The Cochrane Collaboration | About the Cochrane Library | National Access | Funding Arrangements
The Australian Government funds free public access to the Cochrane Library
Since 1994 the Australian Government has been providing financial support for Australian-based Cochrane Collaboration activities. Funding is now allocated through the NHMRC. Initially, this support was for the Australasian Cochrane Centre, a regional centre that coordinates Australia's participation (and other neighbouring countries) in the Collaboration. The Australian Government has also made competitive funding available to Australian-based Cochrane groups that produce systematic reviews (or support their production).
The reviews prepared within the Collaboration are published in The Cochrane Library. This library also contains the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register that is now recognised as the most comprehensive bibliography of published reports of controlled trials available.
More information about the Cochrane Collaboration is available from their website.
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This license has provided all Australians with open and free access to The Cochrane Library and has no doubt contributed to the fact that Australians are now the highest users of the Library per capita in the world.
Australia is one of the first developed countries to negotiate a national subscription to The Cochrane Library, giving all Australians access to the library from their home computer, or any other terminal with Internet access in Australia, free of charge. The Australian Government has funded this national subscription in an effort to provide Australians with the best and latest evidence to inform their health care choices.
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