AMWA Conference 2022

Honouring the Past, Embracing the Future

22 - 24 September 2022 at Sydney Masonic Centre

Thursday 22 September, 6 - 8pm: Networking drinks in Sydney CBD
Friday 23 September, 6.30 -10.30pm: Celebration of 40 Years Conference Dinner at the Sydney Masonic Centre
Friday 23 & Saturday 24 September, full day: Conference at the Sydney Masonic Centre

Read about the confirmed workshops, our speakers, nearby accommodation options and our sponsors below.

Registration Fees

Registration Type
Early Bird closes 1 September (AUD) Standard after 1 September (AUD)
Full Registration* AMWA member $380 $500

Non-member $480 $600

Student# $280 $380
Day Registration^ AMWA member $300 $400

Non-member $400 $500

Student# $200 $300
Workshops All $50 for each workshop

Conference dinner (subsidised by AMWA): 
$85 per ticket with Full and Day Registration (three-course sit down dinner with beer, wine and soft-drinks included).
$100 per ticket for dinner only without conference registration

*Full registration includes:
Ticket to networking drinks, discounted conference dinner ticket, morning tea, afternoon tea and lunches for two full days, conference satchel.

^Day registration includes:
Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch for day only, conference satchel, and discounted conference dinner ticket.

#Students must be enrolled full time into study as per AMWA student member policy.

Conference Registration

Early Bird Registration ends on September 1

Use the below link to register for the conference and social events


Conference Programme

Thursday 22nd September
6:00 - 8:00pm Networking drinks in Sydney CBD. Registration required. Drinks and nibbles included.

Friday 23rd September
Time Event
9:00am Welcome, with Dr Jocelyne Basseal (AMWA President)
9:10 - 9:50am Keynote address from Dr Maryke Steffens on Health Misinformation is everywhere. Here's what you can do about it.
9:50 - 10:25am Panel Discussion on Lessons learnt from COVID-19: the role of health and medical communicators, with Sophie Scott, Dr Maryke Steffens, Dr Carissa Bonner & Dr Justin Coleman
10:25 - 10:30am Early Career Award Presentation
10:30 - 11:00am                                                                                                  MORNING TEA

                                                                                  Session 2 - Putting Patients First
11:00 - 11:35am  Dr Carissa Bonner on Health literacy considerations when designing patient material
11:35 - 12:05pm Prof Karen Woolley on Patients, publications, and ethics: nothing about us without us.
12:05 - 12:30pm Dr Sarah White on Taking on board the patient's perspective when communicating and writing
12:33 - 12:35pm A word from our Platinum Sponsor, with Tom Shanks from Ideagen
12:35 - 1:30pm                                                                                                         LUNCH
1:30 - 3:00pm Workshops Session 1

Workshop 1: Clinical communication in healthcare, hosted by Dr Sarah White

Workshop 2:  Medical Journal Publishing: understanding statistics & social media responsibilities  hosted by Dr Aajuli Shukla
Speaker 1: Dr Elmer Villanueva on Basic statistics for health & medical writers
Speaker 2: Timothy Bowen on Social media - meeting your professional obligations

Workshop 3: Audacity: Or How I Overcame My Fear of Microphones and Taught Myself to Podcast, hosted by Felicity Nelson
3:00 - 3:30pm                                                                                              AFTERNOON TEA
3:30 - 5:00pm Workshops Session 2

Workshop 4: SEO: What is SEO and why should you care?, hosted by Sarah Spence

Workshop 5: Challenges faced by medical journals: our roles and responsibilities as Editors, hosted by Dr Aajuli Shukla
Speaker 1: Prof Brett Mitchell on Growing your medical journal: lessons learnt from Infection, Disease & Health
Speaker 2: Prof Nick Talley on Impact factors, all you need to know
Speaker 3: Prof Ginny Barbour on The changing landscape of open access and sustainability for association journals

Panel discussion: interactive case study discussion: bring your journal related issues for advice from experts      

5:10 - 5:40pm AMWA AGM: Open invitation to all
6:30 - 10:30pm                                                           CONFERENCE DINNER - CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF AMWA

                                                Dress Code: Cocktail/business attire with the theme 'A Touch of Ruby'

Saturday 24th September
Time Event

                              Session 3 - Accessing and Understanding Health Information: Cultural Perspectives
9:00 - 9:05am Welcome, with Nicola Ryan (AMWA Vice President)
9:05 - 9:35am Dr John Oetzel on Intercultural communication during co-design processes: Lessons learnt from Academic-Maori community partnerships
9:35 - 10:05am Jesusa Helaratne on Accessing and understanding health information: cultural perspectives
10:05 - 10:35am Dr Kylie Gwynne & Associate Professor and Bundjalung Elder Boe Rambaldini on Aboriginal Health issues and the importance of co-designing research
10:35 - 11:00am                                                                                                    MORNING TEA
11:00 - 12:30pm Workshops Session 3

Workshop 6: Introducing the GPP4: What you need to know for good publication practices, hosted by Tim Stentiford

Workshop 7: Project Management ‘FUN’damentals, hosted by Angela Chellas

Workshop 8: Lost for words? Developing your confidence and polishing your stories for impact, hosted by Catherine Nolan
12:30 - 1:30pm                                                                                                              LUNCH
1:30 - 3:00pm Workshops Session 4

Workshop 9: Certified Medical Publication Professional™ (CMPP™): What is it & how to earn the credentials, hosted by Tim Stentiford

Workshop 10: Tips and Tools to improve your projects (and personal life!), hosted by Angela Chellas
3:00 - 3:30pm                                                                                                      AFTERNOON TEA

                                        Session 4 - Careers Panel: Pathways to Health and Medical Writing
3:30 - 3:40pm Landscape of health and medical writers: Results from the AMWA survey presented by Dr Jocelyne Basseal
3:40 - 4:50pm Panel Discussion on Pathways to Health and Medical Communication, chaired by Dr Fiona MacKinnon with Sally Bathgate, Sarah McKay, Felicity Nelson, Sophie Scott & Nicola Ryan 
4:50 - 5:00pm Closing of conference

Speaker Information

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AMWA 2022 are delighted to announce our conference sponsors. Their support enables us to continue promoting excellence in health and medical communication across Australasia. Please click on the logos to learn more about our AMWA 2022 sponsors.


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