Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

Health Communication Network (HCN)
Updated 19 January, 2010

Clinical Information Access Agreement (28/8/09)
Clinical Information Access Agreement. (11/11/03)
Product brochures for downloading.  (15/10/07)

HCN is now providing a CAUL-only section on its web site - all current pricing information can be found there. Password required. (21/11/03)
Help Desk:  or phone 1800 643 850 or 02 6281 5881
Statistics:  Each individual customer has their own statistics available using their username and password through:*username*  (Your username is available from your Datasets Coordinator or from HCN) Also, due to space restrictions, HCN do not usually archive the University statistics, however they are downloadable from their website for customer archiving.

McGraw-Hill products are also marketed in Australian through HCN:  HCN have acted as McGraw-Hillís distributor for many years and the sales team constantly send out McGraw-Hill material and meet with university staff to discuss their products. The final decision to purchase is then processed via CAUL. Up to now CAUL has asked to be invoiced directly by McGraw-Hill in the US due to the GST implication. [HCN is] happy to invoice all universities directly and provide the same CAUL discount to avoid any GST complications. The McGraw-Hill platform is the same via HCN or direct. HCN additionally act as a 24/7 support desk in case any issues occur. HCN support also provides usage statistics to all the universities and correlate their various resources into one location. (18/9/09)

AusDI Advanced (Australian Drug Information) [Offer for 2010, 2009, 2008,2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001]
AusDI Advanced - Introduction & Guide (4/11/09)

Australian Drug Information (AusDI Advanced)
Australian Injectable Drugs Handbook (AIDH Online)  [Offer for 2010, 2009, 2008]
Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH) [Offer for 2010, 2009, 2008,2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003] Subscriber access =
AMH Drug Choice Companion Online: Aged Care  [Offer for 2010, 2009, 2008]
Case Based Learning (CBL) [Offer for 2001]
Childrens Hospital at Westmead Handbook [Offer for 2010, 2008, amended 23/11/07]
Cochrane Library  [Offer for 2004]
eTG Complete [Offer for 2010, 2009, 2008,2007]
Harrisons Online & Hurst's (see McGraw-Hill)
iECG (Interactive ECG) [Offer for 2010, 2009, 2008,2007]
ISABEL  [Offer for 2010, 2009, 2008]
Medical Officers Handbook  [Offer for 2010, 2009, 2008]
MedicinesComplete  [Offer for 2010, 2009, 2008]
    See also 2010 offer to CAUL for MedicinesComplete and RPS Publishing Journals (via Swets, 2/9/09, updated 25/9/09)
MIMS Online & DrugAlert [Offers for 2009, 2008,2007, 2006, 2005, 2004,2003, 2001] [No longer available through HCN 3/9/09, see MIMS]
Murtaghs General Practice Series Online [Offers for 2010, 2009, 2008,2007]
Paediatric Pharmacopoeia2010,
StatREF TextBook Series [Offers for 2010, 2009, 2008,2007]
Therapeutic Guidelines (eTG Complete)  [Offer for 2010, 2009, 2008]

NBInfoPOEMS is now distributed by Wiley InterScience (2/8/06)

Pricing for 2006, 2007, 2008,2009, 2010,
DRUGDEX ® System
DRUG-REAX ® System
Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference
Index Nominum International Drug Directory
DISEASEDEX ô General Medicine
DISEASEDEX Emergency Medicine
ReproRisk System
CareNotes Systems
AltMedDex ® System
AltMedDex Protocols
Pricing for 2004-5
Offer to CAUL (14/5/03, closes 31/5/03)
AltMed-REAX for the Professional now integrated into DRUG-REAX
Herbal Medicines

Case Based Learning (CBL)

I would like to offer to you a 2 week free trial to MIMS via the HCN website .... for the use of the participating unis.  I have two other products in addition to MIMS that I would to offer to everyone via the same two week free trial: AUSDI (the first comprehensive, Authoritative, unbiased source of drug info and Therapeutic Info for Australian Health care professionals - Australian content is the key!) and Case Based Learning (CBL - an effective and convenient way of keeping your medical knowledge  up to date.  CBL integrates a powerful, problem-based on-line learning environment that has the student/professional review cases, and includes clinical content, threaded discussion groups, integrated learning resources including clinical guidelines, Cochrane results and self-assessment resources (including online MCQs and threaded discussion) with opps for future accrual of CME points. It's a great learning and resource tool.

This is a chance for the CAUL to expand its subscription at better than list pricing.  CAUL can opt to take advantage of special pricing in November for the above three databases and offer them to all the participating unis or the unis can take individual subs to any or all three of the databases also at special pricing.

Please forward this e-mail to the participating CAUL Cochrane unis. Everyone can trial these three products for free via the HCN website over the next two weeks.  To do so:

Direct you browsers to
Click on Online Knowledge Resources in the centre of the home page
Click on drug info from the menu on the left hand side to access MIMS and AUSDI
Click on Tutorials to access Case Based Learning
After clicking on the selected database you will be prompted for passcodes.

[Circulated to the list] are the passcodes for beginning a 2 week free trial either Tomorrow, Thursday, 8/11/01 or Friday, 9/11/01.

Anne Walsh <>

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