The Executive Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held during the AMWA Annual Conference. Nominations for executive positions are called for prior to the AGM. All executive positions become vacant annually and are open for nominations from members, subject to conditions within the constitution.
Dr Jocelyne Basseal leads the strategic development of the Sydney Infectious Diseases Institute at the University of Sydney, fostering national and global partnerships. Prior to this role, from April 2020, Jocelyne supported member states in the WHO's Western Pacific Region as an Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) consultant for the COVID-19 response. She is a graduate from the University of Sydney with a PhD in Medical Microbiology and has supervised post-graduate students, delivered lectures, organised scientific conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.
After leaving academia, Jocelyne spent over 8 years as the Managing Editor, Research and Policy Manager for the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine. With strong governance knowledge, skills in policy development, writing and communication, Jocelyne was instrumental in advocating for best practices in IPC for medical imaging. During this time, she was an IPC advisor and consultant for commercial companies, delivered educational workshops, supported medical associations with their peer-reviewed journals and developed the research grants scheme for a philanthropic organisation. She is currently the President for the Australasian Medical Writers Association, an active member of the Standards Australia HE-023 committee and facilitating IPC guideline development for Radiology Across Borders.
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Shelley was advised to become a journalist when leaving school but instead went into a life-long career as a nurse midwife
specialising in neonatal care. She holds tertiary qualifications in nursing, psychology, editing and publishing, public health, and is
currently working towards completing a PhD before she hits retirement age. Currently she works at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Women and
Babies as Clinical Nurse Specialist – Audit and Research in RPA Newborn Care.
Her career has also included continuous service on the Executive of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses, since its early beginnings in New South Wales last century when she began producing their newsletter, and has continued to do ever since. In 1997 she was commissioned to set up a peer reviewed journal for the college and was founding editor for the first six years. Shelley became a member of AMWA after attending one of their annual conferences, quite by chance, and eventually joined the AMWA Committee to contribute her expertise on association governance.
Sheridan has a PhD in lung cancer and subsequently completed post-doctoral work in COPD. Following this, she left academia and Australia for the varied life of medical writing in New Zealand. After 15 years in medical communications at a medical publisher, she is now back in Australia, and a freelance medical writer focusing on manuscripts for submission to medical journals, medical conference materials and medical education. Oncology, inflammatory lung diseases, HIV and diabetes are specialities, but she’ll turn her writing hand to almost any topic that requires evidence-based, clear and balanced communications.
Aajuli Shukla is a General Practitioner with several years of experience working in the diverse communities of Western Sydney. She is one of the editors of the Medical Journal of Australia and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Diabetes Management Journal. Recently, she has also been involved in the editing and re-writing of the curriculum and syllabus for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She is a passionate advocate of early intervention and community-based projects.