[ASC-list] MSPH Seminar 27-May-09: The Australian Health News Research Collaboration - Why news is important in public health?

imthinking (Ian Muchamore) ian at imthinking.com.au
Wed May 20 05:02:43 UTC 2009

This seminar at Melbourne University may well be of interest to ASC
members and associates.

Melbourne School of Public Health Seminar 27-May-09

The Australian Health News Research Collaboration - Why news is
important in public health?

12.30pm - 1.30pm, Wed 27th May 2009 (via videoconference)
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Professor Simon Chapman, Professor Public Health, Director of Research
and Associate Dean Communications, The University of Sydney

Mae West once said “It is better to looked over, than overlooked.”
Studies have repeatedly shown that news coverage of health issues
influences personal behaviour, public agendas and political
imperatives. Yet research on how the news media cover health is a
relatively nascent field of public health research. In recognition of
this, the NHMRC has awarded a 5 year Capacity Building Grant to
scholars at the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra to
develop the Australian Health News Research Collaboration (AHNRC).

In this talk, Prof Chapman will summarise the case for researching
health and the news media. Drawing on a database of over 17,000 TV
clips, he will present an overview of what health issues have been
covered on Sydney TV since 2005; provide details of the parameters and
structure of health news; and which categories of news actor (ie those
interviewed in news) dominate. This information is essential
foundational information for anyone wanting to become a more potent
participant in public debate about health issues.

Further Details and Flyer


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IM Thinking
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