About Me

I'm a reporter at The Medical Republic and occasional freelance science journalist, writing news and feature articles on medical research and health. I've been published by ABC Online, the Guardian Australia, Cosmos, Australian Geographic, the South China Morning Post, and others.
I studied marine biology and zoology, then a Master of Journalism, but became particularly interested in medical writing during my first role out of university: a temporary media and communication assistant job at Burnet Institute during the 2014 International AIDS Conference.
I also worked as a writer/editor at Science in Public for four years, where I translated scientific topics into digestible stories for the public, grant and award submissions, websites and social media. Before joining The Medical Republic, I was a reporter for Australian Doctor magazine for 14 months.
I've written book reviews for Science Book a Day and been published in a few small creative writing anthologies - and once had a poem published on a tree. When I'm not reading or writing about science I'm probably reading or writing about something else.




Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology & Zoology), Master of Journalism

Writer Categories:

Journalism.  Writer.  Grant Writing.  Systematic Reviews & Meta-analysis.  Proofreading. 

Specialty Topics:

Asthma.  Chronic Health Conditions.  COVID-19.  Epidemiology.  Mental Health.  Neuroscience.  Pregnancy.  Public Health.  Neurology.  GP Education.  Health Science.  Medical Science.  Respiratory.  Depression. 

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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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