The Australasian Medical Writers Association

For more than 30 years, we have supported the professional development of medical writers from throughout Australasia.

About AMWA

The Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is a not-for-profit, established in 1982 with approximately 300 members from around Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.


AMWA Membership

Membership is open to anyone interested in health and medical communications. We offer full and student membership options.


AMWA Benefits

AMWA Professional Development Program (PDP)

The AMWA PDP has been designed specifically for our members and aims to offer a wide selection of high-quality workshops and webinars in the areas of medical writing, editing, public relations, web design and a variety of topical issues.


Mentoring Program

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.


Resources & Courses

There are no medical writing courses offered at the undergraduate level in Australasia. Instead, medical writers can start with degrees in fields such as journalism, media and communications. Our extensive resource centre is available for AMWA members only. 



AMWA webinars are offered every few months throughout the year. They cover a broad range of topics specific to medical writers. Our next webinar is on Tuesday 27 October titled 'Medical Writing for the Web' presented by Past President of AMWA, Michelle Guillemard. 


AMWA Early Career Award

"As a trainee in rural Australia working in Aboriginal health, I hope to bring my own perspective to my writing and to demonstrate that careers in writing and academia can be done outside of major centres. The piece I have submitted illustrates my aim as a writer to bring human aspects of medicine for both doctors and patients alongside an evidence-based approach."
- Georgina Taylor
“As the winner of the AMWA Early Career Award I attended the conference in Melbourne. It was a fantastic event with inspiring and entertaining presentations, informative workshops, and plenty of opportunity for networking. If you’re in two minds, my advice is DO IT!!”
- Nidhi Sodhi

AMWA 2020 Special Virtual Event

This year, in lieu of what would have been our 37th Annual ConferenceAMWA will be hosting a special virtual event titled 'Medical Writing & Communication During the COVID-19 Crisis' on Thursday 19 November 6–8 pm (AEDT). During this FREE, two hour event you will hear from expert speakers including Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, World Health Organization advisor on the COVID-19 response; Professor Nick Talley, Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia; Professor Ginny Barbour, Director, Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG); Dr Holly Seale, Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine; and Sophie Scott, ABC medical reporter.

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