Topic archives: media

I Heart My People: some stories from behind the scenes

I Heart My People: some stories from behind the scenes

October 20, 2014

I Heart My People is a three-part documentary series on NITV (Weds 9.30pm), following several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and emergency professionals. Below are some of their stories (as provided by SBS). *** Stanley Ozies – Remote Aboriginal Health Worker, Derby I’m a Senior Aboriginal Health Worker at the Derby Aboriginal Health Service […]

A note to media outlets & journalists about your impact upon Indigenous health

May 11, 2014 1

Media organisations and journalists need to reconsider how they report on alcohol and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, says Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman and public health researcher. *** Is the media making us sick? Summer May Finlay writes: Risky drinking occurs at a similar rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people […]

Contributors sought for “Indigihealth International” – a new blogazine sharing knowledge and experience in Indigenous health

Contributors sought for “Indigihealth International” – a new blogazine sharing knowledge and experience in Indigenous health

March 23, 2014

Ray Gates, an Aboriginal physiotherapist based at the Gold Coast, who was the inaugural president of the National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Physiotherapists Inc., is launching a “blogazine” to cover Indigenous health issues with a global perspective. Thanks to Ray (who tweets as @raymondgates) for taking time to answer “Ten Questions with […]

Herald Sun newspaper castigated over alarmist reporting of public health programs

February 6, 2014 6

Back off. Your reporting is a menace to public health. That is the general thrust of the message to the Herald Sun newspaper from UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis, following alarmist coverage of Victorian Government plans to introduce needle and syringe vending machines in Melbourne. In the article below, Alvis calls on the Herald Sun to […]

So what do medicine and journalism have in common? Some reflections in response to Katharine Viner’s lecture

So what do medicine and journalism have in common? Some reflections in response to Katharine Viner’s lecture

November 8, 2013

If you haven’t already had the chance to read this lecture on the changing nature of journalism, delivered last month by Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia, it is well worth taking the time to do so. Viner’s description of journalism as a behaviour and “as something you do, not something […]

Focus on mental health and climate change, and you might be more popular: advice to politicians and the media

Focus on mental health and climate change, and you might be more popular: advice to politicians and the media

September 1, 2013

The media’s performance in the federal election campaign was under scrutiny in this session, WTF – Why the Farce? Election Reporting, at the New News conference in Melbourne on Saturday. Mental health, housing affordability and climate change were identified as some of the issues that are important to the community that have not been getting […]

From the perfect job to an endangered species: the demise of science journalism and why it matters

From the perfect job to an endangered species: the demise of science journalism and why it matters

February 24, 2013 8

Last year, I lamented the departure from the Australian media industry of many journalists with a wealth of experience in reporting on health, medicine and science. One of the journalists then mentioned, science writer and broadcaster Leigh Dayton, writes below that science journalism is in decline globally. Perhaps this is one of the reasons we […]

Announcing a new Croakey service, reporting on the National Rural Health Conference

Announcing a new Croakey service, reporting on the National Rural Health Conference

January 11, 2013 1

This post is announcing a new development at Croakey: the launch of a service to provide news reports from public health and health policy conferences. I am delighted that the National Rural Health Alliance has agreed to trial the service at the 12th National Rural Health Conference, to be held in Adelaide from 7-10 April. […]

A note to readers about new faces and other developments at Croakey (plus a call for helpers)

A note to readers about new faces and other developments at Croakey (plus a call for helpers)

November 1, 2012 2

When the Crikey Health and Medical Panel was established in 2007 (as outlined in this article in the Medical Journal of Australia), its aims included: developing a mechanism for encouraging greater breadth and depth of public debate about health issues; encouraging and facilitating public health advocates to engage in public debate; and influencing media reporting […]

#Sandy puts climate change on the agenda

#Sandy puts climate change on the agenda

October 30, 2012 1

As the effects of Hurricane Sandy began to hit her city, public health author and analyst Laurie Garrett gathered her thoughts about the science and the politics of climate change. Working in her apartment atop the tallest residential building on the Brooklyn waterfront, she titled her article: “Frankenstorm: due to climate change?” Garrett, who may […]

