For more than 35 years, AMWA has supported the professional development of medical writers from throughout Australasia.
The Australasian Medical Writers Association Inc was established in 1982 and has approximately 300 members from around Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.
Our members include writers and editors who specialise in health and medical articles for the mainstream press, electronic media and publications for health professionals.
We also have writers and public relations practitioners who work for hospitals, government departments, health promotion organisations, pharmaceutical companies and a range of other groups with an interest in health and medicine.
Many of our members are freelancers with a diverse range of clients. Our association also attracts many doctors, nurses and other health professionals who are interested in expanding their career into writing and editing as well as journalists who wish to specialise in health and medicine.
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2017-2018 Executive Committee
Michelle joined AMWA’s Executive Committee in 2009 and was elected President in 2015. Outside of AMWA, Michelle runs Health Writer Hub, an online education platform offering health writing courses, tools, training, and resources.
Michelle also works as a freelance health writer and writing trainer, serving clients in government and the health sector (hospitals, NFPs, medical practices, and healthcare businesses). Her main areas of expertise include patient education and website copywriting.
Michelle is a regular contributor to Medical Writing, the European Medical Writers Association Journal. She is passionate about creating better health outcomes and changing lives through effective health communication. Michelle lives in Sydney’s northern beaches with her young family.
Dr Sarah McKay
Dr Sarah McKay was a postdoc neuroscientist before hanging up her lab coat to taking up a position as a medical writer in a Med Ed agency (and quickly realised that she’d finally found the dream career).
For the past eight years, Sarah has run a freelance science/medical writing business.
She also blogs about neuroscience at Your Brain Health, speaks, runs workshops, and teaches online courses in brain health and neuroscience.
Dr Meredith Crowhurst is a freelance medical and health writer, experienced veterinarian, and former medical scientist. After finishing a BA/BSc (hons), with majors in history, biochemistry, and pathology, she undertook a PhD in a cancer laboratory and worked briefly as a post-doc. Overlapping this with a BVSc (hons), she has worked for ten years as a small animal (dogs, cats, pocket pets) veterinarian.
For the past three years, Meredith has worked as a freelance medical writer, writing on both veterinary and human health topics. She loves everything medical science and is passionate about empowering people to improve their own health and that of their animals. She works under the business name http://www.empathichealthwriting.com.au.
Dr James Graham
Dr James Graham is a freelance medical writer with a PhD in neuroscience. After 5 years of being a post-doctoral research scientist, James left the UK in 2014 and set up his own freelance medical writing business, Craftext, on the Gold Coast.
James writes for a diverse stable of clients and has quickly accrued experience across a number of different medical and scientific topics as well as writing in a broad range of styles and formats.
Dr Ruth Hadfield
Dr Ruth Hadfield, BSc, DPhil (Oxon), GCBiostat, is a freelance medical writer and research consultant. Ruth has an academic research background and extensive experience in manuscript writing and systematic reviews.
She is based in Sydney where she has run her successful freelance consultancy since 2012.
You can read more about Ruth’s experience on her website.
Fiona Mackinnon PhD has been the deputy editor of Australian Prescriber for almost 10 years.
She has an academic background in microbiology and spent many years researching a vaccine for group B meningococcal disease. Before transitioning into medical writing and editing, she worked in the US, Oxford and Berlin and is now settled in Canberra.
Last year, Fiona set up a new Chapter of AMWA specifically for health and medical journal editors (AHMEN).
Dr Wendy Van Zuijlen
Dr Wendy van Zuijlen, PhD is a freelance health & medical writer and the founder of VIVID Health Writing.
For the last 11 years, she has researched and written about pregnancy, infectious diseases, the immune system, and more. She also loves writing about new scientific discoveries that can help you make the best health decisions. Read her blog full of health tips here.
With tertiary qualifications in microbiology, pharmacology and food science, Fay has worked primarily in the food and drug industries. Past roles have included microbiologist, laboratory manager, regulatory affairs associate and quality assurance manager. She has met with the Australian and international regulators, including the US Food and Drug Administration, to register new animal and human drugs.
Fay became a freelance writer in 2015. She is a heart-health advocate and blogger, regularly collaborating with the WA Heart Foundation to promote awareness of heart health in younger women. Fay lives in Perth and is completing a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing. Her website is www.healthsciencewriter.com.au
Mark is currently the acting editor of Best Practice Journal (BPJ). He has been writing evidence-based educational articles for primary care since 2011. Mark is interested in long-term conditions and the need to acknowledge patient-prescriber relationships when writing for a clinical audience.
Mark is employed by bpacnz, a Dunedin-based, independent organisation promoting healthcare interventions for patients that are appropriate for the New Zealand setting.