I studied Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of Adelaide, which I completed in 2010. In 2012 I undertook a graduate program at the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion in South Australia. After my graduate year I went on to work as a policy officer in the strategic policy unit within Housing SA where I worked on social housing policy. From 2013 I worked on a cross-agency project to establish a new disability housing organisation, which was established with policies and legal and governance structures to provide people with disabilities with significantly more tenancy rights.
About 9 years ago, I began volunteering at a drop in centre in Adelaide, which provides a 3 course meal for people who are homeless and/or disadvantaged and socially isolated, with the aim of building a community where people could build relationship with one another and the volunteers. For the past 5 years I have coordinated the centre and its volunteers and been on the board, including a role as Chair.
My research interests include social inclusion/exclusion, mental health, addiction, homelessness, disability rights and the adequacy (or not) of our welfare systems in terms of whether they enable quality of life.