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Do you have a question about the medicine you are taking? Are you interested in how it works, the possible side effects or how to store it at home? Medicines.org.au has the most current consumer medicines information (CMI) with formats for the print impaired such as Large Print and Synthetic Audio for majority of Australian CMIs.

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YOUR HEALTH

As a health professional, your community pharmacist can offer you trusted service, care and advice. Browse our factsheets below for advice on some common (and not so common) personal health issues.

Absence from work certificates

Do you require proof of legitimate absence from work?

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Arthritis

With more than 100 forms of arthritis it's a good idea to talk to your pharmacist if you have concerns about arthritis.

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Asthma

Asthma affects many Australians, but there are many ways to manage it too.

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Benefits of 'your' local pharmacy

Using a regular pharmacy means that your pharmacist will be aware of your health history and be able to act accordingly.

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Bowel cancer

Only about 40% of bowel cancers are detected early so we need to be aware of the symptoms earlier and be ready to act.

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Breast cancer

To help with early detection, it is important for women to be familiar with the normal look and feel of their breasts.

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Children’s eye health

We often don’t value eye health as much as other health issues for children.

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Coeliac disease

Coeliac disease remains one of Australia’s most under-diagnosed conditions.

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Cold Sores

A tingling sensation in the affected area is often the first sign of an emerging cold sore.

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Constipation

Constipation can be caused by a number of factors including some medicines.

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COPD

It isn’t normal to be short of breath. Ask your pharmacist about a COPD screening test.

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Coughs and colds

Coughs and colds are a regular part of our lives, especially in the colder winter months.

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Depression

Depression is a serious illness that affects our physical and mental health.

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Diabetes

There are a many ways a pharmacy is able to assist people living with diabetes

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Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is a fairly common problem that usually lasts only a day or two but – when it does last longer – can be a sign of other problems.

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Dose Administration Aids

There's a better way to take lots of medicines and it's called a DAA.

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Driving while taking medicines

Legal medicines can have a serious effect on a person’s ability to drive safely.

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DVT

Being vigilant for the symptoms of DVT during and for up to a month after long flights is important.

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Ear problems

Common conditions of the ear include infection, inflammation and wax build up, and your community pharmacist can help you select the right treatment.

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Eczema

One in three Australians will suffer from eczema to some degree during their lives.

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Gout

Medicines used to treat gout can be bought in your community pharmacy.

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Hayfever

Sneezing doesn’t have to disrupt your day. Find out how to treat hay fever from your pharmacist.

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Head lice

Your pharmacy is the first port of call for eliminating head lice.

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Healthy bones

Your community pharmacist can advise on tips to improve your bone health.

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Hearing

One in six Australians are affected by hearing loss and three in every four people over the age of 70 are affected.

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Heartburn

Reflux is common and health professionals such as your community pharmacists know a lot about the cause and how to treat it.

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Infant Care

Welcoming a baby into the world is wonderful, but it can also be very stressful. Learn more here.

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Influenza and vaccination

Some important facts on the Influenza (flu) virus and getting immunised.

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Keeping medicines safe

Why it's important to store medicines correctly.

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Kidneys

Your community pharmacist can advise on a range of lifestyle tips to keep your kidneys healthy.

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Maternal services

Community pharmacies have a range of services for pregnant women.

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Medicine adherence

Adherence to a medicine regimen is central to good health outcomes of people of all ages.

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Medicine Cabinets

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Medicines and the ageing

Overall, older Australians are accounting for an increasing share of the population.

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Medicines and travel

Travellers should always check the medicine they are taking is legal in the countries they are travelling to.

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Men’s health

It's important to encourage men to speak to health professionals and to look after themselves.

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Mental health  

Community pharmacies are increasingly playing a major role in helping patients manage mental health issues.

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Osteoporosis

Brittle bones need extra care. Your pharmacist can give you advice, supplements or conduct a bone density test.

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Pain

How pain affects your body and why it’s different for everybody.

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Psoriasis

Ask your pharmacist about the pros and cons of different treatment options that may work best for you.

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Quitting Smoking

It's never too late to quit smoking and your pharmacy is there to help.

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Reading labels

Labels help you better understand and use the medicines correctly.

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Scheduling of medicines

Have you ever wondered why pharmacy staff ask questions or call the pharmacist over to talk to you for non-prescription medicines?

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Sexual health

Your local pharmacy can help reduce the prevalence of sexual problems, sexually transmitted infection rates and unwanted pregnancies.

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Shingles

Most people who have had chickenpox by the age of 40 are at risk of developing shingles which can occur without any known trigger.

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Skin

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it is both versatile and amazingly complex.

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Sleep Apnoea

Snoring can be more serious than you think. So if you, or your partner snore, ask your pharmacist.

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Stress

There is no single benchmark for stress levels and what may stress one person a lot may have little impact on another.

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Sun Safety

When it comes to protecting yourself from the sun, think pharmacy first.

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Tinea

A common fungal infection of the skin which needs to be treated to prevent it spreading further.

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Travel first aid kits

Just like a spare tyre, a fully stocked travel first aid kit is essential for any trip.

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Travel health

Australians love travelling but all too often the stories of the fun times are overshadowed by tales of sickness and illness.

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Trouble sleeping?

Falling asleep is easier said than done for some people.

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Urinary tract infections

It's estimated about one in two women and one in 20 men will suffer from a UTI in their lifetime.

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Weight Loss

Watching your waistline can be tricky. Check in with your pharmacist before you weigh in.

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Worms

Pharmacists can advise on treatments and procedures for threadworm.

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Wound care

Community pharmacies have long been centres for the treatment of minor wounds.

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