The Lowitja Institute launched a landmark search tool on 11 July 2013. This tool makes online searching for information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health easy. LIt.search enables users to search the worldwide PubMed database and confine their search to articles about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. With one click, the tool provides access to all available literature in this field and to 27 predefined search topics. Searches can be refined further by adding keywords.
Funded by the Lowitja Institute and developed in partnership with Flinders Filters at Flinders University, LIt.search was launched at the Primary Health Care Research Conference at the Hilton in Sydney.
The Lowitja Institute Director, Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM, is keenly aware of how useful this tool will be, not just for students, but for anyone interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. ‘Some of our students are absolutely baffled by the amount of information available on the Internet. A tool like this is critical in providing the best quality information to help them through their studies, as well as helping policy makers m ake the best informed decisions,’ said Professor Jackson Pulver.
Flinders Filters Project Manager and launch host, Dr Jennifer Tieman, was pleased to be involved with a project that will provide greater access to the wealth of literature available on PubMed about the health of Australia’s First peoples. ‘Given the importance of the Closing the Gap strategy, access to the research knowledge about Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is crucial. The LIt.search tool will help health care providers, community organisations, academics, researchers and policy makers find this literature quickly and easily’ said Dr Tieman.
The Lowitja Institute would like to thank Flinders University, the Flinders Filters project team, the PHC Search Filter team and Media Insights for their great work and support in developing LIt.search. LIt.search is now available on the Lowitja Institute website.