#hcsmanz chat 15 June 2014 — Hey Doc “Be Human not a Bot”

This week at the #HCSMANZ chat we are examining a tricky issue. Social Media requires you to Be Human, not a Bot. We will be examining some special issues for healthcare professionals.

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All welcome. Please personally invite someone on Twitter and share this on Facebook.

Your facilitator will be @lewismal Malcolm Lewis

#hcsmanz chat 08 June 2014 — “Managing your Social Presence”

There are plenty of Social Networks and a variety of ways you can access them – desktop, mobile, web and even third-party Apps using Application Programming Interface (API).

Tonight’s #hcsmanz chat is going to explore available tools and techniques to make the most of your experience.

Your facilitator tonight will be Kelly Butler – @mskellybutler

Hope you can join us from 21:00AEDT. Check your local time here.

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#hcsmanz chat 01 June 2014 — “Crowdsourcing engaging, worthwhile investigations and ideas for Wonky Health”

Thanks to the generosity of 165 supporters, a total of $9,362 has been pledged so that Dr Tim Senior will be able to start writing a new column, Wonky Health, for Croakey.

As we announced earlier this week, we’re delighted that both @timsenior and @croakeyblog will be joining us for this week’s chat where we’ll be crowdsourcing some ideas for Wonky Health to cover.

Some of the ideas that have already been suggested for Wonky Health to investigate can be found here.

Spread the word and let your followers know that they are welcome to join #hcsmanz chat from 21:00AEST, it should be a lively discussion!

Local time information is available here.

#hcsmanz chat 25 May 2014 — “What to share (and what not to)”

This week at HCSMANZ we are talking sharing. We are talking what to share and what not to share on social media? We will be looking at this topic from a health professionals perspective.

All welcome. Please personally invite someone on Twitter.

Your facilitator will be @lewismal Malcolm Lewis

World time here:  http://bit.ly/RnUV3Y

Don’t forget to nominate someone as the one of the top 100 Twitter accounts for healthcare professionals to follow in the #HCSMANZ100 Only one more week to get your nomination in.

Nominations close on 01/06/2014 at 19:59 AEST(GMT+10:00) see detail here

Wonky Health – Crowdfunding health writing

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What makes people ill? And, perhaps more importantly, how can we keep people well? At medical school I was taught that everything came down to a combination of genetics and the environment, which is a way of saying just about nothing. We might go on to describe risk factors – smoking, blood pressure, lack of exercise, poor diet, alcohol – as being key. If you read the papers, staying well seems to be about ensuring a constant supply of supernutrients, amazingly to be found in that marketer’s client’s product. Being ill was purely about hospital beds, miracle cures and shiny machines – now sometimes phone apps.

Ask my patients why they are ill, and none will give these answers. They’ll say they can’t afford food basics, let alone superbooberry extract. They will talk about poor security in their homes, being unable to get a job, having to look after disabled relatives.

A while ago, I suggested to Melissa Sweet that Croakey should cover the health effects of policy decisions, and Melissa said, “Good idea, can you do it?” Croakey blog is funded by a group of organisations with an interest in public health. This funding doesn’t cover writing for new columns, and Croakey is experimenting with ways of funding other columns, such as the conference reporting service. This, of course, is at a time when the mainstream press are all seeking ways of generating revenue. So we thought we’d try to crowdfund the column. This would allow me paid time to write it every two weeks, and pay Melissa for editing. Wonky Health was born!

Social media is crucial to both the funding model – spreading the word, especially through Twitter – but also in making this more than just a column with a writer and some readers. We want to collect ideas, be directed towards relevant research and create a forum for discussion. The crowdfunding model kick-starts this – at the time of writing we have 130 supporters.

Into this comes the recent federal budget. There are measures that will have a clear impact on health, such as the Medicare co-payment. But there are many other measures outside the health portfolio that will impact on health. The changes to Newstart payments, the increased university fees, changes to the pension – all of these are likely to have impacts on health. The evidence on their health impacts won’t be looked at, the likely heath effects won’t be reported anywhere else. It’s why what was a good idea has become a necessary one.

We have a week to go. You can support a new way of funding health writing, and change the conversation we have about health. Go and pledge now!

The story of the project


Tim has reached his target with 5 days to spare. Thank you for your generosity and support to make this happen!

#hcsmanz chat 11 May 2014 — Online Learning and Continuing Professional Education

How can we use our online involvement as evidence of Continuing Professional Education (CPE)?

Social Media based tools have become an important part of continuing professional education for many now?

New Web2.0 and social media tools have made getting to professional development easier. Great events are available as webinars and as online video, podcasts, even as online course. We learn stuff in Tweets and via Facebook posts.

Distance is no longer an issue. Professional Development (PD) is available, but  does it count towards to CPE?

What can we do to provide evidence of online CPE, both formal and incidental?

What has to change in the way professional bodies think about learning?

All welcome. Please personally invite someone on Twitter.

Your facilitator tonight will be @lewismal Malcolm Lewis

Check out your local time here

Don’t forget to nominate someone as the one of the top 100 Twitter accounts for healthcare professionals to follow in the #HCSMANZ100. 

Nominations close on 01/06/2014 at 19:59AEST(GMT+10:00) see detail here.


The Top 100 Twitter Accounts for healthcare professionals to follow

With over 255 million active users each month and healthcare professionals now posting more than 152,000 tweets a day something that is often asked is “Who should I follow on Twitter?”

We thought the best way to answer this question would be to crowdsource The Top 100 Twitter Accounts for healthcare professionals to follow.

We are very excited to announce that nominations are now OPEN across 20 categories:
Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori Health Practitioner
Allied Health Practitioner*
Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Dental Practitioner
General Healthcare Information
Health Consumer Advocate
Healthcare News
Healthcare Technology
Medical Practitioner
Medical Radiation Practitioner
Private Health
Public Health and Health Promotion

Allied Health Practitioner* refers to the following specialties:
– Audiologists
– Chiropractors
– Dietitians
– Exercise Physiologists
– Genetic Counsellors
– Music Therapists
– Occupational Therapists
– Orthoptists
– Orthotist/Prosthetists
– Osteopaths
– Physiotherapists
– Podiatrists
– Perfusionists
– Social Workers
– Sonographers
– Speech-Language Pathologists
– Audiometrists
– Diabetes Educators
– Diversional Therapists

If you think we’ve missed a category or excluded a group of healthcare professionals, please send us a tweet so that we can address the situation.

The rules are very simple:
The account being nominated must be held by an individual or organisation based in either Australia or New Zealand

Nominations must be made via a tweet (IMPORTANT NOTE: retweets are excluded) and must include the hashtag #hcsmanz100

You cannot nominate yourself

You can submit multiple nominations

Nominations close on 01/06/2014 at 19:59AEST(GMT+10:00)

You can submit your nomination now using this button:

We’d like to acknowledge @eMedCert
for their recent blog post which was the catalyst for setting this up, @CaloundraGP
for asking about certain Twitter Accounts and @symplur
for their support through The Healthcare Hashtag Project.

#hcsmanz chat 04 May 2014 — “Online collaboration across time zones and cultures”

New Web2.0 and social media tools have lowered the costs of online collaboration and communication. They defeat distance and open up the a world of new collaborators  across timezones and cultures.

This weeks #HCSMANZ Twitterchat will be examining some of the benefits and issues that arise out of the different timezones and cultures.

All welcome. Please personally invite someone on Twitter.

Your facilitator will be @lewismal Malcolm Lewis

World time here:  http://bit.ly/1kxaAFM

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