Lived Experience Consulting
Lived Experience: Personal knowledge about the world gained through direct, first-hand involvement in everyday events rather than through representations constructed by other people. Oxford English Dictionary
Health nerd: someone obsessed with all things health system. Pip Brennan
West Australia: The state that all other states and territories in Australia forget at their peril. Scott Morrison. (OK I totally made that one up.)
The journey for me to becoming a Lived Experience Consultant came from, well, lived experience. It started with my journey in the opaque and confusing maternity system. I volunteered as an editor on the Birthplace magazine dedicated to informed maternity care choices. Over time this blossomed into a whole career. I would not like to calculate the hours of meetings I have attended being part of committees and panels, looking at models of care, policies, procedures, reviews, inquiries… Let’s say I’ve done well more than my 10,000 hours. I speak fluent health and I know a lot of peeps. I love to work on projects – tackling complex conversations with people whose voices need to be heard by decision-makers, helping shape reports that speak the truth and support positive change. I love to listen and share my insights to help consultants tackling big projects. In short, I am an expert advisor, sounding board, and I also love facilitating. I can also write stuff up if you need (because, author).
Strangely, I actually like public speaking. Apart from my key passion of including the lived experience voice, which I can present on any time you like, I can talk about how people can “own” their own health and wellness journey. How to be an advocate for yourself and your loved ones.
Visioning, goal setting with insight and self-reflection is another topic I can talk on. I have a lot to say about a lot of things so you can reach out if you would like me to speak to your group.