Reliable sources of evidence-based
medical information and FACT sheets
VIC government site with concise fact sheets for diet, medicines, common ailments and diseases. There is some good advice about complimentary medicines.
Comprehensive fact sheets for almost every condition and common medicines. Also has a great symptom checker that is much less scary than Dr Google.
Easy to read and detailed information about diseases and common ailments. Has a great section on emergency first aid for chest pain, or bites, or burns.
Everything you want to know and didn't even know you needed to know about pregnancy, giving birth, breastfeeding and having a new baby. Evidence-based and straight forward advice. Great resource for general gynaecology, sexuality and menopause.
A one-stop shop for advice about all things kids : topics include newborns, healthy eating, bed wetting, asthma and puberty. They also have an App for your smartphone or android!
The American Center for Disease Control where you can search by destination, disease or vaccination. Also has great general advice about clean water, food safety and travel injuries.
Up to date, evidence-based information about STIs. Also has information about contact tracing and multilingual translations.
Fabulous information about general problems that can affect sexual health such as urinary tract infections or thrush. Also has information about the morning after pill and sexual health concerns for gay couples.
As you know, I love all things Adelaide and Shine is one of our most impressive establishments. They have the best fact sheet for how to take the oral contraceptive pill correctly.
Many chronic diseases have their own local and international foundations that are great resources for patients and their families. You can often call their number and talk to someone who has had direct experience with other people who have the same condition. The ones I've listed are foundations I commonly use or refer people to, but there are many many more.
Information about how to eat well, links to State Associations and memberships and also link to National Diabetes Services Scheme for subsidised test strips, needles and insulin pumps.
Fabulous collection of fact sheets about different arthritic conditions, medications used in arthritis and dealing with pain including complimentary medicines. Many multilingual options.
The window to understanding cancer and most of the common cancers are comprehensively explained.
Finding a legitimate charity is so difficult it is sometimes easier to do nothing at all. I really appreciate the group behind Give Now who have a reasonably transparent method of assessing charities. Their case reports show robust analysis and are a good way to understand where your dollar goes and whether that really adds value to someone's life.
This is a wonderful NGO started by a Rheumatologist based in NSW who wanted to volunteer but was too committed at home. Instead, he donates 1 day of his wages a year to cover approximately a month of wages for a Dr in a another country. 1 day, 2 Drs.
An easy to navigate and comprehensive site for youth mental health. They have a really useful evidence maps so you can find out if a treatment, medicine or therapy is likely to help.
The gurus of anxiety and depression - Beyond Blue have worked very hard to answer every question. They also have a 24 hour emergency line 1300 22 46 36.
If you want to see a psychologist to talk about any maladaptive thoughts or behaviours, to debrief, or to help you cope with overwhelming times in your life, the first step is to talk to your GP. They might arrange a Mental Health Care plan to receive a Medicare rebate when you see the psychologist. Or they'll advise you if other treatment is needed.
Headspace has a free app or online 10 day 'mind gym' for meditation beginners. It's a great way to learn how to plant your feet back on the ground during a busy day in the office or running after kids.
If you're a bookworm like me, you will love this site. It is the philosopher's Wiki full of alphabetically searchable philo-topics updated and edited by academics in residence. A great way to pass a Sunday morning.
McSweeney's are a San Fran based publishing house that release a series of quarterly books such as the Voice of Witness - inspiring stories about people changing their communities. They also have links to their blogs: The Organist (a weekly experimental arts and culture program) and VAD Foundation (South Sudan Community development program - from the authors of What is the What).
Asian Alliance for Health : search by topic
Bowel Cancer Screening : search by language
Centre for Cultural Diversity in Aging : Aged Care, Health Associations, Mental Health
Good food for New Arrivals : Afghan, Sudanese, Arabic, Dari. Vit D info.
Mater Brisbane : info for Refugee health assessments translated
Medline Plus : search by language or topic
Multicultural Diabetes Portal : search by language for diabetes and diet educations
National Network of Libraries (NYC) : search by language to find database of health info.
NSW Health index : search by language or topic
Selected Patient information in Asian Languages SPIRAL: search by topic
Shine : Contraception and Sexual Health
VIC Health : search by language
About Kids Health : Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu, Swahili
NSW Gov. Kids Health Fact Sheets: Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, Bengali, Nepali, Greek
Welcome Here (Canada) : Early childhood parenting fact sheets : learning and diet.
