Health and medical communication

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

Good science communication ensures that citizens can make well informed and educated decisions and are able to think critically when it comes to their health and wellbeing.

The realm of health and medicine is continually expanding and evolving, and understanding how these advancements will affect the lives of individuals and communities is a complex yet crucial task.

Our research investigates:

  • how to improve health and medical communication 
  • differences in knowledge between lay persons and experts when it comes to health and wellbeing
  • what factors are important when making medical decisions
  • why people accept or reject common medical advice
  • who people trust as sources of medical information
  • how cultural perspectives affect health communication

Relevant CPAS courses are:

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Students also undertake research in this theme for undergraduate coursework, postgraduate coursework and higher degrees by research.

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

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Projects

Publications

Grant, W.J. Lamberts, R. (2018). Life in a herd – and why in health watching symptoms is easy, but finding causes is hard. The Conversation

Dunn, M.E., McKinnon, M. (2018). How can university sexual health promotion events reach those most at risk? A cross-sectional study. Sexual Health. https://doi.org/10.1071/SH16228

McKinnon M. & Orthia L.A. (2017). Vaccination communication strategies: What have we learned, and lost, in 200 years? Special issue ‘History of science communication’, Journal of Science Communication, 16(03), A08. 

Rowbotham S., McKinnon M., Leach J., Lamberts R. & Hawe P. (2017). Does citizen science have the capacity to transform population health science? Critical Public Health. Prepublished 9 November 2017, doi:10.1080/09581596.2017.1395393.

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

23
May
2018
CPAS PhD graduate Dr Mattew Dunn and Dr Merryn McKinnon have published a cross-sectional study in Sexual Health on sexual health promotion events for the group with the most...
23
Nov
2017
Citizen science engages millions of people worldwide, asking and answering questions about the world around them. The United States, European Union, and Australia have placed...
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...

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