Another health journalist leaves the industry…

Another health journalist leaves the industry…

October 17, 2012

As noted in a recent post, many journalists with longstanding experience and expertise in covering health, medicine and science have left mainstream media outlets. And today, news of another departure – Adam Cresswell, health editor at The Australian, is heading to the National Health Performance Authority as Director of Communications… AKA @adamfcresswell  

A mega-wrap of public health and policy reading from Croakey contributors

September 3, 2012 1

Croakey readers are welcome to sign up for (rather irregular) summaries of posts. If you’d like to join the mailing list, please send your email or leave it below. Here is the latest compilation, covering articles posted between 11 April and 3 September. As always, thanks are due to the many contributors who generously volunteer […]

An idea for harnessing the expertise of departing journalists – and providing a powerful health service to local communities

An idea for harnessing the expertise of departing journalists – and providing a powerful health service to local communities

August 30, 2012 1

(This post is being updated as more comments land…) This is a fraught time for journalists and the media industry, and it is particularly depressing for those who care about the quality of reporting on health, medicine and science. These journalists are leaving or have left their jobs: • Leigh Dayton, science writer at The […]

A mega-wrap of recent news on climate change and health

August 25, 2012

People with an interest in public health, climate change and new media start ups will participate in a workshop in Melbourne today to brainstorm ideas for a new online publication on climate change and health (as previously reported at Croakey). (If you’d like to participate virtually, please contact me before 11am). It is timely, given […]

Public health is in the firing line in Queensland

August 22, 2012

Croakey has been hearing plenty of rumblings of concern about the impact of Queensland Government cutbacks upon public health services and programs. The Health Media Club (which was recently profiled at Croakey) will seek to bring the potential impact of such cuts to media and public attention with an event featuring Mike Daube, Professor of Health […]

Help create an online publication covering climate change and health

August 7, 2012

Earlier this year, Croakey asked readers to pitch ideas for new online publications covering an area of need in health. The idea was to select one for development during a workshop at the New News conference in Melbourne on August 25. In all, 19 suggestions were put forward, covering a wide range of general and specific […]

Profiling a new media outfit that focuses on ehealth

Profiling a new media outfit that focuses on ehealth

July 19, 2012 1

At a time when there is no shortage of negative headlines about ehealth, one new media venture is taking a positive approach to reporting developments in the area. eHealthSpace.org describes itself as an online community for health professionals who are committed to clinical reform and its enablers, including health technologies and change management practices. Its […]

What’s on the menu for Queensland’s new Health Media Club? Some Ministerial grilling, perhaps

What’s on the menu for Queensland’s new Health Media Club? Some Ministerial grilling, perhaps

July 4, 2012 1

Last Friday, at the very end of the financial year, the Queensland Health Department released a statement (you can download it here in the section marked June 29) announcing 67 projects that were about to lose grants. Another 24 projects would receive another three months of funding “to wind up reliance on grant funding”, while another […]

Over the past 17 years, what has changed for people with mental illness?

Over the past 17 years, what has changed for people with mental illness?

July 3, 2012 1

After 17 years at the helm of SANE Australia, Barbara Hocking OAM is about to retire (her last day on the job is July 13). SANE Australia is a national organisation helping people affected by mental illness (consumers, their family and other carers), through education, applied research and campaigning for improved services and attitudes. In […]

Should this headline about the swine flu pandemic be really alarming or just a bit worrying?

June 27, 2012 1

A modelling study estimating the global mortality associated with the first 12 months of the 2009 swine flu pandemic has been published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases (abstract free, pay for full article). It estimates that globally there were 201,200 respiratory deaths (range 105,700—395,600) with an additional 83,300 cardiovascular deaths (46,000—179,900) associated with the pandemic. Eighty […]