Make Noise on Twitter

We are living in an age where social media has a loud voice.  Twitter is used by influential figures and is a great way to publicly connect with politicians, media personel and doctors.  If you think that Twitter won’t make a difference, you need to get on board and experience it’s influence.
Over the next two weeks we have one goal – create as much noise as possible and let the state and federal Governments know that we do NOT accept their inability to negotiate the final 46 internship positions for 2013.  The states that need to be targeted are NSW and VIC.  It is important to keep in mind that QLD, NT, WA and ACT have stepped up and negotiated with the federal health minister.

What should you tweet about?

Targeting NSW and VIC politicians, along with key public figures who may have an interest, we are fighting to raise awareness of:

  • Aging population and predicted shortfall of doctors
  • NSW and VIC need to cooperate with the Federal Government to find remaining 46 positions.
  • The fact that medical education and training does not stop after medical school and we need investments in training to ensure we have the specialists and GPs we have in the future
  • Importing overseas trained doctors in unethical and against WHO and COAG guidelines.  So why are we sending away Australian Trained doctors?
  • Rural doctor shortages – so create more rural internships.

HELP! I’m new! How do I use twitter?

Twitter is simple – short succinct messages + a ‘hashtag’ which links your comment with other people who are talking about the same thing.

On twitter you have a choice of making a statement about it, and adding a hashtag OR tweeting to an actual person.  You also have the option of ‘Re-tweeting’ which means that if you like someone elses point, you can re-tweet it from your account.

The best tweets have links attached to them.  So be sure to share the website or links to articles for example.

Download tweetdeck

This is a really useful application for your computer which makes tweeting and following the #interncrisis really simple.  In addition to the simplicity of it, you can schedule tweets.  That way, if you are busy, you can write some tweets at the start of the day and schedule them to tweet throughout the day automatically.

Who should I follow?

Medical student action on training:

Some key figures to get you started:

Then add a column to your tweetdeck (option at the top called ‘add a column’) which follows #interncrisis.  Every time you see someone post something useful on #interncrisis you should follow them.

Who should I Tweet to?


National Media
  • @pollytics Pollytics Crikey blog
  • @rbbrown Ruth Brown – journalist – crikey
  • @elerimai Eleri Harris – journalist – crikey
  • @cowspanker David Higgins – Editor
  • @rodpeno Rod Peno – Social Media Producer at News Digital Media
  • @meadea Amanda Meade – Media journalist – the australian
  • @sally_jackson Sally Jackson – Media journalist – the Australian
  • @valerioveo Valerio Veo Head of News & Current Affairs Online – SBS
  • @superfabulous Aisha Hillary – New Media at SBS

NSW Media

  • @matthew_hall Matthew Hall – Sun Herald
  • @joe_hildebrand Joe Hildebrand – Daily Telegraph blogger
  • @tabloidterror Ros Reine – Sunday Telegraph gossip columnist
  • @MarPar Maralyn Parker – Education columnist for The Daily Telegraph
  • @engalvo Nick Galvin – journalist – SMH
  • @curious_scribe Glenda Kwek – journalist and multimedia – SMH
  • @arjun_aus Arjun Ramachandran – journalist – SMH

