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From simple media releases to long-term campaigns, I have helped clients share their stories and messages with the audiences that matter most to them.

Media campaign for health promotion

Client: VicHealth

VicHealth is a world-leading health promotion foundation focused on promoting good health and preventing chronic disease.


Research by Deakin University and VicHealth into emergency presentations at a regional Victorian hospital highlighted some surprising trends around alcohol consumption and related harm. Using values-based messaging to reframe the discussion around alcohol, VicHealth asked me to plan and implement a 5-month media campaign to help shift community attitudes in relation to alcohol. 


Working with the lead researcher, I assessed the available study results to identify newsworthy story angles, scheduling their release in line with key local events commonly associated with alcohol consumption.

Sourcing expert comments and local case studies, I drafted 10 media releases, coordinating any required photography and providing audio clips for use by radio news outlets.

VicHealth did not want to focus on individual behaviour change in this campaign. Instead, it wanted to focus on values-based messaging. This meant avoiding common euphemisms associated with alcohol use such as ‘responsible drinking’  and assumptions around the role of alcohol in fun, social activities.

To maintain the integrity of the messaging, the campaign’s success depended on well-written media releases that required minimal editing, as well as strong relationships with journalists covering the campaign.


Each media release ran with minimal changes in the regional newspaper, with some also picked up by local radio. This included a breakfast program interview with one of the research team on ABC local radio. The campaign was also supported with stories shared on a social media community group, providing a helpful resource for public feedback on the campaign’s messages.

Over the course of the media intervention, campaign reach was 530,000 in an area with a population of approximately 36,000.

Results of the post-intervention community survey conducted by the research team are not available.

A double-page spread in Warrnambool Standard kicks off the campaign.
Social media community groups helped to spread the values-based messaging on alcohol harm.
Media releases were timed to coincide with peak times of alcohol consumption, such as summer holidays at the beach.

Participant stories showcase NDIS services

Client: Gateways Support Services

Gateways Support Services is a not-for-profit, NDIS service provider specialising in supporting children and adults with intellectual disability and autism. Gateways operates in Geelong, Warrnambool, Werribee and Footscray.


The media unit of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) approached Gateways seeking participant stories that demonstrated NDIS support in action. They wanted to share case studies showing how the scheme helps service users work towards their plan goals.


The request was a great opportunity for the client to promote their services to a wide audience. It was therefore important for the articles to be written in a way that met the needs of the NDIA media unit, while showcasing the client’s own services and expertise. I made sure the piece met the tone and style of NDIS stories, with my journalistic skills ensuring little editing was required.


Articles submitted to the NDIA media unit ran with very few changes. This was a great result for the client, who gained national exposure via the agency’s participant newsletter, as well as regional and local media placement.

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