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Health resources

If you need information or advice on a range of health-related topics, click on the links listed in the table below to access useful online health resources.

  • After hours GP helpline - The after hours GP helpline provides medical advice and support to people who are not able to access face to face GP services at night, on weekends and public holidays. Visit the healthdirect website for more information or call 1800 022 222.
  • Alcohol - this Australian Government Department of Health website provides information about alcohol-related health issues and Government policy.
  • Dementia Australia - Dementia Australia administers national dementia programs and services funded by the Australian Government, such as the National Dementia Helpline, as well as providing national policy and advocacy for Australians living with dementia.
  • Arthritis Australia - Arthritis Australia aims to bring quality of life to everyone with arthritis and eliminate their suffering. They provide support and education to patients and their families as well as funding and advocacy for world-class arthritis research.
  • Bladder Bowel website - this Australian Government Department of Health website provides information and advice on the prevention and management of bladder control and bowel problems. It also provides information on continence health promotion, early intervention and support for consumers, their families and carers, as well as information for health professionals, service providers and researchers.
  • Cancer Council Australia - Cancer Council Australia advises the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer. It is Australia's peak national non-government cancer control organisation. The Cancer Council also advocates for the rights of cancer patients for best treatment and supportive care.
  • Carer Gateway - a national online and phone service that provides practical information and resources to support carers. The interactive service finder helps carers connect to local support services.
  • Cancer Screening - this Australian Government Department of Health website provides information on cancer screening. It includes links to Breast Screen Australia, the National Cervical Cancer Screening Program and the National Bowel Cancer Program.
  • Diabetes Australia - Diabetes Australia is the national peak body for diabetes in Australia. It provides a single, powerful, collective voice for people living with diabetes, their families and carers. Diabetes Australia is a non-profit organisation that works in partnership with diabetes consumer organisations, health professionals, educators and researchers to minimise the impact of diabetes in the Australian community. It is committed to turning diabetes around through awareness, prevention, detection, management and the search for a cure.
  • eHealth record - this Australian Government Department of Health website provides information about eHealth records. An eHealth record is a personally controlled electronic health record which is a secure, electronic summary of your health information. The Government's eHealth record system brings together key elements of your health information, and makes receiving the right treatment faster, safer and easier. Your eHealth record will be accessible only by you and the healthcare organisations you authorise.
  • Frailty screening - this simple 5 question online test to detect frailty provides tailored information and tips to help you stay independent and take action to improve your health. You can print off a personal summary to follow up with your GP. Project developed by Benetas, funded by the Australian Government.
  • healthdirect - this Australian Government website provides reliable, up-to-date, quality health information and advice. Delivered by Healthdirect Australia, the National Health Services Directory (NHSD) provides easy access to reliable and consistent information about health services for everyone.
  • Heart Foundation - the Heart Foundation saves lives and improves health through funding world-class cardiovascular research, guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.
  • Independent Living Centres - these centres carry a wide range of products and equipment so you can decide which one best suits your needs.
  • Macular Disease Foundation Australia - the Foundation provides information, guidance and support for those living with macular disease, primarily macular degeneration which is responsible for 50% of all vision loss and blindness in Australia.
  • MyHospitals - this website is an Australian Government initiative that makes it easier to access information about how individual hospitals are performing. You'll find information about hospital services, patient admissions, waiting times for elective surgery and emergency department care, measures of safety and quality, cancer services and hospital accreditation. The website also provides comparisons of public hospital performance statistics on waiting times for elective surgery and emergency department care, where data is available.
  • National Asthma Council Australia - the National Asthma Council Australia is a not-for-profit organisation working to improve health outcomes and quality of life for people with asthma.
  • National Medicines Policy - This Australian Government Department of Health website outlines Australia's National Medicines Policy which is a cooperative endeavour to bring about better health outcomes for all Australians. It is especially focused on people's access to, and wise use of, medicines. The term 'medicine' includes prescription and non-prescription medicines including complementary healthcare products.
  • NPS Medicinewise - NPS Medicinewise gives health professionals and consumers access to information and other supports for good prescribing and decisions about medicines and medical test use.
  • Nutrition Australia - Nutrition Australia is a non-profit, community-based organisation with offices throughout Australia. It is an independent member organisation that aims to promote the health and well being of all Australians.
  • Office of Hearing Services - The Office of Hearing Services manages the Australian Government Hearing Services Program. The Program improves access to quality hearing services for eligible clients, provides better targeted hearing services and supports research into hearing loss prevention and management.
  • Osteoporosis Australia - Osteoporosis Australia is a not-for-profit organisation and the premier peak body promoting bone health. The organisation is responsible for providing services and osteoporosis information to the community and health professionals.
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia - The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia.
  • Rural Health Australia - This Australian Government Department of Health website provides details about existing and forthcoming Government programs and initiatives aimed at improving health services in regional, rural and remote Australia. Its interactive map shows health services in specific locations in all state and territories. This map will be upgraded over time to include more place-based health information. More resources will also be added to the website as it develops, making it a valuable tool both for the rural population and for health professionals.
  • Stroke Foundation - The National Stroke Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that works with stroke survivors, carers, health professionals, government and the public to reduce the impact of stroke on the Australian community. Their mission is to stop strokes, save lives and end suffering.
  • Vision Australia - Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia, working in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.

Last reviewed: 30 June, 2015.