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Food poisoning

Food poisoning is caused by bacteria, viruses or toxins in the food we eat. Learn how to recognise it, and people at greater risk of serious complications.

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This festive season, don't give your loved ones food poisoning

With the festive season comes the risk of food poisoning. Follow these tips to stay healthy and safe when entertaining at home.

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Barbecuing food safely

Food poisoning cases increase during the barbecue season, so remember these simple steps to help keep your food safe on the ‘barbie’.

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Food safety

Learn how to store and prepare your food safely, including information and advice on how to avoid cross-contamination.

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Listeria and listeriosis

Listeriosis is a type of food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with Listeria bacteria and can be dangerous for certain people. Find out more here.

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Infections of the bowel

An infection of the bowel can affect anyone at any time. Learn about the symptoms of a bowel infection and how you can treat it and prevent it.

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Gary's story: the dodgy chicken pie

Gary was struck down with food poisoning due to a chicken pie, so he called healthdirect after hours GP helpline. Read about his story and how he got help.

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Food safety guide

How long can you leave food in the fridge? What temperature is safe to cook food? Answer these questions and more with this infographic about food safety.

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Swallowed substance

It is not unusual to accidentally swallow substances commonly found around the house. Usually they are not poisonous and will not cause harm. Learn more about common substances and what steps to take if you are unsure.

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Look after yourself this Australia Day

This Australia Day, use these handy and practical tips to ensure you enjoy the sun and snags, while avoiding any alcohol-related misadventure.

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Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is very serious and can even be fatal. See here for the symptoms to look out for and what to do in an emergency.

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