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Startup: HealthShare revolutionises health sector

New social networking site revolutionises access to health information and patient support.

Healthshare ( an Australian social health networking site has launched offering a safe online place for people to connect with others sharing similar health experience or interests across hundreds of health topics such as Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Fitness, Heart Disease, Menopause and Osteoporosis and Weight Management.

Using functionality that has become synonymous with popular social networks like Facebook®, Twitter® and LinkedIn®, members can follow communities, start discussions, share personal stories, connect with others, create ideas, health blogs and more.

In addition, they have access to evidence-based fact sheets from leading health organisations such as beyondblue, Lifeline, Diabetes Australia, Osteoporosis Australia, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, Sports Medicine Australia and The Heart Foundation.

“Research shows that people are not using Facebook to talk about their intimate health details”, said Darryl Jackson, CEO and co-founder of Healthshare. “Healthshare is a local place for Australians to learn from each other’s experiences.”

Governed by Australian national privacy laws, members are able to harness Healthshare’s privacy features to be as public or private as they choose.

“When you’re sick, sometimes the last things you want to do is front up to a group of people and ask questions. Healthshare is convenient, private and full of people in the same situation as you.” said Ben Bravery, 29 year old Bowel Cancer sufferer and Healthshare member. “Social media was an important part of my life before my diagnosis, so it made sense to continue to rely on this form of communication and networking when faced with my cancer,” he added.

Healthshare is a free service to all Australians aged 18+ years.

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