Heather has a passion for using her lived experience for the improvement of planning, design and delivery of services for people living with mental health conditions. She has had first-hand experience of the challenges faced by consumers accessing services in regional and metropolitan areas. Her extensive work as a trainer serves to ensure that current and future consumers have a smoother journey and experience optimal recovery outcomes, supported by well-equipped service providers.
Heather has gained considerable experience in the sector through her peer work with the Carer Wellness Centre, Mental Illness Fellowship of SA, as a Beyond Blue Ambassador and Consumer Representative for the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration. She was also a member of the National Reference Group for the development of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work.
Heather holds a Diploma of Community Services, Certificate IV TAE and Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. She was also received the Dr Margaret Tobin Outstanding Contribution Award in 2011.