My areas of expertise are Art, Lesbian Health and Discrimination, and Reducing Violence Against Women.
I am self employed specializing in community development, social justice, health promotion, creative projects, training, research and event management.
Examples of specific projects or services
Trainer for Responding to Same Sex Domestic Violence and
Practical Skills In Responding to Domestic Violence for
Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV) NSW Dept Health, 2005-present
Mentor in the community garden
Access Community Group, Corrimal
Lesbian Community Worker Wilma Women’s Health Centre, Campbelltown 2005-2010
Sydney gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade entries
Lesbian Rights Are Human Rights 97,
Lesbian Allsorts 98,
Lesbian Health in Lesbian Hands 06,
Campbelltown Cowgirls 07,
A Woman Needs A man Like A Fish Needs a Bicycle 08,
Out For Our Sisters, Lemon Laws without a Grandfather Clause 2009,
Illawarra Anti Homophobia Project 07 producing and delivering training for local youth workers in responding to homophobia
Wollongong Council have employed me on a number of projects including
Mural painting on bus shelters as an anti graffitti project Take Time To Smell the Roses
Designing and producing 30 flags for use at public events 2010
Training local NGO Management Committees in Constitutional process
Write funding application for Wollongongs 1st Living Library project
Research and report Illawarra Lesbian Needs Assessment, 2000
Recent Talks Conference Speeches and Workshops include
Impacts of the New Relationship Recognition Legislation, Lesbian Soiree, Redfern, 2010
Feminist Arts Practise, Petcha Kucha, Wollongong Art Gallery, 2020
Triple The Ripple LGBTI DV Forum, Sydney, 09
Same Same Twice the shame,Health In Difference, Brisbane, 08
Dyke Decade of CD Feminist Conference, Townsville 08
Lesbian Human Rights, Gather the Women Conference, Sydney, 08
Lesbian Cultural Sensitivity,Cumberland Womens Health Centre, 09
Responding to Abuse In Lesbian relationships,DV Hypothetical , Western Sydney, 05
Lesbian Domestic Violence National Domestic Violence Conference, Bankstown, 05
Lesbian DV & Lesbian Human Rights, Lesbian Health Work,National Lesbian Health Conference, Melbourne 05
Lesbian Discrimination and Mental Health Turning the Tide Mental Health Conference, Wollongong 05
Lesbian Human Rights, International Human Rights Conference Byron Bay 05
Testified and supported 3 other testifiers at the International Women’s Human Rights Court, UNSW 04
Salaried Work with NGO’s
Illawarra Women’s Health Centre- 2001-2005
As Women’s Community Worker I provided one to one support, advice and referral to women, (most of these clients were escaping abusive relationships), support groups for women escaping abuse and for women with addiction issues; art projects for women who have experienced violence lobbying for service improvements and funding.
Two days a week I worked as Lesbian Community Development Worker educating about discrimination and its health impacts, providing support to lesbians and their communities using a Community Development approach to Health Promotion.
ACON Illawarra 2001
Lesbian Community Development Worker. Duties included working in partnership with other agencies to improve access to services for lesbians and raise awareness of the effects of living with discrimination for lesbians. Produced 3 editions of Be Yourself: A Guide to Wollongong for Lesbians and Gays
Wollongong Women’s Information Centre 2000
Resource Worker providing counselling, and support for women.
Pt Kembla Youth Project 1999
Casual Creative Drama Tutor with disabled youth from Parameadows School, Wollongong.
Stepping Out October 1998
Casual Relief Support Worker housing for women who have experienced childhood sexual assault.
Thebe Housing Project 1999
Casual Relief Support Worker
Wollongong Women’s Centre 97- 99 Casual Relief Crisis Telephone Counselor
Older Women’s Network 1996-1997 Project Coordinator, Women In Community Housing
CAPOW! – Coalition of Participating Organizations of Women 1993- 1996
National Coordinator and Office Manager for a network of 67 national women’s organizations, monitoring the implementation of the Platform For Action, preparing the Australian NGO report for the UN Status of Women Committee the 4th World Conference On Women 1995 and other world conferences.
Innana Women’s Refuge January 1994Refuge Worker for a service for psychiatrically distressed women.
Doris Women’s Refuge 1987-1993Crisis Worker for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Toora Single Women’s Shelter 1982 Refuge worker with single women and young women recovering from abuse, addiction or homelessness
Australian Social Welfare Union 1982-93 Industrial Officer representing members in disputes with their employees and in the Industrial Relations Commission, negotiating for improved wages and conditions including the logging of several awards.
Belconnen CYSS 1983-1987 Project officer focused on the needs of unemployed youth and in particular sole supporting parents
Bessie Smyth Foundation 1977-82 Abortion, Health & Contraception Counselor;feminist abortion clinic.
Community Activities (unpaid)
Coalition of Activist Lesbians –Australia (COAL)
1996-2009 Co-Convenor and office administrator. COAL has focused its work on participating in the United Nations especially with reference to CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) and participating with other non government organisations to address lesbian human rights on a national and international level.