Guide to RAC Information Sources

Listed here are some key journals and databases where you can find literature online about residential aged care. Wherever possible we have given preference to those that provide high quality information free online. We have indicated those where subscription may be required.

How can I access the information that is not free?

  • Public libraries may be able to get items for you by inter-library loan
  • University libraries often provide access to electronic resources for former students
  • Membership of professional associations (eg, Australian College of Nursing, Australian Nursing Federation) may confer access to certain publications
  • Facilities may wish to subscribe to a journal title that is considered useful
  • Individual articles can often be purchased online.

Selected journals

Free access

Age and Ageing
An international journal publishing refereed original articles and commissioned reviews on geriatric medicine and gerontology. Its range includes research on ageing and clinical, epidemiological and psychological aspects of later life.
Free after 12 months

Annals of long-term care
A peer-reviewed, medical journal that addresses the clinical care and practical issues that affect the treatment of long-term care residents.
Free

Australian Journal of Dementia Care
A multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia, in hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, day units and the community. It also has content from the UK Journal of dementia care on the same website.
Significant free content

BMC Geriatrics
An open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of the health and healthcare of older people.
Free

Geriatric Nursing
Aims to be an authoritative and comprehensive source for clinical information and management advice relating to the care of older adults.
Free

Healthy Aging and Clinical Care in the Elderly
An open access, peer reviewed journal which covers both basic and clinical aspects of research into Ageing, age-related disorders, the general health of elderly people, and how to care for them.
Free

Journal of Aging Research
A peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies related to all aspects of Ageing.
Free

Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging
Official Journal of the International Academy of Nutrition & Aging.
Significant free content. Click on Free: most downloaded articles

Medical Journal of Australia
MJA OPEN is an open access general medical journal dedicated to publishing a wide range of medical research and other high quality information suited to a general medical audience.
Free

Subscription access

Sample copies are often free online.

Australasian Journal on Ageing
Covers social gerontology, residential, home and community care services, geriatric medicine, health services research and the biology of ageing.

The Director
A professional journal, specifically designed for Directors of Nursing in long term care. Papers address issues relative to the administration of the nursing department in a long term care facility. Issues include clinical research findings as well as management issues.
 
International Journal of Older People Nursing
An online only (from 2012) publication providing an international forum for advancing knowledge to inform practice in gerontological nursing.

Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Deals with the practice and / or teaching of gerontological nursing.

Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
An interdisciplinary, interfaith professional journal exploring spirituality, religion, and Ageing issues. It includes the practices, theories, and data on religion and spirituality, as well as ethical issues, grief, death, long-term care for the elderly, support systems for families, retirement and counselling.
 
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Covers topics such as geriatric medicine, dementia and cognitive impairment, rehabilitation, chronic comorbid conditions, the frail elder, medication management and prescribing issues, multi-resistant organisms and infectious diseases, falls prevention, assisted living risks and challenges.

Nursing and residential care
The journal publishes clinical reviews and practical information for nursing and residential care home professionals, covering a wide range of issues.

Nursing older people
A journal for professionals working in gerontological care.

Selected databases

See also the extensive set of databases listed on the CareSearch page Databases and Resources.

ABC Health and Wellbeing Website
Recent health-related stories published by ABC TV, Radio and Online. Includes multimedia and maps and can be searched.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. It contains a section on aged care.

Australian Policy Online: Health and Wellbeing
This site provides research and resources in the public interest and contains a large section of health related information.

CareSearch Review Collection
This collection provides an easy way to find reviews on topics relevant to palliative care.

Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal
The resource has been developed to help Australian clinicians and policy-makers access clinical practice guidelines via a single entry point.

Healthdirect
This Australian Government site (chiefly for patients) aims to provide a single entry point to reliable information from peak health organisations, government agencies and educational and research institutions.

Joanna Briggs Institute
The Institute provides reliable evidence which health professionals can use to inform their clinical decision making. It develops evidence in various formats for nursing, allied health and medical professionals. Some information is available free via a search on the JBI web site. Much of the content requires subscription.

National Library eResources
Australian residents can register online as a library user for a library card to enable access to licenced databases.

PubMed
The PubMed database contains more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from Medline and life science journals. References include links to free full-text articles or to publisher web sites (where charges may apply to access the full text). The RAC Hub contains a set of key PubMed searches already constructed for you using the RAC search filter. 

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Page updated 24 January 2017