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Library News: November 2023












November 2023

Chronic diseases - staying informed with library tools and resources
Chronic conditions are becoming increasingly common and are a priority for action in the health sector. Many Territorians with chronic conditions do not have a single, predominant condition, but rather they experience multimorbidity – the presence of 2 or more chronic conditions. Leading categories for burden of disease, include mental health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease. 

The library offers tools and resources that can assist in not only understanding chronic disease better but accessing the latest evidence on best practice in improving the clinical pathways and outcomes of patients. 




Live chat service
The Library is trialling a live chat service to provide library users a faster and more convenient way to get in touch with us, in addition to email and phone support. Our live chat service is available from 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday to answer your questions or support you in using our resources. So, next time you visit our library website, let us help you find what you need!



Library services showcased at the HLA/HLi conference

This year's big event for Health Libraries was the joint Health Libraries Australia (HLA) / Health Libraries Inc (HLi) conference held in Melbourne in late October. The conference was held over two days and focused on evolving digital literacy, digital health and digital scholarship.

Our librarians A'Mhara McKey and Saara Kahkonen each presented at the conference, showcasing the library's evolving digital services.

Watch their presentations on: 

Leveraging partnerships to connect community health organisations with quality health information across the NT

Putting the client at the centre of digital marketing initiatives



NMEC afternoon tea at Alice Springs health library

An afternoon tea was held in the Alice Springs Health Library last month, with food and drinks kindly provided by the Nursing & Midwifery Education Committee (NMEC). This was a great opportunity to showcase Library Services’ vast array of resources and services on offer, from assistance with literature searches, database training to how to join the library.



National Rural Health Month

Discover resources available to support you working remote. The Library’s here for you, wherever you are. Get research and study support, access the CARPA manuals online, learn about NT Aboriginal languages and more with our Rural and Remote Health guide.




Opportunities for clinical decision support targeting medication safety in remote primary care management of chronic kidney disease: a qualitative study in Northern Australia

Investigates the relationship between clinical workflows, health system priorities, cognitive tasks, and reasoning processes in the context of medicines used in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Tan MS, Patel BK, Roughead EE, Ward M, Reuter SE, Roberts G, Andrade AQ. J Telemed Telecare. 2023 Oct 11



Non-tuberculous mycobacterial skin and soft tissue infections in the Northern Territory, Australia, 1989-2021

This review aimed to establish the current and historical incidence rates, and the organisms involved.

Nohrenberg M, Wright A, Krause V. Int J Infect Dis. 2023 Oct;135:125-131



Introduction to quality improvement: from corridor conversation to system change

This article introduces relevant definitions, methodologies and ethics for clinicians new to Quality improvement (QI).

Matthews A,Hilbig A. Emerg Med Australas. 2023 Oct;35(5):862-863



Snapshot of chronic disease
Access Medicine's Infographic guide to medicine features a collection of visual snapshots to build your understanding and retention of key concepts of chronic conditions such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, alcohol use disorder and more.



Cochrane at 30: what our 30th year can tell us about the future

Celebrating Cochrane's 30 year anniversary with a collection of reviews that reflect the innovative ways in which Cochrane is achieving its mission in continuing to deliver the 'evidence that the world needs at this critical juncture for humanity'. The reviews featured in the collection tackle health inequality, global health and non-communicable diseases.

Cochrane Library, 24 October 2023



Apparent consumption of alcohol in Australia

Uses data from a range of sources, including excise data, import clearance records and financial information, to estimate the total amount of alcohol made available to people living in Australia.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 17 Oct 2023



Reimagining digital mental health in Australia

This discussion paper explores how technologies like artificial intelligence, tele-health and self-directed mobile apps can be better utilised, alongside face-to-face care, to bridge the gap between people needing mental health support and those able to access it.

Black Dog Institute, 09 October 2023



Check out the range of new books this month 
Read new eBooks from any device using your NTG LAN login.
New books can be sent to you via internal mail or you can pick them up from your nearest library.



" This is [Literature Search Service] one of the most valuable services we have in NT health. Thank you so much. "




NT Health Library Services acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout the Northern Territory and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.



Find out more about what we achieved together in 2022.

View our infographic