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Taking care of each other online

One of the benefits of the Internet is its use as a tool to create communities among people who previously would have been isolated from each other.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in the growth of online forums for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.  These are playing an increasingly important role in providing information, support and assistance [...]

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Closing the gap in Indigenous health: how will we know?

Two important reports on Indigenous health were released today amid continuing fears about the future of independent reporting and accountability on health and welfare in Australia in the wake of the axing and merger of key Federal Government agencies. At its national conference today, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisaton (NACCHO) expressed “grave concerns” [...]

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#IHMayDay: 1 day of Twitter action, 15+ hours on Indigenous health issues, 26m impressions, trending No 1 nationally

It was surely what Twitter was made for – a national day of Twitter action that had discussions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues trending nationally – scoring nearly 26 million impressions (see The Influencers pic below) and more than once rating as the number one Australian Twitter topic (below). Indigenous and non-Indigenous [...]

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How the media shapes Indigenous policy & other insights on policy/comms from #NCO14

A presentation yesterday on the relationship between media coverage and Indigenous policy-making was timely in the lead-up to this week’s #IHMayDay Twitter day of action for Indigenous health. It will no doubt also serve as a pointer to the forthcoming Federal Budget on what sorts of cuts it may deliver to Indigenous funding (given Warren [...]

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Fat free and 100% natural: seven food labelling tricks exposed

Sandra Jones writes: If you’re confused by food labels, you’re not alone. But don’t hold your breath for an at-a-glance food labelling system that tells you how much salt, fat and sugar each product contains. Australia’s proposed “health star rating” labelling scheme was put on hold in February, following pressure from the food industry. And [...]

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7 lessons from a health journalist on ‘outing his black dog’ of depression

Journalist Sean Parnell -  health and freedom of information editor at The Australian – recently wrote a very personal piece about having depression. In it, he describes its onset and impact and how, with the support of family and health professionals, he has sought to “tighten the leash on this black dog”.  He notes: One [...]

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Medical Board responds to concerns about new social media policy

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 [...]

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‘No comment’: now the Medical Board tests social media landscape with advertising guidelines

The release in 2012 of a preliminary consultation paper on a social media policy for health professionals by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) prompted a fast and fierce social media storm. As Croakey reported at the time, the document – which was later revised – took a fairly dim view of social media, [...]

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Here is a treasure trove of ideas and resources on health communications

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 [...]

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Medicare Locals under review: what Croakey contributors (and others) want to see, and what they fear

The future of Australia’s fledgling Medicare Locals – set up to integrate the fragmented primary health care sector – is officially under review. Many of those with a stake in that future rushed to lodge submissions by the December 23 deadline, following the long-awaited mid-December announcement on the review by Health Minister Peter Dutton which [...]

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