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23 Nov 21

2021 Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow - Virtual Event - AAG WA Division


Information disorder:
health and the information revolution

The increased spread of misinformation through social media and traditional news outlets has played a role in generating insecurity, confusion, and distrust of public and government authorities. This has especially been the case with respect to the shaping of public perceptions of risk and health management during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies designed to fight disinformation campaigns and the spread of misinformation have largely been defensive, including efforts to regulate social media platforms; to expose dis, mis and mal-information in the hope of lessening the impact; and, to increase audiences’ ‘health literacy’.

Focal issues in this discussion include: How does COVID-19 related mis-information influence individuals’ knowledge about the disease and their intention to follow recommended health measures? How do people interact with their close community and virtual (social media) connections to understand public health information and how do collective viewpoints become established and prevalent? In what ways does this community of information translate into decisions that may undermine effective public health responses to the COVID-19 emergency? Do public health responses (including advice about vaccine safety and community lockdowns) undermine trust in the public health system and do these (dynamic) responses feedback and inflate individual (existential and ontological) and community concerns?

Key Reasons to attend:

  • Hear about how COVID-19 mis-information influences adherence to health measures
  • Understand how the spread of misinformation impacts distrust of authorities
  • Learn about the impact of misinformation on Indigenous COVID vaccination
  • Explore the impact of perceptions around older people as bed blockers


Our presenters:

Professor Paul Arbon is the Director of the Torrens Resilience Institute* and Professor of Nursing (Population Health) at Flinders University. He is Past President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine; former Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University; a member the International Health Regulations Roster of Experts; Member of the World Health Organisation, Health Security Interface, Technical Advisory Group; and Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing. Prof Arbon is also an Editorial Board Member of the disaster health journal, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.


Paul’s current research includes disaster resilience through community and organisational capacity building.

* The Torrens Resilience Institute was established in 2009 to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges that have the potential to overwhelm local disaster and crisis management capabilities and plans.

Dr Mark Duncan-Smith MBBS FRACS GCGOVM MAICD was elected as AMA (WA) President in June 2021. He attended UWA and trained in surgery in Perth (FRACS Plastics 1997), in burns surgery at John Hopkins University, and in cosmetic surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida.


Professor Leon Flicker is the inaugural Professor of Geriatric Medicine at UWA since 1998. He established a research unit aimed at translational issues focusing on the health needs of older people. He has a particular interest in the risk factors, assessment and management of the common problems of older people. He has published over 460 peer-reviewed articles. In 2017 he was honoured with an Order of Australia for his contributions to geriatric medicine and dementia prevention and care.


Presentation details

Information disorder: health and the information revolution Paul Arbon
Misinformation on Indigenous COVID vaccination Mark Duncan-Smith
Misinformation on older people being bed blockers Leon Flicker
Q&A all



Please note that this event is free and is open
to AAG members and non-members alike

This event will be delivered via Zoom

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private institution system administrators have made a
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Event Date & Time: Thursday 23rd November 12.00pm-1.00pm AWST

Event Location: Online, WA - online via Zoom

Registrations Open: 4th Nov 21 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 23rd Nov 21 10:00 AM

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