Topic archives: social media

# How the world of health and medical conferences is changing #

# How the world of health and medical conferences is changing #

May 17, 2015 1

For those with an interest in social media and healthcare, if you missed the #MedicineSocial conference this past weekend, you can follow the convenor, psychiatrist Dr Helen Schultz, as she tweets about it this week at @WePublicHealth. Among the subjects she will cover are cyberstalking and how to deal with trolls. More details of the […]

What are you sharing when it comes to health? The latest news on social media

What are you sharing when it comes to health? The latest news on social media

May 4, 2015

The latest Pew Report of US media trends shows the dynamic state of the news media industry, with the rise and fall of different sectors and publications. While newspapers continue to dive, mobile news consumption maintains its inexorable rise, and podcasts also are gaining popularity. The increasing complexity and diversity in the news media space […]

We need more than gimmicks to face up to alcohol and other drugs

November 12, 2014

Just because ‘there’s an app for that’, doesn’t mean anyone is going to use it.  Responding to the promotion of another simplistic app that purports to challenge young people about the impacts of their drinking, UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis considers what works in supporting people to change their behaviour and some of the challenges […]

Is fear of social media stopping health services from listening to patients’ stories?

Is fear of social media stopping health services from listening to patients’ stories?

August 24, 2014 1

Michael Greco, a founding Director and the Chief Executive of Patient Opinion Australia, is tweeting for @WePublicHealth this week – so Croakey readers will have the chance to question him directly about the service on Twitter. To help kickstart the discussions, he answered a few questions below. It would be interesting to know why more health […]

Twitter and health policy research – time to get together?

Twitter and health policy research – time to get together?

June 11, 2014

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 […]

A chance to “get social” with AHPRA

A chance to “get social” with AHPRA

March 27, 2014

One small tweet – but one huge step. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is finally showing signs of “getting social”. Not only has it listened to the Twitter-storm  of concern about guidelines affecting social media commentary about regulated health professionals, it is engaging in the Twitterverse via @AHPRA. Tune in at 12 noon on […]

NACCHO creates a health-promoting Twitter storm: “Isn’t it about time we took health advice from the fast food industry?”

NACCHO creates a health-promoting Twitter storm: “Isn’t it about time we took health advice from the fast food industry?”

March 2, 2014

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, […]

Engaging community members as ambassadors for better health: the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

Engaging community members as ambassadors for better health: the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

September 27, 2013

Rosemary Cadden reports from the CRANAplus conference in Darwin: Engaging community members as ambassadors for social marketing campaigns is an important strategy for the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. Mary-Anne Williams, who has a nursing background and has worked for about five years at the AHCSA, spoke about the role of community members in […]

Illustrating the potential harms and benefits of social media

Illustrating the potential harms and benefits of social media

September 27, 2013 1

Some disturbing examples of inappropriate use of social media by nurses were shown in a presentation at the CRANAplus conference in Darwin yesterday. NSW nurse Laurie Bickhoff, a member of the Emerging Nurse Leader program, suggested there is serious cause for concern about the way some nurses are using social media. Ms Bickhoff, who has […]

Stickin’ It Up The Smokes – has there been a catchier campaign name?

Stickin’ It Up The Smokes – has there been a catchier campaign name?

August 22, 2013

(This post was updated on 23 Aug with quit-smoking news from the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council). The NACCHO Summit has been hearing about different tobacco control projects that are underway across the country. While their goals differ, they all are harnessing new technologies and online communications channels, reports journalist John Thompson-Mills. *** Tobacco control […]

So you want to make an app? Some helpful hints

So you want to make an app? Some helpful hints

June 19, 2013 2

So you want to make an app? What your organisation needs to know. This was the topic of a workshop run at the Australian Health Promotion Association conference in Sydney earlier this week that was bound to draw interest, given that we seem to be living in the age of the app. Below is a […]

Wrapping some tweet-reports from the Australian Health Promotion Association conference

Wrapping some tweet-reports from the Australian Health Promotion Association conference

June 17, 2013

Herewith a selection of tweets from the Australian Health Promotion Association conference in Sydney today. (You can find a more comprehensive wrap-up at this Storify from the conference organisers, @ahpa_au.) It seems the app workshop was very popular (and we hope to report more on this later) – a reminder of the need to broaden the […]

Occupy Healthcare – Social media do have the potential to revolutionize medicine

May 30, 2013 1

In many areas of service provision the voice of the consumer is the strongest driver for change and innovation. That voice has been suprisingly subdued with regards to Australia’s public health system, however, as Professor Enrico Coiera from UNSW’s Australian Institute of Health Innovation reports, that that could all be about to change……. Professor Coiera writes: […]

Involving young people in shaping research, practice and policy in youth mental health

Involving young people in shaping research, practice and policy in youth mental health

May 28, 2013

Many thanks to Associate Professor Jane Burns, CEO, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre for the following reminder as to why it is essential to engage young people in planning services for youth mental health. Associate Professor Burns writes: I am one of those people from a generation to know a world without computers, to make […]

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

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

May 26, 2013

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 […]

Online connections are critical for rural and remote health and healthcare #NBN

Online connections are critical for rural and remote health and healthcare #NBN

April 10, 2013

One of the clear themes from the National Rural Health Conference has been the importance of social connections and online support for health and wellbeing. On a related note, there have been many discussions about how social media is powering advocacy for rural and remote health, and the importance of online connections for health service […]

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

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

April 5, 2013

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 […]

From the public health files marked, Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

January 24, 2013

The PR and marketing strategies of the junk food and drink industries bring a whole new level of meaning to the adage that truth is stranger than fiction. If you were writing a farce, it would be hard to top these: • McDonald’s, that well known friend of children’s health and wellbeing, plans to give […]

The Dumb Ways to Die campaign: will it make a difference (to train safety)?

November 30, 2012 3

Just in case you are one of the few people on the planet yet to catch the jingle of the Dumb Ways to Die campaign, it’s a public safety initiative recently launched by Metro Trains in Melbourne, that it is being hailed as an “internet sensation”. According to Wikipedia, the campaign video was uploaded on 14 […]

Reporting on a recent summit on blogging, social media and diabetes

Reporting on a recent summit on blogging, social media and diabetes

November 30, 2012

Blogging and other social media channels are developing networks and knowledge amongst people living with diabetes. Angela Mallon, from Diabetes Australia – Vic, reports on a diabetes social media summit, recently held in Melbourne. She gives an example of important policy decisions being made without consumer input, and says social media is providing new opportunities for […]