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.


Emma Henshall PRESIDENT

Emma is a pharmacist who feels fortunate to have discovered a career in medical writing while living in the UK. Since that first opportunity, Emma has enjoyed a diverse career, including becoming a medical writer manager within a global pharmaceutical company, senior medical writer within fast-paced medical communications agencies, and successfully building a freelance clientele.

Emma’s clinical experience enables her to write patient-centric content that addresses the challenges faced by healthcare professionals, ultimately aiming to improve outcomes for healthcare consumers.


Jocelyne Basseal VICE 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.


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.



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. She worked in various neonatal units in Sydney as Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Nurse Educator before settling at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as Clinical Nurse Specialist – Audit and Research in RPA Newborn Care, part of RPA Women and Babies (formerly King George V Hospital). 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, and has served as Secretary since 2008. 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.


Fiona MacKinnon  AHMEN OFFICER 

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.

Fiona set up AHMEN, a subgroup of AMWA specifically for health and medical journal editors.


Mark has been writing evidence-based educational articles for clinicians in primary care since 2011. He is employed by BPAC NZ, 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.


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.

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.


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.

AMWA Conference 2021: Challenging Communication

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