2012-2013 news archive

10 September 2013: AMWA-hosted copyright webinar – FREE for AMWA members!

“Getting a grip on Creative Commons: what CC licenses are and how to work with them” will be held Thursday 26 September at midday to 1pm (AEST). Presented by Professor Anne Fitzgerald, Queensland University of Technology Law School, the webinar is free for AMWA members and costs $10.00 for non-members.

Creative Commons is a worldwide project that encourages copyright owners to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally. CC offers a range of free licences that creators can use to manage their copyright in the online environment, each providing its own specific protections and freedoms. Anne will explain how CC works, why one would use CC licensing and how to apply it to your own creative works.

Anne is an intellectual property and e-commerce lawyer and a Professor in Law Research at QUT. She has an extensive background in the areas of intellectual property law, internet and e-commerce law and international trade law and is a core member of the Creative Commons staff.

5 August 2013: Important! Medical writing conference early bird deadline extended to Monday 12 August.

Don’t delay your booking for our exciting AMWA Melbourne conference (22-24 Aug). All bookings before midnight on 12 Aug will receive our early bird discount. To see our program and make your booking, click here.


4 August 2013: Vote on a new AMWA constitution


The AMWA committee have spent a great deal of time this year working on changes to our constitution. We have produced a document which will be voted on at our AGM at 5pm on 23 August 2013, at our Melbourne conference venue. Details of the proposed changes can be found here. All members have been emailed voting instructions.


1 August 2013: Conference delegates get discounts to Melbourne Writers Festival


Melbourne Writers Festival is offering AMWA members and conference delegates a discount to selected sessions. Information about this great offer and conditions is provided on your membership receipt and conference registration receipt. Visit the Melbourne Writers Festival Facebook Page for festival updates.


25 July 2013: Giants of Medicine – Event in Melbourne


Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and Eureka Prize Winner Professor Ian Frazer in conversation. Moderated by Reema Rattan Health Editor for

Wednesday 7 August 2013. 6:30 – 8:00 pm, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne. $10 and $6.50 concession

We frequently hear about general literacy levels in the community, and even about science and maths literacy, but rarely about the wider public understanding of evidence-based health matters. Spaces are limited and booking is essential – visit


16 July 2013: Blurring lines between independent science journalism and science PR


A few months ago, AMWA members were invited to be part of an online survey presented at the 2013 World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki. The survey looked at the ‘blurring lines’ between independent science journalism and science PR. View the full survey results here.


9 July 2013: Renew your 2013 membership today


July is membership renewal month! To take advantage of conference discounts your membership must be up-to-date by 30 July. Renew online now.


16 May 2013: The Hon David Davis to open AMWA’s 30th Annual Conference in Melbourne


We are delighted that Hon David Davis, The Victorian Minister for Health and Ageing, has agreed to officially open our 30th annual conference in Melbourne on Friday 23 August. Add in the big names of Simon Chapman and Gael Jennings, and our opening session makes for compulsory viewing! Find out more about AMWA’s annual conference.


5 May 2013: World Federation of Science Journalists welcomes AMWA


The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, dedicated to help the public take into account scientific knowledge in its understanding of critical socio-economic issues and play a greater role in the governance of science and technology. Find out more.


1 March 2013: Science Rewired Summit


Join Science Rewired on the 6th & 7th June for a two-day Summit to map the emerging challenges for science communication in Australia and to collaboratively develop best-practice solutions. Find out more


7 Feb 2013: Free workshop with world leaders in healthcare on May 7 (Gold Coast)


Bond University is offering a small number of Australian journalists the chance to learn more about the “evidence based” approach within medicine, and pick up story ideas from internationally respected healthcare academics, including Professor Paul Glasziou, Professor Chris Del Mar and Associate Professor Tammy Hoffman.


10 Jan 2013: Call for submissions – The Best Australian Science Writing 2013


Natasha Mitchell and Jane McCredie are editing the anthology of The Best Australian Science Writing 2013 and are on the hunt for short pieces of great writing about science for a general audience – journalism, blogs, even poetry and fiction. Find out more.





23 Dec 2012: AMWA mourns the loss of health economist Professor Gavin Mooney


Read the President’s tribute to the late health economist, Professor Gavin Mooney. Find out more


21 Dec 2012: ASC Science Writing Retreat


ASC members may be interested in this week-long retreat in Clunes for people interested and involved in science writing. Find out more


4 Dec 2012: Victorian event on 11 December


The Victorian branches of AMWA and the Australian Science Communicators are joining forces to celebrate this festive season! Find out more


22 Oct 2012: Lung Cancer Writing Masterclass in Brisbane


Are any Brisbane members interested in a journalist/writing masterclass on lung cancer? Find out more


11 Sep 2012: 2012 AMWA Conference Wrap


Travel far enough down the list of desired outcomes for most careers and you will eventually reach some variant on ‘make the world a better place’. This sentiment leapt to the top of the list during last weekend’s Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA) 29th annual conference in Brisbane, Social Justice in Health. Find out more


11 July 2012: 2012 Luminous Award


AMWA President Justin Coleman is on the judging panel for the 2012 Luminous Award, which encourages enlightened and inspiring cancer reporting in the media. Find out more


24 April 2012 – Webinar: Google 101


Google is suddenly everywhere, yet we know only a fraction of what it contains. Come and swim with Kate Mason as she teaches us invaluable tips and tricks for the trade using Google tools. Find out more


16 Mar 2012: AMWA and ASC Discussion Panel


The recent Melbourne AMWA discussion panel, held jointly with the Australian Science Communicators (ASC), was a great success. Find out more


10 Mar 2012: Dr Eric Dark Memorial Lecture and Dinner


For doctors in NSW with a writing interest, the inaugural Dr Eric Dark Memorial Lecture and Dinner will be held in Leura on 10 March. Find out more


6 Mar 2012: Building healthy community engagement about the impacts of climate change

The Australasian Medical Writers Association and Australian Science Communicators jointly present a dinner conversation with leading researchers and communicators. Find out more.

AMWA 2024 - Registration opens Monday 24 June

Make a note in your calendar! Registration opens for AMWA 2024 on Monday 24 June. This year all workshops are included in your registration fee!
A near-final conference programme as well as registration details can be found here.

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