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About Croakey Health Media

Croakey Health Media was incorporated in 2018 as a not-for-profit public interest journalism organisation. Our membership comes from people involved in the Croakey Health Media social journalism team. We provide a range of social journalism services and related activities that are important for the health and wellbeing of people, families, communities, societies and the environment. A board elected by the members provides governance oversight.

Croakey Health Media was incorporated in order for our social enterprise to become more sustainable, to develop our governance, and to increase our impact and reach. Before incorporating, we had developed as a network of committed individuals and contributors, with an 11-year history of providing innovation and service in health journalism.

Find out more about our social journalism team here.

Please see our Strategic Plan for 2019–2022.

Also – Report to Stakeholders 2018–2019

Directors

Dr Janine Mohamed

Co-Chair

Associate Professor Megan Williams

Co-Chair

James Blackwell

Board member

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

Board member

Peter Lewis

Board member

Dr Melissa Sweet

Board member

Alison Verhoeven

Board member

Publications

Croakey Strategic Plan

Croakey Health Media’s Strategic Plan (2019-2022) sets out a vision for “A vigorous and sustainable public interest journalism sector contributes to the health and wellbeing of people, families, communities, policies, societies and the environment”.

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Report to Stakeholders 2018-2019

Profiling innovation and developments in healthy journalism

This report showcases some highlights of our innovative model of social journalism, from our governance structures and processes, to our community engagement, and how we “do” journalism, using multiple platforms and methods – such as our walking journalism initiative, #CroakeyGO, development of Twitter Festivals, and the Croakey Conference News Service.

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Croakey Stakeholders Report 2017

This report summarises our 2017 activities (including 528 articles published, 18 conferences and events covered), and also shares some of our exciting plans.

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News and press releases

2020 press releases

Croakey Health Media: Award recognises Dr Janine Mohamed’s achievements (12 February, 2020). Download press release here. Access photographs here.

Grant to support Croakey Health Media development (28 April, 2020). Download press release here.

Investigating prisoner health in the pandemic (5 May, 2020). Download press release here.

New report shows demand for healthy public interest journalism (2 June, 2020). Download press release here.

2019 press releases

Croakey Health Media appoints inaugural Board (7 May, 2019). Download press release here.

Join the #AusVotesHealth Twitter festival: 8 May (7 May, 2019). Download press release here.

Croakey Health Media calls for protection of public interest journalism (4 July, 2019). Download press release here.

Join a #CroakeyGO for better mental health – follow #NavigatingHealth (29 July, 2019). Download press release here.

Where is the vision for sustainable public interest journalism? (18 December, 2019). Download press release here.

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Our Vision

Our vision is for a vigorous and sustainable public interest journalism sector that contributes to the health and wellbeing of people, families, communities, policies, societies and the environment. Our purpose is to provide a range of social journalism and professional services to help enable communities, policy-makers and practitioners to improve health and wellbeing, with a determined focus on improving health equity. We take a local, regional, national and global focus. At Croakey, your privacy is critically important to us and we are committed to these principles around data collection:

  • We are thoughtful about the personal information we ask you to provide and the personal information that we collect about you through the operation of our services.
  • We store personal information in a CRM database only for as long as we have a reason to keep it.
  • We aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what information we keep on you, explain what we use it for, with whom we share it, and to understand how to have it permanently deleted.
  • We aim for full transparency on how we gather and use your personal information.

The amount and type of information we collect depends on the context and how we use the information.

Croakey Conference News Services/ Croakey Professional Services: If you are interested in our Services, we ask for basic information such as name, organisation and email.

Newsletter subscriptions: If you are interested in our Services you may subscribe to our weekly newsletter. We ask for basic information such as your full name and email address.

Contributor: If you are a Contributor to @CroakeyNews we ask for information to sign you up as a Croakey contributor and acknowledge your contribution on our website. We also need your contact details if you accept our offer of a complimentary subscription to our weekly news bulletin, which is available to contributors

Donor: If you provide a donation to Croakey through Patreon, the Croakey Funding Consortium or online, we ask for details such as your name, bank details (we don’t store bank details) and email so we can contact you regarding your donation and to acknowledge your contribution (where you have consented to us doing so). Our Privacy Policy is provided in full below. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.

