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A repository of websites and courses for medical communicators

COVID-19 

The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook: A practical guide for improving vaccine communication and fighting miscommunication

Developed by a team of scientific experts, this guide aims to arm people with practical tips and provide up-to-date information and evidence to talk reliably about the vaccines, reduce fear and constructively challenge associated myths.


Education and qualifications

Postgraduate university courses in health communication:

Undergraduate blended degree:

 

Short courses can help writers upskill in specific areas including editing, consumer health writing, freelance writing, magazine writing and technical writing


Science Journalism

WFSJ

A free online course for budding science writers and journalists, developed by a team of 35 writers and editors.

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Copy Writing and more

Australian Writers Centre





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Fundamentals of Technical Writing

University of Western Australia




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Journalism, Editing & Publishing

Australian College




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Copyediting Course

Capstone Editing

Learn how to perform comprehensive, high-quality copyediting of corporate, government and academic documents such as, postgraduate essays, theses, journal articles and manuscripts.

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Understanding Medical Research: Your Facebook Friend is Wrong

Yale University via Coursera

Learn to critically evaluation of medical research, read and understand statistical figures, charts, and graphics and how to verify claims made in news articles.

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AMWA Professional Development Program

Australasian Medical Writers Association
Offers a wide selection of high-quality workshops in the areas of medical writing, editing, public relations, web design and a variety of topical issues.

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Successful Science Writing and Editing

Biotext

Learn how to make complex information easy to read and understand, and how to use editing skills to improve your own and other people’s work.



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Readability tools

These tools help ensure your writing is easy to understand:

Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG)

Assesses the readability of your prose




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Gunning's Fog Index (FOG)

Calculates the Gunning Fog Index  – a weighted average of the number of words per sentence, and the number of long words per word.

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The Up-Goer Five Text Editor

Assists in communicating complex concepts and ideas in simple language.



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Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User's Guide

Helps you assess how understandable and actionable print and audiovisual patient education materials are.

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Plain Language Summary Toolkit

Envision Pharma Group has developed a best-practice resource for PLS of peer-reviewed publications and congress abstracts.



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The EAST Framework for Behaviour Change 

Four simple ways to apply behavioural insights.




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Medical writing career resources

From academic to medical writer

A guide to getting started in medical communications.




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MedCommsNetworking

Networking and dialogue amongst professionals working in medcomms.





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Science communication toolkit

Practical tools developed by experts to help science communicators, researchers, journalists and policy makers add quality, impact and influence to their science engagement activities.

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Health Writer Hub

Blogs, short online health writing courses and free resources for health writers.

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Ragan's Healthcare blog

News in healthcare social media, marketing and communications.

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Codes of conduct, guidelines and style and grammar resources

Code of Conduct, Medicines Australia



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Therapeutic Goods Administration Advertising Guidelines


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Therapeutic Guidelines Series




 
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Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage



 
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AMWA Manual of Style





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Scientific Style and Format: the CSE Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers

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Australian Manual of Scientific Style

 




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Australian Government Style Manual 2020




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Accessing journals

PubMed

Archive of medical journal literature with links to the full-text sources

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Unpaywall

Unpaywall is a legal, open-source database that allows you to access free scholarly articles

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Health reporting


Cancer

Cancer Institute NSW guidelines for writing about cancer





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Mental health issues

Mindframe's guidelines for communicating about mental health issues, including suicide and alcohol and other drugs



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Alcohol & drug addiction

Independent A.O.D Media Watch guidelines for journalists reporting on alcohol and other drugs to reduce stigma, minimise harm and improve accurate reporting

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Diabetes

Position statement from Diabetes Australia on improving communication with and about people with diabetes




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Dementia

Guidelines developed by Dementia Australia, for talking or writing about dementia and people living with dementia




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Eating disorders

Guidelines developed by Mindframe and the National Eating Disorders Collaboration for reporting on eating disorders




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Disability 

Guidelines developed by Disability Australia for portraying people with disability 




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Reporting on medicines 

Tips to help journalists accurately and responsibly reflect independent, reliable evidence in their writing and reporting on medicines, medical tests and treatments.

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Medical Writing Associations



Early Career Award 2021 - Winner Announcement

Thank you to all of our applicants for the 2021 Early Career Award. We had many strong applications and we are delighted to announce the winner as Manuela Callari!

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