Social media is increasingly important to promote research, advocacy and social change as well as for career and professional development. This workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Degree Research students and relevant staff aims to increase skills in using social media channels, short videos, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, as platforms to promote research.

The workshop will explore:

  • Using social media to boost/supplement your research and professional development
  • How to share your research and knowledge via social media (including Periscope, short videos, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Strategies to manage issues such as trolling and online bullying, and
  • Critical analysis of the digital platforms


About our facilitators

Dr Summer May Finlay 


Dr Summer May Finlay is a Yorta Yorta woman who grew up in Lake Macquarie near Newcastle. She recently completed a PhD with the University of South Australia, has a Master of Public Health Advanced majoring in social marketing from the University of Wollongong and a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in linguistics from Macquarie University.

  Dr Melissa Sweet 


Managing Editor of Croakey, Dr Melissa Sweet is one of Australia’s most experienced health and medical journalists. As founding editor of the Croakey project, she is passionate about new media innovation and public interest journalism. Melissa is also involved in various research and teaching activities, is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, and recently completed a PhD at the University of Canberra.