Antibiotics attack bacteria - germs responsible for certain infections. Each antibiotic attacks different types of bacteria and will be useful for treating particular infections.



Cardiomyopathy - disease of the heart muscle - can affect adults and children. Damage to the heart muscle can lead to heart failure and dangerous irregular heart rhythms in some people.

Heart & Stroke

Lung function tests

Lung function tests, or pulmonary function or breathing tests, can show how well your lungs and airways are working, help diagnose respiratory conditions and monitor the response to treatments.

Tests & Investigations

Childbirth - pain relief options

There are many options for pain relief during labour and childbirth, including having an epidural. Find out what's available before you are due to give birth, and the pros and cons of each option. 

Babies & Pregnancy

Cancer pain

Cancer pain doesn’t affect all people with cancer, but for those who do have pain it can be controlled with medicines and other therapies. Most pain can be relieved when the right treatment is given at the right time.


Polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects females in their reproductive years. It may cause irregular periods, excess hair growth and cysts on the ovaries.

Women's Health


A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens in the eye, which interferes with vision. Cataracts are common in older people and can be treated with cataract surgery.

Seniors' Health

Blood donations

Are you eligible to donate blood? What are blood donations used for? What happens during a blood transfusion? Answers to common questions about blood donations and transfusions.

Heart & Stroke

Ketoacidosis: a complication of diabetes

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious condition that can occur as a complication of diabetes. People with DKA have high levels of glucose and ketones in the blood, making it more acidic than usual.


Insulin: how it works

Insulin is a hormone that helps control blood sugar levels. Made by the pancreas, insulin stimulates the uptake of glucose from the bloodstream into cells, lowering your blood sugar level.


Breast cancer Q and A

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Fortunately, much research has gone into breast cancer treatment. Get the answers to commonly asked questions about breast cancer.

Women's Health

Benign breast lumps

Most breast lumps are benign (not cancerous). Possible causes of benign breast lumps include fibroadenomas, fibrocystic changes and breast cysts. Some lumps are firm and rubbery.

Women's Health

Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women. The good news is that with advances in treatment and diagnosis, more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before.

Women's Health

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive and painful condition where the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel.

Skin & Hair