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The 2019 BioMedVic Communicators Forum gathers 70 professionals to debate ‘Change’

On May 30th the fourth annual BioMedVic Communicators Forum took place in the RMIT Storey Hall. The event attracted about 70 communication professionals to network and discuss the role and impact of change in the medical and health sectors. The concept of “Change” acted as the leitmotiv of the event and unified the individual sessions.

The program design was influenced by feedback received from attendees at last year’s Forum who gave suggestions about speakers, case studies, and professional development topics.

The Forum started with a warm welcome note by Núria Saladié (BioMedVic), who set the tone by reflecting on the role of science communication and its responsibilities. In his keynote address, award-winning science journalist Jason Gale (Bloomberg News) shared some inspiring stories about how shining a light on global health issues can be a catalyst for change. No matter whether it was writing about the lack of toilets perpetuating disease cycles, or the unregulated use of antibiotics in chicken and pig farming underlying the spread of multi-resistant pathogenic bacteria, Jason clearly articulated how science and health communicators can drive positive change and shape new policies.

An expert panel comprising Tony Abbenante (DHHS), Megan Prictor (Melbourne Law School) and John Carlin (MCRI) tackled the opportunities and challenges of the ‘big data’ revolution and explored the relevance of e-health information and how it should be communicated.

In the case study session, we heard how Lauren Love implemented the social media tool ‘Workplace’ at Ambulance Victoria with great success. Imogen Crump (The University of Melbourne), spoke about how platforms like ‘Pursuit’ fill a gap in the media landscape of the specialist science journalist. And Rachel Mitisano (APR.Intern) unpacked the value of using multiple media channels when implementing a marketing strategy.

Through role-playing with actors and lots of laughter, Leadership Victoria confronted attendees with sector-relevant workplace scenarios during the “Courageous conversations” training session. It proved a great opportunity to discuss how commonly-encountered challenges in the science communication sector can be approached and managed practically for positive outcomes.

The Communicators Forum is an annual event supported by BioMedVic and organised by and for communications professionals working in health and biomedical organisations. The buzz at the Closing Networking reception confirmed that this year’s Forum had once again “hit the mark” to foster collaborations and forge a sense of community between the communication specialists from organisations across Victoria.

See the program of the event here.

Photo gallery of the event:

BioMedVic Communicators Forum: “Communicating for Change”

A professional development forum designed by and for communication professionals working in Victoria’s scientific, medical and health sectors.

Thursday 30 May, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER HERE

Communicating for change

Communication is rapidly changing, from tools and channels to language and delivery. The scientific biomedical research and health sectors are also changing with the introduction of new technologies and the resulting discoveries and innovations, changing healthcare, research and society. How we communicate these changes – messaging, influencing and connecting- also impacts how these changes are perceived and received. Where do communication professionals in health and biomedical research sit in this era of change?

Join your colleagues and peers in scientific, medical and health communications portfolios from across Victoria to share ideas, knowledge and experiences in BioMedVic’s fourth annual forum.

This event is relevant to directors, department heads, managers, advisors and officers working in media, communications, public affairs, marketing and event management roles.

Keynote speaker:

  • Jason Gale, Senior editor at Bloomberg News
    Award-winning journalist, Jason Gale is a senior editor here in Melbourne with the international news organisation Bloomberg News, where he’s worked for 19 years. He edits mostly feature articles, and occasionally gets to report stories about medical science or global health. Jason has been a speaker and panelist at international medical, scientific and veterinary meetings. In 2007, he was asked by the World Health Organization to be one of three members of the media to advise public health officials globally on communications related to pandemic influenza. Last year, he completed a Master of Health Security from the University of Sydney.

Date:
Thursday 30 May 2019

Time:
8:30 – 9:00 am | Registration
9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Program
4:00 – 5:00 pm | Networking & Drinks

Venue:
RMIT Storey Hall, 336-348 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC

Cost:
$275 incl. GST for BioMedVic members. $330 incl. GST non-members (please note that tickets are limited)

Contact:
For queries please email nuria.saladie@biomedvic.org.au

Registrations now open!

Please be advised that photographs may be taken at this event for use on the BioMedVic website and in communications material. Please email events@biomedvic.org.au no later than 24 hours before the event if you wish your images to be excluded from such use.

BioMedVic gratefully acknowledges RMIT University as the Event Venue Sponsor.

BioMedVic hosts professional development for HRECs

The BioMedVic Hospital Research Managers were delighted to host an enthusiastic gathering of Victorian HREC Chairs and Executive Officers for a Twilight Education Session on Tuesday 29 August.

Prof David Taylor (Eastern Health) presented his talk “Cannabis 101: New (renewed) uses for an old drug”. Mr James Cameron (DHHS) presented on the changes to the Medical Treatment Planning and Decision Act 2016 in relation to instructional and values directives, appointment of medical treatment decision makers and the impact on a patient’s ability to be involved in medical research. Continue reading

The Art of Communication

“An essential day in my calendar”, “engaging and well curated program”, “a ripper of a day – beautifully organised and conceived”, “loved the content”, “thanks for this great event that supports our profession” was the feedback we received from participants of our second annual BioMedVic Communications Professionals Forum.

The highly successful event held on Friday 28th of April attracted media, communications and engagement professionals from a diverse range of organisations involved in the health and medical research sector. Participants learnt about branding and rebranding, designing infographics on a shoestring, communicating within complex organisations, different ways of measuring success in communications, communications in a crisis and public engagement. The day ended with a spirited discussion about how to communicate evidence in the age of fake news with panellists from Fairfax, IFL Science and The Conversation, among others. The discussion continued over networking drinks and nibbles. Continue reading

Collaboration and Idea Sharing explored at the BioMedVic Communications Professionals Forum

Telling stories to engage our audiences

Story telling is a skill that never dates. However, where we once sat around a fire and talked about the current news, we now check our smartphones to read the latest on our social media feeds.

People are plugging into podcasts, short videos meet limited attention spans and content interaction is king! In this explosion of media and channel opportunities, how does the biomedical sector not only keep up, but lead?

Collaboration and idea sharing

The BioMedVic Communications Professionals Forum, held in early March, provided an environment for media advisors, digital managers, marketing producers and event coordinators from across Victoria’s biomedical sector to discuss opportunities to stay ahead of the technology curve and continue to deliver engaging content. Continue reading