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Along with her Chronic Pain Australia team she has led collaborative campaigns with significant partners including with the Commonwealth Government (NPS MedicineWise: a communication tool for people in pain) and another with NSW Health’s Agency for Clinical Innovation (development of an online resource “PainBytes”).

In 2015 she won first prize in the APAC International Conference presentation in the "Co-Cesign" category for "Nothing about us without us" and in 2016 she was awarded the University of Sydney Alumni Prize for Community Achievement.

She led Chronic Pain Australia as the consumer partner to develop Australia’s National Pain Strategy along with the Australian Pain Society and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Faculty of Pain Medicine. She was a founding Executive member of the Agency for Clinical Innovation Pain Network. She led Chronic Pain Australia to establish Australia’s National Pain Week, with a core purpose of de-stigmatising chronic pain, promoting awareness, connection and greater understanding of the lived experiences of people in pain, and improving the health literacy of Australians. 

Within Hunter New England Local Health District from 2010 to 2014 she led a multi-disciplinary team to develop new, effective and affordable m-health and telehealth models of care for rural people. The models were developed through a participatory framework, with community and consumer engagement central to addressing the needs of health care consumers and providers across the LHD.  A special interest was developing pathways for engaging Aboriginal community members. These projects required high level skill in communication, leadership, change management and stakeholder engagement, resulting in grass roots adoption of technology to support self-management in chronic disease sequelae in rural communities.

In her most recent role with Western Sydney Local Health District, she has been responsible for implementing a comprehensive framework to engage diverse Western Sydney communities in planning and reforming health services. A particular focus has been to develop partnerships, most notably with Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN), Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (Westmead) and Health Consumers NSW.

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