Meet our experts

EDITOR
As Editor of The Waiting Room, Christine contributes regular features of general interest, ranging from seasonal ailments to the latest dietary news. Christine also manages all news items, new product news and engages with readers directly through her editor’s note.

Christine Bannister
BAHSc
Christine completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Journalism and English Literature (Deakin University Geelong) in 1995 and has spent the past 20 years working on several publications, particulaly throughout the retail industry.

With an on-going passion for health, Christine juggled her work, while completing a Bachelor of Health Science with Distinction in 2016 – majoring in Health Promotion; Physical Activity & Health; and Family, Society & Health (Deakin University Burwood).

The Waiting Room has allowed Christine to finally combine her passion for health, with journalism, and create insightful stories on preventive health, diet and exrcise.

 

FAMILY HEALTH
The Family Health column focuses on diverse subjects that we face while caring for the health of our families. Taking the helm of this column is Dr Greer Bennett.

Dr Greer Bennett
PhD, B Biomed Sci (Honours Class I)
Dr Greer Bennett is a freelance medical writer who specialises in promoting child and family health, having completed a PhD investigating maternal mental health and behavioural outcomes in children.

Dr Greer also has a background as a biomedical scientist and is an academic researcher who has published work in scientific journals as well as mainstream media.

 

 

WOMEN’S HEALTH
The Women’s Health column covers new ground on the subject. Kate Marsh shares her insights with us as TWRA’s regular contributor.

Kate Marsh
PhD, M NutrDiet, BSc, Grad Cert Diab Edn & Mgt, AdvAPD, CDE
Dr Kate Marsh is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) working part time in clinical practice and part time as a freelance health and medical writer. Kate has a particular interest in women’s health including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), diabetes in pregnancy, and preconception and pregnancy nutrition. She is co-author of The Low GI Guide to Managing PCOS and The Bump to Baby Diet and writes regularly for both consumer and health professional audiences.

 

 

MEN’S HEALTH
Men’s Health tackles the issues that men face with their wellbeing in their daily lives. James Graham joins TWRA as our go to Men’s Health writer.

James Graham
PhD
James Graham is a freelance medical writer with a PhD in neuroscience.

After five years of being a post-doctoral research scientist, James left the UK in 2014 and set up his own freelance medical writing business.

James writes for a diverse stable of clients, has quickly accrued experience across a number of different medical and scientific topics, as well as writing in a broad range of styles and formats.

 

 

SENIOR’S HEALTH
Senior’s Health looks at a range of issues from hearing loss to Alzheimers. Dr Peter Lavelle brings a unique view to this department.

Dr Peter Lavelle
MB BS (Syd)
Dr Peter Lavelle trained in medicine and practised as a GP for several years before becoming a freelance journalist, editor, broadcaster and writer. He has written for many print and web publications including: the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, The Age, The West Australian, Medical Observer, Australian Doctor, Money in Practice, Living Well, Health Reader, The Hep Review, and many others. He is a former staff health journalist and broadcaster at the ABC and a former staff editor at the Medical Journal of Australia.

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH
Caring for our mental health is as important as our physical health. Dr Wendy van Zuijlen looks at ways we can take better care of our mental wellbeing.

Dr Wendy van Zuijlen
PhD
Dr Wendy van Zuijlen is a PhD trained freelance health and medical writer and is the founder of VIVID Health Writing, a professional health writing agency in Sydney. She also edits the newsletter of the Australasian Medical Writers Association.

For the last 11 years, Wendy has researched and written about pregnancy, infectious diseases, the immune system, and more. She also blogs about health and loves writing about new scientific discoveries that can help you make the best health decisions.

 

 

SPORTS MEDICINE
Sports Medicine delves into the depths of how we can better look after our body during and after physical activity. Dr Julie Milland brings her craft to this topic.

Dr Julie Milland
PhD (Melb), MoJ (Melb)
Dr Julie Milland is a multimedia journalist and scientist covering health, science and technology. Her stories have appeared in: ABC News, The Science Show on ABC Radio National, The Age, The Sunday Age and the Sydney Morning Herald and The Citizen. She has creative fiction published in Sleepers Almanac and Best Australian Stories 2008, with one story selected for broadcast on ABC Radio National. Julie has a PhD in biochemistry/molecular biology and a Master of Journalism from the University of Melbourne.