Council community directories as a source of information about local health services in rural Australia

Eley, Rob and Hossain, Delwar (2010) Council community directories as a source of information about local health services in rural Australia. Journal of Community Informatics, 6 (2). pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

Despite the existence of web based community directories information about local health services in rural Queensland is reported by service providers to be poor. A survey in four towns determined directory community use for health information. Although 60% of town residents use the internet, only 20% were aware of the existence of their town’s community directory and less than 10% used it for health service information. Existing directories are neither user friendly nor comprehensive in content. For web-based directories to become valuable sources of information about local health services strategies are needed to improve access, content and awareness.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Open journal system. No evidence of copyright restricitons on web site. Published version can be accessed at the following link: http://www.ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/461/590
Depositing User: Dr Robert Eley
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2008 04:49
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: health; web sites; web based community directories; community directories; councils; rural communities; Queensland
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3705

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