Finding quality health information online

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Healthwise on the Web

Five brief online videos to assist you finding high quality health information online.

External page link Your Health Link: Health Information the right way

Use Your Health to access a wide range of Australian health related websites and resources or check out some of the links below.

Useful websites

These links are reliable and free high quality health online resources.

healthdirectAustralia

healthdirectAustralia was established by the Council of Australian Governments with the purpose of providing all Australians with access to trusted professional health information without time or geographic restrictions. No matter where people live, what time of the day or night, they can access trusted advice on the most appropriate care for their health issue.

External page link healthdirectAustralia

Alzheimer’s Australia

Alzheimer’s Australia advocates the needs of people living with dementia, and their families and carers. As the peak body and charity for all types of dementia, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information.

External page link fightdementia

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible and contribute to 'closing the gap' in health between Indigenous and other Australians.

External page link HealthInfoNet

Cancer Council

Cancer Council NSW is a community funded, community focused cancer charity dedicated to the defeat of cancer and is a member of Cancer Council Australia, along with Australian state and territory Cancer Council counterparts.

External page link Cancer Council NSW

Cancer Directory

Cancer Directory Website provides the Australian community and health professionals with a credible and comprehensive online directory of trusted Australian cancer care publications and resources published since 2008. The Website provides direct links to resources on other websites that meet quality criteria determined by Cancer Council NSW. Over 500 are translated by accredited NAATI organisations into 56 languages.

External page link Cancer Directory

Carers Australia

Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s carers, and takes a leadership role and responds to carers' needs and those of the people they care for, being mindful of their financial challenges and in many cases a lack of social inclusion.

Carers Australia advocates on behalf of Australia’s carers to influence policies and services at a national level. They work collaboratively with partners and member organisations, the Network of state and territory Carers Associations, to deliver a range of essential national carer services.

External page link Carers Australia

CareSearch

Palliative Care Knowledge Network.

External page link CareSearch

Health On the Net Foundation (HON) for Patient/Individual

HON offers specialized medical search engines to facilitate searching and provide reliable and trustworthy results.

External page link Health On the Net Foundation (HON)

Health Information New South Wales State Library

If you're looking for health information it can sometimes be challenging to know where to start. This NSW State Library guide will take you to a range of resources, from plain language information to the latest research.

External page linkHealth Information New South Wales State Library

Planning Ahead Tools (NSW Health)

Who will take care of everything if something happens to you? Who will inherit your property? Who will take care of your children? Who will look after your finances and medical needs?
Fortunately, planning ahead for yourself and the ones you love is easier than you think. This website contains information and resources to help you ensure your wishes are known, so you can get it in black & white.

External page link Planning Ahead Tools

Tips for searching online

Evaluating websites

It is important to consider a number of aspects when evaluating websites, for example:

  • Authority - who produces the website?
  • Accuracy – is the information factual and logical?
  • Reliability – what is the structure of URL/web address?
  • Validity – is there cited information?/authors expert in field?/arguments supported with evidence?
  • Point of view – does it contain bias/agendas?
  • Timeliness - when was the website last updated?/ Is a date featured of when the website was created?/ Is information current?

Some clues to the origin and purpose of websites can be found in their URLs or web addresses. The domains indicate what type of body might own or populate the site.

.edu - Educational websites such Universities and TAFEs

.gov - Government websites

.org - Organisational websites non-government, some non-profit organisations – often very detailed information but use with caution as it may be biased

.com or .net - Commercial websites still often provide good information but are selling services/products. May also be personal websites – therefore evaluate content carefully as it may not be fully factual or backed by evidence, and may also be biased.

Feedback

To recommend other useful websites please use our feedback email: CCLHD-Feedback@health.nsw.gov.au