Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Virginia McMillan wins 2013 ANZCA Media Award for pain story

Virginia McMillan wins 2013 ANZCA Media Award for pain story

“Pain, finding perspectives”, a cover feature by New Zealand Doctor journalist Virginia McMillan, has won the $A5000 Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Media Award for the best news story or feature about anaesthesia or pain medicine that appeared in the Australian and New Zealand media in 2013.

Ms McMillan’s article appeared in the December 4, 2013 edition of New Zealand Doctor and examined why chronic pain is so difficult to treat.

“This article was sparked by a comment from an anaesthetist that there is limited understanding of pain management in the wider health community,” Ms McMillan said.

“I found this was backed up by anecdotes heard over a number of years … the indirect message that “it’s all in your head” was often picked up, and a feeling of blame engendered.”

“I set out to gather a wide range of experiences of pain, both on the providing and the the receiving end of care.”

Ms McMillan wrote a compelling piece of long-form journalism and included case studies, extensive interviews with health professionals and recent statistics to illustrate the story, including young, outgoing and active people who live with persistent pain, to shatter the stereotypes of chronic pain sufferers.

Ms McMillan’s story was just one among entries for the ANZCA Media Award that spanned pain medicine and anaethesia - across print, radio and television media. The award will be run again this year.

The award was judged by former ABC journalist, lecturer and media training expert, Doug Weller; anaesthetist and ANZCA Bulletin Medical Editor Dr Michelle Mulligan, and former Age health editor and Ambulance Victoria media director Tom Noble.

The judges were impressed by the breadth of the entries but found it very difficult to pick the winner from what they described as a “tough field” with some “terrific entries”. They particularly commended Ms McMillan’s extensive research and concluded:

“’Pain, finding perspectives” took as its subject a challenging and little understood phenomenon – the world of chronic pain. We were impressed with the how thorough the reporting was, and that it included not only case studies and the views of clinicians but some little-understood and often under-reported statistics on the nature and complexity of chronic pain – both its experience and its treatment.”

Entries for the $A5000 ANZCA Media Award for the best news story or feature on anaesthesia or pain medicine to appear in the Australian or New Zealand media (print, television, radio or online) in 2014 are now open.

To see Ms McMillan’s winning award, please go to www.anzca.edu.au. Details about the $A5000 ANZCA Media Award for 2014 can be found at www.anzca.edu.au/communications/Media.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news