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The NSW Regional Health Partners Research Roadshow is getting back on the road. Next stops Armidale and Tamworth. Come along and meet the Library staff…

NSW Regional Health Partners is a partnership of nine health services and research organisations including HNELHD, HNE Central Coast Primary Health Network and the Universities of Newcastle and New England. We work together to improve the health and wellbeing of regional, rural and remote communities by accelerating the translation of evidence into practice. We want to support clinicians and other healthcare workers to participate in research that addresses local problems, so we're delighted to bring the Research Roadshow to Armidale and Tamworth.

If you're interested in research but would like some support, come along and learn about research methodologies, research protocols, library services, working with consumers, grant writing, impact evaluation, health economics, ethics, statistics and more.

Bring along your research questions and get 1:1 advice.

Certificates of attendance will be provided so your participation can be recognised for CPD purposes.

The events are free of charge but please register in advance – as lunch and morning tea will be provided.

HNEH Libraries staff will be at both locations – so please come along and meet us.

Tues 7th - Wed 8th November at Tablelands Clinical School, 110 Butler Street, Armidale
Find out more and register now for Armidale…

Thurs 9th - Fri 10th November at the UoN Dept of Rural Health, Tamworth Hospital (co-located with the hospital library)
Find out more and register now for Tamworth…

You’ve probably heard that it’s Mental Health Month? And that it’s ok (now especially) to take some time to think about your mental health and wellbeing – and the wellbeing of those around you? But did you know you can get help with that from the library?

Mental Health Month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we have a lived experience of mental illness or not. It provides an opportunity to understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed.

We all have a role to play – and the library service wants to help by providing easy access to a massive collection of reading material that can improve your awareness and aid in self-reflection – both classic texts and new titles – in print and electronic format. You can search the catalogue for a specific title – or browse our New books list – and you’ll find titles like these:

If there is a title you’d love to read that we don’t hold – please suggest a purchase...

You need to be a Library member to access ebooks and borrow print titles - join here...

Finally... did you know you the Library also provides links to Online Meditation sessions?

It is with great enthusiasm that HNE Health Libraries welcomes you to the updated format for our newsletter…

In this month's newsletter:

  • Our new location on the John Hunter Campus
  • Library Week Trivia winners and the recording of our Library Week Adam Dunn presentation
  • Misinformation and disinformation on The Voice to Parliament
  • HNE Health Libraries speciality guide on Research and Literature review AI tools
  • CIAP updates about the inclusion of Lippincott Advisor and Lippincott Procedures

  • As we continue to grow and evolve, your feedback and suggestions are invaluable to us. Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can make your library experience even more enriching.

    Want to know more about the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Act? Join Jeanette Lacey, End of Life Care Nurse Practitioner, for an information session on 2 Nov…

    The NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Act will come into law on 28th November 2023. All Medical practitioners (at any level) have obligations under the Act.

    Join Jeanette Lacey, End of Life Care Nurse Practitioner, for a special District-wide presentation on Thursday 2nd November, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm, in the RNC Lecture Theatre or via Zoom.
    Register now...

    The session will provide information on:
  • Implementation of Voluntary Assisted Dying
  • Medical Practitioner obligations
  • Health Care Worker obligations
  • Discussing Voluntary Assisted Dying with patients
  • What is a first request?
  • Process of Voluntary Assisted Dying
  • HNE Model of Care
  • HNE substance management and disposal
  • Referral to HNE Voluntary Assisted Dying local support team

  • Authorised Practitioner registration has now opened on the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Portal. Further training opportunities are available after registration.

    Ebooks and Ejournals are now available via the Library catalogue

    There are now two ways to find out what electronic books and journals you can access thanks to HNE Health Libraries:
    1. You can search in the library catalogue - look for messages like the image:

    2. View Online
      Full text availability
      HNE Health Libraries e-resource
      Available to HNE Health Libraries members

    3. You can search ‘ebooks’ (listed under “Quick Links”) on the library website
    Use your username (library membership number) and password when asked to authenticate access
    If you don’t remember them – you can reset them any time – using your Health email address

    We’re always happy to help, so if you have any questions please get in touch – either by phone, email or use the chat widget

    Have you tried these new evidence-based resources for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals?
    They are now available via CIAP...

    Lippincott Advisor empowers nursing and allied health professionals with instant access to evidence-based clinical information, guidelines and decision support at the point of care.

    Lippincott Procedures transforms evidence-based practice procedures, guidelines, and regulations into actions to support nurses and midwives to deliver consistent care, and improve patient outcomes. This resource offers over 445 Australian procedures and competency assessments mapped to the NSQHS, plus accompanying skills checklists. They have been developed in partnership with the Australian College of Nursing and the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners – with plans to continue to expand Australian content.

