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AMWA's 30th Annual Conference

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Conference Registration

The conference starts with lunch at 12 noon on both Friday and Saturday. Registration includes admission to all conference sessions, official documentation and satchel, morning and afternoon teas and lunches on both days.

Workshop Registration

Workshops are booked separately and are not part of the conference registration. Places are limited, so early booking is advised. This year, topics include:

  • Writing for cross-cultural communication

  • Writing clearly and succinctly

  • Working well with MS Word

  • Blogging for medical writers: a beginner's guide

The writing for cross-cultural communication workshop is sponsored by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

About the Conference

President's Welcome

Melbourne in winter is about all the indoors. Our 30th anniversary conference features warm welcomes, fine company and a stimulating program. Warm your cockles at Thursday evening's Welcome Reception, where we will stroll down AMWA lane armed only with wine and 30 years' worth of memories. The conference proper kicks off on Friday with the renowned Prof Simon Chapman. Our theme 'Art & science in medical writing' embraces the essence of what we do. The conference committee led by Prof Bruce Waxman has developed a thought provoking and eclectic program, complemented by four new workshops. We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne. Dr Justin Coleman, President

Welcome Reception

  • The iconic Embiggen Books in Little Lonsdale Street is the venue for the Welcome Reception at 6.30pm on Thursday 22 August. Join AMWA president Justin Coleman and two of the founding members of AMWA, Amanda Caswell and Cal Miller as they talk about 'AMWA now and then'.

  • The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity for conference delegates to meet to renew friendships and make new friends over canapés and refreshments. Your Welcome Reception ticket is included in full conference registration.

  • Extra tickets for guests and friends are available, cost is $50.


Click here to download a list of accommodation options in Melbourne

Conference Program

Minister to open conference

We are pleased to announce that the Hon. David Davis, MLC Minister for Ageing and Minister for Health in the Victorian government will open the conference. With his ministerial responsibilities he is current the Leader of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council. Previous portfolios and interests included climate change and environment.


Conference sessions will explore topics including:

  • 'The message or the messenger', providing an insight into how medical writers can harness new media and its implications

  • 'The gut of the matter', a specific look at the issues of allergy, obesity and diet links to bowel cancer

  • 'Reporting issues close to home', an insight to mental health issues

  • 'New models of work', such as the changing platforms for news delivery and freelance work

  • 'Clinicians fact and fiction', exploring the art of medical writing and the science of medical writing

Kate Burridge

Kate Burridge confirmed as conference dinner speaker

Chair of Linguistics at Monash University and a prominent Australian linguist specialising in the Germanic languages. Her recent publications include: "Weeds in the Garden of Words: further observations on the tangled history of the English language" (2005, Cambridge University Press; published 2004 by ABC Books). "Forbidden Words: Taboo and the Censoring of Language" (2006, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) - co-authored with Keith Allan.

Professor Simon Chapman confirmed as keynote speaker

Simon Chapman is Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney. His current research involves examining policy how health and medical issues are covered in the news media; the implications for tobacco control of web 2.0 technology; and characteristics of public health research (and its dissemination) which impact on public health policy.

Dr Gael Jennings

Dr Gael Jennings to speak on new media

Broadcaster and author, Dr Gael Jennings is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Masters' program at the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne, and Executive Director of media training consultancy MediaDoc. She is a regular commentator on ABC TV Breakfast, and 774 ABC Local Radio, Melbourne.

Gael will speak in Session 1, 'The message or the messenger', on the topic, 'Just when you thought you had it covered: new media, a whole new ball game'. She will explore the seismic change happening in media right now, as we experience the greatest revolution in media since the invention of the printing press.

Contact Us

AMWA 2013 Conference Secretariat
Suite 5, 250 Gore Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065
Tel: 03 94163833
Fax: 03 94160636


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