Privacy Policy

Croakey Health Media’s full Privacy Policy can be downloaded here.

History of Croakey

The Croakey project was born out of conversations in early 2007 about mainstream media’s coverage of health issues, involving public health academic Professor Simon Chapman and journalists Melissa Sweet and Mark Ragg. Journalist Ray Moynihan was also part of these discussions at different times.

We talked about ways to create structures and processes that might enable the development of counter-narratives to the mainstream focus on medical “breakthroughs”, hospital beds, and lifestyle choices.

Chapman, who at that time wrote regularly for the Crikey e-news bulletin, picked up the phone to its publisher Eric Beecher and suggested we would set up a panel of experts to provide informed articles about topical health issues.

Melissa Sweet took on the founding and moderation of the Crikey Health and Medical Panel, as outlined in this 2009 article in The Medical Journal of Australia, CHAMP: A novel collaboration between public health and the media (abstract is free; full article is not but if you want a copy, please contact Croakey).

From mid 2007 until the end of October 2009, Crikey paid Melissa Sweet for coordinating the CHAMP. By this time, the Croakey blog had been established. Although it sat on the Crikey website, its editorial operations were run by Melissa Sweet, independently of Crikey.

When Crikey stopped its funding, the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) organised a consortium of organisations to help fund the Croakey project (see here for more details).

Melissa Sweet was the founding moderator of Croakey and ran it by herself until late 2012, when health policy consultant and analyst Jennifer Doggett came on board to help with moderation, as did health consultant Michelle Culhane-Hughes in early 2013. In August 2013, journalist and editor Marie McInerney joined the Croakey collective (former Fairfax journalist Mark Metherell was also briefly involved).

In mid-2013, the Sax Institute launched a probono contribution, The Health Wrap, which is compiled every fortnight by experienced health and medical journalist/editor Kellie Bisset and her colleagues.

Many others have also contributed to various projects with Croakey, including Kelly Briggs, Dr Justin Coleman, Summer May Finlay, Dr Lynore Geia, El Gibbs, Dr Tim Senior and the many who have reported for the Croakey Conference News Service.

The Croakey contributors’ list includes more than 250 people who want to help contribute to a more informed and wide-ranging public debate about health issues.

2015: Re-launch

In June 2015, the Croakey project won a $5,000 grant from the Walkleys Grants for Innovation in Journalism which was used to fund the redevelopment of Croakey as this standalone platform. We acknowledge and thank the Walkleys Foundation and the sponsors of these grants. We also acknowledge and thank the team at Crikey who have previously hosted us.

We hope that having a standalone platform will enable us to provide a better service to our readers, contributors and funders, and that it will enable us to continue developing and hopefully also to become more financially sustainable.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions for how we can continue to develop and improve.

2018: Incorporation

On 24 August 2018, Croakey Health Media Ltd was registered as the holding company for all the Croakey services: croakey.org, Croakey Conference News Services, Croakey Professional Services and all our ad hoc projects. By professionalising Croakey, we look to make it a financially sustainable entity with a momentum greater than any one of us.

• The National Library of Australia archives Croakey for its PANDORA project.

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At the Walkleys we celebrate and support great Australian journalism. Through our Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism we encourage projects that combine quality reporting with an entrepreneurial approach. We’re proud to support projects like Croakey that are an innovative platform driven by independent, ethical journalism for the public benefit.

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Dr Janine Mohamed

Janine is a Narrunga Kaurna woman from Point Pearce in South Australia and is currently CEO of the Lowitja Institute, a national health research organisation with a sole focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She was previously CEO of CATSINaM, the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives and has over 20 years’ experience in nursing, management, health workforce, health policy, and project management in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.

Dr Megan Williams

Megan is Professor and Head of Girra Maa Indigenous Health Discipline, School of Public Health, University of Technology, Sydney. She has over 20 years’ experience combining health service delivery and research, particularly focusing on Aboriginal peoples’ leadership to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the criminal justice system and post-prison release. Megan is a Wiradjuri descendent, and also has Anglo-Celtic heritage. She is also a Contributing Editor at Croakey and a member of the #JustJustice project.

James Blackwell

James Blackwell is a Research Fellow (Indigenous Policy) at the Centre for Social Impact UNSW.

