Diagnosis by device looks to become common practice, but 'mobile health' is not without risks.
Just because 'there's an app for that' doesn't mean you should use it. As with any other information you find online (including AOD information), you should ALWAYS consider its credibility and the authority of its sources.
Cancer patients and doctors have rounded on the state government for rejecting the findings of a report calling on it to decriminalise small amounts of cannabis use for people dying of cancer and AIDS.
Half of Australia's workforce uses the internet to work away from their office for at least a few hours each week and are quite happy to do so, according to new research by the communications regulator.
Probably including everyone reading this article. Managing work/life balance is a major challenge for those using social media as part of their work.
A GATHERING of 200 drunk youths at Narrabeen on the weekend was part of an unfortunate trend and highlighted the need to restrict secondary supply of alcohol, a health worker says.
Highlighting the opportunities for service providers use social media to provide targetted harm reduction information. The obvious difficulty is getting access to the various communities organising events, often within a short time frame.
The risk of a new mother suffering from postnatal depression could be predicted weeks before birth by monitoring her Twitter feed, scientists say.
There are some clear implications here for AOD services. The ethics of monitoring people's SM postings need to be clearly understood, but there are some definite opportunities there for keeping track of people's progress and when they might be in need of additional support or at risk.
For those who weren’t able to follow the conversation at @WePublicHealth last week, summarised below are some of the useful ideas and resources shared by Ross Green and Eliza Metcalfe, who work in Knowledge Translation at the Centre for Community...
You might find some useful ideas here for your HR promotion and advocacy.
UNIVERSITIES rate below the banking and alcohol industries to be near the bottom of the pile when it comes to generating engagement on their Facebook pages.
We'd suggest that this might have something to do with the way uni's (and hospitals, for that matter) manage their comms. Very bureaucratic and risk averse. If every post has to be approved by committee, your social media accounts will wither on the vine.
“Some days this feels like speed dating for activists…” Kathy Landvogt, Manager of Social Policy Research at Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service, is a true convert to Twitter...
It's a few months old, but this piece by GSYFS' Kathy Landvogt certainly has strong similarities with our own experiences with Twitter. You can see our recent APSAD advocacy presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/social-media-aod-advocacy-2013-apsad-conference. We're still working through some technical issues with the video to accompany the final three slides on tips for SM use by AOD services. Hopefully, it will be available soon
With more than 500 Schoolies expected to be hospitalised during end-of-year celebrations on the Gold Coast this week, a Brisbane tech developer has made parents' and health workers lives a little easier.
Not exactly harm reduction, but a useful emergency support for parents.
Alcohol and drug smartphone applications (apps) are flooding the market with 247 million people downloading health-related apps worldwide last year. There are now so many of these apps that the Australian Drug Foundation’s ADIN website has been reviewing them. This week’s Alert looks at how the AOD sector can use this new communications medium in its health promotion activities.