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Top Most Useful Links - Information/Education Sheets for GPs and Patients/Consumers
Looking for reliable health information fom reputable sources? Below you will find these, a section for patients/consumers looking for specific health information and a section for GPs.
The websites below are the sites which North East Valley GP members have found to be the most useful. If you have a website that you feel should be included in this list please eMail Noel and provide:
  - name of website
  - a brief descriptor (and why you feel that it is a great site)
  - the web address 
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Top Patient /Consumer sites
  • A-Z patient leaflets - compiled by Dr Colin Adams, this is a comprehensive alphabetical listing of patient resources from reputable sources
  • Better Health Channel – the Better Health Channel was judged the most popular health and medical information website in Australia in 2005 by Hitwise, an independent web measurement company. It's ideal for health professionals because it offers comprehensive patient information written in language that is easy to understand.
  • The Lance Armstrong Foundation- from the moment of diagnosis this site provides cancer resources to help you or your loved one live with, through and beyond cancer. Particularly helpful is the “Take Control” link on the website.
  • Women's Health Issues - the Jean Hailes Education Unit has released a range of easy-to-understand fact sheets on a wide variety of women’s health issues
  • Royal Children's Hospital - particularly the fact sheets  which contain great info for doctors and parents about heaps of paediatric problems and issues (suggested by Dr Philip Smith)
  • MedTerms Medical Dictionary- Online Medical Dictionary is the medical reference for, containing easy-to-understand explanations of over 16,000 medical terms. This online medical dictionary provides quick access to hard-to-spell and often misspelled medical definitions through an extensive alphabetical listing.
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association- has a wealth of information for women (and the wider community) on breastfeeding topics.The website also has information on the ABA's Lactation Resource Centre which 'specialises in providing the community and health care industry with comprehensive and readily useable information resources on all aspects of human lactation' - a great resource for General Practitioners and Practice Nurses
  • Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing - the Health Institute is primarily a site for consumers to find high quality and relevant health information, but it does provide links to information for health professionals
  • NSW Health - A-Z topics - information on common health topics that may help you to understand the facts about various medical conditions. You can also obtain fact sheets in various languages.
  • MyDr- From MIMS, use the search function to find a GP in your area.
  • Travel Medicine - compiled by Dr Colin Adams, this provides comprehensive advice and resources for GPs to advise patients who are travelling overseas
  • Multilingual Fact Sheet on Menopause and midlife health - the Jean Hailes Education Foundation has released multilingual fact sheets on menopause and midlife health. The fact sheets are available in eight languages including: Greek, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Bosnian and Tagalog (Filipino).
Top General Practice sites
  • An Indispensable Guide to Diabetes - dealing with diabetes can be overwhelming and frustrating. What should I be eating? Can I exercise? What kinds of insulin options are available? Your patients have many questions, and you need access to accurate information and useful resources. This is provided by the American "Guide to Healthcare Schools" which links to a variety of excellent resources - General Diabetes Information - Healthcare Info - Strategies for Living Well - Diabetes Organizations - Diabetes Studies.
  • Medical Observer has a collection of freely available online clinical guidelines and management tools produced by leading government, professional and consumer organisation. Although great care is taken to ensure accuracy of details, this may not always be the case and some links may not work.
  • SumSearch - SUMSearch is a unique method of searching for medical evidence by using the Internet. SUMSearch combines meta-searching and contingency searching in order to automate searching for medical evidence. Meta-searching, which is used by from general Internet search engines such as from Go2Net, Dogpile, and SavvySearch, means simultaneously searching multiple Internet sites and collating the results into one page. More information on SumSearch.
  • eMedicine - comprises the largest and most current Clinical Knowledge Base available to physicians and other healthcare professionals. Nearly 10,000 physician authors and editors contribute to the eMedicine Clinical Knowledge Base, which contains articles on 7,000 diseases and disorders. The evidence-based content, updated regularly, provides the latest practice guidelines in 59 medical specialties.
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre - MSHC Online provides easy access to resources needed in a clinical setting, including a guide to help with diagnoses. Also useful section for your patients
  • Better Health Channel Service Directory - use this directory to find specialists, GPs, Allied health Professionals in your suburb or postcode
  • General Practice Links: A GP web portal to Victorian Government information General Practice Links provides quick and easy access to Victorian Government websites commonly used by general practice. Its aim is to help general practitioners and general practice staff more readily access information and resources relevant to general practice. 
  • Australian Doctor - Australian Doctor's series of patient information handouts cover common conditions seen in general practice. The series is written by distinguished academic GP Professor John Murtagh
  • Caresearch  - the Australian Government has funded the Caresearch website that makes is as easy as possible to access information about palliative care. This website will become the Australian Palliative Care Knowledge Network in 2008. On 26 March 2007, Caresearch launched new resources for 1) patients, carers, families and friends, and 2) for GPs, with sections on quick clinical guidance, frequently asked questions, and palliative care in practice. There is also a section on current research evidence through Pubmed.
  • HerbMed® - an interactive, electronic herbal database - provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc
  • Doctors Reference Site - Medical reference site aimed at doctors. Australian site but of worldwide interest. Includes medical publications, medical texts, Medline and conferences
  • Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing - the Health Institute is primarily a site for consumers to find high quality and relevant health information, but it does provide links to information for health professionals
  • MyDr- From MIMS, use the search function to find a GP in your area.
  • The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons - the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons is a non-profit, professional association devoted to maintenance of excellent ethical and professional standards within the field and the provision of information to all interested parties
  • Radiology Info - RadiologyInfo is designed to answer consumers questions related to the many radiologic procedures and therapies available to you and your family. The Web site provides you with information whether you're preparing for a baseline mammogram, learning more about your child's x-ray, or researching radiation oncology (cancer therapy) procedures
  • The Cochrane Library – The Cochrane Library is a unique source of reliable and up-to-date information on the effects of interventions in health care. Published on a quarterly basis, The Cochrane Library is designed to provide information and evidence to support decisions taken in health care and to inform those receiving care