Welcome to the first issue of the Clinicians Health Channel (CHC) Newsletter. This newsletter will provide the latest updates on new resources and how the Clinicians Health Channel is supporting quality and safety in health care. In September 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria released a new version of the Clinicians Health Channel with a number of new resources. See What’s new on the CHC? a full list of the newly available resources.We appreciate your valuable comments and innovative ideas so that the Newsletter can be continually improved.

A new look Clinicians Health Channel page
Top 10 resources on the CHC
TOXINZ(Australia & NZ Poisons Information Toxicology)
Article in Focus – Medicinal Cannabis
Upcoming training sessions
Need Help?
What’s new on the Clinicians Health Channel?
Full Text Resources
Point of Care Resources
Search and Discovery

A new look Clinicians Health Channel page

The Clinicians Health Channel has recently been refreshed. This is part of a larger Department of Health and Human Services project that has also refreshed the www.health.vic.gov.au, the consumer site,  www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au and the senior’s site,  www.seniors.vic.gov.au.The new sites have a new look and fresh content, check them out.


Top 10 resources on the CHC
AMH Online
AMH Children’s Dosing Companion
Australian Injectable Drugs Handbook
BMJ Best Practice
DRUGDEX (Micromedex)
Medline on Ovid
PsycInfo on Ovid
Therapeutic Guidelines (eTG Complete)


TOXINZ (Australian & NZ Poisons Information Toxicology)

TOXINZ is an easy-to-navigate and well referenced resource that provides in-depth risk assessment and management advice for clinicians treating poisoned and envenomed patients. It lists over 190,000 chemical products, pharmaceuticals, plants, venomous creatures etc.
Being a ‘local’ product, the management advice reflects contemporary Australian and New Zealand practice. An outstanding feature of TOXINZ is that Australian and New Zealand Poisons Information Centre (PIC) staff and toxicologists provide regular feedback to the TOXINZ editors to ensure that the resource is up-to-date, i.e. there is an inbuilt quality assurance/governance loop.

If a new pharmaceutical or illicit drug comes to the attention of PIC staff or toxicologists, TOXINZ can search the literature and promptly produce and upload a monograph. All monographs include information on:-

Description of the substance, including class and available formulations.

Intervention criteria, which is particularly useful for risk assessment involving paediatric exploratory exposures. This section also includes observation period and investigations to be performed.

Treatment, including stabilisation, decontamination, antidotes, supportive care, prognosis, follow-up etc.

Signs and Symptoms, including onset and duration of symptoms, likely severity of poisoning.

Toxicity, including mechanisms of toxicity, acute and chronic scenarios etc.

Therapeutic Drug Information, including pharmacological action, indications, normal dose range, kinetics etc.

Identification, including chemical name, other names, identification codes.

References, which are embedded in the text, are listed at the end of each monograph.

Article in Focus – Medicinal Cannabis

The State Government has plans to legalise local cultivation of Cannabis in Victoria from 2017 based on the recommendations made by the Victorian Law Reform Commission. We thought it would be appropriate for us to include research papers on medicinal use of Cannabis. We have included articles with links to abstracts/full text, where users can read scientific based evidence on this political and emotional debate.


Bone, M., & Seddon, T. (2016). Human rights, public health and medicinal cannabis use. Critical Public Health, 26(1), 51-61.

Freckelton, I. (2015). Medicinal cannabis law reform: Lessons from Canadian litigation. Journal of Law and Medicine,22(4), 719-38.

Hodge,Arthur D. (2013). Medicinal cannabis presents unique issues in managed care. Formulary, 48(7), 241-242. Mather, L. E., Rauwendaal, E. R., Moxham-Hall, V. L., & Wodak, A. D. (2013).

(Re)introducing medicinal cannabis. Medical Journal of Australia, 199(11), 759-761. Medicinal use of cannabis: Background and information paper l

Victorian Law Reform Commission .Medical Cannabis Report.

Training Update

For complete list of upcoming training events check out at CHC Knowledge Hub. To request training at your location please contact the Education Manager.


June 6th
Topic: MEDLINE on Ovid
Description: Designed for more experienced users familiar with the basic functionality of Ovid. Includes a detailed search demonstration of MEDLINE using Ovid’s features.
To register click HERE

From 11:00 AM
June 6th
Introduction to Ovid
Topic: Introduction to Ovid
Description: Designed for novice users or experienced users who may need to refresh basic skills. This course will highlight the features and functionality of the Ovid interface including: NLP searching, search tools and mapping, results management tools, linking to full text and multiple options in outputting the results received.
To register click HERE

From 11:00 AM

Need Help?
Email the Help Desk at chcsupport@medicaldirector.com or call us on 1800 107 421 (24×7 User and Technical Support)

What’s new on the Clinicians Health Channel?

AusDI – trusted evidence based medicines information resource, delivers rapid access via desktop, tablet or mobile devices.

Australian Injectable Drugs Handbook (AIDH) 6th Edition – provides up-to-date information on injectable medicines.

Natural Medicinesan authoritative resource available on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies.

Comprehensive IV compatibility featuring Trissel’s™ 2 data – interprets conflicting compatibility results by identifying contributing factors such as the physical compatibility, storage, study period, container and chemical stability.

AMH Aged Care Companion – includes quality care for aged care patients with emphasis on current or proposed best practice and best drug treatment plans.

Lexicomp Online – provides clinicians access to key drug information resources within a single interface, alongside Lexi-Calc and Lexi-Interact.

The Women’s – Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Medicines Guide (PBMG) – provides suitable treatment options for women during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Stockley’s Drug Interactions – an authoritative international source of drug interaction information.

Don’t Rush To Crush – comprehensive guide to administering oral medicines to patients who are unable to swallow or have swallowing difficulties.

TOXINZ (Australian & NZ Poisons Information Toxicology) – reliable recommendations on the management of poisoning from over 190,000 listed chemical products, pharmaceuticals, plants and hazardous creatures.

Full Text Resources


Psychiatry Online – offers the most comprehensive online access to psychiatric textbooks, journals and various related professional development tools.

ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health – includes full text from nursing journals. Number of  videos, dissertations,e-books and study paths are included thus making it easier to make connections between complex theoretical information and applying the acquired knowledge to practical settings.

Royal College of Nursing Journals – provides nurses with up-to-date evidence based journals in a multidisciplinary environment.

Ovid Nursing Full Text – this collection delivers comprehensive non-embargoed access to core nursing content from 49 leading journals.

Point of Care Resources


OvidMD – includes multi-speciality resources such as evidence-based guidelines, drug databases, and results are delivered according to clinically oriented relevance.

Search and Discovery

ProQuest Summon® Service – Summon enables the Clinicians Health Channel with a comprehensive and Google like search experience that presents relevant clinical search results without bias and delivers fast direct full text search results.