I’m a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
I live in South Australia and use a blend of personal experience and training to support understanding diversity and increased inclusion. I have a Graduate Certificate in Public Health, and a Cert 4 in Mental Health Peer Work, with 10 years experience in the health and community sectors. At present I run a small team of disability support workers for folks with NDIS plans, and offer some training and consulting.
My particular areas of expertise are mental health, public health, disability, trauma recovery, LGBTIQA+ matters, and inclusion of marginalised folks.
I’m a Parent
We’ve since split as a couple and now co-parent our gorgeous 5 year old ‘Poppy’. I’m also one of the Mums for 21 ‘Star’ who I informally adopted when she was a teen needing a safe home.
I am open about my own diversity
I identify as bisexual, genderqueer, and multiple/plural. My pronouns are they/them.
I have experienced disability and chronic pain. I’ve previously needed a wheelchair due to several illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis & adenomyosis.
I have Complex Post traumatic Stress Disorder and can still have a tough time with anxiety and depression. I’m also Autistic and have ADHD. This combination of neurodiversities is behind both my major strengths (such as rapidly synthesising large quantities of complex information) and my challenges (why are voicemail messages so terrifying?).
I’ve been sharing both the good times and struggles through my blog since 2011. Being visible is at times very challenging, but it’s an important part of finding our common humanity and helping the world to be more accepting of diversity. Articulating personal experience, and safely exploring sensitive topics is a passion. There’s many master lists of articles on specific topics such as trauma recovery.
I love authenticity and vulnerability
Creativity is part of how I connect to my world and nurture my soul. I love things that help us to be more human. Loneliness is soul destroying. I’m passionate about helping people find community and a sense of belonging.
My life has been full
A lot of it has been very hard. It’s also been amazing. I’ve experienced a tremendous amount of both the beauty and the horror. I’ve come through homelessness, domestic violence, severe illness, I’ve cared full time for suicidal loved ones, struggled with self harm and self hate, and been so severely dissociative it felt like I was dead. This is where I’ve developed many of my skills; walking past a cafe when I was 15 and seeing a stranger in distress, and sitting with her to talk her out of her suicide plan. Caring for a couple as one of them dies from terminal cancer. Binding a friend’s self harm wounds.
Not all my knowledge has come through suffering; I Debbie libraries and life experiences. I’ve watched a meteor shower from my roof, birthed one of my daughters into water, received a standing ovation at an international conference, seen the moon rise over a great salt lake in the desert, learned to ride a motorbike at 7, received emails from strangers saying my writing has saved their life, sold thousands of dollars of artwork at exhibition, and laughed so hard with friends that I fell off my chair.
I don’t allow the reduction of my story down to something inanely simple – tragedy, triumph, or recovery. I delight in the complexity and contradictions of my own and others’ experiences. You’re welcome to link in.