About Melissa Sweet

I am an independent journalist, media columnist, author, blogger and enthusiastic Tweeter.

I 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, and 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 coordinate Crikey’s health blog, Croakey, and am involved in supporting other new media innovation through my work with the Public Interest Journalism Foundation.

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.

My particular areas of interest are in public health, equity-related issues, mental health, rural health, media and health, Indigenous health, health policy, conflicts of interest, consumer participation in decision-making, evidence-based care, and quality and safety issues.