Ray Moynihan

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Ray Moynihan is an Australian researcher, health journalist, documentary-maker and author. Employed for many years as an investigative journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, he has also worked for the Australian Financial Review and is currently a visiting editor at the British Medical Journal, a correspondent for Radio New Zealand and a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle. His stories regularly appear in the BMJ, The Australian, Crikey and the ABC.in Australia. Moynihan is a prolific public speaker.[1][2]

Early life and Career[edit]

Ray Moynihan grew up in Brisbane, Queensland and on graduating from the University of Queensland, worked as a reporter at community radio station 4ZZZ.[3] He joined ABC Radio News Brisbane in the mid 1980s as a reporter, staying with the organisation for over a decade in a variety of roles including the presenter of investigative radio program 'Background Briefing,' reporter for JJJ and the '7.30 Report' and as researcher then producer at Four Corners, where he developed a strong interest in health reporting. Moynihan went on to write a number of books.[4] He spent 1999 at Harvard University after winning a Harkness Fellowship,[5] and now works part-time as an academic at the University of Newcastle.[6][7] Moynihan lives in Byron Bay with his partner, filmmaker Miranda Burne.[8]


  • 1995 - co-recipient (with Dr Norman Swan) of the Peter Grieve Award for medical journalism
  • 1996 - Michael Daley Award for excellence in science journalism
  • 1998 - 1998-1999 Harkness Fellowship in health care policy



  • Too Much Medicine? The business of health and its risks for you , ABC Books, Sydney, 1998
  • Selling Sickness: How drug companies are turning us all into patients, (with Alan Cassels), Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2005
  • Improving population health : the uses of systematic reviews (with Melissa Sweet), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, 2007
  • Ten Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor (with Melissa Sweet), Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2008
  • Sex, Lies and Pharmaceuticals: How Drug Companies Are Bankrolling The Next Big Medical Condition For Women, (with Dr Barbara Mintzes), Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2010