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The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.
The ClinicallnfoNet will enable doctors, nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers to access quality-assured materials for the prevention, identification and management of five key chronic conditions - cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer.
‘The resource will promote best practice in the prevention, identification and management of the chronic diseases that have major impacts on the health of Indigenous people. The web resource is still in the early stages, but, over time it will continue to develop and expand in terms of functionality and content,' ClinicalInfoNet Project Manager, Kathy Ride, said.
Health practitioners will now be able to freely access evidenced-based clinical guidelines, tools and patient education resources during patient consultations. Previously, these materials were quite difficult to access from different websites, or were only available in hard-copy forms. This precluded real-time access and restricted their use by clinical health professionals. The ClinicalInfoNet can be accessed via the Internet or through the PrimaryCare Sidebar®, currently available with patient management software Medical Director and Best Practice.
HealthInfoNet Director, Professor Neil Thomson, believes the new resource will complement the current work of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. ‘I'm delighted we are extending our existing work in Indigenous health to address some of the specific needs of people working at the health "frontline". The new web resource, which will be a great complement to the HealthInfoNet, acknowledges our contributions over almost 16 years in providing people working in Indigenous health with access to a wide range of information and knowledge. The materials available on the HealthInfoNet already make a major contribution to both the initial training and continuing professional development of people working in Indigenous health, but the new resource will address the real-time needs of people working in clinical areas,' he said.
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