A proud Wiradjuri man, James has been involved in the Indigenisation of higher education research and curricula for a number of years, as well as the strong embedding of anti-racism work within the sector.

He sees this work as a way to more deeply embed Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into spaces previously built around the exclusion of Indigenous voices. He is passionate about creating change and helping make institutions of higher learning more respectful of and less hostile to Indigenous peoples and cultures.

James is an international relations expert by training, specialising in civil-military relations, foreign and defence policy, the US-Australia alliance, and US electoral politics. He has media and publishing experience in field, including for the ABC and The Lowy Institute.

Before joining CSI he worked as a research academic at the University of Queensland’s School of Political Science and International Studies, and most recently as an Indigenous Engagement Advisor within the University of Canberra’s Ngunnawal Centre.

He is a current member of the Uluru Statement Education Project, working to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and on advancing a constitutionally-enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament.

James has a Master of International Relations from the University of Queensland, as well as a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Science from the University of Sydney.

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at the University of Queensland and has over 30 years of experience working in and with the tertiary sector, State and Federal Governments, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based organisations. 

Prior to joining UQ, Bronwyn was Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at Central Queensland University (CQU). She was also the Chairperson of CQU Academic Board and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Chair in Indigenous Engagement. She led CQU’s Reconciliation Action Plan process and the Office of Indigenous Engagement Change Proposal – initiatives which focused on realigning functions and activities to maximise resources provided for Indigenous education and support.

In 2017 Professor Fredericks was appointed as one of two Commissioners with the Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) and was the presiding commissioner leading the Inquiry into Service Provision in Discrete and Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. In 2019, she was a Commissioner with the Inquiry into Imprisonment and Recidivism, and in 2018, a Commissioner with the Inquiry into Manufacturing in Queensland. 

Bronwyn is a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Advisory Committee, the Beyond Blue National Research Advisory Committee, a NATSIHEC representative for Universities Australia, a judge for Queensland’s Australian of the Year Award, and on numerous other Queensland and national annual awards committees, as well as being a member of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) College of Experts.

Bronwyn has been a recipient of research awards and fellowships, including both Endeavour and NHMRC awards and in recognition of her research, Bronwyn received the inaugural 2019 Public Health Award in Indigenous Health.

Peter Lewis

Peter is one of Australia’s leading public campaigners with more than two decades’ experience in media, politics and communications. As a principal of Essential Media, he has been behind some of Australia’s most successful and innovative campaigns including Every Australian Counts for the NDIS and Never Alone of the Luke Batty Foundation.

Dr Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet is a public health journalist and Editor in Chief of Croakey Health Media. She has been covering health matters for more than 30 years. She founded Croakey and @WePublicHealth. Melissa was a founding member and chair of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation (no longer in operation). She is the author or co-author of several books, including Inside MadnessThe Big Fat ConspiracyTen Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor, and Smart Health Choices (free). Before turning to a freelance career in the late 1990s, she covered health and medicine for the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Associated Press. She has an honorary appointment as senior lecturer in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, and completed a PhD at the University of Canberra in 2017. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists (US-based), the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, and the Australasian Medical Writers Association. Read more here. 

COI declaration: Melissa does occasional writing/consultancy projects for Dr Janine Mohamed (since 2017) and the Lowitja Institute (since 2019). Previously, she has provided writing and/or consultancy services to the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) (until 2019), the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (until 2017) , and the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (in 2019).

Her PhD supervisors at the University of Canberra (completed in 2017) were Associate Professor Kerry McCallum, Professor Matthew Ricketson and Dr Kate Holland, as well as Professor Pat Dudgeon at the University of Western Australia, and Dr Lynore Geia from James Cook University. Members of her PhD advisory committee were: Associate Research Professor Alwin Chong from the University of South Australia; Kathleen Musulin from Carnarvon; Richard Weston from the Healing Foundation; and Renee Williams from Cairns.

Alison Verhoeven

Alison Verhoeven was previously Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia. Ms Verhoeven holds an MBA with a specialisation in International Business, a Master of Letters, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts. Her professional affiliations include membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. She has broad experience in health, education, corporate governance and communications, and has worked in both the private and public sectors in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe.

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