The HealthInfoNet has adopted a gecko rating system - based on its logo - because there is some variation in the coverage of topics important to Indigenous health. The number of geckos assigned to each section of our web resource indicates the level of coverage and navigational aspects (finding your way around the section) of each section.
The main factor contributing to the variability of coverage and specific navigational aspects is the staff allocation we can give to particular sections, itself a reflection of funding levels - full coverage of all health-related topics is beyond the resources available to the HealthInfoNet. The ‘core' funds provided by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health enable quite good staff allocation to many health topics, particularly those within the Department's direct responsibility (a number of other important health-related issues, such as family violence and child protection, disability, and road safety, are the responsibility of other Government departments/agencies). We are able to provide higher levels of staffing to some areas - such as substance use, ear health and eye health - because of extra funding for these areas. Unfortunately, staff allocations to other areas, particularly those outside the direct responsibility of the health system, are much less comprehensive. Also, our 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 us to direct special attention to Indigenous health at a state and territory level. (The WA 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 sections with the highest level of coverage and navigation and a 1-gecko rating applies to sections with limited coverage and general navigation. The rating is determined by a set of criteria which include:
The HealthInfoNet‘s goal is to provide good coverage for all major areas relevant to Indigenous health, but our capacity to do so depend on the availability of resources.