Ms. Mary O'Malley (She/Her)


Mary O'Malley is a journalist, filmmaker and media and communications consultant with extensive experience in the university and research sector. Mary has worked on newspapers, magazines and television documentaries for such broadcasters as Discovery's Travel Channel, ABC Australia, Channel 10 and Channel 7. She is a former Deputy Director of Communications and Director of Digital Communications at UNSW where she founded UNSWTV, an online channel which SBS voted among the top 5 science channels in the country in 2016. She is Manager Communications and Government Liaison for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology.
Topics of expertise:
Communications strategy Video production Media Writing Communications training


Outreach Keywords:
Start ups Fundraising Communications and marketing Advocacy Capacity building
I am the co-founder of the Wilderness Collective in Mallacoota, which aims to rejuvenate the economy post disaster. I have also worked extensively in advocacy for Indigenous causes and for local community safety.


Artistic or design skills

I have more than 20 years experience as a documentary and short-form video writer and producer.

Education or training skills

I can train people in media skills, simplifying messages for a broad audience, public speaking and presentation.

Project management skills

I have worked on many complex projects in the not-for-profit sector requiring budgeting and project management skills.

Scientific communication skills

I have have won several awards for translating science and engineering into digestable packages suitable for broad audiences.

Grant writing skills

Through my community work I have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. One of my strengths is being able to hone a consistent narrative for the project.


  • Undergraduate
    Communications and journalism from University of South Australia
Other Details
  • Lab Membership Organisation: Ian Paulsen (MQ)
  • Research Theme: Professional Staff
  • Research Capability: Professional Staff