Useful health sites
healthdirect gives you easy access to high quality health information.healthdirect is an Australian Government initiative that aims to improve the health of Australians by providing easy access to quality health information and advice as well as the healthdirect nurse triage service and after hours GP helpline.
Topics are separated into categories including:
- Health topics - an A to Z listing of health topics.
- Conditions and diseases - for information about asthma, diabetes, cancer, depression and more.
- Health and wellbeing - topics such as fitness, nutrition, drugs and health insurance.
- Life stages and events - information about menopause, pregnancy, ageing and going to hospital.
- Health services - links to health providers around Australia.
healthdirect is a health information service. It aims to improve the health of Australians by providing easy access to quality information about human health. All content on healthdirect must go through a thorough content assessment process.
Australian Childhood Immunisation Register
Australian Childhood Immunisation Register is a national register administered by Medicare Australia that records details of vaccinations given to children under seven years of age who live in Australia. Health professionals provide the information to the register and it enables immunisation providers and parents or guardians to check on the immunisation status of an individual child, regardless of where the child was immunised.
ABC health & wellbeing
Go to the ABC health & wellbeing website for more information.
Better Health Channel
Better Health Channel aims to help you stay healthy or understand and manage your health and medical conditions. This is a Victorian government website.
beyondblue is provided by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to increase the capacity of the broader Australian community to prevent depression and respond effectively to it. Includes information about:
- bi-polar disorder
- post-natal depression.
It has a symptoms checklist, how to get involved and research information.
Blood transfusion and donation
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service collects blood from persons eligible to donate. Go to the Donate Blood community website for information about blood donor eligibility and the collection process.
For patients undergoing a blood transfusion or iron replacement therapy, a range of fact sheets for adults and paediatric patients has been prepared by the SA Health's BloodSafe Program.
CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides credible, reliable health information on diseases and conditions, environmental health, healthy living, injury, violence and safety, life stages and specific populations.
Child and Youth Health
Child and Youth Health supports South Australian families through a range of services aimed at enhancing the health and development of children and young people.
- health information for parents and young people
- parenting support
- health checks for children and young people
- support for families and children with special needs.
National Health Services Directory
The National Health Services Directory allows you to search for local health services like:
- hospitals and emergency departments
- audiologists, physiotherapists, dentists, counsellors, dieticians and more.
Immunise Australia Program
Immunise Australia Program communicates information about immunisation to the general public and health professionals. Includes information about diseases that the vaccine program funds, disease-related publications for consumers and schedule of immunisations.
Lab Tests Online Australasia
Lab Tests Online Australasia is specifically designed for the Australian healthcare consumer. You can search for information about tests, for information about conditions and diseases and read about many other aspects of laboratory testing in the feature articles.
MedlinePLUS is the US National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. It brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand and offers reliable, up to date health information.
You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations.
myDr has information on medicines and treatments for specific diseases and conditions. It also contains a database of consumer medicines (medicines and treatments) information for prescription and over the counter medicines.
Includes interactive tools to assess your health, and learn more about healthy living and medical conditions.
MyHospitals gives information about bed numbers, patient admissions and hospital accreditation, as well as the types of specialised services each hospital provides. Comparisons are also provided to national public hospital performance statistics on waiting times for elective surgery and emergency department care, where data are available.
National HPV Vaccination Program Register
National HPV Vaccination Program Register is a confidential database that collects details about HPV vaccinations given in Australia.
NHS choices is a comprehensive United Kingdom information service which provides information about health conditions, healthy living and health news. It is intended to help you make choices about your health and lifestyle, such as smoking, drinking and exercise.
NPS (National Prescribing Service)
NPS (National Prescribing Service) is medicines information for everyone, helping you to help you make better decisions about your medicines and any medical tests you may need.
Medicare Australia provides information about the process to register your consent to become an organ donor and has responsibility for maintaining the Australian Organ Donor Register.
For individuals and families involved in or affected by organ donation, the DonateLife in SA website provides a range of materials on this topic.
Public Health SA
Public Health SA is an South Australia government public and environmental health resource with information about:
- food safety
- communicable diseases
- infection control
- drugs and poisons.
SmartTraveller – travel health
SmartTraveller – travel health information provides travel tips and health information to help you prepare for a safe and healthy journey.
To find out more about healthy travel and vaccinations visit:
If you or someone you care for uses electricity-reliant medical equipment in the home, developing an action plan for power outages is essential, including registering for Australian Red Cross (SA) and SA Power Networks support services.