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The Croakey team

Information about Croakey Health Media’s Board of Directors can be found here.

Social journalism team

Croakey’s Social Journalism team is steered by public health journalist Dr Melissa Sweet, in collaboration with many others. The team includes the editors, as well as contributing editors, columnists and people who collaborate on various projects.

Members of the team wear multiple hats, and the editors declare their conflicts of interest here.

Roles

  • Editor-in-Chief – Overall editorial responsibility; reporting to directors and members; steering social journalism activities and development; outreach and sustainability; organisational development. A CHM director.
  • Managing Editor – Steering social journalism activities and organisational development; outreach and sustainability. Secretary of CHM membership.
  • Editors – Commissioning, editing, writing and publishing articles. Contributing to social journalism activities and development.
  • Creative director/web developer – Website design and development; graphic design; contributing to social journalism activities and development.
  • Chief Operating Officer – Supporting financial sustainability and development; business planning; working with funders; and providing outreach and relationship management.
  • Contributing editors – Providing advice; contributing to social journalism activities and development; outreach and engagement.

Editorial

Dr Melissa Sweet

Editor-in-Chief

Marie McInerney

Managing Editor
Dr Ruth Armstrong

Dr Ruth Armstrong

Editor

Cate Carrigan

Editor

Dr Amy Coopes

Editor

Jennifer Doggett

Editor

Linda Doherty

Editor

Peter McInnes

Editor

Dr Mark Ragg

Editor

Meera Senthilingham

Editor

Graphic design & web development

Business development​

Mitchell Ward

Mitchell Ward

Creative Director & Web Developer

Laurell Grubb

Chief Operating Officer

Contributing editors

Alison Barrett

Contributing Editor

Dr Summer May Finlay

Contributing Editor

Dr Lesley Russell

Contributing Editor

Dr Tess Ryan

Contributing Editor
Tim Senior

Dr Tim Senior

Contributing Editor

Dr Megan Williams

Contributing Editor

Other contributors

  • Kelly Briggs
  • Dr Justin Coleman
  • Dr Lynore Geia
  • Fronscesca Jackson-Webb
  • El Gibbs
  • Dr Melissa Stoneham

Croakey Conference News Service

Journalists and others who have contributed to this service include:

  • Annie Blatchford
  • Rosemary Cadden
  • Mardi Chapman
  • Dr Amy Coopes
  • Jennifer Doggett
  • Dr Summer May Finlay
  • Matthew Giles
  • Marie McInerney
  • Marge Overs
  • Dr Melissa Sweet
  • John Thompson-Mills
  • Mitchell Ward
  • Karen Wyld

We also thank and acknowledge others who have contributed to Croakey in the past, including: Michelle Hughes, and The Health Wrap contributors Kellie Bisset, Ellice Mol, Megan Howe, Helen Signy, Barry Dunning, Frances Gilham.

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Members of the consortium are provided ten complimentary yearly subscriptions to the weekly Croakey News bulletin (total value $600), and a further discount offered on bulk subscriptions.  Members are acknowledged on the Croakey website with organisation logo on the front page and name and link to your website here.

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What people say about Croakey

Croakey Health Media was the official media partner for VicHealth’s Life and Health Reimagined series (2020). Croakey’s indepth coverage of the five-week series amplified the conversation about how we can make life after coronavirus better and healthier for everyone.
Croakey’s coverage included compelling articles about each week’s topic and wrap-ups of the live-streamed events, live tweeting, a Twitter takeover of the @WePublicHealth account and a podcast summarising the series.
Having Croakey as our media partner enabled us to reach a more diverse public health audience and introduced new voices and experts to the discussion. Croakey’s team also generated a lively dialogue on social media about the series, driving debate and frank discussion on the important topic of how do we create a healthier, fairer, better world post-pandemic.
I would highly recommend Croakey Conference News Service to anyone seeking an innovative and collaborative media partner for a conference or event.

Rachel Murphy

VicHealth

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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.

Marie McInerney

Marie McInerney is an editor at Croakey and reports for the Croakey Conference News Service. She also contributes to various projects, including #JustJustice and #CripCroakey. She is a freelance journalist for a range of publications, including Croakey, BBC Australia, Thomson Reuters, the British Medical Journal, the Saturday Paper and Text Pacific publications, including the HCF member magazine. She is a member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and a former Board Member of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Australia. She has previously worked as a tutor on writing and journalism at RMIT.

