2015 Annual Conference

AMWA’s 32nd annual conference to be held in Brisbane on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August, 2015, will comprise the usual great mix of medical topics, professional issues, workshops and networking opportunities with the theme Making Choices: Living, Working, Dying.

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Brisbane welcome reception

All delegates attending the 2015 conference will receive a very welcome reception at this aptly named pre-conference gathering. On the night before the conference proper, don’t miss this fabulous chance to meet AMWA members in a relaxed atmosphere; interstate travellers and introverts are particularly encouraged!

The Plough Inn is an attractive 19th century tavern in Southbank, just a couple of minutes’ walk from the conference venue, and our event is free for all conference attendees. We’ll have our own space upstairs, and will provide drinks and nibbles – you just need to turn up. No friendlier way to spend your first night in Brisbane.

Where: The Plough Inn Pub, Building 29, Stanley Street Plaza, Southbank. View location on map.

When: Thursday 27 August, 6-8pm.

Cost: Free to conference delegates and speakers. $30 for extra tickets (pay at door).

Announcing an extra speaker

sean lawrenceDr Sean Lawrence will join Professor Malcolm Parker and Bianca Nogrady in Session 1: Death – law, ethics and public opinion.

Dr Lawrence, emergency physician at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. Dealing with end of life issues is an important part of practicing in any branch of acute medicine. His interest in this area was initially stimulated by direct involvement in a challenging end of life case leading to a Coroner’s Investigation (the Woo case).  His ongoing interest lies in the meeting the challenge of delivering, and training others, in quality end of life care.

Change of speaker in Session 4

Headshots-Edited-3-199x300Pathways to medical writing – personal stories. Michelle Guillemard will replace Sarah Winch.

Michelle, the founder and editor of Health Writer Hub, will share her journey from travel copywriter to full-time medical writer.  Michelle, who is also AMWA’s webmaster, will  explain how she set up and continues to run her successful, family-friendly, freelance medical writing business Purely Content.

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Conference dinner

Dinner with Roly Sussex – educational and inevitably entertaining!

Roly is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation and an emeritus professor of Applied Language Studies at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies of the University of Queensland.  He contributes to ABC radio language programs including A Word in Your Ear and writes a column for the Courier-Mail.   The ABC offers 60 second gems from Roly’s Word For Today (Wooftie) series which you can download here:

At the annual conference dinner at The Ship Inn, Roly will regale us with his insights into the language of pain.

Sponsorship opportunities

Conference prices

We are pleased to announce that this year’s early bird registration fee for AMWA members is actually cheaper than it was last year!  Registration payment can be made by credit card via a secure online payment gateway. For alternate payment methods, please contact the Conference Secretariat (see below). A Tax Invoice and confirmation will be sent via email at the time of registration.

AMWA member full registration $450

Non-member full registration $530

Single-day registration

Conference registration includes: a ticket to the Welcome Reception, lunch and afternoon tea on each day, and a satchel and program.  Tickets for workshops ($120 each) and the conference dinner ($70) are also available when registering.

Annual General Meeting

View the agenda for our 2015 AGM here >

Social program


On behalf of delegates attending the conference, accommodation options have been negotiated at two nearby hotel/apartments, each within about 10 minutes’ walk of our venues. Please note, bookings must be made direct with the property, making mention of the event name, and are subject to availability.

Other hotels within walking distance include Rydges South Bank or options in the city (walk across the Goodwill Bridge).

Conference secretariat

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AMWA 2015-2016 Committee nomination form

Interested in nominating for the 2015-2016 Executive Committee? Download the AMWA Committee nomination form here.



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