I began Lived Experience work in 2016 at the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC), educating consumers on navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). I worked as a consumer consultant at Inner West Area Mental Health Service, chairing the Consumer Advisory Group (C:/Drive), running consumer led sessions for student nurses, providing feedback, encouraging co-design/co-production, and advocating for change. 

My fondest professional memories involve touring "NDIS the Musical" throughout the state and up the eastern coast. 

At CMHL, I support the growing consumer workforce in embedding the lived experience voice across the public mental health sector.  

I have a background in the arts and education, both of which continue to be my preferred therapeutic outlets. I am passionate about transparency, the recovery model, trauma informed care, supported decision making, dual diagnosis, de-stigmatising & normalising mental health matters, and will happily monologue at length on the power of diversity, storytelling and hope.

calendar October is mental health month. Join the CMHL and our partners in supporting connection, sharing, and learning through a range of activities.