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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Health OERs

Where to start tips...

  1. Remember to keep a note of all your searches because OERs can be from multiple places
  2. Begin your search with this OER website:

3. Did you find a suitable resource? (If not, search the OER sites below or look for DRM-Free resources via the A-Z Databases)

4. If found, evaluate the source

5. Check license restrictions and apply where necessary

6. Adapt and don't forget to attribute the author (if applicable)

Other Recommended Platforms

  • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet -  includes reports, journal articles and a range of sources.
  • InTech Open Science Open Minds - InTechOpen is the world's largest Science, Technology and Medicine Open Access book publisher. With a goal to provide free online access to research since 2004.
  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health: Open public health courses and materials from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
  • Lowitja Institute LitSearch - This search tool provides access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health literature in PubMed. Refine your search to “Open Access” or select "Free Access" and check the license of individual article before reusing the content.
  • MedEdPORTAL: : The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources Open-access, peer-reviewed teaching materials for health professions education. Also includes iCollaborative, educational resources that have not undergone the formal MedEdPORTAL peer review process. MedEdPORTAL is included in Medline.
  • National Academies Press - many of the books published by the National Academies Press can be downloaded for free in PDF format. Search the Health and Medicine collection. Site requires that you provide name and email.
  • The Noba Project is an excellent place to start for OER psychology resources. Noba provides customizable psychology textbooks written by respected psychologists and researchers. Noba textbooks are used by colleges and universities around the world.  Instructor resources include ready-made textbooks, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, and instructor manuals.
  • Open Knowledge Repository - The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank's official open access repository for it's research outputs and knowledge products.
  • GW Nursing - has a small collection of nursing OER material.
  • The Health Education Assets Library (HEAL)  - The Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) is a collection of over 22,000 freely available digital materials for health sciences education.
  • PLOS - Public Library of Science - Contains more than 140,000 peer reviewed open access articles, focusing on biology and medical science. PLOS authors publish under the Creative Commons Attribution License.
  • PubMed is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Refine your search to “Open Access” and check the license of individual article before reusing the content.

Health and Social Development

Public Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Child Play Therapy

Disability Studies

Social Work

Medicine and Medical

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Medical Imaging

Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

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Exercise Science

Food Science and Nutrition


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Nursing and Midwifery

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