The Victorian government of Australia has recently launched a free app for its constituents that gives access to medical and health related information from its Better Health Channel. Victoria is the second most populous state in Australia.
Geographically, it is the smallest mainland state and is bordered by New South Wales to the north, South Australia to the west, and Tasmania to the south. Victoria is also Australia’s most densely populated state with approximately 75% of Victorians living in the state capital and largest city, Melbourne.
The Better Health Channel was established in 1999 by the Australian government and since then has won various awards because of its content. Information on the Better Health Channel is provided to help individuals remain healthy, as well as to understand and manage their health and medical conditions. It does not claim to replace phyisicians and other qualified health professionals, but acts as a hub for beneficial knowledge.
Launched by the state’s Minister for Health, David Davis, the app was developed by Australia’s Department of Health.
“The mobile app extends the reach and access of the award-winning Better Health Channel, which is Australia’s number one health and medical website featuring the most trusted, up-to- date and easy to understand health and medical information,” Mr Davis said.
“Now thanks to this new app, iPhone and iPad users can search for and locate an extensive range of health services throughout Victoria including doctors, dentists, pharmacists and physiotherapists [by postcode],” he added. The app also provides access to Better Health Channel fact sheets about medical conditions and treatments, first aid information, and a list of health contacts including Nurse On Call, Kids’ Helpline, Poisons Information Centre, and Lifeline.”
According to the website, the information presented on the Better Health Channel reflects the wide range of health interests in Australia. The content decisions are based on:
- Current and emerging health issues
- Developments in medical research and practice
- National and state health priorities
- Requests from Better Health Channel users and content partners
- Findings from evidence based research
- Analysis of the site statistics.
Empowering consumers to make more informed health decisions about their health is the overall objective of the Better Health Channel and the Victorian Department of Health. They have taken the initial step in providing Victorians with better access to reliable health information through mobile technology.