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HealthInfoNet receives national accolades

Friday, 21 October 2011

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The ECU-based Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet was the winner of the Diversity category at the 2011 Australia New Zealand Internet Awards, announced at a gala dinner this week in Melbourne.

HealthInfoNet founder and Director Professor Neil Thomson was delighted with the acknowledgment.

“For 14 years we have been providing the evidence base to inform decision making for those working or studying in Indigenous health by making high quality relevant information about Australian Indigenous health freely accessible via the internet,” said Professor Thomson.

“We work in the area of knowledge translation and make academic literature more accessible to Indigenous Health Workers and Indigenous Environmental Health Workers in remote, rural and regional areas of the country. I’d like to thank our committed team of 26 staff and our core funders the Department of Health and Ageing.”

The HealthInfoNet will receive $2,500 as the award winner, which will be used to develop materials specifically for the Indigenous Health Worker section on the website.

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making the evidence base readily accessible via the Internet.

It is a ‘one-stop info-shop' for people interested in improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. Access to all information on the site is free and available to everyone.

The HealthInfoNet also encourages and supports information-sharing among practitioners, policy-makers and others working to improve Indigenous health. Its free on line yarning places allow people to share information, knowledge and experience across the country. It is a not for profit service which is funded primarily by the Department of Health and Ageing.

For more information visit the HealthInfoNet website.

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