Alana Mitchelson is an Australian journalist based in Melbourne.
In 2015, Alana undertook a reporting trip to the United States. She was the sole international selectee to have been chosen for the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship, a 10-week paid reporting role at the Indianapolis Star.
The woman who two decades ago recommended changes to lift standards in the plastic surgery industry says adequate protection for patients has been too slow to materialise.The plastic surgery industry has this week taken action against dangerous practices which continue to place patients at risk despite a 1999 NSW report recommending they be overhauled.Merrilyn Walton, commissioner of the Health Care Complaints Commission at the time of the report, said Australian standards fell short in...
Complaints about NBN services have more than doubled since last year, with internet problems outnumbering mobile phone complaints for the first time.The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) 2016/17 annual report revealed that more than 27,100 complaints were lodged specifically about the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the last financial year.This was a 159 per cent increase compared to the previous year’s 10,400 complaints.TIO ombudsman Judi Jones said the surge in...
Vulvar cancer is increasing among Australian women amid calls to break the stigma associated with talking about sexual health.A Cancer Council NSW study found that rates of vulvar cancer have increased by 20 per cent from the 1980s to the mid-2000s, with a 54 per cent surge in diagnoses for women aged under 60 years old.This was significantly higher than the overall increase in women under 60 across 13 high-income countries – 38 per cent.Vulvar cancer is relatively rare with about 300...
I find that, as a writer, there is something really quite rewarding in receiving comment from readers and I am in a privileged position where I’m able to initiate an interactive discussion; with access to a far wider audience reach than ever before through social media and other online forum platforms.
The concept of an emerging global community – made possible by the creation of the internet – has me excited to see where this will take the media industry going into the future.
Why did you become a journalist?
I find myself attracted to the journalism profession as I love the idea that, as a journalist, I’m constantly meeting new, weird and wonderful people, learning new things and sharing those discoveries with others.
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