Communications in times of cost-effectiveness

VIVA! principal Kirsten Bruce contributed the following article to Health Radar, a quarterly publication on current trends in the health communication industry. Health Radar is published by our GLOBALHealthPR partners from Germany fischerAppelt. In Australia, the price of pharmaceutical products is determined by negotiations between the Federal Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority (PBPA) and the pharmaceutical supplier. Pharmaceutical companies…

The Journal of Health Communication Celebrates 100 Issues – What’s Next?

Ken Rabin, PhD, celebrates the Journal of Health Communication’s century and envisages the next 100 issues . Dr Rabin is Director of GLOBALHealthPR, the largest independent public relations group dedicated exclusively to health and medical communications worldwide, of which VIVA! Communications is the exclusive Australian partner. Milestones matter, and achieving a century of anything is…

High tea treat for Kirsty’s birthday

“Better late than never” was certainly the catch phrase today as Team VIVA! held belated birthday celebrations for Account Executive, Kirsty. We didn’t have to venture far from our new office at Middle Head to enjoy a wonderful lunch at The Tea Room Gunners’ Barracks. From the historic venue – which has had many uses…

Laurie makes a splash with Team VIVA!

Team VIVA! had the pleasure of working with Olympic and World Champion swim coach, Laurie Lawrence at a national nursing conference on the Gold Coast today (Friday, March 2, 2012) to call upon the Government to fund a national network of community-based Parkinson’s nurse specialists. Lawrence lent his voice to the call in support of…

Child sexual behaviours – Is this normal?

“My 13-year-old son spends a lot of time in his bedroom with the door shut.” “My teenager is texting revealing photos of herself to her boyfriend.” “My son, 8, masturbates at school, often exposing himself to others.” Is this normal? Family Planning Queensland’s revolutionary book, Is This Normal? Understanding your child’s sexual behaviour, released today…

Understanding children’s sexual behaviour

  A revolutionary book – to be launched on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 – is set to shed light on child sexual behaviours and help parents and carers guide healthy sexual development. Published by Family Planning Queensland (FPQ), the book is a practical, must-read for every parent and professional working with children.

New health news website embracing digital age

Team VIVA! welcomes the introduction of a new daily, breaking news and opinion website focused on Australia’s health system. Health Reporter, backed by a team of experienced journalists and health industry professionals, stemmed from the belief by its owners that Australia’s health system is important and large enough to have its own daily online news…

How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

If statistics are anything to go by, the majority of people reading this will have resolved to live better in 2012, whether getting fitter, quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol, or spending more time with family and friends. However statistically, three-quarters of people would have given up already. According to a British survey, just nine…

Spreading the Aussie Christmas cheer abroad

Santa surfing behind Rudolf the red-nosed kangaroo might seem perfectly normal to us at VIVA! HQ but it was something of a treat for our friends in Washington, DC. VIVA! was delighted to receive a Christmas email from our GLOBALHealthPR partners, Spectrum PR. Spectrum founder and president, John Seng, and his daughter, Victoria, spotted the…

VIVA! relocates to Middle Head

Following eight wonderful years at our original office in Chatswood, we’re pleased to announce our relocation to Middle Head Precinct in Mosman. As VIVA! Communications continues to grow as a dynamic and strategic health and wellness communications agency, we’ve decided to swap the hustle and bustle for more serene offices in Mosman. Team VIVA! are…