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Guest Blog: Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch) Report from World Congress on Public Health

Guest Blog: Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch) Report from World Congress on Public Health

Guest Blog: Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch) Report from World Congress on Public Health What were the key themes from the World Congress on Public Health?   Presentations from the World Congress of Public Health collectively highlighted the relevance of underlying social determinants of health which shape health outcomes. With increasing rates of non-communicable diseases globally, increased funding to preventative approaches is critical as well as economically beneficial in reducing the costs associated with the burdens of ill health. Both political and commercial determinants of health were a key focus of numerous keynote presentations, which set the scene for

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Report from World Congress on Public Health 2017

Report from World Congress on Public Health 2017

  “Voices, vision, action” Reflections from the World Congress on Public Health By Kristy Schirmer   “Voices, vision, action” set the energetic tone for the 15th World Congress on Public Health  (#WCPH2017) with “action” the resonating message that we need to remember as public health professionals. Specifically, action of the political kind.   The call to advocacy action Set in a political backdrop of conservative politics and “fake news”,  World Congress on Public Health keynotes Martin McKee, Bettina Borisch and Mike Daube delivered an advocacy call to arms to delegates.   Martin McKee urged us to hold politicians and industry to

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Guest Blogging Guidelines

  We welcome guest bloggers! Check out our guest blogging guidelines if you would like to be featured on the Zockmelon blog. All blog posts are clearly attributed to the author, yourself, as the guest blogger. Blogs posts are unpaid and you own the intellectual property of that post, and are free to re-publish elsewhere including LinkedIn Pulse, professional publications or your own blogging platform. If you are publishing elsewhere after you have first published on www.zockmelon.com.au please cite the source of the original post by using a hyperlink to your guest blog. The audience of the blog is health

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Zockmelon Community Feedback 2016

By Kristy Schirmer Over the past few months we have asked our newsletter subscribers and social media followers to provide us with feedback on how we can continue to serve the public health and health promotion workforce.   Here’s what we learnt: We are delighted to say that you are enjoying our content and offerings, but that we need to provide more. More on new tools like live video, but also professional platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter. Some specific suggestions included: “Information on what the most effective platforms/strategies are for outcomes like engagement, information-sharing/exchange etc.” “Tips for using social media

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Is Fitspiration all bad? Culture and community vs public health messaging

By Shelley Ratcliffe Is Fitspiration all bad? Culture and community vs public health messaging   A little bit about me… Hi everyone, my name is Shelley Ratcliffe and I’m a third year health science student, majoring in health promotion at Flinders University. I am writing this as part of the work placement I’m currently undertaking with Zockmelon. For someone who, up until about 8 weeks ago, was a complete social media novice, this placement has been an eye-opening experience.   Prior to university, I worked in the fitness industry. I was a personal trainer, I taught fitness classes and also

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eHealth Queensland Expo 2016 recap

By Claire Condon   The first Queensland Health eHealth expo (held on 2nd June 2016) brought together a range of people working in the health and technology sectors to “foster collaboration, promote industry engagement and discuss opportunities & challenges in digital health”.   The expo was put together by eHealth Queensland and emceed by futurist Chris Riddell who spoke about the increased velocity of change we are currently experiencing. We are now seeing technologies and innovations that would not have been thought possible only a decade ago, and the speed of change & technological innovations is only going to increase.  

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Anzac Day Social Media – What should our organisation post?

By Kristy Schirmer   Are Anzac Day social media fails ‘Fresh in your Memories’?    If you are reading our humble little blog, there’s a good chance you are not part of an Australian supermarket duopoly. Rather you are most likely a health or community based service, small Government agency or other NGO.   If your organisation is nervous or unsure about what to post on social media on Anzac day there is good reason. Social media posting sans strategy (AKA posting content willy nilly) is a big risk.   Let’s talk about the pros and cons of putting out

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Goodbye SumAll, but I never really needed you anyway

By Kristy Schirmer This morning I received an email from someone I didn’t know called Dane Atkinson. An annoyance of mine is businesses who send emails from employees rather than the business name in an attempt to get people to open their emails. This is a pet peeve of mine (I’m looking at you PostPlanner) but that’s not what today’s rant is about.   Instead, SumAll (ahem, Dane) was letting me know that their free service is is becoming premium only, and at a cost of $99/month, or half price for existing users.   First of all, that is quite

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Social Media Case Study: Children of Parents with a Mental Illness national initiative

Huge thanks to Sarah Horwood, Online Manager, COPMI for sharing her insights with our blog readers. Background The Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative promotes better outcomes for children who have a parent with a mental illness. We produce information for parents with mental illness, young people, their family and friends that complements interactive online training courses and resources for allied health professionals who work with them. The COPMI national initiative has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more recently on LinkedIn. Whilst there are pros and cons to the use of each platform, Facebook is the most effective driver

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Considering health equity and the digital revolution in practice (guest blog)

Guest post by Rachel Katterl Rachel Katterl is the Coordinator of Pozhet: The Heterosexual HIV Service in New South Wales and the Manager of the Women’s Health Service in the Sydney Local Health District. She has worked in public health for ten years in research, consultancy, policy development and frontline service delivery. She has a special interest in communicable disease, health equity and the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Not that long ago, government health services were closed to the idea of ‘going online’.  We’re now increasingly seeing an acceptance of government to use online platforms,

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