The Better Health Channel (BHC) provides health and medical information that is quality assured, reliable, up to date, easy to understand, regularly reviewed and locally relevant. BHC does not have any advertising or sponsorship and is fully funded by the State Government of Victoria (Australia).
The Better Health Channel provides health and medical information to help individuals and their communities improve their health and wellbeing. The information we provide is:
- Quality assured and reliable
- Up to date
- Easy to understand.
Information on the Better Health Channel is provided to help people stay healthy or understand and manage their health and medical conditions. It does not replace care provided by medical practitioners and other qualified health professionals.
The Better Health Channel was established in May 1999 by the Victorian (Australia) State Government. The site does not have any commercial advertising and we do not accept any corporate sponsorship.
A wide range of informationBetter Health Channel content reflects the wide range of health interests in the community. Our content decisions are based on:
- Current and emerging health issues
- Developments in medical research and practice
- National and state health priorities
- Requests from Better Health Channel users and content partners
- Findings from evidence based research
- Analysis of our site statistics.
Health and medical information you can trustInformation on the Better Health Channel is developed in consultation with our content partners - experts from a wide range of reputable Australian health and medical organisations. Our content partners provide valuable expertise and help ensure our information is accurate, reliable and reflects the latest in prevention advice, research findings and clinical recommendations.
The Better Health Channel has a rigorous quality assurance and approval process to ensure information is evidence-based and reflects current best practice. This includes review by subject experts, overview by the BHC Editorial team and referral to other areas of the Victorian Department of Health as required.
Most popular with usersThe Better Health Channel is one of the most popular health and medical websites in Australia with over one million unique visitors each month. We have received many awards, including being ranked the No. 1 Health and Medical Website in Australia.
Even so, awards don’t mean as much to us as the positive feedback we receive regularly from our Better Health Channel users.
Linking to and from the Better Health ChannelWe encourage other websites to link to the Better Health Channel.
The Better Health Channel also provides links to other websites throughout our site. We most commonly link to government, educational and other not-for-profit health and health-related websites. We generally give priority to links to websites where the host organisation:
- Has aims and objectives that are consistent with those of BHC
- Offers high-quality, consumer-focused and up-to-date information
- Demonstrates recognised expertise in their field
- Aims to provide objective health information that does not promote a particular product or service
- Provides health information that complements information on the BHC.
We may, at our discretion, choose to link to commercial websites if they:
- Offer high-quality content that is not available elsewhere and that we consider to be of particular value to Better Health Channel site visitors
- Clearly differentiate content from advertising.
The Better Health Channel teamInformation on the Better Health Channel is produced and maintained by a team of professional staff with expertise in writing, editing, communications and technical development. The Better Health Channel is part of the Digital Strategy and Services Unit in the Victorian Government's Department of Health.
How to contact the Better Health ChannelWe welcome your feedback about our site. If you have a query or comment, please use the form on the Contact us page. We do our best to respond to all emails promptly.
We do not give personal health adviceInformation on the Better Health Channel is provided to help people understand and manage their health and medical conditions. It does not replace care provided by medical practitioners and other qualified health professionals. The Better Health Channel does not give health and medical advice over the phone or by email.
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