[ASC-list] Sydney Medical/Health Writer's Conference rego open

Sarah McKay sarmck at gmail.com
Mon Jun 26 00:44:41 UTC 2017

As convenor of the AMWA conference for 2017, I'd like to extend a warm
invitation to all ASC members.


Cheers, Sarah McKay

Theme: Communicating for Change
Dates: Thursday 24 August – Saturday 26 August
Where: Novotel Manly Pacific Hotel at Manly Beach (55 North Steyne, Manly),
Cost: $320 + $120 per workshop
Keynote: Professor Robyn Williams AM Science journalist, broadcaster, book
author, Living National Treasure

Two days of talks, workshops and plenty of time to connect with health,
science and medical writers, editors, journos, academics, and other
communications folk -- all a stone's throw from Sydney's Manly Beach.

We've gathered a great line-up of speakers including Robyn Williams, Darren
Saunders, Steven Pincock, Ben Bravery, Sophie Scott, Jonathan Webb,
Catriona Banfiglioni, Melissa Sweet ... (and more)

Workshops Sessions:

Workshop A: Pitch Perfect: how to make sure editors read your story ideas
and commission you on the spot.

Presenter: Anna Evangeli, Deputy Editor, Health and Medicine, The
About: Your story ideas need an audience: the right audience. This workshop
shows you how to reach the right people, the right way and at the right

Workshop B: Starting a podcast.

Presenter: Miles Martignoni, Guardian Australia podcast producer
About: Details coming soon.

Workshop C: Using social media to grow your presence and build your

Presenter: Tim Crowe
About: As a professional health communicator, having a strong social media
presence is a way to not only provide credible and practical messages to
large audiences but to also grow your business and brand. Tim will outline
some of his top tips on how to work with, not against social media. Choose
the right platform, find your voice, provide valuable and shareable
content, and engage with your audience.

Workshop D:  It’s an evidence-based world: effective communication of
scientific information.

Presenter: Belinda Butcher
About: Regulators and clinicians rely on evidence to make clinical
decisions. But is all evidence the same, and what responsibilities do
medical writers have when reporting the evidence? Learn how to critically
appraise the scientific literature to find the best evidence and ensure
your reporting is accurate.


Sarah M. McKay DPhil (Oxon)
Neuroscientist, Founder of Neuroscience Academy,
Author of 'In Her Head - The Curious Life of the Female Brain' (to be
published by Hachette in 2018)
Vice President of Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA)

email: drsarahmckay at gmail.com
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