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Good news!, the collaborative pharmaceutical reference database, is going along nicely.

We have achieved official support from the RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University in the form of 6 advanced computer sciences / engineering students working for for 3 semesters. They will improve our online infrastructure and develop applications for peer review of the database.

We also have indications of similar support from the University of South Australia and the University of Tasmania, details to be negotiated soon.

Furthermore, we have the first two drugs being “adopted” for ongoing database maintenance (Sertraline and Sildenafil) by committed individual doctors, and we have started entering drug-drug interaction information.

Progress of

The database ( contains now the complete
Australian “Yellow book” data, meaning all medication subsidized by the
public health system including brand names, packet sizes etc. – thanks to Ian
Haywood for this. might soon get another boost through university cooperation –
details as soon as I can confirm that this cooperation will really take

A paper on has been accepted and will be presented at the joint
RACGP and HIC health IT conference in Sydney (
Sunday, 16:10, Session 14: Information Retrieval, General Practice:
Freedom of pharmaceutical reference information – No decision support without?