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Health and Wellness Resource Center

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Use this source to find information on: fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, prescription drugs, and more. A single search brings together reference sources, periodicals, pamphlets, news, and multimedia items, organized into tabs that let you easily find the type of information you are seeking. Every article, pamphlet, and multimedia resource you find is available for printing, e-mailing, and downloading. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment websites as well as government databases. The material contained is intended for informational purposes only.

Search Health and Wellness Center

Consumer Health on EBSCO

There are a number of full text health magazines available through this Ebsco database, including those listed below.

Once logged in to EBSCO, select the Consumer Health Complete database.

Consumer Health Complete

ProQuest Research Library

(Previously Academic Research Library)

Search for coverage from 1971 onwards on a broad range of subjects including health, education, general interest, humanities, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's interests. Features a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. Nearly 4,000 titles, over 2,800 in full text.

ProQuest Research Library

Other useful sites

These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:

Ministry of Health

The New Zealand Ministry of Health website has a Your Health section with fact sheets about a number of conditions and treatments in New Zealand, as well as a useful Statistics by Topic section.

Ministry of Health

Health and Disability Commissioner

The Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights confers a number of rights on all consumers of health and disability services in New Zealand and places corresponding obligations on doctors and other providers of those services. A summary of your rights is available in several languages. The website also includes the relevant Act and the Commissioner's published opinions on past cases.

Health and Disability Commissioner

NZORD, the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

This website includes a comprehensive listing of support groups for patients and families affected by rare and common disorders, as well as providing guides to medical and scientific research available on the internet. Free website facilities are provided for rare disease groups to communicate with their members, and to link to overseas groups for the same condition. Advice is also available on incorporation and charitable status for support groups.


Medsafe Consumer Information

Medsafe is the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority. It is a business unit of the Ministry of Health and is the authority responsible for the regulation of therapeutic products in New Zealand. This website includes Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) containing advice such as what the medicine is used for, how it should be taken, what side effects can occur, whether you can drive or drink alcohol while taking the medicine, and what to do if you miss a dose. Because CMI do not contain all the available information, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking the medicine. The CMIs that are on this website have been written by pharmaceutical companies, using guidelines set by Medsafe. Medsafe does not evaluate or approve CMIs, and is therefore not responsible for the information contained in a CMI.

Medsafe Consumer Information


MedlinePlus is the US National Institutes of Health's Web site for health professionals and consumers alike. Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it provides reliable, up-to-date health information on over 900 diseases and conditions. You can 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. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. There are directories, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, easy-to-understand tutorials on common conditions, tests, and treatments, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs. MedlinePlus is updated daily.


FDA Index to Drug-Specific Information

This site from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) provides links to Consumer, Patient, and Healthcare Professional Sheets describing drugs and their effects. The wider CDER site includes a wealth of information on the Center's roles in New Drug Development and Review, Generic Drug Review, Over-the-Counter Drug Review, and Post Drug Approval Activities.

Food and Drug Administration Index