Social Media for Health Professionals – Benefits and Pitfalls


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I am an avid user of social media – mostly Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress – predominantly for educational and professional purposes.  As a health practitioner, I am well aware that there are concerns about the use of social media for professionals, and that many are still reluctant to engage with social media for fear of getting in trouble, or simply because they can’t understand why they should bother.  This is actually a really good place to start; safety, confidentiality and professionalism are of the utmost importance when it comes to health professionals using social media.

I was first introduced to Twitter for professional purposes during General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA)‘s “Breathing New Life into General Practice” conference (now the “Future of General Practice” conference) in early 2012, however I must admit that it took me a while to figure out the best way to use…

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