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About the search directory

 

Who reviews the websites and apps?

Professionals with at least 3 years of experience in the alcohol and other drugs field within the past 5 years, and who have completed ADIN resource review training within the past 2 years review the websites and apps appearing on ADIN. Anne Collyer, a health professional at the Australian Drug Foundation, is the editor of ADIN.

What do the stars mean? 5 red stars

Experienced and trained alcohol and other drug professionals assess resources (websites and apps) in our directory against the 5 ADIN standards. They do not review any services offered by the organisation who developed the resource, only the resource itself.

The 5 ADIN standards:

  1. Purpose & audience
  2. Content
  3. Authorship
  4. Design
  5. Accessibility

Generally, the more standards a resource meets, the more stars we give it.

  • 5 stars - Excellent resource. Meets all 5 standards.
  • 4 stars - Very good resource. Meets 4 standards. Must meet the Purpose & audience, Content, Authorship and Design standards.
  • 3 stars - Good resource. Meets 3+ standards. Must meet the Purpose & audience, Content and Authorship standards.
  • 2 stars - Fair resource. Meets 2+ standards. Must meet the Purpose & audience and Content standards.
  • 1 star   - Poor resource. Meets 1+ standards. Must meet the Purpose & audience standard.
  • 0 stars - Very poor resource. Meets 1+ standards. Does not meet the Purpose & audience standard.

Resources in our directory are reviewed against the 5 standards at least once every 2 years. Our resource review process is also evaluated at least once every 2 years.

Please note: The above star rating meanings are new as at 25 June 2014. We are currently re-reviewing all published websites and apps under this new criteria. For reviews dated earlier than 25 June 2014, please be aware these have been reviewed against different criteria and will be re-reviewed soon. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Why do some resources have no stars?

The organisations behind some resources we review provide primarily treatment services, for example, counselling or rehabilitation. Because these resources do not provide alcohol and other drug information we do not review them in the same way. That is why they have no star rating, review comment or image. We do not review the quality of the services these organisations provide. However we include them in the ADIN directory to ensure we provide a comprehensive list of Australian services.

Why isn’t your website or app on ADIN? 

Either it doesn't meet our criteria, or we don’t know about it. Please tell us about your website or app if you think we may not know about it.

Your website or app is on ADIN but…

Is the information about it wrong? If yes, please tell us about it.

It doesn't have many stars? Please check what the stars mean, and contact us if you think we have given it the wrong number of stars.

What kinds of websites and apps are in our directory?

Websites and apps we review and include on ADIN must:

  1. Be available in English
  2. Appear relevant to and appropriate for ADIN’s target audiences
  3. Contain content on or provide a service directly related to alcohol and other drugs, comorbidity or health promotion OR be from an Australian mental health peak body OR be a directory of Australian health services.

Our directory includes apps and websites on the above topics, including treatment services. Also included are related research, harm minimisation, prevention, prohibition, campaign, education, self-help and news websites and apps from Australia and overseas. Visit the All tags page to discover the full range of topics included in our directory.

Every website and app in our directory has been through a formal quality review process to give you the best search results. Read our Quality Assurance Framework [PDF: 349KB]* to find out more.

*To view this document, Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer. Alternatively, contact us to receive the document by fax or post.

Can you suggest a website or app for ADIN to review?

Yes! Please visit our suggestion page to tell us about a website or app you'd like us to review and potentially include in our directory.

Which websites and apps aren’t in the ADIN directory?

Websites and apps that meet one or more of the following criteria are not approved for inclusion in the ADIN search directory:

  • Unclear purpose or target audience, or purpose or target audience irrelevant to ADIN’s target
  • Contains obscenity, incitement to riot or violence or material causing offence
  • Promotes the use, manufacture or supply of alcohol and other drugs (excluding evidence-based advice that aims to reduce the risk to people who use drugs)
  • Promotes other illegal activity
  • Contains obvious technical problems.

Every website and app in our directory has been through a formal quality review process to give you the best search results. Read our Quality Assurance Framework [PDF: 349KB]* to find out more.

*To view this document, Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer. Alternatively, contact us to receive the document by fax or post.

How many websites and apps are in the ADIN directory?

The information on ADIN is regularly reviewed and updated by health professionals in the field. There are approximately 1650 websites and apps in our directory.

Can you advertise on our website?

No, we do not accept advertising.