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Healthtalk Australia

Healthtalk Australia conducts qualitative research into experiences of health and illness from the perspective of people with a given health condition, carers and/or health practitioners.

Healthtalk Australia use their findings to produce multi-media digital resources that provide information and support, including by assisting with informed decision making, targeted at the following key audiences:

  • people experiencing different health conditions
  • carers
  • health practitioners and health service providers
  • health educators
  • policy makers

They interview people from a wide range of backgrounds about what it is like to experience various health and related conditions or care for someone with a health condition and record their stories on film or audio. They also interview health practitioners about their perspectives on different health conditions.

Their digital resources feature short summaries of the main topics emerging from their research, illustrated by video, audio and written clips from people’s interviews. You will also find profiles of people interviewed, and links to up-to-date information about different health conditions, how they are treated, and whom to approach for support and information.

Healthtalk Australia is the only research-based digital repository of health and illness experiences in Australia. Established in 2012, they are a consortium of researchers based at RMIT University, the University of Sydney and Monash University.

Healthtalk are also a member of DIPEx International, a network of researchers and digital content creators across 13 countries and 11 languages using the same approach to create research-based digital resources on over 140 health conditions.

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Last reviewed: August 2019

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Impact of early menopause on relationships - Healthtalk Australia

The women interviewed described the impact of early menopause on personal relationships with partners, children, parents, other family members, and friends.

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Mental Health and Supported Decision Making

Mental Health and Supported Decision Making: Lived Experience Perspectives. Find out about what it is like to experience severe mental health problems by seeing and hearing people’s stories on film and audio-recording.

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Multiple Medicines - Healthtalk Australia

This project is an in-depth examination of people’s experiences & management of multiple medicines, aimed to improve our understanding and provide support.

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Experiences of pregnancy - Healthtalk Australia

The parents we spoke with found pregnancy life-changing and exciting, and described at length its physical and emotional dimensions.

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What is severe asthma?

Asthma is a common lung disease that affects around 10% of Australians and approximately 3% of those with asthma have severe asthma.

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Ageing - Health and wellbeing

Health was identified as the most important part of ageing well.

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Early parenthood overview

Find out about people’s emotional experiences of becoming a parent by seeing & hearing 45 parents living in Australia share their personal stories.

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Depression & Recovery - Healthtalk Australia

The Experiences of Depression & Recovery researchers conducted in-depth narrative interviews with 39 people from around Australia on their experiences of depression & recovery.

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Ageing - Health Conditions

Participants experienced a wide range of health and illness conditions which ranged from mild pain and age-related chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, to heart attack, stroke, cancer and near-death experiences.

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Ageing Overview

We interviewed 56 people about their experiences of ageing, what is important to them as they age; and what it feels like to be getting older – physically, mentally and in their social context.

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