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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Symptoms poster from Australian government COVID-19 resources page

Victorian goverment - Coronavirus advice and information

The Victorian State government advises that:

Here you will find information and guidance about the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This is a rapidly changing situation, so please visit for regular updates. Additional cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 are expected in Victoria as this illness continues to spread across the world.
If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

For full range of Australia-wide resources from the Australian Commonwealth government, head to:

Australian Commonwealth Government - Coronavirus Health Alert Page

This page is updated daily. Find the latest details on the spread of the disease, links to further information on what it is and the symptoms, advice and warnings for travellers, and more.
Information in several languages.

Commonwealth government resources for health professionals
Resources for health professionals, including pathology providers and healthcare managers.

Travellers and visitors - advice

What is Coronavirus, and how to protect yourself

WHO (World Health Organisation) resources

WHO COVID-19 main page
Links to latest updates, travel advice, media resources, technical advice, research and development.

WHO - advice for the public: Videos

Worldwide reported cases and deaths
Country by country diagnosed cases, plus total world number of deaths.

Latest COVID-19 Research


LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 1120 (and growing) research articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.

State Library Victoria


As of Monday 16 March 2020 our Library buildings are closed to the public due to the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Our Ask A Librarian  reference service is still available to assist with your research inquiries.

Temporary free access during COVID-19 pandemic

Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness database is providing TEMPORARY free access to all during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.  For non registered Victorian members just click on this link.

Gale Health and Wellness is automatically updated with the latest daily content from News Articles, Academic Journals, Reference, Magazines, Videos & Audio and the Coronavirus topic page features a link at the top of the homepage.

Accessibility - resources for people with disability


IDEAS ( Information on Disability, Education and Awareness Services) have put together a list of links to resources and downloads, to support people with a need for simple English, Easy English or Easy Read as well as photo symbol downloadable.

Support for NDIS participants and providers through COVID-19

The Australian Government has introduced new measures to ensure essential support is in place for NDIS participants, workers and providers through the COVID-19 outbreak.