I was just chatting to a few people who were interested in engaging in Twitter about healthcare. I wanted to highlight a few of the places I recommended they check out.

Twitter accounts

  • @croakeyblog– Melissa Sweet’s (journo) account for her popular health blog Croakey
  • @mayoclinic– the iconic Mayo Clinic
  • @ramsayhealth– Ramsay Health Twitter
  • @commsgeelong– Geelong Hospital/Barwon Health Comms manager Kate’s account
  • @hcsmanz– the account for our weekly chat (below) Healthcare Social Media in Australia & NZ
  • @BupaAustralia– runs the weekly #HealthyChat
  • @HeraldSunEye– started #charityweds, where you give a ‘shoutout’ on twitter to a charity/community organisation each Wednesday
  • @GroundSwellAus – discussing end of life issues – bonus points for some excellent projects like the FilmLife project!

Twitter chats


#hcsmanz is ‘Healthcare Social Media in Australia & New Zealand’. It’s a chat for health professionals to get together and talk about how and where social media might be involved in ANZ. There are also tweets during the week outside of the chat about the topic.

We chat on the hashtag each Sunday night at 2030 AEST. If you haven’t participated in a twitter chat before, just turn up on a Sunday (5 mins early is a good idea so you can get everything sorted) – I’d recommend the TweetChat tool – go to http://tweetchat.com/room/hcsmanz and then click ‘Sign In’. It’ll give you the tweets (change the refresh speed to 5 seconds rather than 10), and the box at the top will let you tweet without having to remember to add the hashtag. You can reply and ReTweet people from within the tool.

You can look at some of our previous topics on the site: http://hcsmanz.posterous.com/ – we usually have 3-4 ‘questions’ asked throughout the hour. Follow the @hcsmanz twitter account for more details.


#HealthyChat is similar to #hcsmanz but run by Bupa Australia (health insurer). They chat about healthy habits each week on Wednesday at 2000 AEST – e.g. they recently had one about healthy eating and had a dietician along to respond to questions. You can use TweetChat as well: http://tweetchat.com/room/healthychat . Tweet @BupaAustralia for details.


Are there more Australian health chats out there? Feel free to comment and I can add them in.

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