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R U OK Day

Today is R U OR U OKK day!
R U OK day is an annual day in September dedicated to remind people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, “R U OK?”, in a meaningful way, because connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference to anyone who might be struggling.
Please take the time to ask R U OK?

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UpToDate is an on-lA red heart with heartbeat line through itine database of evidence based and clinical information for use at the point of care. UpToDate covers over 10,000 clinical topics in over 20 medical specialties and includes links to full text articles, drugs & drug interaction databases, patient information, medical calculator and much more.

UpToDate also has a ‘What’s new?’ section for selected updates in a variety of areas. You choose what specialty you are interested in.


You can Log in via one of the following routes:
Students Access UpToDate at MyUC Student Study Tools page
Staff access UpToDate at MyUC Staff Library page

Note: Staff are not permitted off-campus access to UpToDate

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New Health Resource


We have just added a new health database to our collection – Real Time Health.

Real Time Health is a video database which offers hundreds of patient and carer stories across a broad range of health conditions.

You can access this database via the Database A-Z list or through this link: Real Time Health

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UC Life! Health Week

UC Life! Health Week was on a a couple of weeks ago. It was a practical and fun week showcasing a variety of strategies, ideas and tips on how to enhance our health and well being.

After attending the free fitness sessions, healthy meals and other activities UC Life had on offer that week, continue the great work with these resources:

Healthy habits @ UC Library

A scientifically proven weight-loss method centred around a revolutionary 20 minute interval training program. Get fitter, stronger, slimmer and calmer … fast.

In the current economic climate many Australians are on a limited budget. Thrift queen Cath Armstorng demonstrates how you can feed four people (or one, two or three) with healthy, delicious food for only $80 per week.

Teaches practical skills and techniques to handle the daily stresses in life. While other texts are heavy with theory, this book offers both theory and effective application. With over 80 exercises that teach students effective coping skills and relaxation techniques, Essentials of Managing Stress emphasises that one must look at the mind, body, and spirit as equal parts of the whole person to deal with stress effectively [GoogleBooks].

At your last visit to the doctor, you may have received an unexpected prescription: exercise. While no pharmacy can fill this, it’s well worth your while to do so yourself.  Learn about the benefits of exercise, how to prepare for exercising, and how to create a personal exercise plan.

Wishing you a healthy and happy UC Health Week!

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Men's Health WeekThis week is all about the males! It is Men’s Health Week, a week centred on awareness & promotion of men’s health & wellness. The 2012 theme is ‘environMENts’. This campaign is centred on reuniting men, health, and the natural environment. By engaging in active and enjoyable activities in nature’s great outdoors, health and well-being becomes positive ‘by-products’.  ‘EnvironMENTs’ also involves building and maintaining supportive work and social environments.

Men’s Health @ UC Library

UC Library has a range of resources on Men’s Health for a variety of audiences. If you are studying nursing, psychology, gender & cultural studies, and other health related subjects; or simply are interested in learning how enhance your own health and wellbeing,  you could be interested in:

The first book ever to offer all the tools and methods a man needs to live longer, stronger, healthier and wiser.

This handbook discusses each stage of life, so readers can quickly find the information they need. This will be an essential tool for all nurses practising men’s health or simply working with men.

The ways in which indigenous men understand their health and culture are eloquently explored in this evocative examination of Aboriginal life. This accessible meditation uses conversations, stories, and art to demonstrate that kanyirninpa, the cultural value and relationship that has sustained Kimberly desert communities for centuries may provide hope for change and better health for all [Publisher’s Website].

Highlights all the screening tests that men should undertake for early diagnosis of various health issues.

This book as part of the ‘Issues in Society’ series discusses how men in Australia are more likely to have serious health problems than women and the factors that contribute.


Information about Men’s Health Week gathered from the Men’s Health Week website (2012).


World No Tobacco Day

It is World No Tobacco Day todayWorld No Tobacco Day Poster! The theme for 2012 is Tobacco Industry Interference. The campaign will centre on the necessity to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.

Initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe.

On World No Tobacco Day 2012, and throughout the following year, WHO will encourage nations to concentrate on fighting against tobacco industry interference in order to control the global tobacco epidemic.

