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The HealthInfoNet has adopted a gecko rating system - based on its logo - because there is variation in the coverage of topics important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The number of geckos assigned to each health topic indicates the level of coverage of that topic.

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The variability of coverage is due to how much time staff spend on a topic, which is determined by how much funding each health topic receives. The 'core' funds provided by the Australian Department of Health enable good coverage of many health topics. Some topics, like alcohol and other drug use, get specific funding which allows for more comprehensive coverage. Unfortunately, coverage of some topics, particularly those outside the direct responsibility of the health system, is much less comprehensive. Also, core and most other funding provides for attention to health and related issues at a national level, but, with the exception of Western Australia, does not enable special attention to be directed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health at a state and territory level. (The WA State section is supported with special funds provided by the Western Australian Department of Health.)

The gecko rating system ranges from one to five geckos and includes a half gecko rating. A 5-gecko rating applies to health topics with the highest level of coverage and a 1-gecko rating applies to topics with limited coverage. The rating is determined by a set of criteria which includes:

The HealthInfoNet's goal is to provide good coverage for all major areas relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, but the capacity to do so depends on the availability of funding.

Gecko rating list

A 4 to 5-gecko rating indicates that there is: comprehensive coverage of the topic; an up-to-date review; plain language material; a dedicated yarning place; and a news feed and social media account.
A 3 to 4-gecko rating indicates that there is good coverage of the topic and some plain language material, but the topic does not have either an up-to-date review, a dedicated yarning place and/or a news feed and social media account.
A 2 to 3-gecko rating indicates that coverage of the topic is quite good but the topic does not have either a review, plain language material or a dedicated yarning place and a news feed and social media account is not present.
A 1 to 2-gecko rating indicates that coverage of the topic is minimal and does not have a review, plain language material, a dedicated yarning place and a news feed and social media account.
 
Last updated: 5 July 2016
 
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