COI declaration: Marie has received fees and travel related expenses for attending a number of conferences and events on behalf of the Croakey Conference News Service. Marie does freelance/casual work for not-for-profit organisations, including writing and editing reports and other communications. Current clients include Lowitja Institute (since 2020), Mental Health Victoria (since 2018), and Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) (since 2017). Other clients in the past five years have included the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM), Women with Disabilities Victoria,  Victoria’s Commission for Children and Young People and ICAN.

Dr Ruth Armstrong

Ruth is an editor at Croakey and also the Croakey Books Editor. She reports for the Croakey Conference News Service, and offers medical storytelling workshops as part of the Croakey suite of professional services. With a background in general practice, she worked from 1997-2015 on the editorial team of the Medical Journal of Australia. Her long career at the MJA included working as Indigenous Health Editor, and undertaking special projects such as MJA books, supplements and theme issues. From 2011-2015 Ruth was the Medical Editor of, and weekly columnist for, the MJA’s online newsletter, MJA InSight. She has a passion for written communication of all kinds. From the poetical brevity of Twitter to the turgid tomes of academia, what we write, and the way we write it, has the power to inform, to persuade and to influence.

Cate Carrigan

Cate is an independent journalist with four decades of experience across print and broadcast media. Cate produces and presents Croakey’s podcast, CroakeyVoices, working with the team on joint projects such as #JusticeCOVID and the Croakey Conference News Service. A former journalist with ABC Radio, Cate has worked across the organisation as a news journalist, a specialist health reporter, a presenter/producer with ABC NewsRadio, a producer with both ABC Local Radio and RN, and as the Regional Program Manager and morning presenter with ABC South East (NSW). She has also worked with the ABC Audio team, the national broadcaster’s podcast unit. Cate has worked as a freelance print journalist, contributing articles to a number of publications including the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal. She has been a journalism teacher with TAFE NSW and a volunteer with the StoryFactory in Sydney, working with students at disadvantaged schools across the city.

Dr Amy Coopes

Dr Amy Coopes is an editor for Croakey and also reports for the Croakey Conference News Service. She is a seasoned reporter with more than a decade’s experience in news, including several years as Australia correspondent for Agence France Presse. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications — Journalism) and Master of Arts (Creative Writing). After freelancing her way through medical school — contributing to the BMJ, The Saturday Paper, Guardian Australia, Fairfax and guesting regularly on ABC’s The Drum and RN Drive — she graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine in 2020 and is currently a junior medical officer with the Victorian Rural Generalist Program, based in North East Victoria.

COI statement: Amy studied Medicine on a Department of Health scholarship and was also a John Flynn scholar with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, based in the Northern Territory. She travelled to the Northern Territory on a bursary from the UNSW Rural and Allied Health and Medical Students society and through the NT Rural High School Visits program, a workforce initiative of Health Network Northern Territory. She does occasional paid writing and editing work in the government and university sectors for clients including VicHealth, the University of Tasmania and the University of New South Wales.

Jennifer Doggett

Jennifer Doggett is an editor at Croakey and reports for the Croakey Conference News Service. She is a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and a consultant working in the health sector for a number of professional, industry and consumer groups. She has previously worked within the Federal Department of Health, as a political advisor and in a community health organisation. She worked for Nicola Roxon when she was opposition Health spokeswoman and before that for Meg Lees when she was leader of the Democrats. Jennifer is the author of “A New Approach to Primary Care for Australia” and “Out-of-pocket: rethinking co-payments in the health system”, and a contributing author to CPD’s recent publication More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Jennifer’s chapter Getting health policy into shape argues for a sharper focus on addressing the issues which matter most to consumers: out-of-pocket expenses, co-payments, and unequal access to health-care providers. She has a Masters in Public Health and a Graduate Diploma in Health Economics.

