If people rely on ChatGPT or Google for complex medical questions, they could come unstuck.
Doctors don’t always tell you they’re unsure what’s behind common symptoms, such as a stomach ache. And that can have serious effects.
Before the pandemic, an intergenerational tea party wouldn’t have seemed a risky proposition.
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People want a simple answer. Is this action safe? But despite Anthony Fauci bouncing responsibility for COVID-19 risk assessment to individuals, your risk can’t be boiled down to one probability.
Social media can be used to share important information in times of crisis.
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Social media platforms can be used to share critically important information about disaster management.
Kids figure out who’s trustworthy as they learn about the world.
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People often try to seem confident and certain in their message so it will be trusted and acted upon. But when information is in flux, research suggests you should be open about what you don’t know.
Bundhurr Marburumburaay Miilgi Ngalgarra (lighting, thunder, rain, shine)- no matter how big, strong or scary the storm the sun will shine again. Artist Renae Lamb, Wiradjuri Wongabong. Owner Midnight Dreaming.
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The COVID-19 pandemic is a stressful time for all, and even more so for people experiencing trauma-related stress. How can public health emergency responses avoid further trauma for vulnerable people?
After what feels like a never-ending 18 months of lockdowns and COVID-19 saturated government messages, we’re all just a bit over it.
Our research shows we are still missing clear and consistent communication about COVID vaccines all Australians can understand and act on.
Crises disrupt our expectations for the future, thereby affecting our emotions, planning behaviours and identities.
When a crisis like COVID-19 disrupts expectations for the future, it also disrupts how health messaging works. Advertising research shows three ways that health campaigns can succeed in a crisis.
See, no crying or big needles, just a person of colour showing off his plaster. This image does the job without scaring people and demonstrates diversity.
Our well-meaning efforts to use images to help demystify the vaccination process or share our pride in getting a COVID vaccine can backfire.
Health professionals should carefully consider the terms they use to avoid needless anxiety and unnecessary surgeries.
Women, particularly those of childbearing age, were more likely to be unsure about getting vaccinated.
The campaign shows promise. But it’s not clear if it will preempt and respond to people’s concern about vaccine safety.
Teaching researchers and scientists communication skills — including social media proficiency — will help inform the public about new discoveries and research.
Budget cuts and outsourcing content have affected the amount and quality of science journalism. Scientists should learn to communicate their own findings directly and clearly to the public.
The government should used trusted spokespeople, tailor information so it can be understood by different groups, acknowledge people’s concerns, be transparent, and seek public feedback along the way.
It might be tempting to yell ‘bloody well wear a mask’, but that will probably make little difference. Research shows there are more constructive ways to get your message across.
Not all government coronavirus health advice is reaching people who speak a language other than English. That’s about one in five households.
Women’s breast cancer can be affected by environmental factors in the workplace.
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There’s growing awareness about health disparities, and environmental factors need to be considered when communicating public health messages.
Produced during a crisis, an emerging collection of books talk to kids about coronavirus.
A woman walks past a graffiti by Anthony Kihoro in Kenya sensitising people about the coronavirus.
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COVID-19 differs significantly from HIV and Ebola. But the potential consequences of having a misinformed public are similar.