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Barwon Health Library Service: Consumer Health

Evidence for Excellence

The consumer health information on this page has been developed by trusted health organisations and provides information about conditions, treatments, and drugs or supplements, and more    

Please note:  Information on these websites does not replace care provided by medical practitioners and other qualified health professionals.

Australian Indigenous Health Info Net

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet makes comprehensive, up-to-date information accessible to people interested in the health of Indigenous Australians.

Healthy Living Apps

A listing of apps for your smartphone or table from VicHealth covering such topics as healthy eating, exercise, tobacco and alcohol, mental health and more. Visit Health Living Apps now

Mood and Food

The Food and Mood Centre is based at Deakin and investigates the link between diet and mental health. Watch some videos to see how a better diet can improve depression and anxiety. Eat yourself Happier - free online course from Food and Mood Centre 

Geelong Council Community Directory

Geelong Community DirectoryUse this to find community services and groups in the Geelong region. You can also search it directly from the yellow Fast Finder search box on the top of the Library home page

Maternity Services at Barwon Health

All you need to know about pregnancy, having a baby, breastfeeding and more is available on the Maternity Services page.

Nurse on Call Telephone Service

The free 24/7 Nurse-On-Call service allows you to speak with a registered nurse. This is not for emergency situations where you should call 000 or visit a hospital emergency department

Public Lecture Series Videos 2018

MyValues - Your Voice When You Can't Speak For Yourself

MyValues is a set of specially constructed statements designed to help you identify, consider and communicate your wishes about the medical treatment you would want in the later stages of life.

Therapeutic Goods Administration - Department of Health

This Australian Government website allows you to search for Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) on the safe and effective use of a prescription or specified over-the-counter medicine.

Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)

The Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) is Australia's leading alcohol and drug search directory with complete information on drugs and alcohol.

5 Questions to ask your Doctor

Choosing Wisely Australia logo

Choosing Wisely Australia an initiative of NPS MedicineWise promotes patient-doctor conversations about unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures

5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider:

1. Do I really need this test or procedure? - Tests may help you and your doctor or other healthcare provider determine the problem. Procedures may help to treat it.

2. What are the risks? - Will there be side effects? What are the chances of getting results that aren’t accurate? Could that lead to more testing or another procedure?

3. Are there simpler, safer options? - Sometimes all you need to do is make lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier foods or exercising more.

4. What happens if I don't do anything? - Ask if your condition might get worse — or better — if you don’t have the test or procedure right away.

5. What are the costs? - Costs can be financial, emotional or a cost of your time. Where there is a cost to the community, is the cost reasonable or is there a cheaper alternative?

You may also find this Question Builder useful

Cochrane Crowd

Cochrane is renowned as the best source of healthcare evidence. Anyone can join Cochrane Crowd to help categorise and summarise healthcare evidence so that we can all make better healthcare decisions - even 60 seconds can help. Visit Cochrane Crowd for more information

HealthTalk Australia

Healthtalk Australia features many videos of patients talking about what it is really like to have a particular health condition or care for someone that does. Some of the areas covered include mental health, substance abuse, ageing, multiple medicine, early parenthood, depression etc.The international Healthtalk site has patient videos about many more conditions

Better Health Channel

Better Health Channel

Better Health Channel is funded by the Victorian State Government.  Search for conditions and treatments, services and supports and healthy living tips.

Healthdirect Australia

Check symptoms with the Symptom Checker, find health services and search for health information.

The free healthdirect Australia app is available by searching for 'healthdirect' in your app store.

Consumer Reps Improve Health Care

Barwon Health staff member? Please click here to find out how you can involve consumers in improving your area.
Member of the public? Please click here to learn how sharing your experiences and views can help improve healthcare at Barwon Health

Information in other Languages

The Victorian Government's Health Translations Directory provides reliable health information translated into other languages. 

The Barwon Health website can be translated.  Click on the down arrow next to the 'Select Language' box, underneath the telephone number, to select a language from the list.

See also the Cultural and Multilingual section on the Patient Information page . 

MedlinePlus - US National Library of Medicine


MedlinePlus is produced by the United States National Library of Medicine.  

Guidelines for Evaluating Health Information on the Web

The Medical Library Association of the United States encourages these four simple questions to be asked when assessing the reliability of online health information:

  1. Who is sponsoring the website?
  2. How often is the site updated?
  3. Does the site present facts and not opinion?
  4. Who is the intended audience?

Trust It or Trash It? and Online Health Information Aid can also help you

National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health - US

US National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health conducts and supports research and provides information about complementary health products and practices.