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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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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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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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Don’t miss this – some wonderful yarning about community engagement

The tradition of yarning in sharing Indigenous knowledge is also being used in research and clinical contexts – but the notion of Twitter-based yarning is something new. Siv Parker, an award-winning Aboriginal writer with longstanding experience in the health sector, has been at the forefront of developing tweet-yarns, as was in evidence last week while [...]

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Please join @WePublicHealth in a conversation about preventing violence against women

To help mark a global campaign aiming to eliminate violence against women, Croakey readers are encouraged to join Twitter conversations this week with @WePublicHealth’s latest guest tweeter, Kristine Olaris.  Olaris, the CEO of Women’s Health East in Melbourne, is calling for people to contribute to discussions around 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which [...]

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“Absolutely awesome”: the tweet-reporting from NACCHO Summit

The Twitter stream from the first day of the NACCHO Summit in Adelaide has been, to borrow one tweep’s assessment, “absolutely awesome” (if you’re wondering who said that, see the bottom of this post). From my home office in rural NSW, it’s been terrific to get a sense of the presenters and some of the [...]

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Social media for conference reporting, evidence-based practice, self-care (and more…)

Nursing tweeters (or should that be, tweeting nurses) were out in force when the International Council of Nurses (ICN) held its 25th Quadrennial Congress in Melbourne recently. This analysis by nurse, educator and social media enthusiast Paul McNamara gives some useful insights into why conference organisers generally  should build Twitter into their planning. Over the [...]

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It’s all just a social media and medicine storm in a teacup, says one surgical Tweeter

Online debate about doctors’ use of social media has been running hot in the wake of new guidance from the General Medical Council in the UK. In the article below, Sydney surgeon Dr Henry Woo (@drhwoo) suggests that many of the concerns amount to a “storm in a teacup”. *** “The vast majority of doctors [...]

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As energy policy threatens our health, who cares about the children? (And some healthy reading on climate change)

Australia’s reliance on carbon intensive energy systems and failure to develop renewable energy sources is a critical health concern, according to a briefing paper prepared for a Health and Energy Policy roundtable meeting in Canberra tomorrow. The paper (which can be downloaded from the Climate and Health Alliance website) argues that energy policy has failed [...]

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Some thoughts on how the public health sector can learn from @IndigenousX and its pitch to the #ShortyAwards

The IndigenousX Twitter account, as profiled at Croakey last year, has a different Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person tweeting each week. The number of people following @IndigenousX has been increasing quickly (almost 10,000 at present), thanks to the efforts of the account’s indefatigable founder, Luke Pearson (in his other life an education consultant with [...]

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