain

During pregnancy, some weight gain is normal. How much weight you gain depends on what you weighed...

Routine antenatal care

Routine antenatal care refers to the regular appointments and tests you have during your pregnancy. You’ll need...

Surgical termination of pregnancy

Surgical termination of pregnancy is a safe day-surgery procedure. It can be performed anywhere between 7 to...

Thyroid disease in pregnancy

Your thyroid gland is located in your neck, near the base of your throat. It makes hormones...

Abnormal vaginal discharge

If you are having more vaginal discharge than usual, it may be a sign that something is...

Acute pelvic pain in women

Acute pelvic pain is soreness that’s felt in your lower stomach area. The pain may feel short,...

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection. It’s caused by bacteria. You get chlamydia by having unprotected...

Contact tracing

You’ve just found out you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). There’s a lot going through your...

Epididymo-orchitis

Epididymo-orchitis is inflammation of the testes and epididymides (tubes attached to each testicle). Epididymo-orchitis can be mild...

Genital warts

Genital warts, or Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), is a sexually transmitted infection caused by strains of the...

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria. Common symptoms include genital discharge, pain when urinating...

Herpes

Herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. As many as one...

HIV exposure

People can become exposed to HIV in several ways. This may be from unprotected sex, sharing needles...

Living with HIV

Living with HIV is the term used to describe people who are HIV-positive. Over the last three...

Permanent Contraception (Steralisation)

Sterilisation is a method that permanently prevents pregnancies. This can be done in both males and females....

Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP)

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that greatly reduces the risk of getting HIV. PrEP is recommended...

Sexual health screening

Sexual health screening is testing for one or more sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You might need a...

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection. It’s a bacterial infection that spreads by having unprotected sex or...

Thrush (Vulvovaginal candidiasis)

Vulvovaginal candidiasis is a fungal infection in the vagina. It is caused by a growth of candida...

Urethral discharge in males

Urethral discharge refers to fluid that leaks from the urethra (the tube that carries urine and semen...

Breathlessness (Dysponea)

Breathlessness, or shortness of breath, can happen for a range of reasons, including: Lung conditions such as...

Acne

Acne is a condition causing spots and painful bumps on the skin, also known as pimples. Acne...

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection. The infected area may be swollen, red, hot and tender. Common...

Corns and calluses

Corns and calluses are areas of thick, hard skin. They mostly form on the feet and toes....

Eczema / atopic dermatitis

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition characterised by dry and irritated skin. Eczema usually...

Hand fractures

A hand fracture is a break in a bone in the hand (metacarpal fracture) or fingers (phalanx...

Hives (Urticaria)

Hives (urticaria) is a type of itchy skin rash. The raised bumps (wheals) appear when skin cells...

Melanoma

Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer. Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the...

Pruritus

Pruritus is the medical word for itchy skin. There are many reasons why your skin can itch....

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a type of skin condition that usually appears as an elevated round or oval patch...

Skin conditions in pregnancy – rash and itch

During pregnancy, you may experience some changes to your skin. Sometimes, you can experience a rash or...

Warts and verrucas

Warts and verrucas are small, hard lumps on the skin. They are caused by different strains of...

Obstructive sleep apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea is when something partly or completely blocks the throat during sleep. This causes breathing...

Sleep hygiene

Sleep hygiene means good sleep habits – the things you can do to give yourself the best...

Carer supports

Caring for a friend or family member can be a difficult, challenging task. Many people provide informal...

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is a government department that offers support for people who have served...

Disability support services

Disability support services are services that help people with disabilities, their families and carers. The Australian government...

Driving and vehicle assessment

If you have a medical condition that could affect your ability to drive safely, you will need...

Energy rebates for medical equipment and low income households

Low Income Household Energy Rebate The NSW Government provides assistance measures to help households with their energy costs. Eligibility for...

Haematuria (blood in urine)

Blood in urine can be: Macroscopic which means blood can be seen in urine without needing tests...

Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene is the process of cleaning your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading diseases....

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is due to an overactive thyroid. The thyroid is a gland in the neck. It makes...

