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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This section contains frequently asked questions (FAQ's) relating to the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

About the HealthInfoNet

What is the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet?
The HealthInfoNet is a resource that aims to contribute to 'closing the gap' in health between Indigenous and other Australians by informing practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. We also support 'yarning places' (electronic networks) that encourage information-sharing and collaboration among people working in health and related sectors.
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What is the HealthInfoNet logo?
The HealthInfoNet's logo is a gecko, one of the few animals found throughout most of Australia. The HealthInfoNet collects and summarises information relating to the health of all Indigenous Australians, so a gecko is a very suitable logo for the work we do. The artwork was created by Nyoongar artist Donna Lei Rioli.
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How do I find information I need on the HealthInfoNet?

Search button
The search button in the red bar at the top of the page lets you search the entire HealthInfoNet . Our website has over 3,800 pages of information, so you may find it better to use the navigation menu or the A-Z index to find the topic you are looking for.
Navigation menu
Wherever you are on the website, you will be able to see the black tabs at the top, where all our topics are grouped under 10 headings. Move your mouse over the headings to see the drop-down menu of the topics grouped under that heading. Then move your mouse down to click on the name to open the topic you are interested in.
A-Z index
The A-Z index links you to specific areas of the HealthInfoNet site, even if you don't know or uncertain about where within our navigational structure the area is located. The index is particularly helpful if trying to locate areas using other terms. An example is 'Depression' which links to the Social and emotional wellbeing section and contains information about depression.
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Breadcrumbs are located just below the black tabs at the top of the page. They provide a trail back to the home page of our website.
The HealthInfoNet is set up like a tree, and you will be able to see the leaf, twig and branch of the HealthInfoNet tree by looking at the breadcrumbs.
For example: Home (tree) » health risks (branch) » nutrition (twig) » publications (leaf)
Back to home
Wherever you are on the website, you will be able to go back to the home page by clicking on the 'Home' button at very top of the page, on our logo just below the 'Home' button, or the 'Home' breadcrumb button.
Gecko rating
Each health topic has a gecko rating. This rating provides an indication of the coverage of each topic. The gecko rating system ranges from one to five geckos and includes a half gecko rating. A 5-gecko rating applies to sections with the highest level of coverage and navigation and a 1-gecko rating applies to sections with limited coverage and general navigation. The topics with the highest gecko rating are generally those for which extra resources have supplemented the 'core' funds available.
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How are most sections on the HealthInfoNet structured?
The HealthInfoNet structures its sections on specific health topics in a fairly standard way. The part of the section providing the range of information about the topic is called the 'web resource'. For sections supporting a yarning place (see 'What is a yarning place'), the web resource is accompanied by navigation on the right-hand-side providing access to the yarning place.

Most web resources comprise: (1) synthesised knowledge in the form of a review of the topic; (2) contextual information (such as 'policies and strategies', 'programs and projects' and 'organisations' (involved in the area)); and (3) clearinghouse functions (literature and resources).
More tips
Use the 'back' button of your browser to go back to the last page you visited before the one you are on now.
To find a specific word on a web page or on a PDF document, hold down the CTRL key, and type 'F'. Enter the word you are looking for, and the program will find it for you in the document or web page you have open.


What is the Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin?
The Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin is the HealthInfoNet's electronic peer-reviewed journal. The HealthBulletin is published online as a journal 'in progress' to give readers access to new information as soon as it is available. Each edition is closed at the end of three months, and the next edition commences.
View the current HealthBulletin


What is the Australian Indigenous HealthBibliography?
Our bibliography is the most comprehensive, searchable database of literature on Australian Indigenous health. It contains over 18,000 bibliographic records including journal articles, books, book chapters, reports, theses, online resources, etc.

Message stick

What is the message stick?
Our message stick is an email list (also called a listserv) that enables people across the country and the world to share and/or request information. The HealthInfoNet message stick is free to join.
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Yarning places

What is a yarning place?
Our yarning places are electronic networks that help people with an interest in Indigenous health to share information, knowledge and experience. Yarning places are free to join, and are currently available for the following topics: cardiovascular disease (the Indigenous HeartInfoNet); diabetes; ear health and hearing (the Indigenous EarInfoNet); eye health (the Indigenous EyeInfoNet); Indigenous environmental health practitioners; Indigenous health workers; kidney health; nutrition; physical activity; road safety; social and emotional wellbeing; substance use; and the Western Australian Indigenous Health Promotion Network (WAIHPN).
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What are the components of a yarning place?
HealthInfoNet yarning places comprise: The mob members list: this provides members' contact details (permission to display the details is obtained beforehand); The message stick: this is an email list which enables a member to reach all members with one email; The yarning board: this is an electronic board for discussion and debate about relevant issues; The yarn now feature: this is similar to a chat room where two or more members can join in 'live' discussions with one another; The events feature: this is where you can access information, or notify others, about upcoming events related to Indigenous health.
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How do I use the yarning places?
You need to be a member to be able to access the yarning places. It is free to join, and you will need your email address and a password to log in. To return to the website, click the 'HealthInfoNet home' button in the top red bar. Find out more about the yarning places here

Technical aspects

What is the best way to view the HealthInfoNet?
The HealthInfoNet is best viewed using:
How do I link to the HealthInfoNet?
We recommend linking to our home page:
You can simply copy and paste the following HTML code into your web page:

<!-- start of link to HealthInfoNet HTML code -->
  <a href="">Health<em>InfoNet</em></a>
<!-- end of link to HealthInfoNet HTML code -->
How do I make the HealthInfoNet my homepage?
In your browser select the 'tools' tab then go to 'options'. In the box that appears change the 'Home Page' box to
What is RSS?
RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, allows you to stay informed easily by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in (you will not need to visit each site individually to find updates).
More about RSS
How do I download Adobe PDF reader?
This web site contains PDF documents that require the most current version of Adobe Reader to view. Adobe is available to download for free. To download click on the link below.
How do I download Adobe Flash player?
This web site contains some Adobe Flash Player content and as such the flash plugin needs to be installed. To download click on the link below.


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Last updated: 14 July 2020
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