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I’m an author, solopreneur, bushfire safety educator with the CFA and owner of a small video production and photography company based on the edge of Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley in south-eastern Australia.
I have something of an eclectic background, having trained as an actor and performer after completing a degree in Sociology. Filled with a desire to create my own performance work, I gravitated from in front of the camera to behind, finding a whole new world of creativity in producing pieces of work from concept through to final product. I love the storytelling that one can do with film, and how a beautiful photograph can speak a thousand words.
I have also spent many years as a volunteer firefighter and have been a recipient of the National Emergency Medal. Established by Her Majesty The Queen in response to the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, this Medal is for service to others during a National Emergency. I have a keen interest in emergency management, bushfire and emergency response and safety initiatives, as well as being a passionate advocate of community resilience and animal welfare.
More recently, I completed formal training in Grief and Bereavement Counselling and Intervention with the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, as well as completing my Bachelor of Paramedicine degree, training as a paramedic. My firefighter experience, bushfire, paramedics and grief training have given me a unique perspective on life, both its fragility as well as the resilience of the human spirit and our capacity to withstand great trauma yet find from our challenges enormous strength.
I'm at home exploring difficult subject matter in my writing, both in my occasional blog series (Writing About Life Death & Everything In Between on Blogger and here in Reflections of Love, Loss, Life) as well as my books.
My first book, After Life After You, explores spousal bereavement, loss and grief and was published in 2010. My second book, A Year of Medical Thinking published in 2014, charts my experience of losing my precious IVF baby, my diagnosis of breast cancer, and my beloved dad’s diagnosis of melanoma the week I finished my treatment. This book is dedicated to Dad who lost his battle to cancer a year after diagnosis.
I am currently in the pre-publication process of my third book, and true to form, the book explores difficult subject matter. This time, I bring my readers with me on an exploration of the trauma of perinatal loss and childlessness, as well as the awe-inspiring inspiration and strength of our Warrior Women that emerges in the face of adversity.
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"Goodbye, baby. Precious, darling little baby. It was nice to have you near me, in my life, even if only for the briefest of times."
from A Year of Medical Thinking, 2014.
“In the dance between the spaces in time and place, the spark of life is rekindled, and spirit can find in us, once more, a house to claim as home."
from After Life, After You, 2010
"One of the things I love about video production and editing is the wonderful places I get to see as part of my job. While I don't fly drones myself, I get to work with some of Melbourne's best drone pilots. Its always a buzz! Here's a piece I worked on a couple of years back, showcasing some of the different environments we fly our drones in. Whilst use of drones is sometimes controversial, all of our drone work is CASA approved with full licensing, site specific permissions and rigorous Occupational Health & Safety compliance."