First aid, immunisation and general health

Information and resources for specific conditions such as immunisations, allergies, anaphylaxis, dental and bladder and bowel health. General health tips and guidance.

Allergy and anaphylaxis advice

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia provide information on management and treatment of anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction) as well as resources, activities, products.

Anaphylaxis management sets out the legal requirements for service providers.

Prepare your service for thunderstorm asthma season

Early childhood services are reminded of an increased risk of seasonal asthma, hay fever and epidemic thunderstorm asthma during the grass pollen season, which occurs between October and December.

There are important steps that services can take to ensure staff and children are safe during the thunderstorm asthma season:

  • follow an up-to-date asthma action plan or hay fever treatment plan – encourage staff or children with a history of asthma or seasonal hay fever symptoms to see a General Practitioner (GP) if they don’t have a treatment plan
  • ensure your service has an asthma emergency kit with in-date emergency reliever medication readily accessible (available over the counter from a pharmacy without a prescription)
  • ensure that at least one staff member is trained in asthma first aid at all times and places that your service is operating
  • monitor the VicEmergency App and on days when there is a heightened risk of thunderstorm asthma, avoid being outside and ensure windows and doors are closed until the risk reduces.

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Bladder and bowel health

The bladder and bowel website provides information about the prevention and management of bladder and bowel problems for all ages and backgrounds.

Dental health

Dental health service Victoria provide oral health information including translated Tooth Tips and resources such as Teeth: Oral Health for Maternal and Child Health Nurses manual. The website also provides information on public oral health services including clinic locations and eligibility criteria.

Immunisation

Immunisation is a Victorian government website covering immunisation schedule and eligibility, seasonal flu information, newsletters and more to keep health professionals up to date on the latest developments.

Infectious diseases

Disease information and advice, provides guidelines for the control of infectious diseases provide detailed information about common and rare diseases that may pose public health concerns. These guidelines aim to assist public health practitioners in the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

The blue book provides guidelines for the control of infectious diseases has been published by the Communicable Diseases Section, Public Health Group, Victorian Department of Human Services, to assist public health practitioners in the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

General health

The Better Health Channel is a Victorian Government site covering a wide range of health information and a health services guide with details of practitioners.