Content Guidelines

Ausmed’s Content Guidelines

Ausmed’s editorial team reviews each item of content submitted to ensure it aligns with the following standards:

All content must be related to and targeted at a professional healthcare audience, and can be but is not limited to, the following formats:

  1. Informative learning
  2. Workplace or lifestyle
  3. Personal story
  4. News / research updates
  5. Medical explainers
  6. Clinical Guidelines

Quality Guidelines

All content must be constructed, fact-checked, audited, and evaluated to ensure it is of the highest quality. A non-exhaustive list of elements that quality content should be checked for includes:

  1. Correct spelling and grammar;
  2. Fully attributed sources (where applicable);
  3. Unsubstantiated claims;
  4. Correct and complete references; and
  5. Absolute, accurate and up-to-date medical/technical content.
  6. For all medical claims, thorough fact-checking should take place prior to submitting.


Ausmed uses a Harvard Referencing style.

  1. Clinical articles should reference at least 3-5 different sources.
  2. Only reputable sources such as medical journals, textbooks, and government institution websites should be referenced (blogs, unverified web sources, wikipedia etc. should not be referenced, unless in a supplementary/anecdotal capacity).
  3. Sources should be from the last five years (unless canonical).

As a general original content rule, an absolute maximum of 10% of an article should be made up of quoted material.

Subject Matter

Content must be free from highly sensitive and controversial content, including, but not limited to:

  1. Specific union/s and union/s issues;
  2. Education bodies;
  3. Workplaces external to your own;
  4. Sexual content;
  5. Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide;
  6. Suicide;
  7. Abortion;
  8. Questionable and/or unevidenced practices;
  9. Sensationalised and/or tabloid themes;
  10. Politically charged content; and
  11. Discriminatory language (including, but not limited to: age, disability, sexual preferences, gender identity, race and religious beliefs).

Commercial Bias and Conflict of Interest

Ausmed only publishes content that is free from commercial bias. All content must adhere to the standards set out above.

(Updated May 2018)