Diabetes check Diabetes is a chronic (long-term) disease in which the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin and/ or there is a problem with how the body’s cells respond to the insulin the pancreas does produce. This means that when a person with diabetes eats glucose, which is in many foods, it can’t be adequately taken…

Blood pressure is the pressure that blood exerts on the walls of the arteries as it is pumped by the heart around the body. It is written as one number above another – for example, 120/ 80 mmHg. The higher pressure (systolic) is the pressure when the left side of the heart is contracting and the…

Once you start having sexual experiences with partners, awareness of your sexual health is important, regardless of your age. Good sexual health care is best provided where the communication between you and your doctor or nurse is open, comfortable and professional. In some instances, you may feel unable to discuss these issues with your regular…

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. At least two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, more than 1000 Australians are treated for skin cancer every day and more than 1830 Australians die from skin cancer each year. The good news…

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a highly contagious virus. There are more than 100 types of the virus, including those responsible for common warts, plantar (foot) warts and genital warts. More than 40 HPV types are sexually transmitted and affect the genital areas. Most people become infected soon after becoming sexually active, with around 80 per…

A social model of health provides a framework or a big picture way of thinking about health. When we think about health in this way, it becomes clear that better health results from considering the social and environmental factors that affect health as well as the biological and medical factors. This means that you have…

As well as the differences between women and men, demographic differences between groups of women affect health. Some groups of women experience greater inequalities that increase their exposure to health risks, affect their attitudes to health and reduce their ability to access health information and services. These groups include: women living in rural and remote…

It sounds obvious, but women are different from men. Women and men experience life differently, both when they are healthy and when they are unwell. What might come as a surprise to you, though, is to learn that nearly all health research, health information and healthcare treatments approach women and men as if they were…