COI declaration: Jennifer is Chair of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance. She provides (or has previously provided) consultancy services to a range of different organisations in the health sector including: Department of Health (Commonwealth), NSW Health, The Royal Australasian College of Psychiatrists (via CEG-AP), The Black Dog Institute, The Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care, the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance, Consumers Health Forum and Stryker Australasia (via CMAX Advisory).  Jennifer has received fees and travel related expenses for attending a number of conferences and events on behalf of the Croakey Conference News Service, as well as a policy simulation exercise organised by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. She has previously been employed by Client Solutions,  the Australian Divisions of General Practice,  a federal Senator (from the Australian Democrats), the AIDS Council of South Australia and the Federal Department of Health. Jennifer Doggett provides consultancy services to a range of organisations in the health sector, including providers of physiotherapy, medical technology, nursing, medical education and training and medical services, including the current COVID-19 vaccine program.

Linda Doherty

Linda Doherty is a freelance journalist, editor and speechwriter. She is an editor at Croakey and will report for the Croakey Conference News Service. Linda’s career started in journalism with The Newcastle Herald and then The Sydney Morning Herald before she veered into a chapter in the NSW education bureaucracy as the Director of News and Events.

Linda contributes journalism to Croakey and Australian Pharmacist and editing services via Croakey Professional Services. She has recently written a business start-up course for disadvantaged women in Brisbane.

Linda has extensive experience reporting on education, a social determinant of health, and her area of interest is education inequity, in all its forms. She is a member of the South Coast Writers Centre in NSW and has never been a member of any political party.

Peter McInnes

Peter McInnes worked at the Commonwealth Department of Health for over two decades. He also worked for a number of years as a knowledge exchange professional at the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute at the Australian National University. Peter is interested in combining research evidence and the power of storytelling to inform health policy development. He has broad experience in research engagement across a range of fields including urban water management, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health data and program evaluation, and primary health care policy. Peter has authored and co-authored a number of health and social policy related reports and academic articles and book chapters.

Mark Ragg

Mark is a writer and editor. He worked as a doctor in emergency medicine originally, then as a journalist at The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald, before starting a consultancy, Ragg & Co. He has written a novel, The Dickinson Papers (Random House, 2009), and has had short stories and poetry published.

Mark works with people in governments, agencies and academia who he thinks are working for the public good. He finds that most people working in health are, broadly speaking, trying to improve the lot of others. But not all, and those ones need close attention.

COI statement: Mark has worked with all Australian governments at some time and with many agencies, and with many universities, and quite a few NGOs. A couple of times he has worked with the private sector, but it hasn’t gone well.

Meera Senthilingam

Meera is a global health journalist, author and editor with experience in digital, radio, TV and print journalism. She is currently a Health Editor for CNN International, health journalism trainer and mentor with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and global health communications consultant for the UKAID funded Ascend NTD programme with Crown Agents. Meera also writes for The British Medical Journal.

Her book ‘Outbreaks and Epidemics: Battling infection from measles to coronavirus’ is out now and available worldwide in five languages and as an audiobook, published by Icon books. The Guardian named it one of the best five science books of 2020 and it has been long listed for the BSHS Hughes Prize.

Mitchell Ward

Mitchell is the creative director and website developer for Croakey. He is also principal of Rock Lily Design, and has vast experience in graphic design and web development across a multiple of industries including multinational companies, small boutique businesses, not-for-profit organisations, government and non government organisations and academia. Mitchell has creative skills in both website development, photography and videography and is a keen musician and artist.

Laurell Grubb

Laurell Grubb, Croakey’s chief operating officer, works toward supporting financial sustainability and development; business planning, providing outreach, and relationship management. Her interests are in health, equity and participatory democracy supported by previous roles and studies in public policy.

Laurell worked as a nurse before completing Batchelor of Arts (public policy hons) and moving into health policy roles. Since then, she has worked at senior levels within the Commonwealth, Department of Health in population health, health workforce regulation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. She has also held positions within the Tasmanian Department of Health (conjoint with the University of Tasmania) as well as at General Practice Training Tasmania.

Alison Barrett

Alison Barrett is a Masters by Research candidate and research assistant at University of South Australia, with interests in public health, rural health and health inequities.

Dr Summer May Finlay

Dr Summer May Finlay (CSCA, TAE, BSocSC MPHA, and PhD) is a Yorta Yorta woman who grew up on Awabakal country (West Lake Macquarie). Summer has extensive experience in social marketing, social media, communications and Aboriginal health research and policy. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow on a NHMRC funded project with University of Canberra and is a lecturer at the University of Wollongong. She currently works as a freelancer for Croakey Health Media in a number of capacities, including as a contributing editor, and formally as a member of the #IHMayDay, #JustJustice and #JustClimate projects.

