A major issue for any knowledge-based Internet resource – such as the HealthInfoNet – is ensuring the quality of its materials. We address quality assurance by way of:
- documented procedures for all aspects of our day-to-day operations. These procedures ensure that all materials have been subjected to quality control checks before being added to our site. The nature of the checks varies to some degree. All important content additions are checked by the Director, who has around 28 years involvement in the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health information, and substantial experience in both descriptive epidemiology and editorial functions. This experience enables him to provide high levels of both technical and editorial expertise in ensuring the quality of materials added to the site.
- our Advisory Board and reference and steering groups.
- a network of HealthInfoNet Consultants, whose functions include peer-review of any substantial academic materials to be added to the site. Depending on the nature of the material to be added, our Consultants can also play a more direct role in the development of the material itself. To date, around 110 senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people have been appointed as HealthInfoNet Consultants. (As well as their peer-review role, our Consultants – who are leading experts within various areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health – also serve as an informal reference group by providing guidance in their individual areas of expertise and assist in the identification and collection of other materials.)
View list of HealthInfoNet Consultants.