    They are available now via CIAP

    WATCH our Library and Information Week presentation: AI blackboxes, hallucinations and misinformation: What does it mean for communicating health evidence in 2023?

    Professor Adam Dunn, Biomedical Informatics & Digital Health - University of Sydney – presented “AI blackboxes, hallucinations and misinformation: What does it mean for communicating health evidence in 2023?” on 3 Aug 2023 as part of Library and Information Week. Watch it now…

    The Library service adds new books to our collection all the time. We aim to provide access to titles that will assist you not only in your clinical work, research and study, but improve wellbeing and increase cultural competence

    Here are a few of our recent purchases:
    You can find the full list under ‘Resources’ – ‘New books’ on the Library website.

    A lot of new titles were selected and requested by HNE staff. So if there is a title you wish you could access– please suggest a purchase.

    Happy Library & Information Week everyone!

    We hope you enjoy our new Sway that celebrates why HNE Health Libraries are your prescription for medical misinformation.
    Click to find out more...

    The Sway includes these topics:
    • Curated Collection
    • Professor Adam Dunn presentation on Thursday 3rd August “AI black boxes, hallucinations, and misinformation: what does it mean for communicating health evidence in 2023?”
    • Critical Appraisal
    • Trusted Information
    • Trivia
    • Podcasts
    • Further reading

    NEW SUBCRIPTIONS include Springer Nature Behavioral Science and Psychology eBook collection and the Springer Nature Medicine eBook collection.

    This new subscription provides HNE Health Libraries members access to a comprehensive mix of over 13,500 evidence-based resources. New titles are added regularly, and the eBooks can be accessed simultaneously by an unlimited number of users.

    The Behavioral Science and Psychology eBook collection (2005-2023) covers the entire lifespan, from neonatal cognition to geropsychology. Titles in this collection also feature emerging topics such as environmental psychology, refugee and immigrant mental health, machine learning and cognitive enhancement.

    The Medicine eBook collection (2005-2023) is home to cutting-edge titles designed to sharpen clinical skills and knowledge for trainees, practitioners, and seasoned physician-researchers at all levels. Therapeutic areas covered include: surgery, imaging, orthopaedics, oncology, cardiology, dermatology, critical care, pathology, endocrinology, dentistry, ophthalmology, health informatics, precision medicine, and artificial intelligence.

    NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Learn more about First Nations culture and histories by exploring our cultural collection…


    Resources for Refugee Week

    HNE Health Libraries recently purchased new titles to help you better support your clients from refugee backgrounds who have experienced trauma.

    You can find the pictured resources and a lot more by searching titles in either the catalogue or the 'ebook' section of the Library website.

    Titles in print include: eBook titles you can read now: Log in with your HNE Health Libraries username=membership no. / password to access ebooks – or to place requests in the catalogue for print books

    If you have any questions – or need assistance – just let us know...

    And if you'd like to suggest other titles, please fill in this form...

    Resources that promote reconciliation

    HNE Health Libraries believe in the importance of sharing stories and experiences to promote reconciliation. To that end, we are working on improving the depth of our cultural collection.

    You can find the pictured resources and a lot more by searching titles in either the catalogue or the 'ebook' section of the Library website: Log in with your HNE Health Libraries username=membership no. / password to access ebooks – or to place requests in the catalogue for print books

    If you have any questions – or need assistance – just let us know...

    And if you have a title in mind that we don't hold – please fill in this form...

    EBSCO Nursing E-Book Subscription Collection

    HNE Health Libraries is pleased to announce our recent purchase of the EBSCO Nursing E-Book Subscription Collection. This collection of over 800 ebooks has been carefully curated and includes 100+ Doody’s Core Titles. It offers unlimited user access – so you always have access to a book when you want it (no waiting) – and new titles are added regularly.

    From clinical guides, and evidence-based practice manuals, to practical handbooks and professional growth titles, the collection allows you to quickly find and access the information you need to provide outstanding patient care. Topics include: Evidence-based nursing; Home care nursing; Leadership; Nursing management; Nursing research and theory; and Pharmacology.

    Temporary changes to how you access HNE eResources

    HNE Health Libraries in partnership with UoN have introduced a new catalogue known as 'Library Search'. It looks a bit different, but you can still find all the print resources you have access to as a HNE Health Libraries member.

    Read through this FAQ on the UoN website for more information on ‘Library search’

    Unfortunately access to electronic resources (ebooks and other subscribed content) is not available via the catalogue at the moment.

    But you can always access electronic resources via the ‘eJournals’, ‘eBooks’ or ‘eResources’ links (listed under “Quick Links”) on the Library website.

