Meet Sophia! She was a physio for 30 years before making the transition to medical writing, and now focusses on writing marketing and educational materials for health, medical and health tech businesses and organisations. Find out more about what prompted the career change, how she went about it, and what her days look like now!

Michael gained his PhD at Otago University and then secured a postdoctoral research position at the University of Oxford. He is currently working as Scientific Director in the Melbourne office of Oxford PharmaGenesis, working remotely from New Zealand. His role mainly involves overseeing strategy and content development for scientific publications across several client accounts.
He shares more about his journey, and some very wise insights and words of advice, on our Member Spotlight page.

Meet Lesley Cunliffe. Lesley is a freelance Medical Copywriter and Creative Director, working mainly in pharmaceutical advertising. She is also a new member of the AMWA Executive Committee.

Come and join us in Sydney on 23 November for an informal, relaxed evening of networking and catching up with friends and colleagues. Everyone is welcome so feel free to invite any non-members you know who may be interested in learning more about AMWA, and the support and services we provide.

AMWA member, Marissa Philpott is hosting a networking event on October 25. Come and join her, and other health communicators, for a relaxed and informal evening in Malvern. Everyone is welcome!

AMWA 2023 - Making a Difference

AMWA 2023 - Making a Difference

What an incredible two days we had! Watch this space for photos and all the details from #AMWA 2023!

It's not too late! Conference registration is still open!

General registration is available up to the day, and you can even register on-site during the event. We'd love to see you there.

Dinner registrations have closed, but come and join us for the Networking Event on 24 August from 6.00-8.00pm at The Red Room, SkyCity.

Due to high demand the early-bird pricing for AMWA 2023 has been extended until Sunday 6 August!

Take advantage of these great discounts and REGISTER NOW for what will be a fabulous two days of networking, workshops and speakers, including our keynote speaker, Dr Siouxsie Wiles.

We are thrilled to announce Amy Kelly as the winner of the AMWA Early Career Award for 2023. Amy's article is titled, "Friend or foe? How bacteria in the uterus may influence IVF outcome", and impressed all our judges, including guest judge, Blair Hesp, Managing Director at Kainic Medical Communications and members of the AMWA committee. 

We are thrilled to announce that Dr Siouxsie Wiles will be the Keynote Speaker at AMWA 2023! An unmissable opportunity to hear from this award-winning microbiologist and science communicator.
Registrations will be opening soon!

AMWA Conference 2023

AMWA Conference 2023

The venue for the AMWA annual conference in Auckland (Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 August) has been confirmed! It will be held at The Grand by SkyCity. The theme of the conference is 'Making a Difference'. Watch this space for exciting conference updates.

You are invited to hear from Dr Ben Bravery, the author of 'The Patient Doctor', on Thursday 9 February 2023 from 6pm - 8pm. This event is hosted by the Australasian Medical Writers' Association and is open to all.

Ben will be talking about his experience as a cancer patient, and how this has impacted how he now interacts with the healthcare system as a doctor. Ben is a strong advocate for putting the patient at the heart of healthcare. This event will also be an opportunity to network and socialise with medical writers.

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.

This year, in lieu of what would have been our 37th Annual ConferenceAMWA will be hosting a special virtual event.

It is with great pleasure that we announce our expert panel: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, World Health Organization advisor on the COVID-19 response; Professor Nick Talley, Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia; Professor Ginny Barbour, Director, Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG); Dr Holly Seale, Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine; and Sophie Scott, ABC medical reporter.

This two-hour event will include an opening address by the AMWA Executive Committee, presentations by each of our experts on the impact of COVID-19 in their field, a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Auckland Networking Event

Auckland Networking Event

 AMWA's president, Emma Henshall, has returned home to New Zealand and will be hosting a networking event in Auckland next month. Please join us and other members for a relaxed and informal gathering. 

:  Thursday, 12 November, 6–8 pm
: Goodside at Smales Farm, Takapuna 
Cost: There is no cost to attend. Drinks and nibbles will be provided by AMWA, however feel free to purchase something more substantial from the many eateries available: 

:Click here to register your attendance. Non-members of AMWA are welcome. 

If you have any questions, please email Emma via email to

Please follow COVID-safe guidelines and do not attend if you are unwell.

AMWA webinar: Medical writing for the web

AMWA webinar: Medical writing for the web

Presenter: Michelle Guillemard

Michelle Guillemard is the founder of Health Writer Hub and a freelance medical writer. With more than a decade of experience writing online health content, Michelle knows how to write web copy that engages and converts. Passionate about helping people improve their professional communication skills so they can write clearly and concisely, Michelle has taught courses and workshops for writers and corporations in more than 40 countries. She is also a Past President of AMWA and a University of Melbourne Mentor.

Medical writing for the web

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to write quality medical copy that connects with your ideal reader and inspires action. Whether you’re writing from scratch or editing copy, you’ll discover loads of easy-to-implement tips and techniques to ensure your copy is readable, findable, credible and useful.

Cost: $30 for AMWA members and $40 for non-members

Register here

SAVE THE DATE! AMWA Conference 2024

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