AMWA 2014 Annual Conference – Sydney, August 29-30

We’re pleased to announce AMWA’s 31st Annual Conference will be held 29-30 August at the University of Technology in Ultimo, Sydney.

This year’s theme is “Overdoing it: tests, treatment & tonics”. Read about the confirmed workshops and speakers below.

Conference Registration

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Conference Brochure

Download the AMWA 2014 Annual Conference Brochure here [PDF]

Speaker information

Go here to read about the researchers and writers speaking at this year’s conference.


View details about our sponsors here.





Conference Program

Thursday 28 August

6.30- 8.00pm Welcome Reception

Friday 29 August 2014

8am Registration desk opens UTS Conference Centre

8.30am -12 noon Workshop How to succeed as a freelance writer

Presenter: Ms Bianca Nogrady – freelance science journalist, broadcaster and author

8.30am-12 noon Workshop B Interpreting and communicating the risks and benefits of medical therapies

Presenter: Dr Henry Ko – NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney NSW

10.00-10.30 Morning tea

12noon -12.45pm Lunch

12.45pm Welcome and conference opening – Justin Coleman and Lisa Yates

1.00-1.45pm Keynote speaker Overdoing it

Prof Alex Barrett – Professor in Epidemiology Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

1.45- 3.00pm Session 1 Overmedicalisation

Presenters: Dr Ray Moynihan – journalist and academic researcher Dr Lynn Weekes – CEO NPS MedicineWise,

Dr Justin Coleman – GP and President AMWA

3.00-3.30pm Afternoon tea

3.30-5.00pm Session 2 Through a glass darkly- the drugs in sport issue

Presenters: Dr Jason Mazanov, Adjunct A/Prof John Orchard, Mr Gerard Faure-Brac

5.00-6.00pm AMWA Annual General Meeting

7.00pm AMWA Annual Conference Dinner

Saturday 30 August 2014

8am Registration desk opens UTS Conference Centre

8.30-12noon Workshop C Grammar and style for medical writers

Presenter: Dr Pam Peters DE – emeritus professor, Macquarie University NSW

8.30am -12 noon Workshop D Developing your blogging superpowers: taking your blog to the next level

Presenter: Dr Renee Barnes – senior lecturer in online journalism, University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD

10.00-10.30am Morning tea

12noon-12.45pm Lunch

1.00 – 2.30pm Session 3 Competing interests in medical writing

Presenters: Dr Rosemary Stanton – Dietitian Nutritionist, Prof Martin Tattersall – Professor Medicine The University of Sydney, 3rd presenter TBA

2.30pm – 3.00pm Afternoon tea

3.00-4.30pm Session 4 The Business of Writing

Presenters: Dr Hilary Cadman – Cadman Editing Services

4.45pm Conference close – Justin Coleman

Malvern Networking Event

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!

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