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Australian Patient Organizations: Using Digital Technologies to Engage Health Citizen Communities in Health Policy

Australian Patient Organizations: Using Digital Technologies to Engage Health Citizen Communities in Health Policy
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Author(s): Anni Dugdale (University of Canberra, Australia)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 17
Source title: User-Driven Healthcare: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2770-3.ch043

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Abstract

Three citizen health organizations in Australia are examined for how they are consuming information and communication technologies. In particular, how they are actively domesticating and taming the internet as part of their everyday practices and how this is transforming participation, citizenship, and civil society in the health sector are explored. The organizations, Diabetes ACT, Health Care Consumers’ Association of the ACT, and AIDS Action Council of the ACT are all located in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The chapter focuses on how each organization imagines and configures their communities and how this leads to differences in their ways of interacting with the internet.

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