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A year

A year

A year ago this week, I made a brave and potentially very silly decision. I felt in my gut that there was a space for me to create a career and life I was proud of by combining my lived experience, knowledge of the mental health sector, and policy and evaluation...

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BPD Awareness Week

BPD Awareness Week

At the end of last year, I was proud to become a Board member of the Australian Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Foundation. Tomorrow kicks off BPD Awareness Week and (in 2020-style) the BPD Foundation's annual conference. There are lots of interesting events...

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Evaluating telehealth

Evaluating telehealth

Telehealth looks set to stay, but having been implemented in the mainstream very rapidly, it's important to build in evaluation to make sure we get it right for the long-term. I co-authored this blog on evaluating telehealth with Jo Grzelinska from Larter Consulting.

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Making inclusive choices

Making inclusive choices

Last week, I was privileged to be invited to participate in a webinar organised by ARTD to discuss inclusive choices in evaluation, particularly in the context of Covid-19. By far the highlight for me was learning from the others on the panel - Julie Duong (Empowering...

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Fostering evaluative thinking upfront

Fostering evaluative thinking upfront

I've been doing a lot of work recently on evaluation capacity building, and supporting program designers to consider monitoring and evaluation up front. I keep coming back to an article I wrote in 2018 with Dr Caroline Tomiczek following a presentation we did at the...

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Can we get off the treadmill?

Can we get off the treadmill?

Over the last couple of months, I've heard many people say that "it's OK not to be your most productive during a crisis". Yes! I completely agree. Clearly, productivity is not going to be number one priority when competing with health, homeschooling your kids and the...

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What happens next?

What happens next?

It's reached that stage of social distancing where my mind has started to move to what happens next. I don't have a crystal ball and I have no idea when offices are going to 'return to normal'. It might never happen, and for many, the impact of Covid has already been...

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Featured in Royal Commission report

Featured in Royal Commission report

Catching up on a bit of news from when my website was under redevelopment! Last year, I wrote a submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's mental health system. I was honoured when the Commission contacted me to feature my story in the interim report. You can...

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Managing anxiety on your own

Managing anxiety on your own

I've been lucky throughout my career to work with managers who have been focused on my professional development. But whenever we sat down for a semi-regular performance chat, one question would always stump me - "What are you doing well?" I could point to hundreds of...

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Acknowledgement of country

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I live, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded and I look forward to a day when the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is heard so Australia faces up to the pain inflicted by its colonial history and the strengths of its Aboriginal past, present and future.