The defining characteristics of my professional life – forty years and rising – have been my restlessness and creative energies. Restless to put my opportunities, education and enthusiasm to good use. Restless to engage with the question of what it means to be alive and purposeful in this chaotic world of ours.

highlights of a restlessly creative life

I’ve used my creative energies as a social worker, government policy advisor, university academic, scholar, writer, and more recently as an artist and arts psychotherapist to explore and bear witness to what I’ve experienced, seen and learned in the areas of health, disability, housing, community and environmental wellbeing, arts and culture.

The defining characteristics of my professional life – forty years and rising – have been my restlessness and creative energies. Restless to put my opportunities, education and enthusiasm to good use. Restless to engage with the question of what it means to be alive and purposeful in this chaotic world of ours.

highlights of a restlessly creative life

I’ve used my creative energies as a social worker, government policy advisor, university academic, scholar, writer, and more recently as an artist and arts psychotherapist to explore and bear witness to what I’ve experienced, seen and learned in the areas of health, disability, housing, community and environmental wellbeing, arts and culture.

Recent highlights include:

teaching at Griffith University (2011-2016) and Ikon Institute of Australia (2019 – current)

researching in the fields of disability studies and arts psychotherapy. In September 2019, I presented a paper at the ANZACATA Symposium on the intersections between the NDIS, disability rights and arts therapy. In December 2019, I presented a paper, The Contemplative Consolations of Sorrow, at the AAANZ Conference in Auckland, New Zealand.

co-editing (with Bree Hadley, QUT) The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts, Culture and Media (2018).

participating in a 5-minute documentary, Donna, (2017) by award-winning producer Jaina Kalifa, in which I share personal stories through a series of artworks about my life. Its screenings & awards include: Winner Most Outstanding Documentary, Master Showcase, Griffith Film School. In Official Selection for Focus on Ability Short Film Festival and Heart of Gold International Film Festival.

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