Here's how I spend my one wild and precious life.
Brain Changer is an Australia-based digital therapeutic platform delivering a 12-week evidence-based pain recovery program.
With patient-led innovation at the core of the program, Brain Changer is designed around digital learning tools and specialised pain coaching to enable health professionals to work remotely within a biopsychosocial framework.
Narrative Rx is an online education company teaching health professionals how to listen (because isn't that what you want in a doctor?)
Narrative medicine uses art and literature as teaching tools to develop the skills of radical listening that are so crucial to ethical and humane healthcare.
Our flagship program is The Bridge, an 8-week online learning program for health professionals that work with people in pain.
PainChats is an online source of free, evidence-based pain information written for people in pain.
It aims to provide hopeful and helpful pain information to people searching for help on the internet (and counters the scary messages that people often receive).
This project was developed alongside Pain Revolution in Australia, although the website has a global impact with people in pain.
Left-field things I've done that have grown my skills and abilities
I escaped from working in health care for a few years to expand my skills in technology and business.
I worked at AirPair, a Y-Combinator company, that was a marketplace for software engineering skills delivered via online pair programming.
My role was blog editor and content creation, plus social media and community management. I developed a sound understanding of content strategy and execution, analytics and social media campaigns.
Through the nature of the business, I also developed a useful working knowledge of programming languages and frameworks, and working with developers.
In 2011, I founded The Equestrian Physiotherapist, a specialist niche service catering to the performance needs of Equestrian athletes.
Through my personal understanding of the sport and consultation with athletes and coaches, I was able to craft a service that catered to the unique demands of horse riders. Understanding rider psychology, environment and training patterns enabled me to develop a new service model that has been used by elite riders throughout Australia.
In 2013, I recognised that there was no organised group for health professionals, technologists and designers to come together and share their knowledge, so I started HealthTech Sydney.
This group grew quickly, and attracted a varied cross-section of participants to our monthly meetup events.
I left the group after twelve months to move to San Francisco, and it has continued in my absence to be a hub of connection for founders and startups in health technology in Australia. With 1000+ members, this group continues to be a force for change in the Australian health innovation landscape.