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Is fear of social media stopping health services from listening to patients’ stories?

Michael Greco, a founding Director and the Chief Executive of Patient Opinion Australia, is tweeting for @WePublicHealth this week – so Croakey readers will have the chance to question him directly about the service on Twitter. To help kickstart the discussions, he answered a few questions below. It would be interesting to know why more health [...]

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Twitter and health policy research – time to get together?

By Lesley Russell, Adjunct Associate Professor, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney A just-released study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania finds that only 14 percent of health policy researchers are using Twitter to communicate their research findings. Approximately 20 percent use blogs and Facebook, but the majority (65 percent) rely on traditional [...]

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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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NACCHO creates a health-promoting Twitter storm: “Isn’t it about time we took health advice from the fast food industry?”

If you follow NACCHO on Twitter (@NACCHOAustralia), you may recently have seen some digital mischief – otherwise known as a health promotion campaign – that went viral: “Isn’t it about time we took health advice from the fast food industry?” Below is one of the images that NACCHO’s national communications and media advisor, Colin Cowell, [...]

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Engaging community members as ambassadors for better health: the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

Rosemary Cadden reports from the CRANAplus conference in Darwin: Engaging community members as ambassadors for social marketing campaigns is an important strategy for the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. Mary-Anne Williams, who has a nursing background and has worked for about five years at the AHCSA, spoke about the role of community members in [...]

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Illustrating the potential harms and benefits of social media

Some disturbing examples of inappropriate use of social media by nurses were shown in a presentation at the CRANAplus conference in Darwin yesterday. NSW nurse Laurie Bickhoff, a member of the Emerging Nurse Leader program, suggested there is serious cause for concern about the way some nurses are using social media. Ms Bickhoff, who has [...]

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Stickin’ It Up The Smokes – has there been a catchier campaign name?

(This post was updated on 23 Aug with quit-smoking news from the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council). The NACCHO Summit has been hearing about different tobacco control projects that are underway across the country. While their goals differ, they all are harnessing new technologies and online communications channels, reports journalist John Thompson-Mills. *** Tobacco control [...]

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So you want to make an app? Some helpful hints

So you want to make an app? What your organisation needs to know. This was the topic of a workshop run at the Australian Health Promotion Association conference in Sydney earlier this week that was bound to draw interest, given that we seem to be living in the age of the app. Below is a [...]

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Wrapping some tweet-reports from the Australian Health Promotion Association conference

Herewith a selection of tweets from the Australian Health Promotion Association conference in Sydney today. (You can find a more comprehensive wrap-up at this Storify from the conference organisers, @ahpa_au.) It seems the app workshop was very popular (and we hope to report more on this later) – a reminder of the need to broaden the [...]

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Occupy Healthcare – Social media do have the potential to revolutionize medicine

In many areas of service provision the voice of the consumer is the strongest driver for change and innovation. That voice has been suprisingly subdued with regards to Australia’s public health system, however, as Professor Enrico Coiera from UNSW’s Australian Institute of Health Innovation reports, that that could all be about to change……. Professor Coiera writes: [...]

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