Words for Wellbeing

What is Words for Wellbeing?

Words for Wellbeing provides people with a list of useful, evidence-based self-help resources that have been recommended by local health professionals and organisations directly involved in healthcare. Any library member can access this collection, and library membership is free.

This initiative does not replace professional care from your doctor.

If you feel that you may have a mental or physical health issue, it is important that you make an appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider. Your doctor will make an assessment and provide you with a specific diagnosis and an individualised healthcare treatment plan. Your treatment plan may involve some education around your particular health condition. As part of this patient education and treatment plan, your doctor or health practitioner may recommend one or more titles from the “Words for Wellbeing” list.

Words for Wellbeing Collection
Chronic Health
Mental Health
GoShare Health 

If you are worried about your own or someone else’s health or wellbeing, you can get help from:

  • Triple Zero000 (24 hours)
    In an emergency, please call Triple Zero (000).
  • Your GP (general practitioner or family doctor)
    Usually the first person you go to if you have a health issue. GPs coordinate your healthcare and can look after you through your whole life.
  • 13Health13 43 25 84 (24 hours)
    A confidential phone service that provides health advice to Queenslanders. You can phone and talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the cost of a local call.
  • Lifeline131 114 (24 hours)
    Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
  • Kids Helpline1800 551 800 (24 hours)
    Free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged five to 25.
  • Suicide Call Back Service1300 659 467 (24 hours)
    Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide.

The Words for Wellbeing initiative is a partnership between North Queensland Primary Network, Mackay Base Hospital, Isaac Regional Council Libraries, Whitsunday Regional Libraries and Mackay Regional Council Libraries. It is based on the Words for Wellbeing initiative developed by Metro South Health - Redland Hospital, West Moreton Hospital and Health Service, City of Ipswich, Redland City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council and Townsville Regional Council Libraries.

Introduction of Collection

Health Pathways and Book Club

Interview with Dr. Norman Swan, Co-Founder of the Toni Media Network

Words for Wellbeing – Interview with Professor Paul Glasziou, Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University

* Isaac Regional Council Library members can access this collection through their local library via interlibrary loan.

* The materials provided on this website have been recommended by healthcare professionals from the Queensland HealthPathways, as an information source only. The information contained within this website, or the materials provided does not constitute professional advice and should not be relied upon as such. Nothing contained in this website, or the materials provided is intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for a health professional's advice. Mackay Regional Council Libraries does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information contained in these materials.