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Editor: Dr Cathy Fraser

Textual Communication

PhD (Science Communication) BSc Hons (Psychology and Biology) ANU


  • Editing—Structural editing, copyediting and proofreading
  • Other services—Copy writing, analysis, designing and implementing communication strategies, devising inbound marketing content for web and blogs, producing reports, working with graphic designers to establish branding
  • Subject fields—Agriculture, plant science, biosecurity, health, and scientific and technical material
  • Media—Reports, corporate documents, tender applications, research proposals academic journal articles, articles and press releases, blogs, newsletters, clinical practice guidelines, user manuals, posters, research proposals

Specific projects

In addition to a lifetime of experience writing, editing, and publishing for government, academia, private businesses and statutory authorities, I taught best practice communication of science as an academic at the Centre for Public Awareness of Science, the Centre at which I earned my PhD in science communication. My doctorate investigated the many factors that influence parental decision making about childhood immunisation. I am a published academic author in the area of mental health research and I have experience developing online interventions and smart phone apps.

More recently, I performed the role of communication manager for not-for-profit Plant Health Australia for seven years, strategically supporting the company and all its outreach programs. The last seven editions of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report demonstrate my ability to pull together information from many stakeholders into a comprehensive and accessible account of the
complex plant biosecurity system in Australia.

My broad experience allows me to contextualise and clarify information for better understanding as well as provide design, branding and media services to reach audiences.