Negative Life Trajectory: a battle for plain language

25 June, 2019


“The letter I have written today is longer than usual because I lacked the time to make it shorter.” – Blaise Pascal

​Writing simply sounds easy but it can be hard, particularly if you’re not used to it. And yet it is crucial in the fight to make information available to everyone, not just the privileged few.

​In this session, you will learn:

  • what plain language is (and isn’t)
  • why it’s important
  • who it’s important for
  • different uses for plain language
  • a bit about accessibility and your legal obligations
  • some good and bad examples
  • how to simplify some gobbledegook (have a go)


Clare Chamberlain
Child and Adolescent Health Services

​Clare has been working in public health for years, holding several communication roles in various government organisations and NGOs. She is currently involved in all matters related to publishing, including the production of the WA Department of Health’s Personal Health Record, commonly known as the Purple Book: a parent-held child health record provided to every child in the state at birth, which anyone with small children will be familiar with.

​​Having previously lived in a country where she could not read the language, worked in Health Promotions where many​in​the target audience​could not read the resources, and watched the explosive growth of internet content written by computer geeks, she realised there was a need for consumer information that was simple, accurate, current and easy to read, without being patronising or childish—a sometimes difficult line to walk, especially in government work.


Date: Tuesday25 June 2019
Time: Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC), Kent St & Queens Park Rd, Wilson WA 6107
Cost: Members/affiliates $12, non-members $18 (tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided)

Register here 

Registrations close: Midnight Friday 21 June 2019
Bookings are essential!
Enquiries: Chloe Stam, Events Coordinator