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  • Training in Library resources. The Library can provide customised training in all areas relating to the use of Library resources.
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In the Literature

Elements - Keep up to date with all of the Cochrane news from around Australia and beyond with the Cochrane Australia Quarterly Newsletter

Consumers vote with their feet – Emergency Departments are popular for a reason

Gill SD, Sheridan M. Aust J Prim Health. 2016 Jul 20. doi: 10.1071/PY16049. [Epub ahead of print]

Zika virus infection: An overview - From UpToDate - this information is freely available to the public.

An Ai Chi-based aquatic group improves balance and reduces falls in community-dwelling adults: A pilot observational cohort study

Skinner EH, Dinh T, Hewitt M, Piper R, Thwaites C. Physiother Theory Pract. 2016 Oct 6:1-10. [Epub ahead of print]


Falls are associated with morbidity, loss of independence, and mortality. While land-based group exercise and Tai Chi programs reduce the risk of fallsaquatic therapy may allow patients to complete balance exercises with less pain and fear of falling; however, limited data exist.

Evaluating health services with point of service feedback: perspectives and experiences of patients, staff and community volunteers in an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Gill SD, Dolley PJ, Dunning TL, Hughes AJ. Disabil Rehabil. 2015;37(21):1997-2005. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.996298. Epub 2015 Jul 25

To determine patient, staff and community volunteer opinions and experiences of point of service feedback (POSF) in an inpatient rehabilitation facility

Effectiveness of a care bundle to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections. Entesari-Tatafi D, Orford N, Bailey MJ, Chonghaile MN, Lamb-Jenkins J, Athan E. Med J Aust. 2015 Mar 16;202(5):247-50 has won the Sir Richard Stawell Memorial Prize for the MJA best paper for 2015. Congratulations to all concerned. 

‘Please don't call me Mister’: patient preferences of how they are addressed and their knowledge of their treating medical team in an Australian hospital. Parsons SR, Hughes AJ, Friedman ND. BMJ Open. 2016 January 1, 2016;6(1). 


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Library News

  • Academic Skills Program

Barwon Health staff and students are invited to attend a new research training program developed by the Research Directorate and the Library

For more information

  • Consultation on National Digital Health Strategy

A discussion paper to support consultation on the development of the National Digital Health Strategy is available for download at The paper presents themes and questions for your consideration. If you wish to provide a response, please refer to the website for the online survey. Submissions collected until Tuesday 31st January.

  • Interactive Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

    The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has developed an online interactive version of the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation following the launch of the hardcopy atlas in November 2015. The atlas covers the following clinical areas:

    • Antimicrobial dispensing
    • Diagnostic interventions
    • Surgical interventions
    • Interventions for mental health and psychotropic medicines
    • Opioid medicines
    • Interventions for chronic diseases. 
  • TGA Changes to Drug names

Please find eTG’s position on the PBS:
Therapeutic Guidelines position on the TGA changes is that we will start work on the changes at the earliest beginning late 2017, this is well within the 4 years allowed by the TGA.
Please find AMH position on the PBS:
From July 2016, in both AMH and AMH Children’s Dosing Companion (CDC) online products, users are able to search using all the ‘new’ names as well as the ‘old’ names from the TGA’s lists that are included in AMH. For your information, this function was previously in AMH, and most of the ‘new’ names were already included. Synonyms have been part of AMH content for many years, and early this year we implemented the same feature in the CDC.
Additionally, we advised users about the name changes in the key changes section of AMH and provided a link to this section on the homepage of the online products. I have attached pictures of the relevant pages from AMH online, which is mirrored in the CDC.

  • St Mary's Library & Research Centre Meeting Room Bookings

The library has 6 rooms of varying sizes available for meetings. To book one of these rooms please fill out our Meeting Room Request Form.

The Checklist helps researchers plan how to manage research data prior to beginning a project, assists in writing ethics applications and research protocols, and provides links to resources and guides available in Barwon Health and other sources

  • UpToDate Anywhere re-verification period extended from 30 days to 90 days

The re-verification period for UpToDate Anywhere access is not 90 days. Once registered, if you log in to UpToDate via the Barwon Health Library website at least once every 90 days, access to UpToDate Anywhere will continue without disruption. This log in must take place while connected to the Barwon Health Network and must be via the UpToDate link on the Library website.