Executive Committee

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.


Jocelyne Basseal PRESIDENT

Jocelyne is a consultant for the World Health Organisation (Western Pacific Region) for the COVID-19 response.  She is part of the infection prevention and control team working within the World Health Emergencies program supporting countries in the Western Pacific Region. Prior to this role, Jocelyne worked for the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) for over 8 years as a managing editor, research and policy manager.  As a microbiologist in an ultrasound world, Jocelyne has been instrumental in advocating for best practice in infection prevention and control in medical imaging.

Jocelyne holds an academic Honorary Associate appointment within the Discipline of Infectious Diseases and Immunity, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney.  She was recently involved with writing guidelines for COVID-19 response for numerous international ultrasound organisations, continues to deliver educational lectures and actively contributes to research in infection prevention and control in medical imaging.



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.

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Sheridan Henness TREASURER

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.



Mabel is a part time general practitioner in Sydney and Senior Editor at The Lancet. Before joining The Lancet, she was Practice Editor at The BMJ for 10 years, following 8 years as Deputy Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. Mabel's clinical interests are in chronic pain, mental health, and women’s health, with previous experience in palliative medicine, care of older people, and microbiology. She has also been a Lecturer in the Department of General Practice, University of Sydney. Mabel finds both editorial and clinical work a great privilege, and each complements the other in her efforts to help readers and patients make decisions for better health outcomes.


Lynnette Hoffman  ORDINARY MEMBER

Lynnette Hoffman is an award-winning medical journalist, health communications specialist and podcast tragic. She’s passionate about developing evidence-based resources that support consumers and health professionals to create lasting behaviour change and make informed decisions that improve outcomes.

Lynnette has written for leading newspapers, magazines, websites and brands, and worked in-house in both the not-for-profit and corporate space.


Eve is an Australian freelance medical writer and marketing consultant based in Brisbane. She specialises in creating clear, caring and credible health content.  Combining a master’s degree in marketing with her past experience as the marketing manager at a major hospital research foundation, Eve applies health-literacy strategies to produce thoroughly researched, up-to-date, evidence-based content.


Nicola started her career in medical writing after completing a BSc majoring in physiology and pharmacology. Over more than 30 years she has developed experience and expertise in a wide variety of scientific medical writing tasks, from manuscripts (including publications in NEJM, JAMA and the Lancet family of journals) to “plain language” patient information/web site resources, and conference materials. As a freelancer for the last 9 years, she primarily works directly with researchers and key opinion leaders based in Asia or Europe.

Jennifer Rowland  ORDINARY MEMBER

Jennifer Rowland is an Australian biomedical scientist with 20-years of experience in the academic research sector, and she has worked across a range of research foci and disciplines internationally. She is formally trained in Science, Biomedicine, Economics and Development, Education, and Project Management. Jen moved away from the lab and into writing and editing in 2011, working for Helsinki University, and more recently directing the Master of Research at Macquarie University Medical School. She freelances as a consultant medical writer, online educator, and editor. 


Michelle has a BSc in Science (Neuroscience) and a Masters of Brain and Mind Sciences. She has a diverse background in project management, the charity sector, and customer service, and has more recently pivoted into marketing and digital operations.

Michelle works as a freelance marketing coordinator and also provides content marketing and administrative support to the AMWA Executive Committee.


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