One of the major issues that exists for any information-based Internet site – such as a HealthInfoNet – is that of ensuring the quality of materials. Any individual or organisation can place material on the Internet and, unlike the case with refereed journals, there has been no way of assuring users of the quality of material on a site. The HealthInfoNet is the first site of its type – that we are aware of – to have addressed this issue through the establishment of a network of Consultants.
HealthInfoNet Consultants are leading experts within various areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. A key role of Consultants is the peer-review function, which ensures users of the quality of our specially-developed summaries, overviews and reviews. The HealthInfoNet Consultants serve as an informal reference group by providing guidance in their individual areas of expertise. They assist also in the identification and collection of other materials.
Users of this web resource are warned that it may contain images and/or references to deceased people,
which could cause distress or sadness particularly for some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The resource may also contain words and descriptions that could be culturally sensitive and which might not normally
be used in public or community contexts. For example, some information may be considered appropriate for viewing
only by men or only by women. The HealthInfoNet respects such culturally sensitive issues, but,
for technical reasons, it has not been possible to provide materials in a way that prevents access by a person of the other gender.
Users are asked to respect this cultural protocol.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of Australia and the Torres Strait.
We respect all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people—their customs and their beliefs. We also pay our respects to Elders past and present, with particular acknowledgement to the Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation, the traditional owners of the lands where our offices are located.