Summer has also worked in a variety of capacities with a range of organisations across the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector, not-for profit, university and for profit sectors. Summer occupies position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President for the Public Health Association of Australia and was previously the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Group Co-Convener. She is also Co-Chair of the international Indigenous movement #IndigenousNCDs, Co-Vice Chair of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Indigenous Working Group and Board member of Thirrili.

Dr Lesley Russell

Dr Lesley Russell is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at the University of Sydney. She is a contributing editor at Croakey, and also began contributing the regular Health Wrap column in early 2018. Her research interests include healthcare reform in Australia and the US, mental health, Indigenous health, addressing health disparities and health budget issues; her policy papers and annual budget analyses are available on the University of Sydney e-scholarship website. Lesley was previously a Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Fellow at the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute at the Australian National University. She has a PhD in biochemistry from the John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU. Lesley has substantial experience working in health policy in the US and Australia, both in and out of government. In 2009-12 she worked in Washington DC on a range of issues around the enactment and implementation of President Obama’s health care reforms, initially as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress and later as a Senior Advisor to the US Surgeon General, Dr Regina Benjamin, in the Department of Health and Human Services. From 2007-2010 she was the inaugural Menzies Foundation Fellow at the MCHP and a Research Associate at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to that she was a health policy advisor to the Federal Australian Labor Party, working for Simon Crean when he was Leader of the Opposition and then Julia Gillard when she was Shadow Minister for Health. She worked for seven years (1984-1991) as health policy advisor to Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee in the US House of Representatives. Lesley is a keen skier (with a home on the slopes in Keystone Colorado) and hiker and a regular contributor to CroakeyGO.

COI statement: Lesley writes regularly for Inside Story and receives compensation for these articles. She undertakes occasional consultancy work, most recently for Oxfam Australia, Probity Australia, and the federal Department of Health. In the past she has worked as an employee or consultant for several pharmaceutical companies, including MSD Australia, CSL and Teva. She continues to provide policy advice to the ALP.

Dr Tess Ryan

Following an early career in government and community services, Tess completed a Communications and Media degree and was awarded the University of Canberra Medal in 2013 for her Honours thesis,  studying the push/pull indicators of Indigenous political engagement. She then completed a PhD at The University of Canberra focusing on Indigenous women’s leadership in Australia, and held a Post-Doctoral position with The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Melbourne, which involved the facilitation of a leadership program with Kings College, London, research collection and data dissemination regarding Indigenous health.

Tess’s multi-disciplinary work involves Indigenous women, media representation, Indigenous research, leadership and diversity. She currently hold multiple roles with The Australian Catholic University in curriculum development/Academic advisory and building an Indigenous HDR strategy. She also works with Croakey Health Media writing stories relating to health and social equity and hosting their various events on Twitter, and  former President of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association. 

Dr Tim Senior

Tim is a GP who works in Aboriginal health, and who crowdfunded the Wonky Health columns at Croakey, investigating the impacts of policies upon health. He is a contributing editor at Croakey, and also a contributor to the #JustJustice project. He has his own blog, and won the inaugural Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition, writing about climate change and equity.

Dr Megan Williams

Megan Williams is Wiradjuri through paternal family and has worked for two decades to advocate for the use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s expertise in program design and evaluation, research, ethics and university curriculum, especially to improve access to health care for people in prison and prevent reincarceration. Megan is Head of Girra Maa, the Indigenous Health Discipline in the School of Public Health, Faculty of Health at UTS. Previously, Megan was Research Lead at the University of Sydney’s National Centre for Cultural Competence. Megan has MRFF, NHMRC, government and industry funds for research, and has local and national roles including as Chair of the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee, member of the AIHW National Prisoner Health Information Committee, member of the Corrective Services NSW Aboriginal Advisory Council and an Associate Editor of Health Sociology Review. Megan has been miimi (sister) of Mibbinbah community organisation for over 10 years, is a new board member of Deadly Connections and is contributor to social journalism company Croakey.org.