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Clinical Knowledge Network (CKN)

This guide will help you access and search CKN resources.

What is CKN?

CKN (Clinical Knowledge Network) is Queensland Health’s state wide clinical information service. CKN is available to everyone currently employed by the Hospitals and Health Services, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Health. It provides direct access to up to date evidence-based information for research and professional development, as well as point of care decision making tools.

CKN includes access to:

  • Point of Care/Decision Support tools (e.g. BMJ Best Practice and DynaMed)
  • eBooks & eJournals
  • Databases (e.g. MEDLINE, CINAHL, Embase)
  • Medical Calculators
  • Medical Images
  • Clinical Guidelines

CKN can be accessed on computers within the hospital environment as well as off site and can be retrieved on mobile devices – which means CKN can be utilised on hospital ward rounds and handovers.

Listen to CKN Blues (soundcloud, 3m35s), a musical description of CKN.

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Who can use CKN?

CKN is for:

  • everyone currently employed by Queensland Health or Mater, from doctors and nurses to allied health and administrators
  • students who have a Queensland Health or Mater email address


Why use CKN?

  • Use the Decision Support tools to quickly look up an overview of a disease or condition when with a patient.
  • Use the Medicines databases to access specialised information on Australian, neonatal, paediatric and other medication.
  • Use Databases to search the literature to inform your clinical practice and research.
  • Stay current with the latest research via CKN's collection of online journals.

Get started

 Access CKN resources for your clinical practice and research.

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