Alison is a mother of three who has lived in Hobart, Tasmania all her life. She has a background as Registered Nurse of over 30 years’ experience, Clinical Nurse Educator, Trainer and Assessor in Disability and Primary school teacher.
Her life changed forever when her son developed mental illness in his late teens and died by suicide in 2019. Alison received the SANE Australia Community Hocking Grant 2019-2020.
Alison’s research with SANE is looking at mental health carer/family/friend stress, fatigue and burnout in Australia and compares their lived experiences with those of carers in the United Kingdom.
She is also a member of the Lived Experience Panel for Suicide Prevention Australia.
Alison looks forward to working at MHFFTas and helping to improve the lived experience of mental health carers, family and friends in Tasmania and in turn improving the lives of those they support.