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Better Health Channel

Better Health Channel (BHC) website promotes health literacy and healthy living by providing health consumers with trusted, reliable and easy to understand information, quality assured by the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.

Better Health Channel is helping Victorians achieve the best possible health and wellbeing and has become one of Australia’s leading consumer health and medical information websites.

The website content is developed by health experts across government and the health sector, and quality reviewed every 12 months to provide users with confidence when making health decisions. It does not however replace care provided by medical practitioners and other qualified health professionals.

Better Health Channel reflects a wide range of health interests in the community, and content decisions are based on:

  • current and emerging health issues
  • developments in medical research and practice
  • national and state health priorities
  • requests from Better Health Channel users and content partners
  • findings from evidence based research
  • analysis of website statistics

Last reviewed: June 2015

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Healthy ageing - the skin

Signs of healthy ageing skin include thinning, sagging, wrinkling and the appearance of age spots, broken blood vessels and areas of dryness.

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Chemicals in the home - Better Health Channel

Learn how to safely store and dispose of household chemicals, and how to respond when a person is poisoned.

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Mushroom poisoning - Better Health Channel

Contrary to popular belief, there is no home test that can distinguish between edible and poisonous varieties of wild fungi or mushrooms.

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Health checks for women - Better Health Channel

A woman at high risk of a particular disease should be checked more frequently and/or at an earlier age.

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Alcohol and weight gain - Better Health Channel

While the relationship between alcohol consumption and obesity remains unclear, there are good reasons to think that alcohol may play a role.

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Soft drinks, juice and sweet drinks – limit intake - Better Health Channel

Consumption of drinks containing added sugar is associated with weight gain, reduced bone strength and tooth erosion and decay.

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Cancer in children - Better Health Channel

In children, the genetic changes that cause cancer are not due to lifestyle but are more likely to be random and difficult to predict.

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Tonsillitis - Better Health Channel

Because most attacks of tonsillitis are caused by viruses, most of the treatment is aimed at helping to relieve the symptoms.

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Eye injuries - chemical burns - Better Health Channel

Always wear safety goggles or a face shield when handling liquid or powder chemicals.

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Cycling - health benefits - Better Health Channel

Cycling can help to protect you from serious diseases.

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