Make the GP part of your family

What is a GP? GPs, or general practitioners, play a central role in the delivery of general health treatment and...

My Health Record

My Health Record is a secure online summary of your health information. The record keeps information about...

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers financial support for Australians who have permanent and significant disability....

Organ and tissue donation

Organ and tissue donation is the process of donating your organs and tissues to people who are...

Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy is when people are taking five or more medications each day. These can be prescribed, over...

Return to work

Returning to work after an illness can be challenging, but your GP is here to help. Returning...

Self-care for people with cancer

Living with cancer impacts your physical and emotional health in many ways. It’s normal to face challenges...

Your Healthcare Journey

You are the centre of your healthcare journey You are the best person to be in charge of your own...

Criteria-led discharge

Many people find hospital a worrying and confusing time. Not knowing when they will leave the hospital...

Dilatation and curettage

A Dilatation and Curettage (D&C) is an operation performed on women to scrape away the lining of...

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

A laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the removal of the gallbladder and gallstones by keyhole surgery. Sometimes, the surgeon...

Surgical termination of pregnancy

Surgical termination of pregnancy is a safe day-surgery procedure. It can be performed anywhere between 7 to...

Breast Cancer Survivorship

  Breast cancer survival rates are improving. This means that are more and more women who are...

Chronic pelvic pain

Chronic pelvic pain is abdominal and/or pelvic pain that has lasted for at least 6 months. It...

Dilatation and curettage

A Dilatation and Curettage (D&C) is an operation performed on women to scrape away the lining of...

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is an inflammatory illness with lesions of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterus. It can cause pelvic...

Factor V leiden in pregnancy

Factor V Leiden is a gene mutation. It can increase your chance of developing an abnormal blood...

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Heavy menstrual bleeding means a heavy period. This can affect a woman’s quality of life. Most menstrual...

Intermenstrual and post-coital bleeding

Intermenstrual bleeding is bleeding from the vagina that happens when not having a period. Bleeding that happens...

Long-acting contraceptives

Long-acting contraceptives are birth-control devices that stay in your body for a long time (from one month...

Medical termination of pregnancy

A medical termination uses medication to end a pregnancy. It is safe and effective for pregnancies up...

Menopause

Menopause is defined as not having a period for more than a year in a non-pregnant woman....

Options For Pregnancy Care

In South Western Sydney, there are five main types of pregnancy care. You have a say in your pregnancy care...

Ovarian masses (cysts)

Ovarian masses (cysts) are fluid-filled sacs that appear in the ovary. The most common types of cysts...

Pelvic inflammatory disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a bacterial infection of your uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. This infection may...

Pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more pelvic organs bulge into the vagina. This happens when...

Period pain (dysmenorrhoea)

Dysmenorrhoea means a painful period. It is common but often under-diagnosed or treated. It can make life...

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

  Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder. It often affects young women’s metabolism and...

Postmenopausal bleeding

Postmenopausal bleeding is any bleeding from the vagina that happens after menopause. Around one in ten women...

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the physical and psychological symptoms that happen each menstrual cycle. They happen during the...

Short-acting contraceptives

Short-acting contraceptives prevent pregnancies but are either single use or only last for a short time. The...

Subfertility

Fertility means how easy it is for someone to have a baby. Subfertility is when a person...

Surgical termination of pregnancy

Surgical termination of pregnancy is a safe day-surgery procedure. It can be performed anywhere between 7 to...

Thrush (Vulvovaginal candidiasis)

Vulvovaginal candidiasis is a fungal infection in the vagina. It is caused by a growth of candida...

Unintended pregnancy

An unintended pregnancy is a pregnancy that is not planned. A chance pregnancy brings up a lot...

Urinary incontinence

  Urinary incontinence is the involuntary or accidental leakage of urine. This affects 30% to 50% of...

Vaginal pessaries

A vaginal pessary is a removable device that is put into the vagina. It is used to...

Burns injuries

A burn injury occurs when skin is injured by heat. Common causes of a burn injury include...

Lacerations

A laceration is a deep cut to the skin or flesh. In some cases, your GP can...

Leg ulcers

A leg ulcer is a wound on the leg or ankle. The wound is usually caused by...

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