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Babies and toddlers health

Babies' and toddlers' health

Knowing and understanding the health risks of young children is an important part of being a parent. Learn about health issues like breastfeeding, cro

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Kids' health

Understanding the health issues that affect kids can help to prepare for the occasional cough or cold. Here’s information about common childhood illne

Teenagers health

Teenagers' health

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 hea

Young adults health

Young adults' health

Becoming a young adult means new responsibilities, including taking charge of your own health. Learn about things like contraception, sexually transmi

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Pregnancy

Pregnancy changes the body in different ways and understanding the health risks involved can better prepare you for the experience. Learn more about h

Women's health

Women's health

Women can experience a variety of health issues that are unique to them. Discover more about common health problems such as period pain, how to care f

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Men's health

Many men feel uncomfortable discussing health issues affecting them. Here’s advice on how to lower your cholesterol or spotting signs of depression, a

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Seniors' health

As we begin to age, it is important to understand the effects it has on our mind and body. Learn about health concerns that may affect you as you gro

End of life health

Living with a terminal illness can be difficult for you and your loved ones. Learn more about coping with a terminal illness, talking about your feeli

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Ages and life stages | NPS MedicineWise

Being safe with medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and how to give kids medicine safely.

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Vegetarian feeding guide for babies and toddlers

At 4 to 6 months of age, your baby may be ready for solids. Here are suggestions on what vegetables and fruits to offer your child at different life stages.

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How much do we need each day | Eat For Health

The Australian Dietary Guidelines inform people of different ages, life stages and gender, the minimum number of serves from each food group they need to eat each day, to make sure they get the full amount of nutrients their body needs. Most people

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What are the current Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs)? Dietitians Association of Australia

What are the current Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs)? Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for Australia and New Zealand provide recommended intakes for energy (kilojoules), protein, carbohydrate, fibre, fats, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients based on age, sex and life stages

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Anxiety Scale | Jean Hailes - Anxiety: Learn, Think, Do

Sometimes it is hard to know if what you are feeling is worry, anxiety or an anxiety disorder. How do you know if you should do something about your anxieties, and most importantly what can you do if you are worried or anxious and it is starting to interf

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I'm pregnant can I take medicines safely? | NPS MedicineWise

Media reports mention a link between taking paracetamol during pregnancy and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Most medicines are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding; however, some can cause considerable harm to your baby. Find out more.

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