Clinical Updates

With the aim of improving the dissemination of up to date clinical information to our contacts in low and middle-income countries, the Developing Countries Program Medical Advisor, Professor Rob Moulds, produces a monthly ‘Clinical Update’. The updates focus on topics from recently reviewed and updated Therapeutic Guidelines, relevant to the health setting in a low and middle-income country. The Clinical Update is sent via email to our complimentary eTG complete subscribers on a monthly basis. eTG complete is the integrated digital version of the complete set of Therapeutic Guidelines resources produced by TGL.

To join the clinical update mailing list please contact the Developing Countries Program Manager at [email protected]

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Access to Therapeutic Guidelines books and digital subscriptions

Independent and reliable clinical information about the most effective therapies is hard to access and often out of date in developing countries. Many hospitals and clinics cannot afford to develop local guidelines or purchase international resources.

To assist in closing this gap, the Developing Countries Program provides free access to the complete set of guidelines developed by Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd across 14 medical disciplines, covering around 3,000 topic areas. The guidelines are available in book and digital formats.

In Australia, undergraduate medical, pharmacy and nursing students, junior hospital doctors, hospital pharmacists, general practitioners and community pharmacists consult TGL guidelines to find out about the best available treatment options for their patients. The Developing Countries Program is working to offer these resources to clinicians in the developing world and close the gap in access to reliable point of care treatment guidelines.

If you are working in a developing country and would like access to TGL guidelines, please contact the Developing Countries Program Manager.

 

History of the Visiting Editor Program

In 2007 TGL established a visiting editor fellowship program. Each year, the program funded one health professional from a developing country to visit TGL and provide them with an individually tailored editorial training to help them develop their own independent information resources.

To identify potential candidates, TGL liaised with the World Health Organization and the International Society of Drug Bulletins. All the fellows selected to were actively involved in the development of their own country-specific guidelines or drug bulletins.

During their time at TGL, the fellows participated in tailored training sessions with members of staff. Learning activities ranged from practical workshops on editing and efficient use of software, to designing and marketing therapeutic information. Sessions are also provided education on the role of guidelines and independent information, using the internet for research and interpreting the evidence.

Visiting fellows were provided with opportunities to meet with members of the TGL expert groups.

Since the program started in 2007, TGL has hosted visiting editors from India, Cuba, Tonga, Palau, The Philippines, Kiribati and Nigeria.

For more information, please go to the Visiting Editor Program page.

Therapeutic Guidelines expert group member Dr Gary Franks works with doctors in Rwanda.

Expert Clinician Register

Expert clinicians interested in providing support to developing countries writing clinical treatment guidelines are invited to join the Expert Clinician Register. Clinicians in a developing country can ask clinical questions (pertaining to guideline development) through the Program Manager, who will facilitate contact with a suitable expert clinician in Australia to provide answers.

For more information or to place yourself on the Expert Clinician Register, please complete this form and return it to the Developing Countries Program Manager. If you work in a developing country and would like to enquire about expert clinical advice, contact the Developing Countries Program Manager.