Health and medical communication

This research theme focuses on aspects of the communication of sciences that are interwoven with health and medical phenomena.

Projects investigate such topics as:

Differences between lay and science-based health & medical knowledge, e.g.:
  • Why do some medical beliefs remain entrenched despite not being supported by science?

  • Why do people believe some science-based health facts but not others?

  • Are differences between experts and lay people due to differences in training and knowledge?

How can we improve health communication, e.g.:
  • Who do people trust as sources of health information?

  • What kinds of health communication practices are preferred in the community?

  • How does cultural background help or hinder health communication enterprises?

Health controversies and the role communication plays, e.g.:
  • Why do some people choose to ignore medical advice, such as vaccinating their children?

  • Who do people listen to when they make decisions about science-based health matters?

  • What influence does the media have on health communication efforts?

Contact theme convenor, Dr Rod Lamberts, for more information or click on the tabs below to find people, projects and events associated with this theme.

Projects

Highlights

Communicating about endometriosis with young women

A challenging disease that requires creative communication
Communicating health information is always challenging, but communicating about a disease that is hard to diagnose and involves social taboos is...

News

21
Jul
2017
Australian governments could learn a lot from early 1800s smallpox vaccination campaign material, say Merryn McKinnon and Lindy Orthia. The CPAS researchers compared Australian...
05
Sep
2016
Dr Elizabeth Tynan who graduated in 2011 from ANU with a PhD in science communication has turned her PhD thesis into a book entitled Atomic Thunder The Maralinga Story. The book...
30
Mar
2016
Rod Lamberts weighs in on the wind turbine safety debate in a new article for The Conversation.
03
Jun
2015
In a new article for The Conversation, Dr Will Grant examines the ethics and importance of anti-hero intellectual trolls like science journalist John Bohannon, who work to expose...
05
Dec
2014
A digital picture may tell a thousand words about Alzheimer's disease, but not everyone hears the same ones, according to research conducted at the Australian National Centre for...
19
Mar
2014
CPAS PhD candidate Jacqui Hoepner and Dr Will Grant  argue that people's mental health should be taken seriously as a health impact of wind farms, in a new piece for The...
01
Nov
2013
Young women want to know more about endometriosis, according to a new paper published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia in October this year. The paper's lead author,...
08
Dec
2012
Rebecca Randall (Becca), a science communication honours student, has been awarded the Tillyard Prize this year. The Tillyard Prize is awarded to a student whose personal...
11
Oct
2012
Penny Wilson objects to doctors' assumptions about their fat patients in a new piece for 'The Conversation'. Image: Stocky Bodies (Isaac Brown)
13
Dec
2011
PhD student Graham Walker has shown that science shows can influence HIV/AIDS-related behaviours — an important finding for science communicators and HIV educators alike. Graham...

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