supports achieving better health through

Safe, Timely, Effective and Person-Centred Care (STEP)

Health literacy is everyone’s responsibility

Did you know?

Only 41% of adult Australians have a level of health literacy that allows them to meet the complex demands of everyday life (ABS 2009). Improving the health literacy of individuals, organisations and communities is identified globally to be associated with better health outcomes and reduced costs.


Our Health Literacy Framework guides our work with patients, consumers, carers and families to achieve Safe, Timely, Effective Person-centred care.

It is important that we encourage our patients, consumers, carers and families to engage with us as much as they wish to in their care.

Our Goal:

To achieve ‘Better Health through Shared Understanding'.

How we aim to achieve this:

This is to be achieved through five principles that involve our community of patients, consumers, carers and families; our health care teams; Managers and leaders; and Melbourne Health as a whole organisation. The principles are:

  • Melbourne Health culture
  • Actions for Partnering
  • Skilled Health Care Teams
  • Understanding Individuals
  • Engaged Consumers

We view individual health literacy less as a patient and consumer problem and more as a challenge to our staff and health care delivery teams to reach out and communicate more effectively. We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to achieve organisational health literacy.

The Health Literacy Framework can be found here:
MH Literacy Framework; Goal, Principles and Supporting Statements; User Guide Checklist
Health Literacy Framework


AIHW logoTrends in hospitalised injury due to falls in older people 2007–08 to 2016–17

This report focuses on trends in fall-related hospital care for people aged 65 and over from 2002–03 to 2016–17.

 A new report by the Australian Insitute of Health and Welfare. Updated 19 September 2019.


  • Just over 100,000 people aged 65 and over were hospitalised due to a fall in 2016–17

  • Three-quarters of all injury hospitalisations for people aged 65 and over are a result of a fall.

  • Women accounted for most of these fall-related injury cases, and rates of cases were higher for women than for men for all age groups 65 and over.
  • Age-standardised rates of hospitalised fall-related injury cases increased over the period 2007–08 to 2016–17 for both men (a rate of increase of 3% per year) and women (2%).


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football clipartThe Library will close at 6:00pm on Thursday 27th and will be closed for Grand Final Friday.
We will re-open at 8:30 am on Monday 30th September.

Electronic resources will be available through the website as normal and requests can be submitted via the online forms

Pharmacological interventions for the treatment of delirium in critically ill adults.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD011749. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011749.pub2.

New review from the Cochrane Library.

Although delirium is typically an acute reversible cognitive impairment, its presence is associated with devastating impact on both short‐term and long‐term outcomes for critically ill patients. Advances in our understanding of the negative impact of delirium on patient outcomes have prompted trials evaluating multiple pharmacological interventions. However, considerable uncertainty surrounds the relative benefits and safety of available pharmacological interventions for this population.


"... did not find that any drug improved the duration of coma, length of stay, long‐term cognitive outcomes, or death"


"Dexmedetomidine was ranked most effective in reducing delirium duration, followed by atypical antipsychotics. However, network meta‐analysis of delirium duration failed to rule out the possibility of no difference for all six drug classes compared to placebo."



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serialscloseupThe Health Sciences Library regularly receives new issues of the print journals in our collection.

In the table below you can see the latest print journal issues that have arrived and are now available in the library for you to access. 



  Journal Title Vol Issue Month Date Year
1 Chest 156 (01) July   2019
2 Critical Care Medicine 47 (08) August   2019
3 Intensive Care Medicine 45 (07) July   2019
4 Intensive Care Medicine 45 (06) June   2019
5 JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association 322 (06) August 13th 2019
6 Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 112 (07) July   2019
7 Journal of thrombosis and haemostasis 17 (07) July   2019
8 Lancet 394 (10197) August 10th-16th 2019
9 Leukemia and Lymphoma 60 (03-04) Mar-Apr   2019
10 New England Journal of Medicine : NEJM 381 (08) August 22nd 2019
11 New England Journal of Medicine : NEJM 381 (07) August 15th 2019
12 Pediatrics 144 (02) August   2019

Australian clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation 2018
Australian clinical guidelines for the management of heart failure 2018

The National Heart foundation of Australia & the Cardiac Society of ANZ have developed two clinical guidelines for to assist clinicians in caring for adult patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

The full clinical guidelines are available in the journal Heart, Lung and Circulation:  

- Australian clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation 2018 (October 2018, Volume 27, Issue 10, Pages 1209–1266): Click Here to access via: RMH, RWH, PMCC

- Australian clinical guidelines for the management of heart failure 2018 (Volume 27, Issue 10, Pages 1123–1208): Click Here to access via: RMH, RWH, PMCC



NSW Clinical Guidelines: Treatment of Opioid Dependence 2018

NSW Health has developed these guidelines that seek to provide clinical guidance and policy direction for opioid treatment in NSW.

The guidelines aim to improve access to opioid treatment by:

  • Personalise patient care by introducing a system that differentiates between those who have low/moderate treatment needs and can be treated in community settings and those with complex/high treatment needs and should be referred to and treated in the specialist treatment sector
  • Support more effective coordination of care across health services.

These guidelines are intended for use in generalist health settings (for example primary care, hospital, clinic or community settings) as well as specialised drug and alcohol / opioid treatment clinics.

The Guideline can be accessed at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/aod/Pages/nsw-clinical-guidelines-opioid.aspx

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