Tobacco Industry Interference @ UC Library

To learn more about tobacco industry interference, some interesting resources include:

Merchants of doubt : how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming / Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

“Merchants of Doubt ” tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades that link smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole.

Cancer wars : how politics shapes what we know and don’t know about cancer / Robert N. Proctor

“This brilliantly argued and researched book tells the story of how government regulatory agencies, scientists, trade associations, and environmentalists, have managed to obscure the issues and prevent concerted action.” [goodreads]. One of the chapters discusses the tobacco industry’s role.

‘Kicking the habit’ @ UC Library

Wish to quit smoking but feel daunted? UC Library holds some helpful resources, such as:

An invitation to health : choosing to change / Dianne Hales

“Current, comprehensive, and personal, Dianne Hales’s An Invitation to health: choosing to change integrates a comprehensive presentation of health concepts with a wealth of practical ways to apply them to your life–body, mind, and spirit” [GoogleBooks]. Check out Chapter 13, “Tobacco Use, Misuse, and Abuse”.

Taking charge of your smoking / Joyce D. Nash

“A difference between the Taking charge of your smoking approach and other methods of quitting smoking is that you not only learn to quit, using the most powerful methods known through research, you also spend much of your effort learning how to actually be a non-smoker” [Blurb].


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Smoking on Campus

We have had recent complaints about students smoking at the Library Commons door – this area is signposted as a non-smoking area, even in wet weather. If you see someone smoking in this area, please ask them to move to a smoking area.

UC supports the rights of individuals to study and work in a smoke-free environment – there are currently four designated smoking areas on campus (see below). Smoking is not permitted in any other areas. The campus will be made completely smoke-free by 2016.

You can find more information about smoking on campus on UC Health & Safety’s Tobacco on Campus website, including links to support services to help you quit.

Designated smoking areas on campus


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MS Bake Sale Results

The Library’s bake sale and raffle to raise money for MS research was a great success, with over $1000 raised! Pictured at the sale are library staff Anne-Marie (left) and Roz  (right) who was diagnosed with MS in 2011.

We would like to thank our prize donors: Zierholz, Mizzuna, Leonardo’s, and the Co-op Bookshop for their generosity, and everyone who came out to support us on the day.

If you missed out, you can donate directly from this page.


Kiss Goodbye to MS

Kiss Goodbye to MS Bakesale

Tomorrow, May 1st, will see the beginning of MS Awareness Month, the theme for 2012 being Kiss Goodbye to MS. MS stands for Multiple Sclerosis, the most common neurological disease affecting young Australian adults. MS affects over 21 000 Australians.

 To help us support MS Awareness Month, please enjoy our scrumdiddlyumptious Bake Sale today on the concourse from 10am – 1pm. All proceeds will go to MS Australia, which will be used towards preventing and treating the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, as well as providing support and services for people with MS.

Finding Further Information on MS @ UC Library

If you are studying or researching about, are affected by, or know someone affected by MS, you may find it of interest to see what materials UC Library has in its collection. Keying in ‘Multiple Sclerosis’ in the ‘Subject’ field of our catalogue will result in a range of Multiple Sclerosis topics.

Undertaking a general keyword search for Multiple Sclerosis is likely to result in additional resources. A contemporary resource that may be of interest includes:

This book presents non-pharmacologic treatments for common medical practice complaints – all supported by current scientific evidence [Publisher’s web page].  This book has a chapter dedicated to MS.


For the latest research on MS and other neurological conditions, we subscribe to couple of Multiple Sclerosis e-journals. Further information can also be found on our several health databases, for example, Informit Health Collection, Medline (EBSCO) and PubMed Central.

As we enter May, spare a thought towards Multiple Sclerosis and help kiss goodbye to MS!

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The new edition of Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary is now available from the Ready Reference collection (for use in the Library building only), on the red wall near the Research Assistance Desk.

With 2147 pages and nearly 124,000 entries, Dorland’s explains medical terminologywith full-colour illustrations. The accompanying CD includes audio pronunciation of many Greek and Latin-derived terms.

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