Study finds increasing healthcare spend not linked to improved health outcomes

Data from a new meta-analysis, has demonstrated that a higher healthcare spend has done little to improve key health outcomes. The authors looked at 65 different studies, conducted between 1965-2014, surrounding healthcare spending and its impact on health outcomes. The study conducted by researchers from Deakin University, titled, The impact of healthcare spending on health…

Seven things people commonly get wrong when presenting to media

  1. Not preparing enough You need to know your message – and you need to make sure it’s consistently bridged to.           2. Ignoring the audience You need to factor in who you are talking to and what they are interested in.         3. Being too verbose…

Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute launches Wellness Plan recommending age-related vaccinations as a preventative health measure

On March 19, 2017, The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne launched a publication designed to help Australians lead long, healthy and productive lives. Entitled ‘The Baker IDI Wellness Plan’, the publication includes a healthy action plan, healthy recipes and meal plans, tips for developing healthy habits, and a checklist of medical test recommendations…

Crowdsourcing participants for genetic research – Australia’s Science Channel

VIVA! Communications wishes to thank Australia’s Science Channel for producing a fab video highlighting the importance of crowdsourcing for recruiting volunteers to the Australian arm of the world’s largest Genetics of Depression Study to date. Watch here: See more from the Australia Science Channel here.

Putting the Global back into GLOBALHealthPR – How health is done in other countries

As part of GLOBALHealthPR, VIVA! Communications is all about recognising that health and healthcare mean different things depending on where you come from. We took the time to chat to five other health workers to ask them five questions about what healthcare means to them in their country. This month we started with our old…

David, 62 Banking manager & married father-of-three who has experienced influenza on multiple occasions, CANBERRA

Banking manager and married father-of-three, David, 62, Canberra, enjoys bush walking, fitness, and watching sports in his spare time. Given his busy professional and personal life, David cannot afford to fall ill. Over the past decade however, David has contracted the flu on many occasions, which has led to numerous days off work due to…

Heather, 59 Volunteer & mother-of-two who was struck down by influenza for a fortnight, MELBOURNE

Community volunteer, mother-to-two adult children and “diehard Collingwood supporter” who was awarded a State medal for her bravery during the ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires of 2009, Heather, 59, Melbourne, enjoys the simple things in life, such as gardening, jigsaw puzzles and good coffee.  For years, Heather had a clean bill of health, until she contracted the…

Garry, 61 Father, grandfather, horticulturalist & avid golfer in favour of in-pharmacy flu vaccination Burnie, TASMANIA

 Married father-to-two and grandfather-to-five, Garry, 61, is the horticulturalist caretaker at Burnie City Park. When Garry isn’t at work, you can find him playing golf, volleyball or tennis with friends.  When Garry was diagnosed with the flu in June, 2016, his professional and personal life was significantly compromised. For three weeks he felt “miserable”, plagued…

Quynh, 33 Pharmacist who contracted influenza while travelling abroad, ADELAIDE

Quynh, 33, works as a full-time pharmacist at a 24/7 community pharmacy in South Australia. She leads an active lifestyle, has a strong personal interest in health and wellness, and travels frequently. She has no time for falling ill.   In 2015 however, shortly after returning from a two-week holiday to New York, Quynh developed…

Jessica, 29 Health coach & cystic fibrosis patient advocate who contracted the 2009 swine flu, BRISBANE

Health coach and policy consultant for young women living with illness, Jessica, 29, Brisbane, was a victim of the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Living with cystic fibrosis, Jessica was at higher risk of serious complications from influenza than most. In June 2009, while holidaying with her husband in Queensland, taking time-out to consider health-related lifestyle…