HealthBulletin turns 30
Thursday, 29 March 2012
HealthBulletin Deputy Editor Jane Burns, Professor Neil Thomson and Deputy Editor Christine Potter
The Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin turns 30 on Sunday, 1 April.
The Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin started life in April 1982 as a hard-copy publication. It is now a peer-reviewed electronic journal published by the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.
Director of HealthInfoNet Professor Neil Thomson identified the need for the publication during his work in the Kimberley region during the late 70’s. He said important research into Aboriginal health was not being shared with the people who would most benefit from it.
“I found that relevant information failed to reach many people involved in Aboriginal health. Information was either not published or, if it was, not readily available. In addition, published information was scattered across many journals and other publications,” Professor Thomson said.
“The Aboriginal Health Project Information Bulletin was created to enable a more appropriate dissemination of relevant information.”
With a wide range of users, including policy makers, service providers, researchers, students and the general community, the publication is still – after 30 years – making freely available a wealth of relevant, up-to-date information.
The HealthBulletin publishes peer-reviewed articles and reports on Indigenous health and reviews of specific topics. Information about recent developments of relevance to Indigenous health and summaries of innovative health promotion programs are also made available. Importantly, details of other recent journal articles, reports, conference presentations, resource materials, academic theses and details of new or revised websites are also included.
In publishing original peer-reviewed research, the HealthBulletin focuses on practical examples of policies, strategies and programs that utilise educational, organisational, economic and/or environmental approaches to Indigenous health.
The Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin is now published quarterly online as a HealthBulletin ‘in progress’ – this allows readers to have access to new information as soon as it becomes available rather than waiting until the closure of each issue.
For further information visit www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au.