Health information is right at your fingertips through the following databases:
Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module
Use this source to find information on: fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, prescription drugs, herbal remedies, and alternative or complementary treatments. It provides an integrated collection of general interest and fitness magazines, medical and professional periodicals, reference books and pamphlets. Records are available in a combination of indexing, abstracts or full text formats. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment websites as well as government databases. The material contained is intended for informational purposes only.
This site is a collection of quality health information from the world's largest medical library, the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up to date. MEDLINEplus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions. There is also a medical encyclopaedia and a medical dictionary, extensive information on prescription and non-prescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. MEDLINEplus is updated daily.
BestTreatments provides reliable, evidence-based information that explains proven treatments as well as the risks and benefits of health treatments and interventions for 60 common conditions. The information is sourced from the British Medical Journal's worldwide survey of the most up-to-date medical research, and is presented in an easy-to-understand form.
This site is provided under a trial run by the Ministry of Health.
Consumer Health on MasterFILE Premier
There are a number of full text health magazines available through this Ebsco database, including those listed below.
Consumer Reports on Health
Harvard Health Letter
Harvard Men's Health Watch
Harvard Women's Health Watch
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.
Oxford Reference Online: Health
Oxford Reference Online provides access to works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource - medical content includes Concise Medical Dictionary, A Dictionary of Nursing, A Dictionary of Psychology, The Oxford Companion to the Body, and An A-Z of Medicinal Drugs.
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.
The Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is an internationally renowned collection of seven internet databases of health information, updated quarterly, designed to help health care professionals make treatment decisions and inform patients about the care they receive. It contains high quality health care information, including systematic reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration, the world's leading producer of systematic reviews. These reviews bring together research on the effects of health care and are considered the gold standard for determining the relative effectiveness of different interventions. In the Cochrane Library health care is broadly defined, so in addition to many hundreds of medical conditions, you'll find information on such diverse topics as injury prevention for pedestrians and cyclists, St John's wort for depression, the prevention of jet lag, advice on low-fat diets for obesity, and prayer for the alleviation of ill health. You may find this guide prepared by the Australian National Institute of Clinical Studies useful.
Access the Cochrane Library
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 the Code is available in several languages. The website also includes the relevant Act and the Commissioner's published opinions on past cases.
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.
The Health pathfinder is designed for you to easily access the wealth of Health resources available in the Wellington City Libraries.