The Australian Health News Research Collaboration

Simon Chapman and Ross MacKenzie
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb00922.x
Published online: 19 March 2007

To the Editor: The enormous influence of the news media on health issues is widely acknowledged,1 and health and medicine rank among the most frequent topics covered.2,3 This influence extends from the setting of personal health agendas to shaping public health policy. Health and medical agencies have an obvious interest in how their areas of concern are depicted, and health interest groups can use the news media as a means of influencing government policy and legislation.

  • Simon Chapman
  • Ross MacKenzie

  • School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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