Content Development Team

Content Development Team

Health& engages a talented and diverse team of medical writers, editors, allied health professionals, script-writers, illustrators, animators, and doctors; working in unison to create world-class written and visual content for our members.

Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)


Joanne leads the team responsible for the research, production, quality control, maintenance, and regular review of both the general and personalised health information content.

Joanne Van der Velden holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and is the author of several peer-reviewed academic publications.

Madeleine is a medical doctor with extensive experience as a specialist general practitioner. Graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Medical Science, Bachelor of Medicine, and Bachelor of Surgery, Madeleine is also a former examiner for the RACGP Registrar Program.

Bow holds a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Queensland. He has completed a wide range of medical content for Health& and has published numerous journal articles on cancer research, receiving over 1,500 citations for his work.

Idan is an award-winning author and medical content writer with impeccable attention to detail. He has published “The Invisible Kingdom: from the Tips of our Toes to the Tops of our Trash, Inside the Curious World of Microbes’”(2009), “Why aren’t we dead yet?: The survivor’s guide to the immune system” (2014) and “Do not lick this book” (2018).

Idan holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science, a Master of Microbiology, and a PhD on the history and philosophy of science.

Nikki holds a PhD in Molecular Neuropharmacology and has worked as a research officer at The University of Melbourne and as an assistant lecturer at Monash University.

Kellie Heywood - BSc(Optom), Dip.PW&E

Kellie has always had a passion for writing and has over seven years’ experience in the editing and writing of medical articles for the web.

Kellie holds both a Bachelor of Science in Optometry and a Postgraduate Diploma of Optometry from the University of Melbourne.

Piraveen is a medical doctor with experience as a Chief Medical Officer. He has held Registrar roles in surgery and medical administration.

He gained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Honours at The University of Melbourne and completed a Masters Degree of Public Health at Monash University.

Lauren has a wide range of experience in writing medical content. As Assistant Director of Individualised Medical Content at Health&, Lauren’s specialty is in the preparation of “personalised” medical content.

Lauren has a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Physiology/Pharmacology with First-class honours (H1) from the University of Melbourne and received the Dean’s Honours Award (Department of Medicine).

Jonathan is an experienced science and medical writer. He has co-authored biology textbooks and authored over a hundred medical factsheets.

Jonathan holds a degree in Medical Laboratory Science with Honors in Microbiology and Immunology.

Karen is an experienced wordsmith who specialises in crafting highly readable, unique and accurate content for both consumer and technical audiences. Karen is fully versed in all stages of content creation and strategy, researching topics, finding gaps in the content, engaging with subject matter experts and industry stakeholders, reviewing and updating web content.

Karen has a Bachelor of Health Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Marketing.

Livia attained her Bachelor of Dental Science from The University of Melbourne in 1994. She has over 20 years’ experience in private practice and is proficient in all aspects of general dentistry.

Livia enjoys making a positive difference to her patients’ smiles and health and finds this the most rewarding aspect of dentistry. With a keen interest in continuing education, Livia also teaches clinical dentistry at Melbourne University and enjoys learning about new and innovative advances in health care.