In 2005, the NSW Department of Health commissioned
an external review of the NSW Public Health Bulletin.
This article describes the methods and findings of the
qualitative survey. Participants included people working
in population health from within the Department of
Health, area health services, the tertiary sector and nongovernment
organisations. There were fifty interviews, two
focus groups and eight written surveys. The review found
substantial support and respect for the Bulletin. It described
the features of the Bulletin that stakeholders valued and
provided suggestions to strengthen the publication. These
findings will guide developments in the Bulletin’s purpose,
presentation, content and distribution for its readership.