Some news about Croakey…

The Croakey Conference Reporting Service

I’m delighted to announce that the Croakey Conference Reporting Service will be in action at the following events:

The NACCHO Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Summit in Adelaide, August 20-22.
Adelaide-based journalist John Thompson-Mills (on Twitter – @jthompsonmills) will report from the Summit.
For those on Twitter, keep an eye on #NACCHOSummit. 

• An Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation forum, “Fixing Healthcare”, in Brisbane, August 29.
Mardi Chapman (@mardidiane), a health journalist and writer based in Brisbane, will cover the forum.
Check #12Bhealthfix.

• The 12th Australian Palliative Care Conference, in Canberra, 3-6 September.
Jennifer Doggett (@JenniferDoggett) will cover the conference.
Check #PallCareConf.

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Announcing @WePublicHealth

@WePublicHealth is a new rotated Twitter account that is something of an experiment in public health/citizen journalism. Every week, a different person – including community members and public health professionals – will be asked to tweet-report and investigate public health matters.

Their focus might be local – for example, documenting the cost of fresh foods in remote communities via tweet-photos – national or global (for example, reporting from international conferences and events).

If you are interested in a stint on @WePublicHealth, please get in touch with a note about what you’d like to cover. The account is not available to those working for Coca-Cola et al.

@WePublicHealth is inspired by the work of Luke Pearson with @IndigenousX (as previously profiled at Croakey, here and here), and Sarah Stokely who curates @WeMelbourne  and @WeTasmania.

Pele Bennet (@Pele78) has kindly agreed to launch the account this week.

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Come and chat about Croakey at the New News conference

I hope Croakey readers and contributors will join me at this new media entrepreneurs session at the New News conference in Melbourne on Saturday 31 August 2013 at 4.00 pm. It is free and bookings are not required.

Also on the panel are Wendy Harmer (The Hoopla), Rakhal Ebeli (Newsmodo) and CEO of ConnectWeb, Hugh Martin.

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An addition to the Croakey team

I’m delighted to announce that Marie McInerney, an experienced journalist and editor, is joining the team of Croakey moderators. She starts her first week in the Croakey chair tomorrow (Monday, August 19).

Marie has worked in and around journalism for more than 30 years, including as a reporter with news agencies Reuters and Australian Associated Press. She has also worked as a lecturer and tutor in journalism and writing at the University of South Australia and RMIT. She is editor of Insight, a specialist social issues magazine published in Melbourne by the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS), one of Australia’s peak welfare bodies. (On a more personal note, you can read about her experiences as a freelance journalist in East Berlin in the 1990s here.)

The Croakey team is now:
Michelle Culhane-Hughes: @iwommlh
Jennifer Doggett: @JenniferDoggett
Marie McInerney: @mariemcinerney
Melissa Sweet: @Croakeyblog.

We are also grateful for the help of Fron Jackson-Webb and Reema Rattan  from The Conversation, and Kellie Bisset and Melissa Davey who compile The Health Wrap every fortnight as a probono contribution from the Sax Institute.

None of this would be possible without those involved in the Croakey funding consortium (more details here):

  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • VicHealth
  • Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA)
  • Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)
  • RaggAhmed
  • Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA)
  • Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA)
  • UNSW Research Centre for Primary Health Care & Equity
  • National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).

Finally, just a reminder about the Croakey disclaimer:

“We do the best we can with limited resources – often posts are simply aiming to link you into useful sources/resources rather than to provide considered, comprehensive analysis or reporting.

We are grateful when readers take the time to leave comments, particularly if correcting errors or pointing out omissions…”

 

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