Who are we?


We are an Australian government-funded research study.

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 (segments) based on our findings.

We (the researchers) also will be co-designing (making messages together) with young people. We will evaluate what worked well and then rework the messages to make them even better and test them again with 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.

Communicating Health is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and is a joint project of Monash UniversityRMIT University and Burnet Institute

The overarching aims of Communicating Health are to:

  1. Understand the how young adults, especially Aboriginal young adults, engage and utilise social media in relation to health and healthy eating

  2. Improve the effectiveness of social media strategies to motivate, engage and retain young adults, especially Aboriginal young adults, in interventions to reduce the risk of obesity

  3. Identify and disseminate effective ways to deliver these social media interventions for the target group