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A note to media outlets & journalists about your impact upon Indigenous health

Media organisations and journalists need to reconsider how they report on alcohol and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, says Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman and public health researcher. *** Is the media making us sick? Summer May Finlay writes: Risky drinking occurs at a similar rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [...]

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Contributors sought for “Indigihealth International” – a new blogazine sharing knowledge and experience in Indigenous health

Ray Gates, an Aboriginal physiotherapist based at the Gold Coast, who was the inaugural president of the National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Physiotherapists Inc., is launching a “blogazine” to cover Indigenous health issues with a global perspective. Thanks to Ray (who tweets as @raymondgates) for taking time to answer “Ten Questions with [...]

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Herald Sun newspaper castigated over alarmist reporting of public health programs

Back off. Your reporting is a menace to public health. That is the general thrust of the message to the Herald Sun newspaper from UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis, following alarmist coverage of Victorian Government plans to introduce needle and syringe vending machines in Melbourne. In the article below, Alvis calls on the Herald Sun to [...]

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So what do medicine and journalism have in common? Some reflections in response to Katharine Viner’s lecture

If you haven’t already had the chance to read this lecture on the changing nature of journalism, delivered last month by Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia, it is well worth taking the time to do so. Viner’s description of journalism as a behaviour and “as something you do, not something [...]

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Focus on mental health and climate change, and you might be more popular: advice to politicians and the media

The media’s performance in the federal election campaign was under scrutiny in this session, WTF – Why the Farce? Election Reporting, at the New News conference in Melbourne on Saturday. Mental health, housing affordability and climate change were identified as some of the issues that are important to the community that have not been getting [...]

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From the perfect job to an endangered species: the demise of science journalism and why it matters

Last year, I lamented the departure from the Australian media industry of many journalists with a wealth of experience in reporting on health, medicine and science. One of the journalists then mentioned, science writer and broadcaster Leigh Dayton, writes below that science journalism is in decline globally. Perhaps this is one of the reasons we [...]

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Announcing a new Croakey service, reporting on the National Rural Health Conference

This post is announcing a new development at Croakey: the launch of a service to provide news reports from public health and health policy conferences. I am delighted that the National Rural Health Alliance has agreed to trial the service at the 12th National Rural Health Conference, to be held in Adelaide from 7-10 April. [...]

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A note to readers about new faces and other developments at Croakey (plus a call for helpers)

When the Crikey Health and Medical Panel was established in 2007 (as outlined in this article in the Medical Journal of Australia), its aims included: developing a mechanism for encouraging greater breadth and depth of public debate about health issues; encouraging and facilitating public health advocates to engage in public debate; and influencing media reporting [...]

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#Sandy puts climate change on the agenda

As the effects of Hurricane Sandy began to hit her city, public health author and analyst Laurie Garrett gathered her thoughts about the science and the politics of climate change. Working in her apartment atop the tallest residential building on the Brooklyn waterfront, she titled her article: “Frankenstorm: due to climate change?” Garrett, who may [...]

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Another health journalist leaves the industry…

As noted in a recent post, many journalists with longstanding experience and expertise in covering health, medicine and science have left mainstream media outlets. And today, news of another departure – Adam Cresswell, health editor at The Australian, is heading to the National Health Performance Authority as Director of Communications… AKA @adamfcresswell  

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