Delivering clarity and excellence

Biotext is a team of content experts, specialising in scientific and complex information.

Established in 1999, Biotext has become a leader in science information in Australia. We developed the Australian manual of style to provide a complete guide to writing, editing and presenting information across a variety of disciplines.

We have also developed A quick guide to effective content to help you to design and run a content project and create effective content, and A quick guide to effective data visualisation and infographics to help you engage your audiences and present data clearly and accurately.

We have staff in Canberra, Melbourne and Tasmania, and we are members of Australian and international procurement panels.


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Andina Faragher

BSc(Hons), PhD, AE

Principal Science Writer and Editor

Carolyn Weiller

BSc(Hons), PhD, AE

Director, Principal Science Writer and Editor

Carrie DeHaan

BSc, Dip Professional Writing and Editing

Principal Science Content Developer and Strategist

Darren Goossens

BSc(Hons), PhD, GradCert(Prof Write & Edit), AE

Science Editor and Data Visualisation Strategist, Training Manager

Emily Henkel

BSc(Hons), PhD

Science Writer and Editor

Janna Randell

BEnvSc, DipGov

Senior Science Content Developer

Julie Irish

BSc(Hons), MPH, PhD, ELS, AE

Principal Health Content Developer and Strategist

Kylie Evans


Director, Principal Science Content Developer

Richard Stanford

BA, Grad Dip VA, MVA, PhD, MAICD

Director, Principal Information Designer

Tim Meyen

BA Graphic Design

Senior Information Designer

Janet Salisbury

BSc(Hons), PhD, ELS, AE

Founder and Director

Bryan Potter

General Manager

Vesna Ratajkoska

Accounting Manager

Janet Salisbury

BSc(Hons), PhD, ELS, AE

Founder and Director

Skills: Janet, Biotext’s founder, is a leader in Australian scientific writing and editing, and she has been involved with many projects on issues of national and international significance.

Qualifications: Janet has a PhD in experimental oncology from Manchester University, United Kingdom, and worked in cancer research at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London (1976–⁠82), the University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine (1983–⁠84) and the John Curtin School of Medical Research (1986–⁠88).

She is a qualified Editor in the Life Sciences (Board of Editors of the Life Sciences, 2003) and an Accredited Editor (Australian Institute of Professional Editors, 2009). She is also a member of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC).

Experience: Janet started her consultancy, writing and editing work in 1990. Over the past 25 years, Janet has researched, written or edited proceedings and reports for government departments and agencies, nongovernment organisations and academic institutions.

Janet has a particular interest in evidence-based practice and has worked with Australia’s top experts in evidence-based medicine. She has also worked closely with the National Health and Medical Research Council to develop methods for assessing health evidence for clinical practice and public health guidelines. In the early 2000s, she was one of the first in the world to suggest the application of evidence-based practice methodology to environmental management.

Dr Richard Stanford

BVA, Grad Dip VA, MVA, PhD

Director, Principal Information Designer

Skills: Richard is a visual information specialist, with extensive experience in science communication, content development, data visualisation and design. He is also a consultant in digital publication workflows and management systems.

Qualifications: Richard has a PhD in new media and cross-disciplinary studies between science and art from the University of New South Wales. In 2003, Richard was awarded the HC Coombes Fellowship at the Australian National University.

Experience: Throughout his career, Richard has worked on a wide variety of science-based visualisation and technical communication projects, including working with some of Australia’s top scientists. In 2010, he studied in residency at the Pearson Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of New South Wales, to gain insights into aspects of vision, attention and interaction.

Richard has worked on many large publication projects of national significance with Australian Government departments and agencies, as well as industry and research organisations.

In 2012, Richard’s design of Australia: state of the environment 2011 won a best of show national technical communication award and, in 2013, won an international Summit award for technical communication.

Kylie Evans

BA (Communications)

Director, Principal Science Content Developer and Strategist

Skills: Kylie is skilled in writing and editing for different audiences, translating complex text into clear and engaging content. She is particularly skilled at communicating science to the general public. One of her main roles at Biotext is information architecture and substantive editing – rearranging and rewriting content to improve navigation, flow, readability and impact. Her skill in translating science to plain language extends to the development of infographic messages and narratives.

Qualifications: Kylie has a BA (Communications) from the University of Technology Sydney. She is also a member of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC).

Experience: Kylie began her career in media liaison at the University of New South Wales and moved to the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Eye Research and Technology in 1995. Her work involved writing and editing a range of publications from annual reports and major grant proposals to magazine articles and websites, translating dense academic information into simple language and interesting narratives.

