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Maryke is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Health Informatics at Macquarie University’s Australian Institute of Health Innovation, investigating the challenges for public health communication and practice presented by poor quality information and misinformation in today’s changing media landscape. Her areas of interest include the impact of the loss of medical journalists on public health, how public health practitioners use social media to monitor and respond to immunisation information in the public domain, and how to improve the translation and communication of new evidence from scientific and medical research to the public.

Maryke completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney in 2015 and has a background in science communication and the media. She previously worked at Neuroscience Research Australia as a media and communications officer, and at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a science and health reporter/producer, working on programs including Catalyst, The Health Report and for ABC Online. Maryke has also worked on research and communication projects at the Cancer Council NSW, the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, and Médecins Sans Frontières.

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Research Outputs

  • 4 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Article

How organisations promoting vaccination respond to misinformation on social media: a qualitative investigation

Steffens, M. S., Dunn, A. G., Wiley, K. E. & Leask, J., 23 Oct 2019, In : BMC Public Health. 19, 1, p. 1-12 12 p., 1348.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    37 Downloads (Pure)

    Meeting the challenges of reporting on public health in the new media landscape

    Steffens, M. S., Dunn, A. G. & Leask, J., Dec 2017, In : Australian journalism review. 39, 2, p. 119-132 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    NCIRS COSSI Workshop Support Scholarship

    Maryke Steffens (Recipient), 20 Mar 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Social media and immunisation advocacy

    Maryke Steffens (Speaker)
    4 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation