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Date posted: 3 December 2009
The HealthInfoNet has adopted a gecko rating system - based on its logo - because of the variability in its coverage of health and related topics of importance to Indigenous health. The main factor contributing to the variability of coverage is level of resourcing, as full coverage of all health-related topics for all potential users has proven to be well beyond the resources available to the HealthInfoNet.
The Indigenous men's health web resource has recently been upgraded to a three-gecko rating, following the publication of the Review of Indigenous male health.
The rating system ranges from one to five geckos, a 5-gecko rating applying to those sections with the highest level of coverage and a 1-gecko rating applying to areas with limited coverage. A 5-gecko rating indicates that coverage of the topic is comprehensive (including a review of the topic) and that the topic has its own dedicated yarning place. A topic with comprehensive coverage but lacking either a review or a dedicated yarning place has a 4-gecko rating. A 3-gecko rating means that the coverage is good, but not to the levels required for a higher rating. The 2-gecko and 1-gecko ratings apply to topics with much more limited coverage.