Since joining Biotext in 2009, Kylie has worked with many environment, health and government clients. In particular, she has developed expertise in state of the environment reporting, and enjoys working with clients to provide content solutions.

Dr Carolyn Weiller

BSc(Hons), PhD, AE

Director, Principal Science Writer and Editor

Skills: Carolyn has extensive experience and expertise in science writing, editing and proofreading. She has incredible attention to detail and understanding of technical data and research. Her main areas of work have been in agriculture, environment, animal health and human health.

Qualifications: Carolyn has a PhD in botany. She is an Accredited Editor (Australian Institute of Professional Editors, 2009). She is also a member of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC).
Experience: Carolyn worked as a research fellow at the Australian National University for 9 years revising numerous grass genera, and preparing taxonomic descriptions and identification keys for the Flora of Australia.

Since joining Biotext in 2006, she has edited reports and manuals for a large number of clients, including the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Animal Health Australia, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Australian Government Department of the Environment, the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
Carolyn has a strong eye for detail and, as Biotext’s style manager, she maintains the Biotext style manual and client-specific stylesheets for our editorial team.

Dr Julie Irish

BSc(Hons), MPH, PhD, AE, ELS

Principal Health Content Developer and Strategist

Skills: Julie is a highly experienced content developer and strategist who specialises in health and biomedical science, developing complete content strategies and designs for complex health websites and other communication materials.
Qualifications: Julie has a PhD in microbiology and molecular biology, a research background in antimicrobials and immunobiology, and a Master of Public Health. She is an Editor in the Life Sciences (Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, USA), an Accredited Editor (Australian Institute of Professional Editors), and an accredited editor for UNAIDS and the United Nations Population Fund. She is also a member of the Australian Science Communicators, the Australasian Medical Writers Association and Editors NSW.

Experience: With her particular strengths and interests in public health and health policy, Julie has managed a number of major health-sector projects involving literature review, technical writing, editing and consultancy. Her clients include the Australian Government Department of Health, Cancer Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Julie is experienced in guiding large projects through the entire content development process, from the first plan through to drafting, stakeholder input, editing, design and final release.

Julie particularly enjoys working with Biotext’s graphic designers to create publications that are visually engaging and informative.

Dr Andina Faragher

BSc(Hons), PhD, AE

Principal Science Writer and Editor

Skills: Andina has an interest in clear and concise communication and has a keen eye for detail. She enjoys editing documents to weed out jargon, as well as copyediting and proofreading to ensure consistency.

Qualifications: Andina has a PhD in biochemistry (molecular virology), and a degree in canine behavioural sciences. She is an Accredited Editor (Australian Institute of Professional Editors, 2009) and is also an accredited editor for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). She is also a member of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC).

Experience: After a period in postdoctoral research, Andina worked for 12 years in the Australian Public Service and CSIRO in science administration and advisory roles, with a focus on gene technology and its regulation. These roles required skills in writing and editing documents on technical subjects for lay readers.

At Biotext, Andina has edited manuals and reports for a range of clients, with a focus on animal health and welfare. Clients have included Animal Health Australia; the Australian Government Departments of Agriculture, Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Health; the World Health Organization, and UNAIDS. Andina is a skilled user of MasterDocs, a web-based tool for collaborative authoring and editing.

Carrie DeHaan

BSc, DipProfWritEdit

Principal Science Content Developer and Strategist

Skills: Carrie is a science content specialist, with a technical background, and writing and editing qualifications. Her diploma studies have added speechwriting, copywriting, journalism and desktop publishing to her writing and editing expertise. She is particularly skilled at content design and content strategy to ensure effective, user-focused websites.

Qualifications: Carrie has a BSc in genetics and worked for 10 years in genetics, cancer and diabetes research in Canada and Australia. She also has a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing.

Experience: Since joining Biotext in 2008, Carrie has specialised in health and biomedical projects. Carrie has vast editing and writing experience, especially web writing. Her experience includes user research (including internal and external stakeholders), content auditing and analysis, usability testing, content mapping and planning, content design and content strategy.

Bryan Potter

General Manager

Skills: Bryan is an experienced publishing production professional who enjoys working closely with clients to produce comprehensive quotes promptly, write clear tender responses and attend to all other client requests. He also manages Biotext’s project workflow to ensure projects run smoothly and deadlines are met, while maintaining high-quality standards.

Qualifications: He is a trained facilitator and a qualified Prince2 Practitioner, and uses this project management method to help run successful projects.