    We hope to have all our resources listed in the catalogue again very soon – and will let you know via the website when this happens.

    If you have specific questions relating to HNE access - please contact us - via phone (4033 5075) or email or LibChat.

    New Library Services Platform and Catalogue launching Monday 6th February 2023

    Over the last few months, HNE Health Libraries has been working in partnership with the University of Newcastle to develop a brand-new Library Services Platform and Catalogue. The launch takes place on Monday 6th February.

    The new platform/catalogue is designed to make searching the Library’s electronic and physical collections simpler. While it might look different, we hope it will be intuitive and easy to use.

    From Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th of February some services like renewing your loans or placing holds may be affected.

    If you use the MyLibrary feature - and want to maintain a copy of your reading history – you need to 'export your reading history' by the 31st January - as all reading history data will be cleared by this date.

    We aim to make the transition as seamless as possible, but if you have any questions - please let us know

    Keep an eye on the Library website for more information in the coming weeks.

    MEDLINE milestone

    Medline recently attained a major milestone when the 30 millionth journal citation was added to the database. This count includes citations created from the OLDMEDLINE project.

    This PubMed search retrieves the running count for MEDLINE, which is currently over 30 million citations.

    This PubMed search retrieves the running count for MEDLINE minus the OLDMEDLINE subset, which is currently over 27 million citations.

    PubMed Update: Proximity search now available in PubMed

    The National Library of Medicine (US) recently announced that proximity search capabilities have been added to PubMed. Users can now search for multiple terms appearing in any order within a specified distance of one another in the [Title] or [Title/Abstract] fields. Find out more in the PubMed User Guide or PubMed Proximity FAQs…

    WATCH tutorial: Proximity Searching in PubMed

    Applications are now open for the 2023 HNE Clinical and Health Service Research Fellowship Scheme and the HNE Improvement Grant Program

    The 2023 HNE Clinical and Health Service Research Fellowship Scheme is currently open and eligible HNE Healthcare Professionals and Clinician Researchers are encouraged to apply before applications close 28 February 2023. There are TWO Fellowships on offer in this round. The total available funding involves provision for salary and research support costs up to $150,000/per year over a 3 year period to allow Fellows to engage in relevant health service/clinical research and related professional development opportunities. Staff interested in applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact the HNE Research Office, and submit a Notification of Intent by 19 December 2022. For more information, contact Dr Kathryn Reilly (Research Development Manager).

    APPLY NOW: The 2023 HNE Improvement Grant Program is now open with all HNE staff eligible to apply before applications close 3 April 2023. In this round, funding will be available for approximately six initiatives of up to $25,000 each, explicitly focused on the translation of existing evidence/guideline recommendations into sustainable routine care delivery practice. Evidence-based, collaborative improvement initiatives are encouraged that address LHD priorities and include supplementary support from relevant clinical units or partners.

    The new ADHD Guideline is LIVE

    The first-ever edition of the Australian Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) outlines a roadmap for ADHD clinical practice, research and policy, now and in the future, with a focus on everyday functioning and quality of life for people who are living with ADHD and those who support them. Download the Guideline, Summary of Recommendations and free factsheets...

    Join this webinar on the 6th December, to hear experts from the Australian ADHD Professionals Association (AADPA) discuss what the new guidelines mean for clinical practice and for the over 1 million Australians who suffer from ADHD.

    NHMRC’s revised Open Access Policy released

    The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is the first Australian funding agency to introduce the requirement that scholarly publications arising from the research it funds be made freely available and accessible upon publication, removing the 12-month embargo period. They must also be published with the use of an open licence, which means publications can be used and shared widely. These requirements apply to all new grants awarded under NHMRC Grant Opportunity Guidelines issued from 20 September 2022, and will be phased in for all other NHMRC grants, with full implementation by 1 January 2024. Find out more...

    CIAP resources under review

    UpToDate and other resources available through CIAP (Clinical Information Access Portal) are under review. Complete the survey and have your say on the future of UpToDate and other important CIAP resources.

    To access the survey please visit the CIAP homepage...

    LOCAL RESEARCH: Multidisciplinary care in chronic airway diseases: the Newcastle model

    Chronic airway diseases including asthma and COPD are prevalent and high-burden conditions with the majority of patients successfully managed in the primary care setting. However, for some patients with more complex disease such as difficult-to-treat or severe asthma, or complex COPD, tertiary care is required. This review provides an overview of the successful tertiary care multidisciplinary respiratory service that operates locally. The core of the multidisciplinary approach to airway diseases is a person-centred model of care, the "Treatable Traits" approach. Read more...

