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The role of a medical writer in translating research into practice

The role of a medical writer in translating research into practice

Recently I watched Simon Sinek’s inspiring TedTalk about how great organisations ‘Start with Why’.  It got me thinking.  I love being a freelance medical writer.  I really enjoy researching the medical literature and working on a wide variety of topics and I have no doubt that I bore my friends by constantly updating them about the latest medical […] Read More

Funding opportunities for Australian researchers

Please find below a list of links to funding opportunities for Australian medical researchers.  We will try to update this page regularly. Brain Foundation 2017 Grant Applicant Information Research Gift Program Applications to be received by EOB Friday 23 June 2017. Gift categories include: Alzheimer’s & Other Neuro Degenerative Diseases Parkinson’s Dystonia Cerebrovascular and other Cerebral […] Read More

Successful grant applications: how to think like a reviewer

What are grant reviewers looking for when they review their stack of submissions?  How can you increase your chances of impressing them? Review Process A reviewer will usually have 10-20 grant submissions to review in detail and defend to the rest of the review panel. They are expected to go into each application in detail, […] Read More

Sleep and depression – a complex interplay

There’s a strong link between anxiety and depression, and sleep problems, and it goes both ways Treating sleep problems first will help in treating anxiety and depression. Henri Bergius/Flickr, CC BY Joanna Waloszek, University of Melbourne and Monika Raniti, University of Melbourne Good sleep is essential for our mental well-being. Just one night of disturbed […] Read More

Prozac during pregnancy

Should I stop taking Prozac if I’m pregnant? Deciding whether or not to continue on medication in pregnancy is always a balancing act. from shutterstock.com Anne Buist, University of Melbourne Women, and perhaps their doctors, may be concerned when they see reports of a study showing an association between taking fluoxetine, an antidepressant also known […] Read More

Thunderstorm asthma

It’s not just about Melbourne: why we need a national approach to ‘thunderstorm asthma’ Why didn’t we learn the lessons from earlier thunderstorm asthma events? from www.shutterstock.com Guy Marks, UNSW The tragic deaths of at least six people, apparently from thunderstorm asthma, highlights the risk from environmental hazards, even in seemingly safe urban centres in […] Read More

The hunt for the superstars of STEM

The hunt for the Superstars of STEM to engage more women in science Lisa Harvey-Smith, CSIRO Superstars of STEM is a new program by Science and Technology Australia that aims to smash the stereotypical portrait of people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The plan is to identify 30 superstar women currently in STEM, […] Read More

What is medical writing?

What does a medical writer do? Medical writing is a term that encompasses a wide range of tasks from journalism and blogging through to writing highly specialised regulatory submissions for approval of a new drug or medical device.  Very few medical writers cover the entire spectrum of medical writing, most specialise in a subset. Other […] Read More