As outlined in further detail here, Croakey is funded via a consortium organised by the Public Health Association of Australia.

These organisations have each pledged $2,000 towards the consortium from the end of February, 2015. Sufficient funds have been raised to continue Croakey until the end of November, 2015.

Organisations and individuals with a concern for public health and the public interest are invited to consider joining the consortium for the year from 1 March, 2015.

• The Public Health Association of Australia
The PHAA is the principal non-government organisation for public health in Australia and works to promote the health and well-being of all Australians.  The Association seeks better population health outcomes based on prevention, the social determinants of health and equity principles.

• The Australian Health Promotion Association
The AHPA is Australia’s peak health promotion body, and the only professional association in Australia specifically for people interested or involved in the practice, research and study of health promotion.

• The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
The AHHA is the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia. The AHHA facilitates collaboration between clinicians, academics, policy makers, administrators and politicians.

Cochrane Australia
Cochrane is an independent, not-for-profit organisation made up of contributors from over 130 countries. We work together to produce credible health information to support evidence-informed decisions. Cochrane Australia is an active part of this collaborative network, with over 3,000 local researchers, clinicians and patient advocates who synthesise and analyse the latest health research in the form of systematic reviews. We now have over 6,000 Cochrane reviews covering all kinds of interventions for preventing and treating a wide range of health and medical conditions, with a focus on key public health issues.  All our reviews are published online in the Cochrane Library and are free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Our work is recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. The National Health and Medical Research Council funds a national subscription to the Cochrane Library, giving all Australians free access to accurate, up-to-date and trusted health evidence.

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the peak body representing those who advocate for good quality palliative care for all Australians. PCA is committed to raising community awareness and understanding of palliative care to ensure all Australians access the care they need when they are at their most vulnerable.

• Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
PHAIWA promotes, develops and supports public health advocacy in Western Australia. It is an independent public health voice based within Curtin University, with a range of funding partners. The institute aims to raise the public profile and understanding of public health, develop local networks and create a statewide umbrella organisation capable of influencing public health policy and political agendas. The McCusker Centre aims to reduce the levels of drinking, harmful drinking and alcohol problems among young people.

• The Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand 
The purpose of the Association is to facilitate communication across researchers, and between researchers and policymakers, to promote education and training in health services research, and to ensure sustainable capacity in health services research in Australia and New Zealand.

• RaggAhmed
RaggAhmed is a health and communications consultancy that offers writing, editing and publishing services to governments, universities and non-government organisations in health and social services. They provide consultancy services, including strategic planning, communications advice, health advice and research. They also deliver professional development programs in writing and editing skills.

• VicHealth
The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) is a pioneer in health promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. Its primary focus is promoting good health and preventing chronic disease.

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The funders for the previous year, ending in February, 2015 were:

• The Public Health Association of Australia
The PHAA is the principal non-government organisation for public health in Australia and works to promote the health and well-being of all Australians.  The Association seeks better population health outcomes based on prevention, the social determinants of health and equity principles.

The Australian Health Promotion Association
The AHPA is Australia’s peak health promotion body, and the only professional association in Australia specifically for people interested or involved in the practice, research and study of health promotion.

• The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
The AHHA is the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia. The AHHA facilitates collaboration between clinicians, academics, policy makers, administrators and politicians.

The National Rural Health Alliance
The NRHA is Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health. Its vision is good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia and it has a commitment to equal health by the year 2020.

Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of NSW
The CPHCE is a university research centre that conducts research, evaluation and development that strengthen primary health care and address health inequities, with the aim of contributing to better, fairer health in the community.  The Centre addresses current issues in policy and practice, and works with health and related services to implement its findings.

• The Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation
CHERE is located in the Business School of the University of Technology, Sydney, and is recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in health economics. It achieves research excellence through knowledge creation and dissemination; uses research outcomes to contribute to the development of health policy and practice; provides informed commentary to the community debate on health policy; and provides health sector relevant education to facilitate the application of economic analysis to health policy and practice.

The Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand 
The purpose of the Association is to facilitate communication across researchers, and between researchers and policymakers, to promote education and training in health services research, and to ensure sustainable capacity in health services research in Australia and New Zealand. 

• RaggAhmed
RaggAhmed is a health and communications consultancy that offers writing, editing and publishing services to governments, universities and non-government organisations in health and social services. They provide consultancy services, including strategic planning, communications advice, health advice and research. They also deliver professional development programs in writing and editing skills.

• VicHealth
The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) is a pioneer in health promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. Its primary focus is promoting good health and preventing chronic disease.

Consumers Health Forum of Australia
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. CHF works to achieve safe, quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by accessible health information and systems.

• MEDAXS
MEDAXS is an independent online engagement platform for Healthcare. MEDAXS aggregates web and social media content to develop targeted news, data, analytics and planning/marketing information for healthcare providers.

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In addition to the above groups, the Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science (CEIPS) contributes $500 to the consortium.  CEIPS has been established to strengthen the preventive health effort in Victoria. An initiative of the Victorian Health Department, CEIPS works to improve the quality of prevention policy and practice, and its research agenda aims to advance the science of systems thinking and its application to population health improvement. 

Arrangements

The Public Health Association of Australia acts as the funds pooling and management body, and Melissa Sweet invoices the PHAA each month on behalf of the team of moderators ($2,000 inc GST).

As part of a commitment to editorial independence, all members of the consortium have signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating they shall have no say over Croakey’s editorial direction or content. Croakey is grateful that the members of the funding consortium have treated this agreement with great respect. 

In mid-2013, the Sax Institute launched a probono contribution, The Health Wrap, which is compiled every fortnight by experienced health and medical journalists Kellie Bisset and Frances Gilham (and previously, Melissa Davey).

Further details about conflicts of interest are available here.

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Previously

In addition to the organisations mentioned above, others that have contributed to the consortium in previous years include:

  • The Epidemiology Unit of the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory;
  • The Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney;
  • The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance;
  • The Australian Medicare Local Alliance;
  • The Australasian College of Health Service Management.