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Is satire a useful tool for climate change communications? (And some F-bombing)

Some days the climate change debate is so awfully absurd that it’s a toss up between whether to laugh or cry. Most days, in fact. On one hand, we hear that leaders of the IMF, World Bank and UN are pushing for a price on carbon, and that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is calling for an [...]

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Declaring a Twitter day of action – and listening – for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

The Twitterverse is an endless source of news and conversations about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. In recognition of the vibrancy of the Indigenous health Twittersphere, Croakey is supporting an idea to declare May 1 as a day of Twitter action for Indigenous health. The idea is the brainchild of Dr Lynore Geia, a [...]

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Health sector urged to engage with social media advocacy around climate change

The previous Croakey post contained some advice, from the BMJ and elsewhere, for how health professionals might respond to the climate emergency. In the article below, Fiona Armstrong, convenor of the Climate and Health Alliance, suggests the health sector should be engaging with social media, and invites you to join a social media Thunderclap on climate [...]

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A chance to “get social” with AHPRA

One small tweet – but one huge step. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is finally showing signs of “getting social”. Not only has it listened to the Twitter-storm  of concern about guidelines affecting social media commentary about regulated health professionals, it is engaging in the Twitterverse via @AHPRA. Tune in at 12 noon on [...]

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What did the Marches in March reveal about community health concerns? And the global picture…

So much of the dialogue around health is top-down, driven by the interests of institutions, professionals, corporates, governments, and others with traditional forms of power. The recent series of Marches in March can be explored from many different angles, but one is the opportunity they brought for the community to speak up on health concerns. [...]

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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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Doctors win in Medical Board “about turn” on online comments and advertising, but concern for other health professions still affected

It seems doctors will not face $5000 fines, after all, if they don’t request the removal of unsolicited online comments about their services, according to a “clarification” by the Medical Board of Australia on controversial new advertising guidelines. The Board last Friday noted there is: “…a clear difference between advertising – which requires an intent [...]

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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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