AMWA offers a free mentoring program for members.
AMWA is pleased to be able to offer experienced medical writers and editors to act as mentors for those wanting to enter the profession, or those looking for guidance on how to set themselves up in the freelance business.
This service is available free of charge as a benefit of AMWA membership and is not available to non-members. However, those who are not yet members may access this service as soon as they join AMWA.
Your mentor will be volunteering their time and goodwill in order to encourage Australasian medical writers and editors who are starting out in the field. Please respect their limitations on the amount of time available, and note that the formal mentoring relationship is limited to three months.
Please note that your mentors’ role is not to edit an individual piece of your work, but to offer more general writing, editing and career advice. If you require an editor, please see our Find a Writer page.
Initial contact will be via email, although the two of you may eventually prefer phone, skype or other methods of contact.
Mentors have listed their place of residence and career background in order to appropriately match your needs.
To register your interest, please email: Sarah McKay, AMWA secretary, [email protected]
- Shoma Mittra (Perth, WA): Shoma has a background in media and journalism. She worked in television and newspapers for over a decade In India, before she moved to Perth where she set up her Writing and Editing company, WriteClick WritingServices Pty Ltd. However, at the same time, she also worked full time in a tertiary teaching hospital in Perth for seven years while she was building her writing and editing business. In 2013, she quit public health and founded a second company, Qerac Healthcare Communications which is a Medical Education and Communication company for GPs, specialists, allied health and nursing. Qerac’s main activities are conducting medical conferences and seminars and creating patient information films, brochures,fact sheets etc. Having journeyed through the struggles of being a freelancer to a business owner, Shoma is very happy to help anyone in whatever way she can.
- Dr Jocelyn Lowinger (Melbourne, VIC): Jocelyn is a former GP, an experienced health & medical writer and a university trained work-life coach. Jocelyn is the owner of Think Feel ACT: Coaching and Writing and coaches a range of health writers at different stages of their health writing journey – from beginners through to those wishing to expand their writing horizons. Jocelyn understands the world of health writers. She has worked as a freelancer and a corporate employee and written extensively for health professionals and consumers across a range of channels. Jocelyn can help you design the type of writing you really want to do, build the type of life you really want to have and take active steps to reach your writing goals.
- Dr. Maha Sawalhy (Singapore) was a postdoc vaccine researcher before commencing as a medical writer in a healthcare agency and thereafter in a medical education agency. She would like to expand knowledge of this exiting career prospect.
- Dr Blair Hesp (Wellington, NZ) is Managing Director of Kainic Medical Communications, a company that provides on-demand medical writing services for the Global and European pharmaceutical industry. He is particularly familiar with the medical communications industry in the UK and focuses mainly on commercial and promotional writing. Blair also regularly advises university students on how to transition from studying science to gaining a career in the private sector.
- Dr Justin Coleman (Brisbane, QLD) is a GP who drifted into medical writing 18 years ago and has swum with the flow ever since. He has a particular interest in health professionals who want to start out in freelance medical writing or editing. He has no specialised knowledge in setting up a writing business or becoming an employee.
- Dr Sarah McKay (Sydney, NSW) was a postdoc neuroscientist before taking up a position as a medical writer in a medical education agency. She now runs a freelance medical writing business and blogs about neuroscience at Your Brain Health. She also has two children and is happy to discuss how to combine freelancing and family life, and the transition from academia to medical writing and running your own business.
- Rada Rouse (Brisbane, QLD) is clinical features editor at Medical Observer(MO), a weekly magazine for GPs. She has experience in writing news and features for the medical trade press and for consumer websites, magazines and the wire service AAP. Rada would be happy to mentor any journalists interested in writing about health, and any doctors or scientists who need to make the transition between academic/scientific writing and journalistic prose, or to acquire the knack of making complex research or opinion intelligible to the lay reader.
- Dr Rob McEvoy (Perth, WA) is the self-employed medical editor of an 80-page magazine for WA doctors, and has been for over 10 years. He has written and self-published a handbook for GPs nationally and mentored various managing editors and journalists over the years. His knowledge of publishing extends from prose to printing.