Prescription medicines

Prescription medicines are an important part of treating and preventing illness. However, incorrect use of these medicines can make them unsafe.


Obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) causes persistent distressing thoughts that are often accompanied by repetitive acts performed over and over again to try to relieve anxiety. 

Mental Health

Antidepressant medicines

Antidepressants are medicines that can treat depression and its symptoms. They can also sometimes be used to treat other conditions, including anxiety disorders and chronic (ongoing) pain.

Mental Health

Weight loss surgery

There are several types of weight loss surgery – also known as bariatric surgery. Weight loss surgery can help you lose 50 per cent or more of your excess weight in 2 years.

Nutrition & Weight

Dietary fibre

Dietary fibre is a component of plant materials which is largely digested by bacteria in the large intestine. High-fibre diets can help with bowel problems, cholesterol and diabetes.

Nutrition & Weight


Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths of the uterus (womb). The most common symptoms associated with fibroids are heavy or irregular periods, but often there are no symptoms.

Women's Health

Genital warts

Genital warts are are small, soft lumps in the genital area caused by some types of human papillomavirus (HPV). They are among the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Sexual Health

Tick removal

Tick removal techniques that use tweezers run the risk of squeezing the tick - doctors now recommend freezing the tick while it's on the skin to avoid allergic reactions and tick-related illnesses.

First Aid & Self-Care

White-tail spider bite

Although a white-tail spider bite can be painful and cause temporary skin irritation and inflammation, experts now say it’s very unlikely that it is responsible for skin ulcers and slow-healing wounds.



Find out more about lymphoma, which is cancer of the lymphatic system and the sixth most common form of cancer in Australia.

Cancer Care

Ear anatomy

View this anatomical diagram of your ear to see how the inner ear, middle ear and external ear work together to allow you to hear.

Hearing Health

Cuts and abrasions

Most cuts and abrasions can be treated simply. Skin abrasions and blisters usually result from rubbing or friction. Find out what products are available for cuts and abrasions.

Pharmacy Care

Hypoglycaemia in diabetes

Hypoglycaemia is a condition in which there is an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood. It's important to be aware of the symptoms and how to treat a 'hypo'.


Eating out safely

As we consume more take-away and restaurant food, the risk of food poisoning increases. If food is not handled correctly, at the correct temperatures, or the staff are not trained or the premises not clean, the risk for contamination will be high.

Travel Health

Travellers' diarrhoea

Contaminated food and drink are the major sources of travellers' diarrhoea. High-risk regions for an attack include the majority of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, Central and South America.

Travel Health