High blood pressure overview

Except at extreme levels, high blood pressure usually causes no symptoms. But it increases your risk of a variety of health problems, so it's important to get regular blood pressure checks.

Heart & Stroke

Ross River virus

Ross River virus infection is spread by the bites of infected female mosquitoes. Most sufferers will have a sudden onset of flu-like symptoms that often include painful joints.

Travel Health

Cold sore infections

Find the answers to common questions about cold sores, irritating blisters which are caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus and can be triggered by stress, fatigue or exposure to sunlight.

Skin & Hair


Triglycerides are the main form of fat stored in the body. Many Australians, especially those carrying too much weight around their waist, have raised triglyceride levels, which is a bad thing.

Heart & Stroke

Immunising your child

Being immunised protects your child against catching contagious conditions. Vaccinations give your child immunity and protect them from suffering from the effects of that disease.

Kids' & Teens' Health

Impotence treatments

If you have impotence (erectile dysfunction), the treatment your doctor recommends will depend on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause of your impotence.

Sexual Health

Genital herpes transmission

Genital herpes is transmitted (spread) by direct skin-to-skin contact, especially during intimate sexual contact, with a person who is infected with the herpes simplex virus.

Sexual Health

Herpes treatments

Although there is currently no cure for genital herpes (a common STI in Australia), treatments are available that can reduce the severity, frequency and duration of episodes.

Sexual Health

Listeria risk in pregnancy

Listeria bacteria can cause serious problems during pregnancy. Listeria can be transmitted by eating contaminated food, but there are steps you can take to avoid infection.

Travel Health

Ultrasound in pregnancy

Ultrasound scans in pregnancy are a way of checking on the developing baby. Ultrasound scans use high-frequency soundwaves to create moving images of the baby, shown on a screen. 

Tests & Investigations


Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It affects both men and women, and it's spread by having sex with a person who has the infection.

Sexual Health Women's Health

Feet: checklist for foot health

Foot problems such as smelly feet, athlete's foot, plantar warts, corns and infected toenails can all be alleviated through good foot care. Use this checklist of quick questions to check the health of your feet. 

Skin & Hair Symptoms

Asthma and pollen

Find out how pollen affects asthma, which plants typically cause allergies and how to minimise your exposure to pollen.


Weight loss medicines

Weight loss medicines are medications that can be used to help you lose weight when lifestyle changes – such as healthy diet and exercise – have not been successful on their own.

Nutrition & Weight