Find a mentor

AMWA is pleased to be able to offer experienced medical writers and editors to act as mentors for those wanting to enter the profession, or those looking for guidance on how to set themselves up as freelancers.

AMWA Mentorship

This service is available free of charge as a benefit of the full AMWA membership. It is not available to non-members or those with a student membership. However, those who are not yet members may access this service as soon as they join AMWA.

Your mentor will be volunteering their time and goodwill in order to encourage Australasian medical writers and editors who are starting out in the field. Please respect their limitations on the amount of time available, and note that the formal mentoring relationship is limited to three months.

Please note that your mentor's role is not to edit an individual piece of your work, but to offer more general writing, editing and career advice. If you require an editor, please see our Find a Writer page.

Initial contact will be via email, although the two of you may eventually prefer phone, or other methods of contact.

Mentors have listed their place of residence and career background in order to appropriately match your needs.

Please email: to express your interest in the AMWA Mentor Program

AMWA Mentors

Dr Justin Coleman
Brisbane, QLD

Justin has 30 years’ experience as a GP, 25 as a medical writer and educator, and 15 as a medical editor of textbooks and a journal. He is a freelancer with a particular interest in health professionals who want to start out in freelance medical writing or editing. He has no specialised knowledge in writing businesses or writing for pharmaceutical companies.

Emma Henshall
Auckland, NZ

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.

Dr Blair Hesp
Dunedin, NZ

Blair is Managing Director of Kainic Medical Communications, a multi-award winning company that provides on-demand medical writing services for agencies and pharmaceutical companies around the globe and is also Principal Consultant at First In Human Communications, a specialist pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics medical writing consultancy. He is particularly familiar with the medical communications industry in the UK and focuses mainly on commercial and promotional writing. Blair is also lead author of the Asia-Pacific adaptation of the Good Publication Practice 3 guidelines: A guide to applying the Good Publication Practice 3 guidelines in the Asia-Pacific region | Research Integrity and Peer Review | Full Text ( and regularly advises university students on how to transition from studying science to gaining a career in the private sector.

Fiona Mackinnon
Canberra, ACT

Fiona 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 a new Chapter of AMWA specifically for health and medical journal editors (AHMEN).

Lynnette Hoffman
Hobart, TAS

Lynnette 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.

Shoma Mittra
Perth, WA

Shoma has a background in media and journalism. She worked in television and newspapers for over a decade In India, before she moved to Perth where she set up her Writing and Editing company, WriteClick WritingServices Pty Ltd. However, at the same time, she also worked full time in a tertiary teaching hospital in Perth for seven years while she was building her writing and editing business. In 2013, she quit public health and founded a second company, Qerac Healthcare Communications which is a Medical Education and Communication company for GPs, specialists, allied health and nursing. Qerac’s main activities are conducting medical conferences and seminars and creating patient information films, brochures,fact sheets etc. Having journeyed through the struggles of being a freelancer to a business owner, Shoma is very happy to help anyone in whatever way she can.

Rada Rouse
Brisbane, QLD

Rada is clinical features editor at Medical Observer (MO), a weekly magazine for GPs. She has experience in writing news and features for the medical trade press and for consumer websites, magazines and the wire service AAP. Rada would be happy to mentor any journalists interested in writing about health, and any doctors or scientists who need to make the transition between academic/scientific writing and journalistic prose, or to acquire the knack of making complex research or opinion intelligible to the lay reader.

AMWA 2020 – Medical Writing and Communication During the COVID-19 Crisis

For those who attended the AMWA 2020 Special Virtual Event: 'Medical Writing and Communication During the COVID-19 Crisis' on Thursday 19 November, we are sure you would agree that it was an invaluable two hours. The calibre of speakers and their learnings from this unprecedented crisis were beyond our expectations. We are humbled by their willingness to give their personal time to share their experience with us. 

If you missed the live event, a recording is available to AMWA members in the Members Area. If you are not yet an AMWA member, but would like to join, you can visit our membership and benefits page here. Annual membership is $80 for full members and $40 for students.

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