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I found this through a medical student’s blog -from Hungary, no less. It’s The Medical Journal of Australia’s Web 2.0 report:

The effect of Web 2.0 on the future of medical practice and education: Darwikinian evolution or folksonomic revolution?
by Rick McLean, Brian H Richards and Janet I Wardman


  • Web 2.0 is a term describing new collaborative Internet applications.

  • The primary difference from the original World Wide Web is greater user participation in developing and managing content, which changes the nature and value of the information.

  • Key elements of Web 2.0 include:

    • Really Simple Syndication (RSS) to rapidly disseminate awareness of new information;

    • blogs to describe new trends;

    • wikis to share knowledge; and

    • podcasts to make information available “on the move”.

  • The medical community needs to be aware of these technologies and their increasing role in providing health information “any time, any place”.

Here’s an example of part of their section on Health wikis:

Wikis are already in existence and expanding in medicine and medical information,4 including the Flu Wiki (http://fluwikie.com), which helps communities prepare for and cope with an avian influenza pandemic. The World Health Organization has announced that the revision of the International Classification of Diseases will be opened up via wiki to more than expert panels.10 Other wikis for doctors and researchers include Wiki Surgery (http://wikisurgery.com), Healtheva (http://www.healtheva.com), Ganfyd (http://www.ganfyd.org) (a free medical knowledge base that anyone can read but only registered medical practitioners may edit) and Sermo (http://sermo.com) (only accessible by those who can prove their medical credentials).

The last line of their article is:

Whether these technologies will (r)evolutionise medical education and information distribution will only be known in hindsight. More evaluation of their use in clinical practice and medical education is required, but medical practitioners and educators cannot afford to ignore these developments.

Things have moved on since last year when I blogged about the Australian Medical Association completely writing off Health wikis (the Journal is part of the AMA):

NSW AMA President Andrew Keegan last week criticised the growth of web diagnostic tools, saying it was inappropriate for a diagnosis to be given without a full face-to-face history by a doctor.

Do you know of any health professionals that blog please? Australian – I can find non-Aussies meself. I’m particularly looking for doctors, or people with Web 2.0/technology/medicine background. Also, any social networks that are Australian – forums and wikis around Health and Medicine, with peer2peer support.

Bloggerati Australia: I reckon we should show eMJA some love and vote for their article on Bloggerati Australia – that social bookmarking site I set up a couple of weeks ago – I’ve already posted the link up, all you have to do is go and click the VOTE button. Yes you can do it anonymously.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

7 thoughts on “Health: eMJA: Web 2.0 and medicine in Australia

  1. Just… Wow…

    I know those of us in the bubble get this instinctively, but this is very, very cool. The AMA getting that they need to get Web 2.0.

    Times they are a-changin’

  2. This is a very interesting angle, particularly given the current trend toward using a single, standardised, international taxonomy for medical conditions, severity, patient groups and drugs.



  3. The Australian Government is thinking about setting up a consultation blog/forum to give the public a chance to debate public policy.

    If you want to help shape the form this blog will take then have your say here:


    It only takes a couple of minutes and could help lead to something really worthwhile. Thanks.

  4. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much,
    However I am having problems with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I cannot join it.

    Is there anybody getting identical RSS problems?
    Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

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