It is estimated that close to 40 per cent of Australians look for health information for self-treatment online. A new mobile phone application called healthdirect will make it easier for users to check symptoms and search for trusted information, sourced directly by Australia’s leading health organisations. The mobile app also has a function to locate your ideal health service from a comprehensive national directory.
The healthdirect website and helpline (1800 022 222) is an initiative funded by the NSW Government and the mobile application is an extension of this service, making advice more accessible and trustworthy. As 77 per cent of visits by Australians to health and medical information websites land on off-shore i.e. are foreign websites, healthdirect is designed to provide a reliable source of information for those with health concerns or questions.
The application provides reliable advice when you or someone close to you isn’t feeling well. It can locate your nearest open GP or pharmacy, or offer advice for general health issues that may not require a doctor at the time. The healthdirect app is also handy in emergency situations because it can identify your location and display precise latitude and longitude coordinates for you to relay to 000.
For iPhones, the app is downloadable from the apple App store, and android users can download direct from Google play. You can also provide feedback on the app by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.