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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, Victoria.

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

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To provide health and medical information to improve the health and wellbeing of people and the communities they live in.

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Better Health Channel has a range of tools, videos and articles designed to help you discover options for support, locate services that meet your needs, and provides tips for making decisions at the different stages of your health journey.

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Laminectomy - Better Health Channel

A laminectomy is a surgical incision (cut) into the vertebra (backbone) to get access to the structures associated with the spinal cord.

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Fatigue - Better Health Channel

Fatigue can be caused by a number of factors working in combination, such as medical conditions, unhealthy lifestyle choices, workplace problems and stress.

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Brain - Better Health Channel

The main components of the brain include the brain stem, cerebellum, thalamus, cerebrum and corpus callosum.

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Hair - Better Health Channel

Hair is the defining feature of all mammals. Each hair arises from within a hair follicle.

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Impetigo - school sores - Better Health Channel

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Drug overdose - Better Health Channel

An overdose is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Always call triple zero (000) if you know or think that someone has had an overdose.

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Kidney disease - Better Health Channel

Kidney disease is called a ‘silent disease’ as there are often few or no symptoms.

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Medicare - Better Health Channel

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Blood pressure (high) - hypertension - Better Health Channel

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Diverticulosis and diverticulitis - Better Health Channel

Diverticulosis occurs when small defects in the muscle of the wall of the large intestine or colon allow small pockets or pouches (diverticula) to form.

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