Scientist to Communicator

Ready to put down the pipette and hang up your lab coat?

  • FED UP with paper publication merry-go-round, grant application process and shrinking opportunities in research, and want to explore other career options that won’t waste all those years of study and research?
  • Love giving talks about your research much more than doing the research, and wonder if it’s possible to make a career out of that passion?
  • Is your favourite part of research is making conference posters and giving talks, NOT the gruelling hours of bench-work generating data and crunching stats. (Believe it or not, there are jobs out there that let you do exactly this!)

I’m thrilled to offer one-to-one ‘Scientist to Communicator’ training days for scientists, academics or health professionals interested in a career in health, medical or science communications.

Over the past five years I’ve mentored numerous scientists and health professionals as they’ve transitioned from the world of academia into the world of science communications, medical writing, freelance journalism, pharma and not-for-profit consultancy.


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I was incredibly fortunate to be mentored by Sarah 2013 as I was setting up my freelance medical writing business. Sarah is one of those exceptional people who is kind and generous with her time and knowledge and genuinely wanted me to succeed and follow in her footsteps. Sarah was able to give me sound advice on subjects such as quoting, time management, setting up a website and blogging to drive traffic to the website. My business has gone from strength to strength over the past 3 years and I now regularly have to turn work away and am thinking of expanding and subcontracting work to other writers. Sarah has been, and continues to be, a very inspiring mentor.

Dr Ruth Hadfield
Mediwrite medical writing services, Sydney, Australia

When I left academia to become a medical writer, I was scared and unsure, to say the least. I knew Sarah from my days in academia and knew she had successfully made the transition to medical writing, so I got in touch with her. She helped me realise that although my life up until that point was research, the skills and expertise I gained were ones that were critical to being a successful medical writer. She helped me with my CV, focusing it so that it would appeal to medical writing agencies and potential employers. She advised me on how to get practice my medical writing skills and how to start a website and blog as a platform to showcase my style and portfolio. Whilst freelancing didn’t end up being my cup of tea, I have successfully made the transition to medical writing and still enjoying every minute of my new career. I am so thankful for all the advice, guidance and support Sarah has given me and because of it the transition was less daunting and a lot smoother than if I had gone it alone.

Dr Andrea Cowley
National Prescribing Service, NSW, Australia

Sarah’s enthusiasm and intellectual scrutiny would make anyone question if their true calling is in fact in science writing. As one of the non-academic speakers at the EMCR (Early Mid Career Researcher) Network for alternate PhD careers, Sarah challenged aspiring writers to take charge and just start writing. She loves her job but she only got there through taking risks and putting in hard work. Sarah is proof that non-academic careers for PhDs do not represent failure, but initiative and innovation.  

Dr Heather Main
Gene Biocells, Sydney, Australia

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