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About Croakey’s funding sources

Croakey is funded by several different sources.

In 2015, we received $5,000 from the Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism to enable the development of this platform (previously Croakey had been hosted for some years by Crikey).

A consortium organised by the Public Health Association of Australia contributes core funding to support the work of Croakey editors. Members of the Croakey funding consortium each pledge $2,500 per annum (exc GST). We are currently seeking members for the consortium for the year from 1 March, 2017.

Members of the funding consortium are asked to observe an MoU of editorial independence.

For the year ending 29 February 2016, the consortium contributed $24,000 to the core Croakey functions of editing and running the news site. These funds are split between the Croakey editors. An extra $2,000 raised was held over for the 2016/2017 funding pool.

Several projects have been crowdfunded, and Croakey now hosts a range of professional services, which contribute 10 per cent of their income towards Croakey’s upkeep (including paying for web maintenance and related services).

From August 2015, 10 per cent of funds raised via the Croakey Conference News Service will go towards Croakey’s upkeep.

Members of the consortium for the year ending 29 February, 2018:

We are seeking expressions of interest from individuals and organisations that would like to join the Croakey funding consortium for the year from 1 March, 2017. To date, members include:

  • The Public Health Association of Australia
    The PHAA is the principal non-government organisation for public health in Australia and works to promote the health and well-being of all Australians.  The Association seeks better population health outcomes based on prevention, the social determinants of health and equity principles.
  • The National Rural Health Alliance is comprised of 39 national organisations, and is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the 7 million people in rural and remote Australia. Members include consumer groups, representation from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, health professional organisations and service providers.
  • The Australian Health Promotion Association
    The AHPA is Australia’s peak health promotion body, and the only professional association in Australia specifically for people interested or involved in the practice, research and study of health promotion.
  • The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
    The AHHA is the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia. The AHHA facilitates collaboration between clinicians, academics, policy makers, administrators and politicians.
  • The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, UNSW conduct researchs, evaluation and development that strengthen primary health care and address health inequities, with the aim of contributing to better, fairer health in the community. We address current issues in policy and practice, and work with health and related services to implement our findings.
  • The Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity (whose affiliations are detailed here) aims to: understand how government policies can work more effectively to address the social determinants of health, so as to improve health and reduce health inequities; increase understanding of the use of evidence in policy under conditions of multiple policy agendas and differences in power among groups; build research capacity and undertake knowledge exchange so as to inform policy, generate political priority for health equity and improve the health of Australia’s most disadvantaged peoples.
  • Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the peak body representing those who advocate for good quality palliative care for all Australians. PCA is committed to raising community awareness and understanding of palliative care to ensure all Australians access the care they need when they are at their most vulnerable.
  • Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
    PHAIWA promotes, develops and supports public health advocacy in Western Australia. It is an independent public health voice based within Curtin University, with a range of funding partners. The institute aims to raise the public profile and understanding of public health, develop local networks and create a statewide umbrella organisation capable of influencing public health policy and political agendas. The McCusker Centre aims to reduce the levels of drinking, harmful drinking and alcohol problems among young people.
  • Ragg & Co
    Ragg & Co is a health and communications consultancy that offers writing, editing and publishing services to governments, universities and non-government organisations in health and social services. They provide consultancy services, including strategic planning, communications advice, health advice and research. They also deliver professional development programs in writing and editing skills.
  • The George Institute for Global Health is a health and medical research institute whose mission is to improve the health of millions of people worldwide.
  • VicHealth
    The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) is a pioneer in health promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. Its primary focus is promoting good health and preventing chronic disease.

