I've called Nedlands home for most of my life -I have attended Nedlands Primary School and Hollywood Senior High School and graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Social Work, Masters of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work). Eleven years ago, I moved back to Nedlands so my two children could access the high-quality public and other educational opportunities available here.
I have had a long career in the community services, working across government, not-for-profit and tertiary education sectors. I have also taught social work students at Curtin University and the University of Western Australia for over twenty years. Through my work as the Manager Research and Evaluation at Wanslea Inc, I led a multi-disciplinary research project looking at the impact of the caring role of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren full-time. These amazing men and women take on the care of their grandchildren at the expense of their own social, emotional, financial and physical health. Working alongside grandparent carers to create better recognition and support is one of my greatest passions.
Working in the community services sector means I have a great understanding of complexity, difficult problems and working with multiple stakeholders. I am both proud and humbled to have been elected the first Labor member, and second woman, to the Seat of Nedlands in the March 2021 West Australian election. The people of Nedlands tell us they are looking for an active, engaged and inclusive local member - values important to me. Please contact my office, complete our Community Survey, or sign up to our Community Newsletter to help us assist you.