Monthly Archives:July 2019


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Links Our websites: Early Parenthood Experiences of Ageing Experiences of depression and recovery Living with Multiple Medicines Our Co-Directors: Renata Kokanovic Lorraine Smith Our supporters: Australian Research Council Healthdirect Australia Victorian Department of Health & Human Services Mind Australia Neami National Mental Illness Fellowship beyondblue NPS MedicineWise Tandem Victorian Mental

DIPex International

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DIPex International Healthtalk Australia is part of DIPEx International, a network of organisations in 11 countries around the world which undertake and publish rigorous research into people’s experiences of major illness and health-related conditions. Canada Czech Republic Germany Israel Japan Korea Netherlands Spain UK United States

Publications, Presentations & Media

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Publications, Presentations & Media Healthtalk Australia publications Ridge D, Kokanovic R, Broom A, Kirkpatrick S, Anderson C & Tanner C. (2015) “My dirty little habit”: Patient constructions of antidepressant use and the ‘crisis’ of legitimacy. Social Science & Medicine. 146: 53-61. Tudball J, Smith L, Ryan K, Williamson M and Manias E. (2015) Challenges

Our People

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Our People Renata Kokanovic – Co-Director Renata Kokanovic, Monash Fellow, is Associate Professor of Sociology of Health and Illness, and Leader of the Social Studies in Health and Medicine (SSHM) Research Program at Monash University. The SSHM Research Program is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research and knowledge-exchange initiative based in the Faculty of Arts.


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Methods We employ well-established methods of qualitative research which are rigorous and systematic. We typically conduct 40-50 in-depth interviews with individuals concerning their personal experiences of living with a health condition, or caring for someone with a health condition. These interviews are usually conducted at home using audio and video

Purpose & Aims

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Purpose & Aims Our purpose is to promote and conduct qualitative research into personal experiences of health and illness, working in collaboration with the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) at the University of Oxford, (the DIPEx Charity UK), and DIPEx International. Healthtalk Australia aims to: Raise funds for research


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Experiences of ageing in Australia Overview: The Experiences of Ageing project aimed to improve our understandings of people’s experiences of getting older, and provide information resources to support older people, their families and health professionals involved in their care. We collected video, audio and written interviews, which have been used