Members of the consortium for the year ending 29 February, 2017:

  • The Public Health Association of Australia
    The PHAA is the principal non-government organisation for public health in Australia and works to promote the health and well-being of all Australians.  The Association seeks better population health outcomes based on prevention, the social determinants of health and equity principles.
  • Alzheimer’s Australia
    The role of the Alzheimer’s Australia national office is to advocate on the basis of evidence-based policy, promote awareness of dementia, administer national contracts with the Commonwealth Government and provide research grants to emerging researchers through the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation.
  • The Australian Health Promotion Association
    The AHPA is Australia’s peak health promotion body, and the only professional association in Australia specifically for people interested or involved in the practice, research and study of health promotion.
  • The Australian Injury Prevention Network is the peak national body advocating for injury prevention and safety promotion in Australia.
  • The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
    The AHHA is the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia. The AHHA facilitates collaboration between clinicians, academics, policy makers, administrators and politicians.
  • The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, UNSW conduct researchs, evaluation and development that strengthen primary health care and address health inequities, with the aim of contributing to better, fairer health in the community. We address current issues in policy and practice, and work with health and related services to implement our findings.
  • Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the peak body representing those who advocate for good quality palliative care for all Australians. PCA is committed to raising community awareness and understanding of palliative care to ensure all Australians access the care they need when they are at their most vulnerable.
  • Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
    PHAIWA promotes, develops and supports public health advocacy in Western Australia. It is an independent public health voice based within Curtin University, with a range of funding partners. The institute aims to raise the public profile and understanding of public health, develop local networks and create a statewide umbrella organisation capable of influencing public health policy and political agendas. The McCusker Centre aims to reduce the levels of drinking, harmful drinking and alcohol problems among young people.
  • The Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand 
    The purpose of the Association is to facilitate communication across researchers, and between researchers and policymakers, to promote education and training in health services research, and to ensure sustainable capacity in health services research in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Ragg & Co
    Ragg & Co is a health and communications consultancy that offers writing, editing and publishing services to governments, universities and non-government organisations in health and social services. They provide consultancy services, including strategic planning, communications advice, health advice and research. They also deliver professional development programs in writing and editing skills.
  • The George Institute for Global Health is a health and medical research institute whose mission is to improve the health of millions of people worldwide.
  • VicHealth
    The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) is a pioneer in health promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. Its primary focus is promoting good health and preventing chronic disease.

Funders for the previous year, ending February, 2016 were:

  • The Public Health Association of Australia
  • Alzheimer’s Australia
  • The Australian Health Promotion Association
  • The Australian Injury Prevention Network
  • The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
  • The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, UNSW
  • Cochrane
  • Palliative Care Australia
  • Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
  • The Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • RaggAhmed
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • VicHealth

The funders for the previous year, ending in February, 2015 were:

  • The Public Health Association of Australia
  • The Australian Health Promotion Association
  • The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
  • The National Rural Health Alliance
  • Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of NSW
  • The Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation
  • The Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • RaggAhmed
  • VicHealth
  • Consumers Health Forum of Australia
  • MEDAXS

In addition to the above groups, the Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science (CEIPS) contributes $500 to the consortium.  CEIPS has been established to strengthen the preventive health effort in Victoria. An initiative of the Victorian Health Department, CEIPS works to improve the quality of prevention policy and practice, and its research agenda aims to advance the science of systems thinking and its application to population health improvement.

Arrangements

The Public Health Association of Australia acts as the funds pooling and management body, and Melissa Sweet invoices the PHAA each month on behalf of the team of moderators ($2,000 inc GST).

As part of a commitment to editorial independence, all members of the consortium have signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating they shall have no say over Croakey’s editorial direction or content. Croakey is grateful that the members of the funding consortium have treated this agreement with great respect.

In mid-2013, the Sax Institute launched a probono contribution, The Health Wrap, which is compiled every fortnight by experienced health and medical journalists Kellie Bisset, Megan Howe, and Ellice Mol (and previously, Melissa Davey and Frances Gilham).

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Previously

In addition to the organisations mentioned above, others that have contributed to the consortium in previous years include:

  • The Epidemiology Unit of the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory;
  • The Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney;
  • The Australian Health Care Reform Alliance;
  • The Australian Medicare Local Alliance;
  • The Australasian College of Health Service Management.

 

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