Study Tips & Tricks

FAQs for QUT APA: health resources

If your discipline uses QUT APA to reference your assignments (e.g. nursing), some health resources can be tricky to get just right.  We’ve compiled the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

I’m referencing well known organisations like the World Health Organization or the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Do I have to spell the full name out each time?

For APA referencing, you can use the abbreviation if the first time you spell out the title and place the initial in the square brackets. So if the first reference was:

(World Health Organization [WHO], 2011)

All following references could be: (WHO, 2011).

If it is a less well-known organisation or if there is any scope for confusion (e.g. in the unlikely scenario you’re discussing both the British Broadcasting Corporation and Brisbane Boys College) you can use the full name each time.

How do I reference a specialist health resource like a Systematic Review, Evidence Summary, DynaMed entry et cetera?

QUT Cite|Write has full examples for specialist health resources from  MIMS Online, JBI Connect +, DynaMed, Nursing Consult & Cochrane. They are located in APA Examples > Journals. Select, DynaMed, MIMS, Systematic Reviews or Evidence-based resources to find an example for your resource.

Screenshot of QUT Cite|Write

I’m actually citing something that’s not a journal article, because it’s a factsheet/guideline/brochure/form/poster about a particular health issue. How do I do that?

 This is relatively easy with QUT APA. Provide the four key elements of the reference (author, date, title, location details). Plus, if it’s not clear from the title of the work whether it is factsheet/guideline/brochure/form/poster, insert this information in square brackets after the title. E.g.:

Queensland Health. (n.d.). Common breastfeeding concerns: When do I stop breastfeeding? [Factsheet]. Retrieved from

 Of course, QUT Cite|Write is only a guide, so check with your lecturer/tutor if there are any special requirements (E.g. Psychology students follow A guide to formatting in psychology).

You can also refer to the APA 6th Manual, ask a librarian (online or on campus) for help with QUT APA.

Or submit your own Frequently Asked Referencing Question to Add Lib – just leave a comment below and we’ll post an answer.

Write A Comment