Healthtalk Australia is a group of academic researchers dedicated to improving the health of Australians by harnessing the power of patient, carer and health professional stories. Our mission is to use the power of individual stories to understand and improve healthcare for all Australians, placing the person at the centre stage of healthcare improvement and reform. Using rigorous qualitative research methods, we collect and analyse in-depth narratives on film and audio from patients, carers and health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and with varied experiences of different health conditions. The interviews are used to produce innovative, publicly available health experience targeted websites. These websites offer audio, video and textual clips from people who were interviewed, usually talking about their experience of illness, wellness and care – clips reflective of a rigorous scholarly analysis of a wide range of stakeholder perspectives.
Our websites provide support and information to other patients and carers, and are a resource for health professionals and health educators. In combination with our academic outputs, they are also a source of evidence for service providers, policymakers and researchers about what is and isn’t working in the Australian healthcare system. A commitment to knowledge translation, research independence, research excellence, and respect for research participants informs our work.
We work in collaboration with the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) at the University of Oxford, healthtalk.org (the DIPEx Charity UK), and DIPEx International.