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Health and Wellbeing

Food Safety

Food safety at parties

Find out more on how to prevent food contamination at large gatherings.

ACT Government Health: Food Safety at Parties Info Sheet

Food safety at parties

Food Safety in hot weather

Find out more information on how to keep food safe in hot weather.

ACT Government Health: Summertime Food Safety Tips

Food safety when eating outdoors

Summer is a great time to enjoy a Barbeque. Find out more on how to take care in the preparation of food that is going to be eaten outdoors.

ACT Government Health: Food Safety when eating outdoors or barbequing Fact Sheet

Food temperatures

Certain foods need to be prepared, stored and displayed at a certain temperature. Find out more about the food danger zone temperature guideline.

ACT Government Health: Temperature Danger Zone Information

Packed lunches

Find out more information on how to prepare and store food that is brought from home.

ACT Government Health: Lunch from Home Fact Sheet

Girls

  • Have you had your 3 Gardasil vaccinations? (Gardasil is the vaccine which helps to protect you against Cervical Cancer.)
  • Do you know how to do BSE (Breast Self-Examination)? Follow the link to go through the steps of how to do a BSE:  DiscoveryForMe – How to do a breast self-examination
  • Have you had your Cervical Screening test? This should be done every 5 years.
  • Did you know that the Medical Centre does Chlamydia tests and STI screening?

Guys

  • The Medical Centre also does Chlamydia tests and STI screening for guys as well.
  • Do you know how to check your testicles for any unusual lumps? Guide on how to do TSE.

Skin Cancer

If you notice any changes to your skin that concern you, make an appointment with one of the doctors at the University Medical Centre or your GP.

Things to look out for include:

  • A sore that does not heal
  • Spread of pigment from the border of a spot to surrounding skin
  • Redness or a new swelling beyond the border
  • Change in sensation - itchiness, tenderness, or pain
  • Change in the surface of a mole - scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a bump or nodule

Find out more about the UV Index and when to protect your skin from the Cancer Council.

Not all skin changes are caused by skin cancer. Your doctor will investigate your skin changes to determine a cause and appropriate management.

Quick Health Inventory

  • Are you getting enough sleep?
  • Are you getting at least 30 minutes of physical exercise on at least 3 - 4 days of the week?
  • Do you get enough sunlight for Vitamin D production but not too much because sunburn increases the risk of melanoma?
  • Are you eating a variety of foods from the five main foods groups?:
    • Bread, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles
    • Vegetables, legumes
    • Fresh fruit
    • Milk, yoghurt, cheese
    • Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, legumes.
  • Are you getting enough Iron, B12 and Folate in your diet? If you are tired, consult your doctor for a blood test to exclude other causes and determine appropriate supplementation if needed. [People with a family history of haemochromatosis should have a blood test for the gene and should not take vitamins with iron]

Drinking and Smoking

Do you know how much alcohol you are consuming in a week? Follow this link, to ReachOut.Com, for information on safe drinking, binge drinking, drink spiking, staying safe at parties and more.

You can also take the survey at THRIVE to see if you are drinking safely.

There are many support services in the community to help with smoking cessation. You can start with a visit to the UC Medical & Counselling Centre and talk to one of the doctors, nurses or counsellors about how we can help you to quit.

And don't forget that the UC has a Tobacco on Campus Policy and designated smoking areas!

Stress and Mental Health

Many of us are ill equipped to cope with the thoughts, feeling and behaviours associated with stress. Many people try to ignore or avoid the experiences, which in time only makes matters worse.
Those who cope well with stress usually demonstrate the following:

  • Internal control (able to respond to stress appropriately and turn difficulties into challenges);
  • Social Support (have friends, family or a community they can lean on for support and guidance);
  • Anchors (have personal beliefs and values, routines, meaningful things or places that support them to cope with stress);
  • Physical care (attend to their physical needs i.e. sleep exercise, nutrition);
  • Involvement (participate with a group or community, have a sense of belonging );
  • Interpretation of events (have a positive outlook, see themselves as competent and able to effectively influence a situation);
  • Reactions to stress (are constructive).

A visit to our doctors or counsellors can assist with ways of dealing with stress and other mental difficulties. Find more information and tips on stress and mental health here.