We are a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded research study incorporating experts from nutrition, social marketing, health promotion and psychology. 

Our research hopes to understand how and why young people use social media to talk about their health. We are particularly interested in preventing obesity, so will ask questions around areas relating to obesity. As everyone uses social media differently, we will break people into groups using marketing segmentation based on our findings. 

We will be co-designing messages with young people and evaluating what messages work well to disseminate to a larger audience. 

We are working closely with organisations who have used social media campaigns previously to learn what worked well and what could be improved from their campaigns. 

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Funding body: Communicating Health is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (Grant no: GNT1115496) and is a joint project of Monash UniversityThe University of Queensland, RMIT University and Burnet Institute

Project members

UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences researchers involved in this project:

Professor Helen Truby

Professor &Chair in Human Nutrition
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

External researchers involved in this project:

Tracy McCaffrey 
Senior Lecturer, 
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food 
Monash University 

A/Prof Catherine Lombard (dec) 

Professor Mike Reid 
School of Economics, Finance and Marketing 
RMIT