Why Virtual Skin Centre?
- What is the Virtual Medical Centre (VMC)?
- Information on our site
- Medical Directors and Editorial Advisory Board
- Editorial quality assurance
- History of Virtual Medical Centre
- Queries, Questions and Corrections
What is the Virtual Medical Centre (VMC)?
Virtual Medical Centre is Australia’s leading medical information website.
It delivers the latest medical information written by medical professionals.
Information on VMC
The Medical Centre websites consists of 19 medical information centres on topics ranging from Allergy to Pain to Women’s Health,
each with medical information on:
- interactive videos
- prescription drugs
- disease information
- medical treatments
- medical tests and investigations
- lifestyle information
- research and trials
- useful tools
- latest medical news
- anatomy and physiology
- medical support for patients
- medical news RSS feeds
- medical dictionary
Medical Directors and Editorial Advisory Board
Each centre has a Medical Director who works on ensuring the quality of
medical information on the site is maintained and continually enhanced. The
Medical Director is also assisted by an Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) of medical specialists.
The EAB is a group of medical specialists who have formed together in their
particular area of medical expertise to contribute comments and feedback on the
information that is displayed on the relevant centre. The Virtual Medical
Centre’s EAB consists of over 1,000 medical professionals.
There are two levels of information on Virtual Medical
Centre- one aimed at health professionals and one aimed at patients and their
families. Membership to VMC is available to everyone and is completely free.
Health professionals can access more detailed sensitive information and can
complete continuing medical education requirements when logged in.
When logged in patients can elect to receive the enewsletters and participate in
the site blogs and forums. Sign up now
The information provided on Virtual Medical Centre is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician.
Virtual Medical Centre gratefully acknowledges support
from the pharmaceutical industry. For a list of all our sponsors please click on
the link below. Sponsors
Editorial Quality Assurance
The final decision of editorial content in a disease
centre is made by the Medical Director responsible for that area. The Medical
Director’s information is published on the About Us page of each individual
disease website. If a particular website does not have a Medical Director, then
Dr Andrew Dean, Group Medical Director makes the final editorial decisions.
Each Medical Director has recruited a board of medical
specialists in their particular disease area who they consult with regularly
regarding medical editorial content on the websites. This keeps medical
information credible and eliminates any conflict of interest issues that may
arise due to sponsorship funding.
Advertising on the site
appears only in banners spots on the perimeter of the site. No advertising
appears within the educational information (within the perimeters of the page
borders). All advertising banners have the word "advertisement" or
"ad" above the
Virtual Medical Centre is accredited by the Geneva Switzerland HON
Virtual Medical Centre is a HealthInsite Information
2008 Online Winner in the 18th WAITTA AWARDS
– the WAITTA awards recognise outstanding performance and
contributions by members of the IT and technology community in
2008 National Library of Australia – PANDORA (Preserving and
Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia) is an
archive of Australian online publications that the National Library
of Australia considers are of significance and have long-term
research value. Virtual Medical Centre has been selected for the
integrity of its medical content, to demonstrate what a credible
online medicine website was like to future generations.
2005 Finalist in the Secrets of Australian IT Innovation Awards
Secrets of IT Innovation 2005
2005 Finalist in the National Prime Ministers Awards for Small Business
2004 Finalist in the Secrets of Australian IT Innovation Awards
(Online Medical Health Records)
has become a finalist in the Austrade
Secrets of IT Innovation 2004
2004 Winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships for Western Australia
History of Virtual Medical Centre
Dr Andrew Dean, Senior Palliative Care Specialist in WA discovered his patients
had a real need for information on cancer. At times of great stress when people
have been devastated by bad news of cancer or a life threatening disease, information
retention is at its poorest. Often the patient will walk out of the doctor’s
room feeling confused and uninformed.
Dr Dean decided to create an intranet site about cancer at his hospital for
patients to use. He soon had people from other hospitals asking him for access
to the information.
That’s when Dr Dean decided to team up with Pearl
Farmer and International Businessman Mr Wayne Hughes to make the information
on cancer available to everyone on the World Wide Web and www.virtualcancercentre.com
Virtual Cancer Centre.com went live in August 2001 and got 20,000
hits in the first month. Specialists from other medical areas asked
for an equivalent information resource in their areas of expertise.
Virtualcancercentre.com evolved into Virtualmedicalcentre.com with
19 disease areas getting an average of 40 million hits per month.
Below are all the partners who have contributed to the success of the Virtual Medical Centre since commencement:
VMC has entered into a partnership with Australia’s biggest ISP provider BigPond. The aim is to enable more Australians access to Virtual Medical Centre’s credible medical information. BigPond content and entertainment is available unmetered for most broadband customers and free to browse for Telstra Next G mobile phones meaning BigPond customers can now download content and videos from Virtual Medical Centre for free!
Queries, Questions and Corrections
Please send any queries, questions or corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org