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:
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.
Photo from The Riot Act.
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.