Celebrating a decade in health + wellness communication

Independent, award-winning health + wellness communications agency, VIVA! Communications is celebrating 10 successful years in business today (July 20, 2012). Established by healthcare PR practitioner, Kirsten Bruce in July, 2002, VIVA! has earned an enviable reputation for delivering proactive, innovative, versatile and outcomes-driven work of the highest quality. This reputation was recently cemented by the PR…

A ‘touch of red’ celebration for VIVA! Communications’ founder

Team VIVA! kicked up their heels at a surprise 10th anniversary party for VIVA! Principal, Kirsten Bruce on Friday, July 13, 2012. The exclusive ‘Touch of Red’ party held at Sergeants Mess, Chowder Bay, Sydney, commemorated VIVA!’s 10 year milestone with long-standing clients, supporters, staff and alumni. The event rewarded the team’s steadfast drive, determination…

The red-gloved PR Zorro!

Speech delivered by long-standing VIVA! consultant, Ruby Archis at VIVA!’s 10 year anniversary celebration

5 myths of giant PR firms

Earlier this week, two leading independent PR agencies, including our US-based GlobalHealthPR partner, Spectrum, took the time to review some of the advantages and myths of working with multinational PR firms versus small to mid-size independent agencies. According to Spectrum President, John J. Seng and Pollock Communications President, Louise Pollock, one of the most common…

Patients share their stories with Team VIVA!

In support of Pneumonia Awareness Week, patients are joining forces with doctors nation-wide to heighten community awareness of pneumococcal pneumonia, an often fatal lung infection. Team VIVA! has taken some time out to hear their stories: Single mother, Melody, 38, from Melbourne, recently contracted pneumonia from her eight-year-old daughter. “I’m young, fit and healthy with…

Patti Newton supporting Pneumonia Awareness Week

Entertainer and presenter, Patti Newton, is joining forces with doctors and patients for Pneumonia Awareness Week calling for preventative action to curb infection rates this winter. Bert’s recent scare has prompted Patti, mother of two and grandmother to three, to adopt a proactive approach to maintaining her health and wellbeing, in order to protect herself…

Experts urging at-risk Australians to vaccinate against life-threatening infection

The Australian Lung Foundation is encouraging Australians to protect their lungs this Pneumonia Awareness Week (July 2 – 8, 2012) by increasing awareness of pneumococcal pneumonia, an often fatal lung infection. Pneumonia Awareness Week aims to heighten community awareness and understanding of one of the top 10 contributing causes of deaths in Australia, which claims…

Busting 5 common myths about Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Pneumonia Awareness Week (July 2 – 8, 2012) This year’s theme for Pneumonia Awareness Week is Preventing Pneumococcal Pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is an often fatal lung infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other single bacteria. This week, experts and patients are joining forces to heighten community awareness…

New strategy to help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia this winter

Administering the pneumococcal pneumonia and seasonal influenza vaccines together is a potential strategy to increase pneumococcal immunisation rates, and prevent additional hospitalisations and mortality in the elderly and other high-risk groups, according to a new article published in the American Journal of Public Health. Pneumonia is a serious and potentially fatal disease that is often…

Behind the scenes at VIVA! – an intern’s perspective

This is my second week as an intern at VIVA! and I’ve already learned so much. I’ve always had an interest in health however it took me a while to find the right degree. I began a Bachelor of Medical Science where I quickly realised that working in a science lab wasn’t right for me.…