Healthy information for consumers: public lecture


Wednesday 23 Nov 2011
Unravelling the maze of health information available to consumers online will be discussed during the inaugural Australian public lecture in Canberra by the Professor of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, Lisa Given.
 
Professor Lisa Given from CSU. “More and more health information is accessible online,” said Professor Given.  “Sifting through millions of websites, trusting the quality of what’s found, and recognising misinformation is a challenge.”
 
During a research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada from 2007 to 2010, Professor Given developed a prototype website designed for health consumers, by health consumers.
 
Professor Given’s prototype is designed for patients, caregivers and other health consumers world-wide who want to find personal health information.
 
“We are now examining funding opportunities within Australia, as well as potential industry partnerships,” said the CSU academic.
 
Lisa Given was appointed Professor of Information Studies at CSU in 2011. Previously with Canada’s University of Alberta, Professor Given is based in the School of Information Studies at CSU in Wagga Wagga.
 
“My discipline of information studies is about examining how information affects people’s lives. We aim to re-package that information and go someway to unravelling the maze.”
 
Professor Given’s public lecture, Health Information Online: Helping Patients and Families Find What They Need is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held from 5.30pm to 7pm on Thursday 24 November in the Ferguson Room at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. CSU wine and cheese will be served after the lecture.
 
It’s such a pleasure to be invited to speak at the National Library of Australia. This is a world- renowned facility and I am very honoured to be presenting my work to the public in this venue.”
 
Read more about Professor Given on CSU News here.

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Media Note:

CSU Professor of Information Studies Lisa Given is available for interviews. Contact CSU Media.
 
Professor Given was the principal investigator in the $169 626 project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Participatory design for a visually-based drug information interface: Web usability in the context of consumers’ health information behaviors. Co-investigator was Dr Stan Ruecker, Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada.