January health and wellbeing news

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Deakin offers a range of services to help students and staff stay healthy and safe – physically, mentally and spiritually.

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It seems we’re finally getting a chance to bask in some glorious summer weather and enjoy all the activities the well-renowned festival season brings to Melbourne and beyond.

Whether it’s a dip at the beach, soaking up the sun, indulging in a BBQ, going for a drive or taking in the tunes at one of your favourite music festivals, there are some important things you should keep in mind to stay safe this summer.

Staying safe at music festivals

Music festivals are often crowded and weather conditions can be inclement. It’s important you prepare well and stay cool and hydrated at all times.

It’s also a good idea to take time out every now and then, to avoid heat stroke and exhaustion. Find a quiet area to chill out and recuperate.

Although everything is done to ensure your safety at festivals, it’s also up to you to take care of your mental and physical health and wellbeing. A buddy system, where you and a friend look out for each other at all times is a good place to start. Also make sure you have your bearings at all times and if you experience assault or abuse of any kind, CASA, or one of the many other support services can help.

Find out more on the Deakin assault and abuse web page. And, for additional festival safety tips visit Health Direct.

Don’t let your food get warm

It’s not only humans who revel in the summer season; the warmer weather also creates the perfect breeding ground for the most common bacteria that cause food poisoning – Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli to mention only a few. That’s why food safety and appropriate handling is paramount to avoid sickness during this time of year.

Food contamination is not just limited to staples you might consider high-risk, such as chicken or fish. It also applies to freshly prepared fruits, vegetables and salads for example. But, there are plenty of things you can do, such as keeping hot and cold foods apart, taking your shopping home quickly and storing it properly, washing your hands to avoid cross-contamination, cooling hot food before storing it in the fridge and covering it appropriately.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, fever or headaches, almost immediately or a number of hours after eating, you could be suffering from food poisoning and should see your doctor as soon as possible

For more information, please visit the Better Health Victoria website.

Taking care on the roads

There’s nothing better than heading off on an adventure during the summer season. And, Victoria has plenty on offer for those seeking the thrill of the wide open road. Before you hit the highway however, make sure you download the VicEmergency app, which will automatically send you important emergency information and warnings for areas that interest you.

 

Water safety

Finally, being aware of safety guidelines around water is important at any time of year and we recommend reading information on the LifeSaving Victoria website, which is available in many languages. It’s key to never take risks around water and remember to swim at patrolled beaches, between the flags and never alone. 

Additional information, including where you can find a Lifesaver patrolled beach, is available on the BeachSafe app and website as well as via Royal Life Saving.

Connect with us, stay healthy and achieve your study goals

Deakin Medical Centres are free, confidential and on campus. If you have any questions, please email askanurse@deakin.edu.au or make an appointment via the Appointuit app, available for Android and iPhone.




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