There are seemingly ‘common’ infections that are detrimental to the elderly.

Hot flushes, mood changes, menstrual changes and having trouble concentrating are synonymous with men

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) isn’t the first health issue that springs to mind,

Society says 40 is the new 30. But your body disagrees.

The burden of brain disorders cost the Australian economy more than heart disease, cancer, and

For many people, somewhere in the 30’s, priorities around health change.

Road with black spot in middle

It’s no surprise that eyesight worsens as you age. It happens gradually, but there’s one decade where major eye disease becomes more common: in your 50s.

It might surprise you that men in their 20s need to be screened the most.

Eye with cataract

Our eyes are one of the most fragile organs in the body. We know that over time, as we age, our vision is compromised. There are those genetically blessed people who go their whole life, without wearing glasses.

Stroke is one of Australia’s leading causes of disability and death.

Dementia Australia has released figures detailing a 68% increase in the disease over the past decade.

Hearing loss becomes significant in our 50s, but studies show we don’t want to admit it.

Osteoarthritis isn’t the first condition people expect to see in a ‘health issues at 40’ list. It can occur as cartilage wears down around joints. And no, you don’t have to be an athlete to experience it early in life.

When we think of alcoholism, a young and healthy 20-something emergency service worker doesn’t spring to mind. Yet, people who work in emergency services are exposed to high levels of trauma, which can lead to substance abuse.

Obesity is a lot more serious than just carrying extra ‘holiday weight.’ It’s the precursor to many chronic conditions including high blood pressure, heart issues, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis.

The chance of being diagnosed with lung cancer by 85 is 1/13 for men, and 1/21 for women.

Cervical cancer is most frequently diagnosed in women over 30.

The rate of head injuries caused by falls has nearly doubled over the past 10 years.

Over 15,000 Australians were diagnosed with a melanoma skin cancer in 2019. We have the highest rates of melanoma in the world.

Fatigue and burnout have almost been normalised over the past few years. ‘You’re tired? Join the club.’ But for some lines of work, like emergency services, excessive fatigue is life or death – both for the responders and community.

Stress and poor diet are intrinsically linked. The emergency services lifestyle makes maintaining a healthy diet, difficult. Trauma forces coping mechanisms to emerge, one of which is overeating (and comfort foods).

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and one in four people diagnosed are in their 20s.

Blood pressure tests are a routine part of GP visits. But this check-up shouldn’t be taken lightly.

While depression isn’t an illness isolated to the 40s, it’s a decade to invest in your mental health.

Just like the famous breakfast cereal, our joints are capable of making all kinds of distinctive snap, crackle and popping noises.

As a party trick, this array of weird and wonderful sounds has the potential to keep friends amused – well, possibly for a short time.

But are they also a sign of some underlying health issue?

Can you think of a career that’s requires more physical activity and responsibility than a police officer or fire fighter?

The stress – both physical and emotional. The relentless demands. When it comes to emergency service workers, there are no other jobs quite like them.

Why 1 in 3 Australian nurses are unhappy

Nurses deal with all types of patients. And in the early stages, they often don’t know how to handle situations that escalate.

Close up of fireman

There are not many jobs out there that save lives every day. But doctors, nurses, firefighters, lifeguards, and ambulance officers are a few that top the list.

firefighter off duty clutching chest

Firefighters are at a greater risk of suffering from heart attacks, 

Father playing with son

Shift work, overtime and missing events are unavoidable aspects of emergency services work for firefighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, water search and rescue, and state emergency services.

Paramedic assisting patient

Paramedics face unique mental heal

Avoiding a pain in the back

Holding hoses for hours, carrying stretchers, and balancing people on surfboards all involve great strength. It’s just another day in the life for you and other firies, surf lifesavers, paramedics and nurses.

And as we get older, we become more susceptible to back issues.

There are different kinds of back pain ranging from a dull, constant ache to that sudden, sharp twinge.

Energy drinks resting in a pool of ice

Staying alert at all hours of the night is part of our job. We need to think on our feet, respond quickly and make decisions – all within stressful moments.

We do whatever we can just to keep our eyes peeled, but we often need support. A lot of us turn to caffeine, energy drinks and dietary supplements. But, while popular, they certainly aren’t the best choice.

Unhealthy Eating in bed

When you’re on the go, it’s hard to resist thinking about food in the same way – something that needs to be consumed quickly. 

But as shift workers and the people on the front line, you need sustained energy. 

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