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.