The AMWA Executive would like to congratulate Georgina Taylor on winning this year’s Early-Career Award. The standard of applicants for the Award was extremely impressive, however, Georgina was a well-deserved winner. Her submission discussed the importance of vigilance in early cancer detection. Comments from our guest judge Dr Sarah McKay (director of The Neuroscience Academy and author of The Women’s Brain Book: the neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness) said:
”Rather than a round-up of statistics, facts and figures, it was a warm and very human piece that was a compelling read, not one I had to wade through. The bibliography is the only ‘tell’ this is actually a well-researched piece of medical communications. Her calm and authoritative tone that came through clearly and was enhanced by her deft weaving of personal experience in GP practice while at the same time respecting her audience’s obvious expertise and concerns. Taylor’s biography is also exceptional, with a hint of humour to warm up her writing (this is rare to see!).” (Dr Sarah McKay)
Georgina is an Academic General Practice Registrar based in Darwin. Her current roles include clinical medicine, research, education of medical students and medical editing. During Georgina’s training she worked in remote Aboriginal communities across the Top End of the Northern Territory. Her current research focuses on the use of Aboriginal interpreters in Top End primary care. While a medical student, Georgina volunteered in writing fundraising grant applications for charity work, editing university yearbooks and preparing online materials for student projects. Georgina became exposed to a potential career in medical writing and editing through interactions with the publishing industry while involved in Open Access advocacy. With others, she has published articles including a research paper, a letter to the editor of The Lancet, and a media article in The Conversation.
”As a trainee in rural Australia working in Aboriginal health, I hope to bring my own perspective to my writing and to demonstrate that careers in writing and academia can be done outside of major centres. The piece I have submitted illustrates my aim as a writer to bring human aspects of medicine for both doctors and patients alongside an evidence-based approach.” (Georgina Taylor)
You can read Georgina’s winning submission here.