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Help with health
This part of our website is devoted to your health. We’ve included information that will help you to better understand and manage a variety of health conditions as well as including information on independent living and safety, support for grief and loss, advice on how to maintain your health and well-being and useful information on medication management.
Help with health conditionsHere you’ll find plenty of information and resources on a variety of health issues that are sometimes associated with ageing, such as incontinence, hearing, sight and oral health, falls, mental health, chronic diseases, dementia and conditions requiring palliative care.
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MyHospitals websiteAustralians can now access nationally consistent, locally relevant information on public hospitals and around 150 private hospitals, via the MyHospitals website.
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Register for an eHealth recordA personally controlled electronic health record is a secure, electronic summary of your important health information. The Australian Government’s eHealth record system brings together key elements of your health information, making getting the right treatment faster, safer and easier.
Your eHealth record will be accessible only by you and the healthcare organisations you authorise. The eHealth records system has bank-strength security features including strong encryption and firewalls, secure logins and audit trails.
If you wish, you can nominate a trusted person like a carer or family member to view the information on your eHealth record, or even manage your record on your behalf.
As the eHealth record system develops over time, it will be easier for you to share your medical information with your healthcare professionals, including important information such as your medications, any allergies, and other treatment history.
For more information, or to register for an eHealth record, visit the eHealth website
Independent living and your safetyAs we get older, we want to continue to live a safe and confident life as part of our communities. This section of our website contains advice on safety in the home, falls prevention and elder abuse.
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Grief, loss and supportGrief is a natural reaction to a painful loss. This section of our website describes the symptoms of grief and provides information about where you can go for support.
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Health and well-beingGetting older can be a productive and satisfying time: it needn't mean poorer health. Here you’ll find information on how to maintain your health through physical activity, healthy eating, keeping in touch and keeping your mind active, as well as information on how to get the help you need.
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Medication managementOlder Australians are the country's largest users of medicines. While these assist in the treatment and prevention of disease, increase life expectancy and improve the quality of life for their users, medicines do have potential to cause harm if used incorrectly or inappropriately.
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Australian health reformFollowing an extensive national consultation with the Australian community and health professionals, the Government has released its strategies for health reform.
Read more: Learn about these strategies and remain informed on Australian health reform at yourHealth.gov.au
Common questionsHere you will find a range of the most commonly asked questions for this section. It may help you find the information you are looking for.
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