The Department of Health's Better Health Channel has launched a free iPhone and iPad app to help Victorians take control of their health and wellbeing anytime, anywhere.
The mobile app builds on the quality information Victorians have come to expect from the award winning Better Health Channel, by delivering only the best health and medical advice.
The app delivers comprehensive, reliable and easy to understand information – all of which has been quality assured by medical experts.
The Better Health Channel app enables Victorians to search, find and browse health information as well as locate an extensive range of health services.
Easy access to information
Health consumers can search for conditions by category, body part, or with the helpful A-Z index. The information can then be sent onto friends and family.
Finding a health service
The app's find a health service function allows users to quickly locate and view detailed directions to doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists and a wide range of other health service providers. Users can search by their current location, by suburb or by postcode and can add preferred providers to their phone favourites.
Urgent medical matters
The help and advice function gives users a quick list of important health contacts including Nurse on Call, Kids helpline, poisons information and Lifeline.
First aid information
The app reduces the worry and uncertainty about what to do when accidents happen by providing first aid procedures to a range of common injuries. From bites and burns to heat stroke and hypothermia, the Better Health Channel mobile app provides the right information at the right time.
The Better Health Channel has received a number of awards and was recently named the number one health and medical information website by Hitwise Australia.
By Luke Hopewell, ZDNet Australia, May 23, 2012. "Fragmentation issues in Android were a key concern for the Victorian Department of Health when it came to designing its Better Health Channel app; so much so that the department has opted to design a web app for the platform, rather than going native.
The Better Health Channel has been running an online database since 1999, and now has over 2000 pages of health information that require constant quality assurance and maintenance from health professionals..."
From the Minister for Health. Media Release, Tuesday, 20 September 2011. "For the first time in Victoria, a free app for iPhone and iPad users will help Victorians conveniently locate local health services and learn more about medical conditions and treatments.
Minister for Health David Davis today launched the Better Health Channel mobile phone app at Inner South Community Health Service in South Melbourne.
"The mobile app extends the reach and access of the award-winning Better Health Channel, which is Australia's number one health and medical website featuring the most trusted, up-to-date and easy to understand health and medical information," Mr Davis said..."
By Department of Health (Victoria), Released: 19 September 2011. "Health and medical information you can trust. The Better Health Channel app helps you take control of your health and wellbeing by providing you with quality assured, reliable and trusted health information and services.
The app includes:
- Extensive health and medical information about conditions and diseases, their symptoms, management and care.
- Treatments information - from simple lifestyle adjustments to medical procedures, associated risks and potential treatment alternatives.
- First aid procedures for a wide range of common injuries - from bites and burns to heat stroke and hypothermia.
- Suburb and postcode discovery and detailed map directions to Victorian health service providers such as doctors, dentists, pharmacists and physiotherapists
- Urgent medical help and advice contacts including Nurse On Call, Kids helpline, Poisons Information, Lifeline and more..."
The department also plans to release an upgraded version of its iOS app in June, by Diana Nguyen. Computerworld, 23 May, 2012. "The Victorian Department of Health will release a Web app for its Better Health Channel (BHC) app, which will allow users to access it via Android devices, in mid-2012..."