Media and evidence-informed policy development: the case of mental health in Australia

Meurk, Carla, Whiteford, Harvey, Head, Brian, Hall, Wayne and Carah, Nicholas (2015) Media and evidence-informed policy development: the case of mental health in Australia. Contemporary Social Science, 10 2: 160-170. doi:10.1080/21582041.2015.1053970

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Author Meurk, Carla
Whiteford, Harvey
Head, Brian
Hall, Wayne
Carah, Nicholas
Title Media and evidence-informed policy development: the case of mental health in Australia
Journal name Contemporary Social Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2158-205X
2158-2041
Publication date 2015-06-29
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/21582041.2015.1053970
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 160
End page 170
Total pages 11
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article draws together theory from political science, media, and science and technology studies to examine the past, present and possible future roles of ‘media’ in influencing evidence-informed policy-making in mental health in Australia. The authors develop a nuanced understanding of the role that media framing, focussing events and participation have played in the evolution of mental health policy. Media are shown to influence evidence utilisation in policy development in complex ways. The authors consider how the global circulation of ideas that media enable affects policy issues within national jurisdictions. Their findings are relevant to policy issues in areas where media are deliberately used both to achieve individual behaviour change and influence policy.
Keyword mental health policy
evidence-based policy
evidence-informed policy
mediatisation
political communication
science communication
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

 
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