With so many health writers out there, it can be difficult to choose the best person for your project. With that in mind, here is a quick run-through of my qualifications and interests.
I graduated from the University of Manchester, UK in 1998 and attained my Membership with the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2002, and Fellowship of the Royal Australian General Practitioners in 2005.
As a GP, I have interests in all areas of medicine. However, I have particular interests mental health (I am also a member of the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine, and viral hepatitis (I both write and edit for for Hepatitis Australia). I have a strong interest in digital health and have practised solely in telehealth for the past several years.
As a health writer, research using evidence-based and best practice guidelines is gold standard. A high standard of grammar, spelling, punctuation and word usage, along with appropriate revisions, editing and proof reading are all important aspects of my work. Being a doctor means I can communicate and educate on more technical matters with other healthcare professionals, whilst still being able to help a patient stay informed throughout their healthcare journey. To keep up to date with standards in the medical writing field, I am also a member of the the Australasian Medical Writers Association.
Education is a particular passion for me, and I have produced accredited continuing professional development (CPD) content for doctors, pharmacists and nurses, as well as patient resources. I have produced content and/or edited for subjects including degenerative and inflammatory arthritis, asthma, bipolar disorder, viral arthritis, tobacco harms and cessation, adenomyosis, fibroids and endometriosis, urinary incontinence, and anaphylaxis.
COVID-19 information – regularly updated webpage
Practical tips for people struggling with mental health during COVID – regularly updated webpage
Bipolar disorder in men and women: what’s the difference?
Urinary incontinence (CPD article in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy)
Psychiatric hospital admission and discharge
Bipolar Medications and their Side Effects
Liver detox diets and Traditional Chinese Medicine: Do they work?
Living with hepatitis B: The myth of the healthy carrier
Dealing with your hepatitis B diagnosis
Will you customise the work for my specific requirements?
Absolutely. Your needs are paramount.
It’s important to me to fulfil a client’s specific needs, whether it’s producing content for a webpage, newsletter or magazine. I enjoy brainstorming if you are looking for fresh ideas for your health project or campaign.
I will spend time to ensure I meet your preferences such as tone (e.g. friendly or professional), specified keyword usage, audience and deadlines.
I'm not sure how to get the most out of the copy. Can you assist?
I understand completely. At the start of a project, the potential is exciting, but sometimes daunting. Whether you are a medical clinic, a health organisation, a charity or patient advocacy group, there are many factors to consider. That might include your unique selling proposition (USP), objective of the copy, audience and so on. It is also common for the project to morph as time goes along, so flexibility is important too.
I’m happy to send you a free copy planner to start you on the road to success!
Just click the button below.
What makes great content?
Health communication has to be great quality, and the consequences of failure can be dire. Here’s an article I wrote about patient-centred communication, and here are the basics of any content I will write for you.
- High-quality content with a strong evidence base and backed by adequate research
- Reputable sources (referenced)
- The right tone and language
- Excellent standard of grammar, spelling, punctuation and word usage
- Revision and editing
- Stock photos and other figures (optional)
How much will it cost?
As every project is different, an individual quote will be provided to give you a rough idea of costs. Once we’ve had a brief discussion (phone, video call or email), using the free copy planner if you’d like, I will put together a proposal. This will provide you with the following information:
1. Level of background research required
2. Content to be supplied, in what format (such as docx, .pdf, .pptx), approximate deadline
3. Approximate word count
4. Whether stock images, customised figures/tables are required
5. References are supplied as standard
6. Proofreading, editing, an agreed number of revisions if necessary