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Library & Information Week 2022 – “Rewrite Renew Reimagine” with HNE Health Libraries

HNE Health Libraries is undergoing significant change and transformation. Change is not unique to our District library service which has undergone many re-developments since its inception as the Gardiner Library, a single branch service commissioned in 1980/81 at the Royal Newcastle Hospital. Since that time the Library and its team of skilled qualified staff have delivered uninterrupted library services to health service staff.

“While the way we access and deliver information services has changed dramatically over time,” said the Acting District Manager, Angela Smith, “the Library remains committed to the delivery of information services that facilitate evidence based care and evidence informed decision making. We are in the business of empowering and supporting HNELHD staff to deliver exceptional patient care, improve the quality of research, reduce health care costs, create new knowledge and ensure health equity across the District.”

The Library’s resources and services are available via the Library website where you will find access to the catalogue and quick access to a range of information resources, recorded education and training as well as access to services like literature searching, training and document delivery.

Library staff are on-site daily at the Mater and Tamworth assisting staff and operating in a ‘hybrid’ library environment with print and electronic resources.

This week will see the closure of the library at the JHH to make way for the development of the Health Innovation Living Lab (HILL). Once established the HILL will be the home of HNE Health Libraries on the John Hunter Campus. Over the coming years this service will work to equitably support the district’s information needs through digital resources alongside our remaining physical collection, capturing, curating and sharing knowledge and connecting people and expertise.

A reading room in the RNC has been made available during the building period. Staff will be available to assist you access the services and resources you need. A small number of PCs and desk space will also be available. Lookout for the Library banner in the area adjacent to the RNC coffee shop.

Please continue to access library services via the Library website, use our chatbox to get support, email, phone us, or drop in to your nearest branch to discuss your information needs. We’re still here and look forward to continuing to provide your health information needs as we rewrite, renew and reimagine the future direction of HNE Health Libraries.

If you have any questions, please contact HNE Health Libraries...

NAIDOC week resources - updated

The Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse hosts publications that provide an overview of the influences on mental health and suicide rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the programs implemented to address these factors.

The NSW Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-2025 supports and assists NSW Health services in delivering respectful and appropriate mental health services in partnership with Aboriginal services, people and communities.

The video Working with Aboriginal People: Enhancing Clinical Practice in Mental Health Care and Discussion Guide are designed to assist your service in gaining knowledge and skills in working with Aboriginal people.

Find more resources from NSW Health and the Lowitja Institute…

NEW: Trauma evidence review

The NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (ITIM) recently released this new resource: An evidence review of diagnosis and treatment of traumatic pneumothorax.

ITIM is part of the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). It is the body responsible for overseeing, coordinating and supporting the NSW trauma system. They have developed a number of evidenced based adult trauma clinical practice guidelines and position statements. View them all...
Updated 07.06.22

The epidemiology, symptoms, diagnosis and management of monkeypox virus infections

As of May 2022, multiple cases of monkeypox have been identified in several non-endemic countries – including one case in Australia – a man in his 30s recently returned to Victoria, from the UK, who is isolating away from the community. Find out more...

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Most patients have mild disease and recover without medical intervention. It does not easily spread between people. However, it may occur through skin-to skin contact, contact with infected surfaces or items, and respiratory transmission. UK guidance...

Guidance from UpToDate...

HNEH Libraries subscribe to the TRIP (Pro) database. A search of their “Latest and Greatest” resources on Monkeypox provides these high quality results...

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