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  • Document Supply. Need an article, a book or a book chapter? We'll get it in for you
  • Literature searches. The Library will conduct literature searches on your behalf.
  • Current awareness services. The Library can assist with the establishment and maintenance of current awareness alerts services, including topic searches and tables of contents.
  • Book a consultation. Trequest a one-to-one session with a Library staff member.
  • Training in Library resources. The Library can provide customised training in all areas relating to the use of Library resources.
  • Meeting RoomsThe library has a variety of different meeting rooms available for booking

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

Choosing wisely in Australia: 2016 report

Choosing Wisely is a global social movement aimed at supporting conversations between health professionals and consumers about the appropriate use of healthcare tests, treatments and procedures. This is their first annual report.
Topics: Health care reform, Health care rationing, Primary health care, Health services administration, Health planning, Medical care, Medical personnel 

Shaping the professional landscape through research, advocacy and education - an Australian perspective.

Siemensma G, Ritchie A, Lewis S. Health Info Libr J. 2017 Apr 6. doi: 10.1111/hir.12180. [Epub ahead of print]

Relationship between depression and frailty in older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Soysal P, Veronese N, Thompson T, Kahl KG, Fernandes BS, Prina AM, Solmi M, Schofield P, Koyanagi A, Tseng PT, Lin PY, Chu CS, Cosco TD, Cesari M, Carvalho AF, Stubbs B. Ageing Res Rev. 2017 Mar 31;36:78-87. doi: 10.1016/j.arr.2017.03.005. [Epub ahead of print] Review.

Patient values informing medical treatment: a pilot community and advance care planning survey.

Milnes S, Corke C, Orford NR, Bailey M, Savulescu J, Wilkinson D. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2017 Mar 2. pii: bmjspcare-2016-001177. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001177. [Epub ahead of print]

Variation in the costs of surgery: seeking value.

Hillis DJ, Watters DA, Malisano L, Bailey N, Rankin D. Med J Aust. 2017 Mar 6;206(4):153-154. 

Interns' perceptions of exposure to urology during medical school education in Victoria, Australia.

Azer S, Khan M, Hoag N, Bookun R, Lawrentschuk N, Grills R, Bolton D. ANZ J Surg. 2017 Jan;87(1-2):10-11. doi: 10.1111/ans.13769. 

How to monitor blood glucose.


Dunning T. Nurs Stand. 2016 Jan 27;30(22):36-9. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.22.36.s45. 

Clinicians Health Channel Resources

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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

  • 2-Day Health Literacy and Ophelia Masterclass

You are invited to:

Deakin University’s Health Systems Improvement Unit 2-Day Health Literacy and Ophelia Masterclass

Experts from the Health Systems Improvement Unit will cover current health literacy research and tools, service responsiveness and the Ophelia approach to intervention development and health service improvement.

12th and 13th April 2017

Deakin Downtown

Level 12, Tower 2

727 Collins Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

Registration is $950 plus GST which includes: 2 day masterclass, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. (Early-bird rate of $750 plus GST until Monday 12th March 5pm)

Register here:

If you have a group of 5 or more people who are interested in learning about health literacy please contact Carol Wildey for a tailored, health literacy program which can be delivered in your workplace.

  • 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.