Earlier this week Croakey published an open letter from Victorian surgeon Jill Tomlinson to the Medical Board of Australia expressing concern about a “lack of understanding of social media communication” shown in its proposed guidelines for advertising regulated health services that will take effect next month. Of particular concern, she said, was that medical practitioners [...]READ MORE
For those who weren’t able to follow the conversation at @WePublicHealth last week, summarised below are some of the useful ideas and resources shared by Ross Green and Eliza Metcalfe, who work in Knowledge Translation at the Centre for Community Child Health in Melbourne and tweet as @_HealthyComms. They made the case that health communications [...]READ MORE
Public health activism has saved millions of lives globally and fundamentally changed the type of world we live in. While we continue to take on the many remaining public health challenges - obesity, increasing income inequality, climate change among others – it is important to take time to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of those who paved the [...]READ MORE
In these times of “data-utopia”, what questions should we be asking about the rise of self-tracking?
With growing public and professional interest in “self-tracking”, it is important to consider the limitations as well as the possibilities, says digital sociologist Professor Deborah Lupton. “The realities of quantifying the self do not always meet expectations,” she writes below. Nonetheless, it seems a safe prediction that 2014 will bring yet more news about the [...]READ MORE
“It is like the chicken talking to the duck”: health literacy conference participants call for a user-friendly health system
This is the final report from an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. It covers: Gaps in services for cancer patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. A consumer health advocate’s call for more responsive health services. Feedback from conference participants, including advice for health professionals to “stop telling and start [...]READ MORE
As previously reported at Croakey, Professor Michael Wolf, Director of the Health Literacy and Learning Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, was a keynote speaker at an International Health Literacy Network conference held recently at the University of Sydney. Marge Overs, who is filing a series of articles from the conference, reports below that Professor Wolf identified some [...]READ MORE
Out-of-pocket costs for health care are becoming an issue that the Government cannot afford to ignore. Peter Brooks AM MD, Professor, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, adds his voice to the growing chorus of experts, peak bodies and commentators who are pushing for action in this area. He writes: Early this [...]READ MORE
Australia’s peak alcohol and drug agency, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), learned early this week that it was being defunded, forcing it into voluntary administration. In a statement, ADCA said the decision by Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash “ignores previous undertakings and commitment” about ongoing funding to 2015. In the article [...]READ MORE
The decision by Bicycle Network to enter into a partnership with Coca-Cola has attracted strong criticism from public health experts. “How can Bicycle Network promote healthy lifestyle messages to the community while riding tandem with Coca-Cola at the same time?” asked one of its members, Ross Green, in this Croakey post. “Surely this undermines a [...]READ MORE
When six out of ten Australians struggle to make sense of health information, how should researchers, policy-makers and services respond?
What are the critical questions for improving health literacy? Researchers, consumers, health practitioners and policy makers will be discussing the latest developments in health literacy at this conference, to be hosted by the multidisciplinary International Health Literacy Network at the University of Sydney on November 26. Health journalist Marge Overs will report on the event [...]READ MORE