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


It gives us great pleasure to announce that the winner of the 2024 AMWA Early Career Award is Alexa Arganda. Her article entitled "Mind over matter? Exploring the impact of childhood trauma on the developing brain" stood out to this year’s judges for its insightful overview of a complex and sensitive topic.

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating her and look forward to seeing what her future career will bring.

Read Alexa's winning article here.

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