Project Manager, Social Media to enhance Indigenous Tobacco Control
Master of International and Community Development, Deakin University 2016; Bachelor of Arts (Communications), Charles Sturt University 1994.
Vicki is a communications professional with two decades of media experience. She is currently working on the Social Media to Enhance Indigenous Tobacco Control research project. The project uses her experience in the social media sphere to increase social media capacity among partnering Aboriginal community-controlled health services.
Vicki has lived in Darwin for almost a decade. During that time she has developed a sincere passion and curiosity for cross-cultural communication between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. She worked for ABC Radio across the country for 20 years and now hopes her communications experience can translate to improving cross cultural health messages in the NT.
The training comes as new research from the Menzies School of Health looking at Australia's indigenous community has shown that using Facebook to deliver health messages can be effective.
A poster presentation on a study of patient-provider intercultural communication at Royal Darwin Hospital and consequently Aboriginal patient health outcomes, measured using quantitative and qualitative data.
NT News | Sharing health message on FB
Positive health-related social media posts that provide new information are more likely to be shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to encourage healthy behaviours, a study has found.
- Kerrigan, V., Herdman, R.M., Thomas, D.P., & Hefler, M. (2019). 'I still remember your post about buying smokes': a case study of a remote Aboriginal community-controlled health service using Facebook for tobacco control. Australian Journal of Primary Health. https://doi.org/10.1071/PY19008