VIC Media



  • @barryofarrell – Premier – member for Ku-ring-gai – Liberal
  • @andrewstoner – NSW Nationals leader – member for oxley, Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade & Investment, Minister for Regional Infrastructure& Services, Member for Oxley
  • @BradHazzard – Leader of the house, liberal party member, member for Wakehurst
  • @mikebairdMP – NSW treasurer and member for manly
  • @AndrewConstance – Andrew Constance is the Member for Bega in the New South Wales Parliament. He is also the NSW Minister for Disability Services and Ageing
  • @chrishartchermp – Member for terrigal
  • @GBerejiklianmp – Member for Willoughby – minister for transport
  • @KatrinaHoddy – Member for Burrinjuck, Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Small Business in New South Wales
  • @PruGoward – NSW State Member for Goulburn, Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for Women.
  • @RobynParkerMP – MP for the NSW electorate of Maitland. Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage
  • @VictorDominello – minister for Ryde
  • @LindaBurneyMP – Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Member for Canterbury
  • @michaeldaleyMP – NSW Shadow Treasurer, State Member for Maroubra
  • @BarbaraPerry_MP – Member for Auburn, NSW Shadow Minister for Ageing, Disability Services, Mental Health and Heritage, mother of 5 boys.
  • @jrobertsonmp – Member for Blacktown Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Western Sydney, Shadow Minister for the Illawarra
  • @SteveWhan – NSW Shadow Minister for Resources & Primary Industries; Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality, Gaming & Racing
  • @PennySharpemlc – NSW Labor MP. Mum to 3 kids. Dedicated inner westie. Shadow Minister for Transport
  • @RyanPark_Keira – Labor Member for Keira in NSW Parliament.
  • @MickVeitchMLC – NSW Labour MLC
  • @SophieCotsis – NSW Labor MP and Shadow Minister for Local Government, Housing and the Status of Women
  • @TaniaMihailukMP – NSW State Parliament Member for Bankstown. Bankstown Local and Proud Mother of three young children.
  • @Ron_Hoenig – member for heffron

