AMWA Executive Committee members are volunteers.
Anyone is eligible to nominate for any position. The AGM is held in August every year during the annual conference.
Nominations open for 2019-2020 Committee
After four years at the helm, Michelle and Sarah will be stepping down from their roles as President and Vice President in August 2019.
AMWA would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is interested in volunteering for either of these roles to get in touch now and express their interest so we can work together in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and a strong future for AMWA.
AMWA is in a very healthy position financially, and we have implemented many systems over the past few years to ensure the committee, association and conference run efficiently and smoothly.
We encourage anyone with an interest in deepening their knowledge of the industry, raising their profile in the medical writing community in Australia and NZ, or who has innovative ideas to take our association into 2020 and beyond to get in touch.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest and learn more.
2018-2019 Executive Committee
Michelle joined AMWA’s Executive Committee in 2009 and was elected President in 2015. She is a freelance health writer and the founder of Health Writer Hub, an online education platform offering online courses for health writers. Through Health Writer Hub, Michelle examines the latest healthcare communication research to bring her students best-practice writing techniques and methods.
Michelle is passionate about creating better health outcomes and changing lives through effective healthcare communication.
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 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).
Mark has been writing evidence-based educational articles for clinicians in primary care since 2011. He is employed by bpacnz, a Dunedin-based, independent organisation promoting healthcare interventions for patients that are appropriate for the New Zealand setting. Mark has a particular interest in writing about long-term conditions.
Dr Jocelyne Basseal
Dr Jocelyne Basseal, BSc (Hons), PhD (University of Sydney), is the Managing Editor for the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM). She also manages Research Grants and Policy for the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM).
Jocelyne has a research and academic background in Microbiology. She has supervised graduate and post-graduate students, published in text-books and journals, delivered university lectures and organised national and international scientific conferences.
As a microbiologist in an ultrasound world, Jocelyne has a keen interest in infection prevention and control and is actively involved with research and publication in this area.
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