Do you turn to the internet for health information? If you do, you’re sure to find hundreds of articles and websites that seem relevant – but how do you know which ones are reliable or accurate? We can be easily overwhelmed by the huge amount of information discussing a particular health issue. Differing opinions and conflicting facts are confusing and can make us feel anxious about our health.
The Health & Wellness Resource Center database provides instant access to trusted medical reference materials that have been carefully selected. The broad range of topics include commonly-searched conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease, menopause, autism, back pain, asthma, Down Syndrome, eating disorders, acne and melanoma, to conditions that may be of more interest to students or health professionals, such as Ebola, cholera and leprosy. The database includes:
- over 1,000 health and medical journals
- hundreds of pamphlets
- over 700 health-related videos from Healthology Inc
- articles from 2,200 general interest publications, and
- a broad collection of Gale reference titles.
The easy-to-use homepage offers clear links under the headings:
- Diseases and Conditions
- Diagnostics and Tests
- Therapies, Treatments and Surgeries
When you choose a topic, you can select the type of information you want – reference, videos, magazines, academic journals etc. The option of watching videos or listening to audio makes it easy to find the information in a format to suit you. All the information you need about the topic is right there, and you know that it is trustworthy.
The Health & Wellness Resource Center also has a few Featured Topics, which you can start exploring straight away. Following World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, one of the current featured topics is suicide. Prevention of suicide involves teaching people to understand risk factors and recognise the warning signs, so being able to access practical reliable information is important.
Queensland Mental Health Week runs from 6-14 October, and the Health & Wellness Resource Center is a useful and convenient place to go for information about mental health issues, treatments and prevention. Reliable information about anxiety and depression can help people living with these conditions, as well as provide guidance for carers, family and friends. Being able to find out about any condition or disease, understand the implications of a diagnosis, or the effects of a prescribed drug, will give you knowledge so that you can take an active role in managing your health and making informed decisions. Being informed helps you understand what you’re being told by your doctors and health professionals. This makes it easier to discuss treatment options and know what questions to ask.
The Health and Wellness Resource Center also covers health maintenance, with practical information about exercise, diets, complementary medicines and therapies. With lots of conflicting advice on social media and in the popular press, it is a relief to be able to find a trusted source of facts and guidance.
Queensland residents can join State Library online for immediate free access. Find the Health and Wellness Resource Center through State Library’s Database page, under the heading Health, or search for Health and Wellness Resource Center in our One Search catalogue.
Fiona Dixon, Librarian
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