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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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: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. Open journal system.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2008 04:49
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 02:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: health; web sites; web based community directories; community directories; councils; rural communities; Queensland
Fields of Research : 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: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health

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