    The service has partnered with the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma and the Centre of Excellence Treatable Traits to develop educational and practice management tools

    LOCAL RESEARCH: Effectiveness of dietary interventions in mental health treatment

    This rapid review of reviews by local authors aimed to determine the extent of research undertaken on the effectiveness of dietary interventions for individuals with a mental disorder. Interventions in the eating disorders and severe mental illness reviews were predominantly education and behaviour change, whereas interventions in the substance use disorders, and depression and anxiety reviews were predominantly supplementation (e.g. omega-3).

    Most reviews in severe mental illness, and depression and anxiety reported conclusions supporting the positive effects of dietary intervention, including positive effects on weight-related or mental health outcomes, and on mental health outcomes, respectively. A larger number of systematic reviews were identified which evaluated dietary interventions in individuals with severe mental illness, and depression and anxiety, compared with substance use disorders, and eating disorders.

    Dietary intervention is an important component of the treatment that should be available to individuals living with mental disorders, to support their physical and mental health. Read the full review...

    New virus identified in China: what scientists know so far…

    A new animal virus that can infect people has been identified in eastern China. But scientists say they are not overly concerned because the virus doesn’t seem to spread easily between people, nor is it fatal.

    The virus, named Langya henipavirus (LayV), can cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and fatigue, and is closely related to two other henipaviruses known to infect people — Hendra virus and Nipah virus. These also cause respiratory infections, and can be fatal.

    Researchers think LayV is carried by shrews, which might have infected people directly or through an intermediate animal. LayV has infected only 35 people since 2018, and none of the cases seems to be linked – but regularly testing people and animals for emerging viruses is important to understanding the risk of zoonotic diseases. The virus was recently described in the NEJM.

    SOURCE: Zhang XA, et al. A zoonotic henipavirus in febrile patients in China. N Engl J Med. 2022 Aug 4; 387(5): 470-472

    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...

    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...

    Hunt for the cause of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children

    In the last 12 months, 169 children worldwide have been reported as having severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin. Ten children in the UK have received a liver transplant. There are reports that three children have died in Indonesia and there is one suspected death, still being investigated, in Wisconsin, USA. Usual causes of sudden onset hepatitis have not been found and several studies are underway to understand its potential causes. Read more in the Lancet...

    Find out more on this page from WA’s health library service…

    HNEH Library members can contact us to access articles hidden behind authorisation.

    NSQHS STANDARDS – Literature searches to aid best practice

    If you’re looking for evidence to support best practice, have a look at these live literature searches. They provide up to date results for 12 topics aligned to the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) Standards. The searches focus on the hospital setting, and are available in four categories: last 5 years; broad, Australian only and reviews. They aim to provide high specificity (relevance) so that results returned will be of immediate use. Topics include: Recognising and responding to acute deterioration; Blood management; Communicating for safety; Comprehensive care; Preventing and controlling healthcare-associated infections; Medication safety and Partnering with consumers.

    Applications are now open for the 2022 HNE Improvement Grant Program (IGP) and the HNE Clinical and Health Service Research Fellowship Scheme (CHSRFS)

    The 2022 HNE Clinical and Health Service Research Fellowship Scheme (CHSRFS) is currently open and eligible HNE staff are encouraged to apply before applications close 5pm 28th February 2022. CHSRFS is a capacity building program that seeks to support established and emerging researchers/improvement professionals to become the research and improvement leaders of the future. There is one fellowship on offer for the current round of funding.

    The 2022 HNE Improvement Grant Program (IGP) is currently open with all HNE staff eligible to apply before applications close 5pm 28th March 2022. Grants are explicitly focused on the translation of existing evidence/guideline recommendations into sustainable routine care delivery practice. As such, funding will not support research (knowledge generation) initiatives.

    Hematology Practice Changing Update

    This recent UpToDate Practice Changing Update recommends CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor-T cell therapy using lisocabtagene maraleucel or axicabtagene ciloleucel, rather than autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation for patients with early first relapse of diffuse large B cell lymphoma or primary refractory disease.

    The evidence is rated Grade 1B. A Grade 1B recommendation is a strong recommendation, and applies to most patients. Clinicians should follow a strong recommendation unless a clear and compelling rationale for an alternative approach is present.

    Find out more about UpToDate Practice Changing Updates…

    Living Evidence - Rapid testing

    The Agency for Clinical Innovation (COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit) has created new resources to assist understanding of rapid testing. They cover test types, test samples, and policy. Living evidence tables provide high level summaries of key studies and evidence on a particular topic, and links to sources. They are reviewed regularly and updated as new evidence and information is published. (Please note the last update was 2nd December 2021 – so some policy information may no longer be current.) If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to further COVID-CIU Living Evidence resources.