Victorian MPs

  • @DanielAndrewsMP – Victorian Labor Leader and State Member for Mulgrave.
  • @LouiseAsherMP – never used – minister for Brighton
  • @TedBaillieu – Premier of Victoria, Minister for the Arts, Leader of the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition
  • @GregMLC – Leader of the Greens MPs in the parliament of Victoria, – northern metropolitan
  • @RobertClarkMP – MP for Box Hill, Attorney-General, Minister for Finance, Parliament of Victoria, Australia
  • @DanielleGreenMP – Danielle Green is State Labor Member for Yan Yean. She is also Shadow Minister for Child Safety, Disability Services, Health Promotion and Women.
  • @TimHoldingMP – State Member for Lyndhurst, Shadow Treasurer & Shadow Minister for Industry
  • @GavinJennings – Victorian Shadow Minister for Health and Mental Health
  • @JamesMerlinoMP – State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Education
  • @JennyMikakos – Labor Shadow Minister – children & young adults, seniors & ageing, youth justice. Northern Metro Region MP
  • @JaalaPulford – Labor MP, Western Vic. Tweeting about state pols – jobs, education, health, regional.
  • @DeeRyall – Liberal Victorian State Member for Mitcham. Loves Life. Everyone Counts or No One Counts.
  • @peterryanMP – Leader of The Victorian Nationals, Minister for Police & Em. Services, Bushfire Response and Rural & Regional Development, Member for Gippsland South
  • @NickWakelingMP – State Member for Ferntree Gully and Parliamentary Secretary for Health
  • @lorrainewreford – mordialloc (she’s tweeted about health before)
  • @JacintaAllanMP – Member for Bendigo East Shadow Minister Regional & Rural Development, Bushfire Response, Police, Emergency Services, Manager of Opposition Business
  • @BradBattinMP – State Member for Gembrook
  • @DonnaBauerMP – State Member for Carrum, mother of 4, wife of a small business owner.
  • @candybroad – Member for Northern Victoria
  • @ColinBrooksMP – State Labor Member for Bundoora. Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education
  • @NealeBurgess – Hastings
  • @CCampbellMP – State Member for Pascoe Vale
  • @ACarbinesMP – State Member for Ivanhoe, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government
  • @PCrispMildura – The Nationals Member for Mildura
  • @LilyDAmbrosioMP – Vic MP for Mill Park. Shadow Minister for: Energy. Consumer Protection. Cost of Living. The Suburbs.
  • @HughDelahunty – Member for Lowan. Minister for Sport and Veterans’ Affairs. Former Essendon footballer
  • @LukeDonnellan – State Member for Narre Warren North. Shadow Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the T.A.C.
  • @mareeedwardsmp – State Member for Bendigo West
  • @johnerenmp – State Member for Lara Shadow Minister for Sport & Recreation and Volunteers
  • @MartinFoleyMP – Victorian Labor MP representing the diverse community living in the district of Albert Park
  • @Jane_GarrettMP – Member for Brunswick
  • @michaelgidley – State Member of Parliament for Waverley
  • @MatthewGuyMP – Victorian Minister for Planning, Member for Northern Metropolitan Region
  • @B_Halfpenny – State Member of Parliament for Thomastown.
  • @JoeHelper1 – Member of State Parliament for Ripon electorate
  • @JillHennessyMP – Shadow Minister for the Anti-corruption Commission, Corrections & Crime Prevention. Western Bulldogs supporter.
  • @SteveHerbertMP – My office and I are always ready to help with any issues you may have, feel free to call me on 9439 1500 or by email at
  • @DavidHodgettMP – Liberal State Member for Kilsyth, Shadow Cabinet Secretary
  • @NatKeilor – Member for Keilor Shadow Parlientary Sectetary for Public Transport
  • @MarleneKairouz – State MP for Kororoit State Labor Oppostion Whip
  • @JenniferKanis – State Member for Melbourne
  • @SharonKnightMP – Labor Member for Ballarat West An empty nester who can now play my music as loud as I like.
  • @ShaunLeaneMP – upperhouse member of parliament for the Eastern metro region as well as the opposition whip.
  • @JohnLendersMP – Labor Leader in Victorian Legislative Council. Spokesman for Agriculture, Food Security, Water & Resources. Southern Metropolitan Electorate.
  • @Tim_McCurdy – State Member for Murray Valley.
  • @Frank_McGuire – member for broadmeadows
  • @LucindaMcLeish – Liberal Candidate for Seymour
  • @LisanevilleMP – never tweeted – Bellarine
  • @clemnewtonbrown – Representing you in the Victorian Parliament as Member for Prahran.
  • @wadenoonan – State Member of Parliament for Williamstown District
  • @RussellNorthe – morwell
  • @michaelobrienmp – MP for Malvern, Victorian Government Minister
  • @CraigOndarchie – Member of the Legislative Council for the Northern Metropolitan Region in the Victorian Parliament.
  • @MartinPakulaMLC – Shadow Attorney General; Shadow Minister for Racing and Gaming; Opposition Scrutiny of Government
  • @timpallas – Victorian State MP for Tarneit
  • @sueMLC – Greens Member of Parliament, Victoria, Australia.
  • @JudePerera1 – State Member for Cranbourne District in the Victorian Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary for the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs
  • @IngaPeulichMP – State Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region and Parliamentary Secretary for Education
  • @RichPhillipsMLC – Assistant Treasurer (incl TAC & VWA), Minister for Technology & the Aviation Industry in the Victorian Coalition Govt. Proudly represent South-East Metro Region
  • @RichardsonFiona – Member for Northcote, Shadow Minister for keeping the Tories honest on Public Transport…
  • @RyanSmithMP – Member for Warrandyte and Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Youth Affairs.
  • @SouthwickMP – State MP for Caulfield.
  • @BrianTeeMP – Shadow Minister for Planning and Sustainable Growth, and member for the Eastern Metropolitan Region in the Victorian Parliament
  • @MarshaThomsonMP – State Member for Footscray since 2006. 99 – 06 Upper House Member and Minister for ICT, Small Business and Consumer Affairs
  • @PeterWalshMP – Member for Swan Hill, Minister for Water, Agriculture & Food Security and Deputy Leader of The Nationals.
  • @paulwellerMLA – Rodney
  • @rwynnemp – State Labor Member for Richmond. Shadow Minister for Housing, Local Government, Aboriginal Affairs, Closing the Gap and A Fairer Victoria