How to find medical information

Find medical and health information from reputable web resources, and from books and journal databases at the State Library of Victoria.

Current health warnings

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Government, health services and international agencies are working together to respond to the outbreak. For current Commonwealth information and advice visit the Australian government's coronavirus health alert page or go to this guide's Coronavirus (COVID-19) tab.

Victoria

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the 24/7 Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. Find out what to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

coronavirus.vic.gov.au - everything you need to know about about COVID-19 in Victoria including restrictions, permits and data.

Victorian government - Coronavirus advice and information

Australia

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - The latest official coronavirus news, updates and advice from the Australian Government.

International

World Health Organisation (WHO) - links to latest updates, travel advice, media resources, technical advice, research and development.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Victorian Government COVID-19 vaccines - how to book, vaccine eligibility and where to get your vaccination, including:

Australian Government COVID-19 vaccines - The latest news and information about COVID-19 vaccines in Australia, including:

World Health Organisation COVID-19 Vaccines - advice, guidance and data from around the world, including:

  • COVID-19 dashboard - track the number of vaccine doses administered globally. Updated daily
  • Public advice - WHO's COVID-19 advice for the public on getting vaccinated.
  • Vaccines Explained - WHO's 'Vaccine Explained' series features illustrated articles on vaccine development and distribution. Learn more about vaccines from the earliest of research stages to their rollout in countries.

Vaccine Safety Net - established by WHO. A global network of websites providing reliable vaccine safety information. Search across all sources using the VSN Portal.

Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre - an educational website for healthcare professionals and the public, affiliated with the Victorian Government Department of Health and Victorian Vaccine Safety Service. Endorsed by WHO's Vaccine Safety Net.

Latest Research

Global research on coronavirus disease (Covid-19) - multilingual database of research compiled by WHO

LitCovid - track up-to-date scientific information with this comprehensive resource providing central access to 1120+ research articles in PubMed. Articles are updated daily and are categorized by different research topics and geographic locations.

Accessibility - resources for people with disability

Disability Gateway

1800 643 787 Monday-Friday 8am-8pm AEDT

People with disability (or their carers, families, support workers can contact the Disability Gateway for information and referrals about COVID-19.

The Disability Gateway is a free Commonwealth government site. It is private and fact-checked.

If you are worried or concerned about COVID-19, you can contact the Disability Gateway in the following ways:

  • Phone (free call): 1800 643 787
  • National Relay Service: 133 677

If you require support in another language, you can use the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) free of charge by:

  • calling the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787 and asking for an interpreter, or
  • calling TIS on 131 450 and ask to be connected to the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787.

Easy English Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources - resources and downloads compiled by IDEAS (Information on Disability, Education and Awareness Services) to support people with a need for simple English, Easy English or Easy Read as well as photo symbol downloadable.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support for NDIS participants, workers and providers.