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The changing face of language

Language can almost be considered an organism because it is always changing. The evolution of mobile phones into smartphones has revolutionised the way we communicate in the 21st century. Using pictorial symbols for words or phrases has become second nature to new generations, with emojis centre-stage as the latest tech-driven leap in human expression

Diabetes care – can you prescribe cultural sensitivity?

We don’t think so, but we’re convinced that much could be done to share cultural knowledge among health professionals who work with people from diabetes from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Jargon still a bitter pill for many

A new day of reckoning is upon us as communicators. A new reminder to commit to clarity and watch our words. No more utilising, away with leveraging; triage be gone. Time to drop the jargon, especially if you regularly communicate with the wider community about health.

Diabetes care – the question of cultural influence

I recently completed a 12-week work placement at Fenton Communications as part of a Master of Public Health degree. During my placement I worked on a project looking at diabetes in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. The project surveyed health professionals to see if they would value communication resources that could enhance their understanding of cultural influences on diabetes care and management.

Lawyer-up: the rise of personal branding in the legal sector

We’re all familiar with the power of brands. Think Vegemite. Dyson. Cancer Council. We have an immediate emotional response to certain products and services – this is the heart of their brand. Many corporate lawyers work for corporations or NGOs that spend time and money building and protecting their brand because they recognise it as critical to their success.

Translating the ‘lifestyle disease’

It’s Australia’s fastest growing chronic illness with more than one million people already diagnosed. Experts anticipate three million cases by 2025. Hearing these statistics, we tend to imagine the looming national spectre of cancer or heart disease – and with good reason: according to a recent World Health Organisation report cancer may have overtaken heart disease as Australia’s biggest killer.

Selling the science behind child’s play

We were recently engaged to come up with a strategy that would help persuade schools and teachers across the country to take part in the only national census of children in their early years: the 2015 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

Fenton team moves office

After 27 years in business, 14 years stationed at Bourke Street, we’ve moved south – about 450 meters south, to an iconic corner of Collins Street.

Build trust and they will come

It might sound like a concept contrived by a marketing department, but brand trust actually taps into one of our most innate needs: to make meaningful connections.

Trust: where words and actions meet

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the World Public Relations Forum in Madrid, which brought together hundreds of communication professionals from around the world.