In conjunction with NHMRC the Australian government website to link to CPGs
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Preventative medicine Green Book
Care for older persons Silver Book
Abuse and violence White Book
Smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity SNAP
Emergency CPGs Paediatric
There are state websites and hotlines. NSW poisons information is accessible from across the country on 13 11 26.
Herbal monographs outline the clinical indications, contraindications and evidence for medicinal herbs. This blog about recipes written by academics, herbalists and historians explains how to access monographs and links to online resources including European Medicines Agency and WHO.
Videos for suturing techniques and other laceration repairs.
Emergency CPGs Adult
Life in the Fast Lane Clinical Care Copendium Blog has everything you need to know about ECGs, emergency drugs, new smartphone apps and clinical updates from tech savvy ED consultants.
Surviving Sedation Guidelines via Dr Minh Le Cong's Blog.
The Doctor's Bag App by NPS, finally one for Australian doctors - emergency drugs and dose calculators that you can use offline when you're out bush.
Refugee Guidelines Australia
Current recommendations for Comprehensive Health Assessment for newly arrived refugees, available for free download. Includes guidelines for investigation and management of TB, HIV, Schistosomasis and Stroingyloids.
I spend a lot of time thinking and reading about how to minimise my personal contribution to consumerism, waste and the negative impact fashion has on our natural environment and people. In short, it's tricky and like many things, comes back to how much effort and flexibility I'm willing to give.
I'll briefly tell you what I've learned. In short it's a matter of teasing out what are the different ethical elements in the fashion industry and which elements are priorities for me to consider when I make a purchase. Undeniably, the production of clothing is a complex web of material farming or manufacture, product design, creation and processing, then marketing, sales and transport.
My personal priorities are to minimise my impact on our natural environment and avoid any chance of worker exploitation. For other people it might be focussing on materials that are farmed organically and are chemical-free.
Given my priorities, the way to shop with the least impact is simple:
But that just isn't realistic for me. It gives me immense pleasure to find new designers, I love new shoes and I don't always find what I want from an op-shop.
So my current strategy is to run through a check-list in my mind, generally only buy online where I can research companies and avoid going into stores to minimise impulsive buying.
Below are my favourite fashion sources -
Liz created her brand expressly to promote slow fashion (clothing made slowly), high quality materials, craftsmanship and timeless design sensibility. Her website has the wonderful addition of detailing the origin of the fabrics she uses and I've included a quote below to show how challenging it is for a lay-shopper to make ethical choices -
What we think about the morality of using silk: Silkworms raised for their fiber are killed before emerging from their cocoons. There has been debate over the ethics of using silkworms for the production of silk, and some researchers are working to develop a way to effectively harvest silk from the cocoon without killing the worm. However, silkworms have been bred for silk production for over 4,700 years and, in that time-span, both the worm and resulting moth have become dependent on human care. Silkworms no longer exist in the wild and cannot survive on their own.
Liz founder of Elizabeth Suzanne
Original page here
I love this site! The online store mimics the experience of walking through a deliciously curated shop filled with ceramics, accessories, clothes and art. Once again they promote slow-production, choosing products generally made by hand and in limited quantities. They include stories about the designers and artisans, and you can see how many 'of a kind' of scarf, or necklace, or bowl you will exclusively own.
Another online store who do their research to offer brands that are environmentally low impact, ethically produced, and aim to reduce consumption. They offer beautiful, high quality basics to elegant work wear.
I was thrilled to discover that Diggers is not only an amazing source of heirloom seeds and boutique bulbs, but they also have an online store and ship from the beautiful Adelaide Botanic gardens.
Whenever I'm feeling lost, despondent, cynical, one of the things that never fails to re-inspire me is ballet. There are so many beautiful ballet companies and dance troupes to follow - New York City Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Alvin Ailey - the dancers, choreographers, musicians, costume designers.. everyone is committed, hardworking and inspiring. To me they represent the wondrous capacity of the human spirit to create energy and beauty.
FYI, I was a wannabe dancer but stopped dancing when I was 15 because I didn't think Asian girls could be ballerinas. So Misty Copeland is a shining star - the first black-American soloist to dance the lead in Swan Lake.
George Saunders was listed by The New Yorker in 2002 as one of the best writers under 40. He talks about writing and telling a good story to The Atlantic in this video.