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....

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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...

Lung cancer

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

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...

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...

Obstructive sleep apnoea in children

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

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Diabetes and pregnancy

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

Gestational diabetes

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

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 type 1 and type 2 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...

Quitting smoking

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

Cannabis

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

Methamphetamine

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

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 I should do? Use a sterile needle and syringe (fit) for every injection. If you are unable to access...

Iron deficiency anaemia

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

Haemochromatosis

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

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...

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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...

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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...

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...

Oral glucose tolerance test

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

Bereavement, grief and loss

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

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...

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Palliative care

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

Chronic pain

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

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...

Palliative care

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

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...

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...

Epilepsy in women and pregnancy

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

Gestational diabetes

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

Miscarriage

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

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...

Acute pelvic pain in women

Abdominal pain is soreness that’s felt in and around your 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...

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...

Sexual health screening

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

Syphilis

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

Cellulitis

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

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...

Factor V leiden in pregnancy

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

Long-acting contraceptives

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

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...

Short-acting contraceptives

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

Unintended pregnancy

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

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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