Healthy facts vs fiction online
For most Australian adults (78%), the internet is their first port of call for health-related information. With so many websites and social media pages available, knowing which ones to trust and which to ignore is not always easy.
When accessing online health information, consider the following:
Who wrote it?
Who produces the site or page?
Are the authors qualified experts in their field?
Look for .gov .edu or .org sites.
Is it accurate?
Is the information factual and logical?
Is the information supported by evidence?
Are information sources provided?
Is it up to date?
When was the information written?
When was it last reviewed?
Is it balanced?
Are risks and benefits explained?
Is the website selling something?
Does the site contain advertising?
For residents of Albany and surrounds, you can find reliable sources of health information here:
Your local GP, specialist, or health service
WA Country Health Service - My Healthy Great Southern Facebook page
WA Department of Health: https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/
Australian Department of Health: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/
Call Health Direct on 1800 022 222 to speak with a registered nurse 24/7.