About Melissa Sweet
I am an independent journalist, author and publisher with a focus on innovation in public interest journalism.
Follow me on Twitter – @croakeyblog – for news about Indigenous health, climate change and health, public health, health policy, equity concerns, the social determinants of health, and social media and journalism.
I am the founding editor of the social journalism project for health, Croakey.org, where I contribute to innovation in journalism. Initiatives include the rotated curated Twitter account @WePublicHealth, the Croakey Conference News Service, and a number of crowd-funded projects such as #JustJustice. Read more about Croakey here.
I am a founding member of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, and specialise in covering public health matters, with a particular focus on under-served areas and issues. My work appears in a wide range of professional and general publications, including the online publication Inside Story. You can read more about my books here.
I have been writing about health and medical issues since the late 1980s, and am one of Australia’s most experienced health reporters. Prior to becoming a freelancer in the late 1990s, I covered health and medicine for The Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Associated Press.
I am also involved in various research and teaching activities, and have an honorary appointment as Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.
At present, I am undertaking a practice-based PhD at the University of Canberra. It is developing a decolonising framework for journalism practice, and will also produce a body of works of social journalism.
My particular areas of interest include climate change and health, Indigenous health, decolonising practice, public health, equity-related issues, the social determinants of health, mental health, rural health, media and health, health policy, conflicts of interest, consumer participation in decision-making, evidence-based care, and quality and safety issues.
My conflicts of interest declarations are detailed and updated here.