- What is the Virtual Medical Centre (VMC)?
- VMC ethos
- Information on our site
- Consult magazine
- Medical Directors and Editorial Advisory Board
- Editorial quality assurance
- History of Virtual Medical Centre
- Queries, Questions and Corrections
VMC aims to provide information on current conventional medicine. Information is designed to support that provided by your health professional and never to replace it.
The Medical Centre websites consists of 22 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
Consult magazine is a free quarterly ePublication for Australian general practitioners, allied health professionals and specialists. Each issue is read by nearly 10,000 medical professionals.
We gladly accept article contributions from professionals with a passion for communicating and educating about topics within their field of expertise. If you have something you would like to contribute, express your interest here.
If you would like to subscribe to receive Consult magazine, please click here.
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 here.
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.
To find out about VMC's advertising policies, please view our advertising policy page.
To find out about advertising opportunities, please view our advertise with us page.
|Virtual Medical Centre is proud to be an Associated Partner of the Standardised Language Certificate for Medical Purposes (sTANDEM) project. The sTANDEM project is intended to assess, promote and certify the command of professional English among health care professionals worldwide but predominantly in Europe. By invitation, VMC provides content for use in the sTANDEM exams.|
|Virtual Medical Centre and its employees support the Folding@home distributed computing project initiated by the Pande lab at Stanford University. We run their software which contributes to their goal of understanding protein folding, misfolding and related diseases. For more information, see http://folding.stanford.edu/.|
|Virtual Medical Centre received the No. 1 Website in the Hitwise Top 10 Website Award in recognition of outstanding performance. Hitwise is the industry standard which measures popularity according to the market share of user visits a website receives compared to other websites in their industry.|
|Online Winner in the 18th WAITTA AWARDS 2008. The WAITTA awards recognise outstanding performance and contributions by members of the IT and technology community in Western Australia.|
|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. Virtual Medical Centre was selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia.|
|Finalist in the Secrets of Australian IT Innovation Awards 2005. www.virtualnursingeducation.com provides professional development for nurses. Virtual Nursing Education has become a finalist in the Austrade Secrets of IT Innovation 2005.|
|Finalist in the Secrets of Australian IT Innovation Awards 2004. My Quest (Online Medical Health Records) has become a finalist in the Austrade Secrets of IT Innovation 2004|
|Finalist and Winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships for Western Australia 2004. Australian State and Territory Award Winner. Australian Prime Minister's awards for excellence in community business partnerships 2004.|
|Dr Andrew Dean|
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 was born.
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. The Virtual Cancer Centre evolved into Virtual Medical Centre. There are currently 22 disease areas getting an average of almost 90 million hits per month.
Below are all the partners who have contributed to the success of the Virtual Medical Centre since commencement:
Queries, Questions and Corrections
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