Clinical Resource Guides
Clinical Resource Guides curate relevant resources for interdisciplinary topics, professional groups, and areas of practice. They provide selected eBooks, journals, databases, online learning materials, and / or web resources.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library Guide
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Informs practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible to 'close the gap' in health between Indigenous and other Australians. https://healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/
Health.Vic covers Victorian Health Strategies for Indigenous health. https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/health-strategies/aboriginal-health
Produced by the Lowitja Institute, provides access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health literature on the PubMed database via 27 search topics. https://www.lowitja.org.au/page/research/lit-search
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is the national peak body for Aboriginal health, supporting State and Territory peak Aboriginal community controlled primary health care services to address shared concerns. www.naccho.org.au www.vaccho.org.au
Alcohol & Other Drugs
ADF Library is the largest and most up-to-date alcohol and other drugs (AOD) library in Australia, providing free access to more than one million resources including full-text articles from 4,000+ journals. ADF Library Quick searches include: Crystal methamphetamine in Australia, Drug testing in Australia, Pharmaceutical misuse in Australia , Binge drinking in Australia , Alcohol and sport in Australia, Alcohol and community action in Australia, Vaping in Australia, Medicinal Cannabis in Australia, Cannabis legalization in Australia, Good Sports, Local Drug Action Team, Community Drug Action Team.
My Allied Health Space
This website provides information, tools and training resources for allied health workers, people with disability and complex support needs, friends, family or carers. My Allied Health Space supports the Allied health capability framework: disability and complex support needs.
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Collection
Provides coverage from leading health journals and essential medical journals in key medical specialties. ProQuest Health & Medical Complete provides in-depth coverage from over 1,440 publications with nearly 1,200 available in full text and of these, over 970 include MEDLINE.(Found on the Clinicians Health Channel, and via EDS)
Are you a member of ANZCA? The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists has full text access to specialised journals and eBooks, focusing on the areas of anaesthesia and pain medicine. ANZCA Library
The Healthy Male - (previously known as Andrology Australia) is a national organisation, established in 2000, that provides easy access to the latest scientific and medical research on male reproductive and sexual health. https://www.healthymale.org.au/
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health
The Australian & New Zealand Society of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeons provides information for members. The ANZSCTS has set up a database for routine systematic collection of data related to each surgical procedure and the monitoring of that data as the cornerstone of best practice. Look here for current research or to participate in contributing to the research database. https://anzscts.org/database/
Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
Are you a member of CSANZ? The society provides guidelines and access to resources such as ClinicalKey from their website. https://www.csanz.edu.au/resources/
The Heart Foundation
The Heart Foundation provides guidelines, tools, and clinical fact-sheets designed as decision-making aids for health professionals. https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/
ECG Library - LITFL ECG library is a free educational resource covering over 100 ECG topics relevant to Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.
Dementia Australia Library provides access to quality dementia related information. This information is applicable to people with dementia, their carers friends and family. This is also useful for health professionals, other service providers and members of the general public.
Dermatology eBooks and eJournals
DermNet NZ - Has put together a list of useful dermatology resources for health professionals.
Are you a member of Australian Dental Association (ADA)? ADA library has a specialist collection of dental related resources. Users can directly access the electronic resources (including full text articles from hundreds of journal titles) via the website or request sections of particular books, journals or articles to be sent electronically.
www.ada.org.au Login to ADA CPD portal, National Library.
TRAUMA Victoria Provides education and guidelines relating to the Victorian State Trauma System
Are you a member of RACGP? The Royal College of General Practitioners has a specialist collection of General Practice related resources. Users can directly access our electronic resources (including full text articles from hundreds of journal titles) via the website.
Centre for Clinical Effectiveness, Monash Health
CCE undertakes reviews of the evidence to inform decision-making for clinical practice, policy and quality improvement initiatives. CCE conduct the following types of evidence synthesis, all of which are dependant on the needs of the requestor:
- Systematic Reviews: include a comprehensive systematic search of evidence, reporting is technical and explicit
- Rapid Reviews: include a systematic search, limited resources searched, no appraisal of evidence, broad themes described
- Scoping Reviews: include broad themes of interest and iterative searching
- Evidence Snapshots: include a narrow topic, iterative search approach and limited reporting
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
The CEBM aims to develop, teach and promote evidence-based health care through a variety of methods so that all healthcare professionals can maintain the highest standards of medicine. Site includes CEBM talks, EBM tools, reading lists and more.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Treatment
Medical Information for Clinicians provides literature for treating Jehovah's Witnesses clients without the use of blood transfusions.
MedPix is a free open-access online database of medical images, teaching cases, and clinical topics, integrating images and textual metadata including over 12,000 patient case scenarios, 9,000 topics, and nearly 59,000 images. The primary target audience includes physicians and nurses, allied health professionals, medical students, nursing students and others interested in medical knowledge. Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
MJA Guidelines Australian clinical guidelines published by the Medical Journal of Australia.
National Centre for Farmer Health provides leadership in research, education, information and service delivery to improve health, wellbeing and safety for farmers and farm workers.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national (UK) guidance and advice to improve health and social care.
Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases is the peak professional body for infectious diseases and microbiology in the region and a key stakeholder for government departments, medical colleges and other societies, including international organisations. Members have access to eResources and databases, clinical guidelines are freely available.
|Aged Mental Health
|Child & Adolescent Mental Health
|Dementia / Alzheimer's Disease
|Schizophenia /Psychosis Disorders
Are you employed as a mental health worker? Staff currently employed in agencies funded by the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division, Department of Health, Victoria are eligible to borrow from the Victorian Mental Health Library based at the Royal Melbourne. Once joined you can have full text access to journals, and eBooks and borrow print items from their lending service
Kidney Health Australia has a Health Professionals support page with Guidelines, a Resources Library with fact sheets, photo sheets, books, translations and indigenous kidney health information. https://kidney.org.au/about-us/resources-library
Nursing & Midwifery
Are you a member of ANMF? The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation has full text access to specialised journals and eBooks, focusing on nursing.
The Nutrition and Food Web Archive - Covers articles and other resources including videos, calculators and online forums
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Global Library of Women's Medicine (GLOWM). A free resource for medical professionals dedicated to the enhancement of women’s health care.
OTseeker - a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions. Most trials have been critically appraised for their validity and interpretability. In one database,OTseeker provides fast and easy access to information from a wide range of sources to inform occupational therapy.The trials in have been sourced by conducting systematic searches of the following databases: MEDLINE, CINAHL, ERIC, EMBASE Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, AMED, PsycINFO, the Cochrane Library, CancerLit, and Ageline. Other methods of sourcing trials include auto-alert strategies in MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, AMED and PsycINFO,and hand-searching of selected journals.
eviQ A free resource of evidence-based, consensus driven cancer treatment protocols and information for use at the point of care. eviQ is developed for the Australian context and supports health professionals in the delivery of cancer treatments.
Resources for patients, caregivers, health professionals and researcher about cancer.
CareSearch - comprehensive online database providing information about palliative care to support healthcare professionals, palliative patients, their families and friends.
palliAGED palliative care evidence and practice information resource for the Australian aged care sector. Providing support for health and care practitioners as well as resource developers, the website also provides trustworthy information for older Australians, their families and friends.
PERro – Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 36,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible. All trials on PEDro are independently assessed for quality.
Psychiatry & Psychology
PsycINFO on OVID – Bibliographic database the American Psychological Association’s (APA) have developed the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioural science and mental health. It contains over 3 million records and summaries including the full index of PsycARTICLES.
(Found on the Clinicians Health Channel)
Psychiatry Online - A powerful web-based portal that features DSM-5®—the most widely used psychiatric reference in the world—and The American Journal of Psychiatry as the cornerstones of an unsurpassed collection of psychiatric references from American Psychiatric Publishing, the most trusted and respected name in psychiatric publishing.You get instant access to must-have resources such as
- DSM® Library titles including DSM-5®, DSM-5® Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, and DSM-5® Clinical Cases
- Journals including The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, and Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
- Textbooks including The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry,Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments,The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, and Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology
- American Psychiatric AssociationPractice Guidelines for the treatment of psychiatric disorders (quick reference [subscribers only] and comprehensive [freely available] versions)
- Self-assessment tools for study, board certification and recertification review, AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, and lifelong learning
- Clinical & research news from Psychiatric News
- Medication information handoutsfor patients
The website gives clinicians, students and researchers free access to the NeuroBITE database, thus enabling you to search for articles which might be relevant for your clinical practice or your research in a time-efficient way.
Radiopaedia is an open-edit educational radiology resource which has been primarily compiled by radiologists and radiology trainees from across the world. It aims to be the web's largest collection of radiology cases and reference articles.
Inside Radiology produced by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. Content for both health consumers and health professionals about clinical radiology tests, procedures, and interventions.
Reproductive & Sexual Health
Sexual Health Victoria https://shvic.org.au/professional-learning-support/resources
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Labia Library http://www.labialibrary.org.au
International Federation of Social Workers – Information Hub - Search here for news, policies, reports, publications, and book reviews. https://www.ifsw.org/information-hub/
Are you a member of AASW? The Australian Association of Social Workers has a resources library available for members. AASW Library
SpeechBITE - Speech Pathology Database for Best Interventions and Treatment. The advanced search feature helps structure your search. This resource gives access to citations and (sometimes) abstracts which are of interest to Speech Pathologists. Studies on this database include Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Non-Randomised Controlled Trials, Case Series, and Single Case Experimental Designs. The full-text of these items is not necessarily included, though there might be links to full-text.
Students & Interns
Deakin Medical Student - Booklist
Resident 360, produced by The New England Journal of Medicine. It includes:
- Rotation Prep : supports learning with an overview of the basics, and expertly chosen resources that provide foundational information, links to landmark clinical trials, and review articles. Covers: 14 rotation areas including mental health, infectious diseases, geriatrics, etc.
- Learning Lab : provides interactive tools videos, podcasts on a variety of medical topics
- Resident Lounge and Career sections :allow residents to connect with peers
- Discussions: special discussion forums led by experts in specific clinical areas
To Access - you need to create a user profile or personal account using your work email address onsite.
Are you a member of RACS? The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has full text access to specialised journals and eBooks, focusing on surgery.
Surgery 101 is a series of podcasts designed to help people learn about the basics of surgery. This resource is a helpful revision tool for medical students. Each episode covers a single topic in 10-15 minutes so that learners can quickly grasp the basic concepts relating to a common surgical problem. Learning objectives are provided for each episode; episodes are divided into chapters and conclude with several key points to summarize the topic.
If you know of an open access online resource or database that would be helpful to have on this list, please contact Hannah Obst (Librarian).