I have written health and medical content for B2B and consumer audiences as the digital editor of Australian Pharmacist, the biotech columnist at Stockhead, staff writer at HealthTimes, and editor of Hospital and Healthcare. I have also written for Australian and US client content programs. I live with my husband, son, and cat in Brisbane.
First and foremost, I am a journalist. It is my first job and everything I do is considered in relation to how it will affect my standing as a media professional. This means that I operate to a strict code of ethics and sometimes I will have to decline work as I do not wish to show the appearance any kind of bias or hold a conflict of interest.
This also means that I will be working in your best interest. I am not interested in doing dodgy things with my clients just to make a buck. I work with honesty, integrity and transparency.
Having spent time in hospital wards, specialist clinics and government services offices, I know that there’s more to patient satisfaction than rebates (though value for money is important). I know accessibility means physical access and the ability to understand the information being presented. And that patients don’t just rely on clinicians in their health care experiences; business providers, product designers and the media all play a role too.
Sometimes I will choose to take action on a health issue by drawing attention to it in my journalism work. Other times, I will choose to work with a company in improving their services. In both instances, I am transparent in all my work. I declare interests, and I do not take on private work that conflicts with my public writing interests. I have occasionally turned down jobs because of a perceived conflict of interest.
I am here to positively impact the Australian healthcare market. I hope you are too – and if so, let’s team up.