Skills: Janet is Biotext’s founder and is experienced in every aspect of document production — researching and assessing scientific evidence; conducting public forums and workshops; and writing, editing and producing the final document. Her understanding of ethical issues and scientific evidence and her ability to convey complex information clearly have allowed her to contribute to 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.