International symposium at ANU to discuss health communication

Sunday, February 11, 2018 — The Australian National University (ANU) will host an International Symposium on Health Care Communication on Monday and Tuesday 12-13 February 2018.

The event will bring together healthcare professionals, clinicians, linguists, communication scholars, educators and researchers from around the world.

There are approximately 500,000 avoidable critical incidents in hospitals in Australia each year, with an estimate of over 90 per cent of these where communication failure was a major contributing factor.  

An example of the communication challenges in hospitals is that in Australia there are an estimated 50 million shift to shift handovers each year.

During the symposium the ANU will also launch the ANU Institute for Communication in Health Care. The institute will be launched at 6pm Monday 12 February by Professor Rae Frances, Dean of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor Jane Dahlstrom, Dean of the ANU College of Health and Medicine.

The Institute was established to promote health communication research and the application of research findings to healthcare practice and education.

Media are invited to attend.

A program is available at:


WHAT: International Symposium on Healthcare Communication and launch of the Institute for Communication in Health Care at ANU.

WHERE: Sir Roland Wilson Building, The Australian National University;

WHEN: From 9am, Monday 12 February 2018.


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