What is your role in The Oasis Townsville?
I am a Wellbeing Navigator as part of the Wellbeing Program at the Oasis Townsville. Our team provide holistic case management to individuals who are transitioning out of the ADF and ex-service ADF personnel. I work alongside paid and volunteer wellbeing and compensation advocates with the shared goal of seeking positive outcomes for clients.
Tell us about yourself
I was born and raised on a small property in country Victoria, living with my parents and three siblings. I joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at 18 and commenced my initial training after finishing high school. I served in the RAN for 11 years as a Maritime Warfare Officer, discharging in January 2019. Service life enabled me to live all around Australia and to travel to interesting parts of the world. My partner is a current serving member and I still have close ties to service life through my family and close friends. Since transitioning out of the ADF, I have been lucky enough to spend my time caring for my young son whilst completing my studies in Social Work.
Why have you joined the team at The Oasis Townsville?
I am passionate about providing welcoming and supportive spaces for serving and ex-serving ADF personnel. I hope to connect people to like-minded individuals and groups to empower them to live the life they envisage.
What are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of the life and family my partner and I are building for our young son and the experiences we are all able to have together. Pushing through periods of adversity has encouraged me to thoroughly enjoy new experiences and lean into new and exciting opportunities.
What’s the best fun you’ve had with family and/or friends?
This year I was able to catch-up with my close-knit group of friends in Sydney for the first time in years. They are all serving or ex-serving women and are therefore scattered across the country with their own families – so we don’t get together very often.