Tag Archives: health risk

Health data debacle and the need for trust in communication

It’s no secret that citizens don’t trust governments. Yet that lack of trust has seldom been so manifestly evident as when the Australian Government solemnly promised to safeguard the nation’s most intimate and personal health data. The public rarely get … Continue reading

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Celebrities blur fact and fiction in issue management

The State of New York has officially banned the controversial practice of “fracking” to exploit deep deposits of shale gas.  However, is it a triumph for objective science or for the power of celebrity? In a case which has implications … Continue reading

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A black eye for the anti-windfarm issue

Allegations about supposed health effects are a common challenge for issue managers.  And there are few health issues with so little scientific evidence and so much emotion as claims that wind turbines cause a whole catalogue of illnesses. But the campaign … Continue reading

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Size is no protection against reputation risk

It’s easy to imagine that it’s mainly big companies, big brands and high-profile celebrities who are vulnerable to reputation damage. But a small New Zealand company has shown that every organization, no matter what size, can be at risk from public issues. … Continue reading

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Is the anti-vaccination issue starting to wane?

A prime example of effective issue management is the world-wide campaign opposing childhood vaccination against life-threatening diseases. It’s also an example of an issue achieving a remarkable level of success despite its basic premise being so fundamentally flawed. But some … Continue reading

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My mum the health risk expert

Worried mothers and helpless babies are two potent symbols when it comes to raising the latest health scare. So how should companies and regulators respond when faced with risk allegations about yet another product? The most recent story began two weeks … Continue reading

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