Experience: Bryan previously  worked with Elsevier Ltd in both the United Kingdom and India, and with Pearson Australia in Sydney, specialising in project management for publishing large, multi-authored books and ebooks. In 2008, he published the 40th edition of Gray’s anatomy, a special edition designed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 1st edition, and has worked on a number of other high-profile reference and educational books in the medical sector. In 2009, he was seconded to India for a year to hire, train and mentor a team of 18 project managers in a new Health Sciences publishing production department.

Bryan collaborates with Biotext’s writers and designers on their projects, managing their workflow, overseeing job progress and doing whatever he can to maximise our client’s experience.

Dr Darren Goossens

BSc(Hons), PhD, GradCert(Prof Write & Edit)

Science Writer and Editor, Data Strategist and Training Manager

Skills: Darren is a specialist in physical and mathematical sciences, and is skilled in science writing, editing and proofreading. Through his research, he has also gained skills in computer programming, data analysis and presentation, technical document development using LaTeX, and assessing documents and data against a wide variety of criteria. As Biotext’s training manager, he develops, writes and presents educational materials.

Qualifications: Darren has an undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics (including statistics), a PhD in physics, and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing and Editing. He is an Australian Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) Accredited Editor and a member of IPEd, the Canberra Society of Editors and the Australian Neutron Beam Users Group.

Experience: Darren has extensive experience as a working research scientist. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, been invited to speak at many national and international meetings, and successfully obtained competitive funding to support his research. He has written software for computational modelling of large sets of data, and managed a research group, including mentoring junior staff and building networks.
He has co-authored textbooks for high-school physics; and written, edited and proofread reports, online learning resources, grant applications, scientific papers and publications for many organisations, including the University of Antwerp, the International Union of Crystallography and the Australian National University.

Janna Randell

BEnvSci, DipGov

Senior Science Content Developer

Skills: Janna is an expert in content writing and strategy for complex scientific and government subjects. She specialises in earth sciences, agriculture and water, and takes a user-focused approach to scoping the needs of clients and audiences to create effective content.

Qualifications: Janna has a Bachelor of Environmental Science, majoring in fisheries and aquaculture management. She has 10 years experience in a range of science education and strategic communication roles across the Australian Government and the private sector.

Experience: Janna has extensive experience in strategic communication, writing for government organisations and developing plain-English content to meet audience needs. She delivers creative content solutions in line with best-practice guidance on accessibility. 

Dr Emily Henkel

BSc(Hons), PhD

Science Writer and Editor

Skills: Emily has a diverse scientific background that includes chemistry, pharmacology and biomedical science. It was during her time in research and academia that she found a love for effective science reporting, and a skill for condensing complex information into a form that is accessible for a range of audiences.

Qualifications: Emily has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Applied Chemistry and a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Editors and the Australasian Medical Writers Association.

Experience: Emily is an experienced researcher and science writer. Throughout her 8 years in research and 6 years in academia, she has written numerous literature reviews and study reports, presented complex scientific concepts to both contemporaries and lay audiences, and published peer-reviewed articles in medical journals.

Tim Meyen

BA Graphic Design

Senior Information Designer

Skills: Tim’s skills in layout, composition, typesetting and illustration help him to bring structure, cohesion and clarity to a range of design tasks.

Qualifications: He has a Bachelor of Graphic Design from the University of Canberra.

Experience: Tim has been a graphic designer for print and screen for 25 years. Before joining Biotext, he worked for a number of government employers, including the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Tim has also worked for private sector employers and as a freelance designer.

Tim has experience in managing all aspects of production for a wide range of communication materials. This has included reports, technical publications, periodicals, signage, posters, advertising, print procurement and management, infographics, data visualisation, illustrations, logos, branding, icons and websites. He particularly enjoys the challenges of making complex processes or messages clear using engaging infographics.

In Australia


Content development and design partners

Department of Human Services (DHS)

Creative and digital communication services panel in strategic communication, authoring and editorial, graphic design, web design, accessibility review

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Development and presentation of evidence-based health advice

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC)

Panel to provide editing services

South Australia Department of Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

Provision of science, monitoring and knowledge professional services

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

Panel to provide medical and scientific assessment and other advisory services

Department of Health – PBS

Services for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Medicines Review Panel

Department of Health – Medical Services Advisory Committee (via CIE, Sydney)

Health technology assessment services

Australian Public Service Commission

The Learning and Development panel

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

National Plan Technical Services Panel – Technical writing




UNAIDS Long-term agreement for editing services
UNFPA Long-term agreement for editorial services