Hello, and welcome to Health Writer Hub!
I’m Michelle Guillemard, and I created this site to help you write high-quality, life-changing health content.
My courses empower health professionals and aspiring writers to enhance their skills and grow their careers.
I work with people from all over the world who are looking for guidance and an understanding of the vast career options in health communication.
My courses will show you how you can use your skills and experience to build a successful writing career.
Health writing is an evolving, exciting discipline – and, no two pathways are the same. You can read more about my journey a little later on.
A brief history of Health Writer Hub
Health Writer Hub began as my business blog about health writing back in 2013. The more I blogged, the more I learned about SEO, marketing and networking – and, my blog continued to grow.
As my readership increased, I started to receive requests from aspiring health writers for coaching and mentoring. I’d never actually considered this – but, I decided to try it, and I’m glad I did. Because I loved it.
As I worked with more and more writers from around the world, it became apparent a lot of people were struggling with the same questions, concerns, and challenges. So, I decided to create some courses.
At the beginning of 2015, I launched two unique health writing courses which I love teaching (they’re like my babies – and, I say that as a mother of two!):
- Introduction To Health Writing, which teaches you about different forms of consumer health writing
- How To Become A Freelance Health Writer, a 6-week guide to setting up your freelance health writing biz
In 2016, I added a new course to the mix – Simple Health & Science Writing, which teaches you how to write clearly to create better health outcomes.
Inspiring behaviour change is a topic I’ve become quite passionate about over the years, having worked with many clients who are doing great work in this space.
In 2017, I launched a new course called Principles of Medical Copywriting, which blends technique and strategy with career planning.
But, I don’t just teach courses – I also blog about health & medical writing.
So, regardless of whether you want to improve your writing skills or grow your career, there’s plenty of help here for you.
My resources and advice are for health professionals and writers who are relatively new to writing and the health industry.
Most of the people who take my courses are aspiring writers, new copywriters, doctors, health professionals, health coaches, scientists, academics, PhDs, health bloggers, technical writers, students, and industry professionals.
If you’re interested in enhancing your skills or freelancing, you can view all my health writing courses here.
I’m Michelle, and my first medical writing job was at the British Medical Journal in London more than ten years ago. After the BMJ had given me a taste of what medical writing had to offer, I knew there was no turning back. I continued to work in a range of health and medical writing roles before transitioning to freelance writing in 2012.
(You can read more about my work history and qualifications on my LinkedIn profile – and, while you’re there, please feel free to connect with me!)
Over the years, I’ve written copy for hundreds of healthcare brands and businesses. I’ve simplified complex topics for hospitals, health professionals, medical specialists, medical journals and dozens of healthcare brands and companies. The subjects I’ve covered include cancer, heart surgery, liver surgery, psychology, neuroscience, neurosurgery, the chemistry of extraction, radiation therapy, and much more.
I’ve also lectured medical students on the art of clear writing – and, through Health Writer Hub, I’ve taught hundreds of students about health writing.
As well as writing and teaching my passion here at Health Writer Hub, I am currently serving as the President of the Australasian Medical Writers Association (elected in August 2015).
I contribute to the European Medical Writers Association Journal, and I run training workshops for AMWA and Cheeky Scientist.
I live in Sydney, Australia, with my husband and two young daughters. I try to live out the healthy lifestyle I so often advocate in my writing – though, some days that’s easier said than done (right, Mums?!).
I do what I do because I care about inspiring change through effective health communication. And, that’s why Health Writer Hub focuses on health writing for the general public.
I collect best-practice advice based on health communication research to help us all write high-quality health content.
For me, health writing is about producing content that is clear, engaging, convincing, and trustworthy.
Health is deeply personal and ideological. There are conflicts and battles with belief systems. People follow trends like they follow religions. These issues make it an exciting yet challenging industry.
I believe that, as health writers, we have a responsibility to promote adherence, foster knowledge growth, inspire behaviour change and, ultimately, create better health outcomes.
If we continue to enhance the quality of our content, we can help to improve global health standards and change lives.
Dinethra Menon is my trusted blogger and health writer. She’s also a freelance medical and science writer herself, with over a decade of experience. Dinethra has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and a postgraduate diploma in genetic counselling.
Working in the pharmaceutical and medical indemnity industries, she has written medical conference reports, pharmaceutical drug summaries, clinical protocols and medical education.
Dinethra lives in Sydney with her husband, two active young sons and a cat named Simba. She is a member of AMWA and has completed Medicines Australia’s CEP.
Here are the principles that guide my work here at Health Writer Hub.
1. To support you as you navigate your health writing journey.
I recognise your journey is unique. You might be looking for health writing advice or hoping to learn more about consumer health writing.
You could be interested in pursuing freelancing or opportunities for industry-specific networking and career growth. I appreciate your aims and objectives are different to everyone else’s.
2. To help you improve the quality of your writing.
Health writing isn’t easy. It involves making sense of scientific and medical concepts then translating those messages to the right audience in the best way.
As a health writer, you want to inspire your readers and enhance their health knowledge. Improving the quality of your writing ultimately enables and empowers your readers to make informed choices about their health.
I care about helping you take your writing from good to life-changing – so you can inspire positive change.
3. To help you grow your career.
If you create health and medical content – everything from articles to blogs, marketing content, patient handouts, social media, eBooks, video content and more – your learning is never done.
Whether you’re relatively new or have twenty years of experience under your belt, constant learning is the only way you can stay up-to-date with your profession and give yourself opportunities for career growth.
4. To help you create better health outcomes.
I believe high-quality health writing has the power to improve health outcomes, motivate people to take control of their health, and change lives.
The first word that comes to mind when I think of health writing is ‘opportunity’.
There is a lot of work in the health & medical writing industry. And, if you’re willing to learn the art of health writing and take a few chances along the way, you’ll do very well in this field.
So, what do you say – are you ready to enhance your skills and grow your health writing career with me?