As you may have seen, Croakey has launched @WePublicHealth, a rotated curated Twitter account, as a little experiment in citizen journalism meets public health.

Hopefully it will be of interest to Croakey readers, contributors, public health professionals, journalists and community members – really anyone, anywhere with an interest in using Twitter to explore public health issues, whether local or global, is invited to contribute.

In the chair at @WePublicHealth this week is Fiona Armstrong, Convenor of the Climate and Health Alliance. Amidst a very busy schedule, she will be tweet-spotlighting one of the many under-discussed policy concerns of this election campaign.

Tomorrow (Monday) at 3pm, Fiona will be available for an online Twitter interview about all matters health and climate. Please join us.

Meanwhile, Fiona and the @WePublicHealth account (which was then in the hands of Alison Verhoeven, CEO of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association), were active tweeters from a “Greening the health sector policy think tank” in Melbourne on Friday.

The meeting was convened by AHHA, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, the Climate and Health Alliance and the Deeble Institute.

I’ve harvested some of their tweets to give an overview of the discussions – including some that occurred outside the event, on Twitter. If you’d like to know more about any of the issues raised below, you will have a chance to ask Fiona tomorrow.


Chris Hill, Director Environmental Sustainability, Mater Health Services Qld, spoke on “Behaviour change initiatives”.


Madeline Dorman, Sustainability Manager at Austin Hospital spoke on: “Case study: Developing an Environmental Management Strategy”


Blair Sadler, University of California San Diego School of Medicine and School of Management, spoke on: The Healthier Hospital Initiative: An Update and Lessons Learned


Sophi MacMillan,Chief Executive,Vinyl Council of Australia, spoke on: Case study: PVC recycling


Matt Power, Manager – Energy and Environment, St Vincent’s Health spoke on: Case study – Lighting the way in healthcare energy reduction


Maggie Jamieson, University of Canberra, spoke on: A research agenda for sustainable healthcare


Greens Senator Richard Di Natale spoke on: Sustainable healthcare through a political lens: challenges and opportunities


 • Want to know more? Join us at 3pm tomorrow on Twitter – follow @WePublicHealth and @Croakeyblog

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