Karen has 30 years experience in developing, managing and delivering a range of public health evidenced based programs and services to communities, families, parents, young people and children. Her work has involved a range of sectors including health (primary and mental health) and welfare, family violence, education and employment, and justice sectors within government and community based organisations.
She is a campaigner for social justice and the human rights and dignity for all Australian’s and the recognition of all families, this is especially demonstrated in her commitment to Stepfamilies, Refugee and Humanitarian Entrants and their families and the LGBTIQ+ communities and their families.
Her knowledge base, employment experience and contribution spans the public health spectrum she is a well-regarded champion of research and evaluation to ensure that organisations see themselves as both evidence users but also builders. This includes contributing to the knowledge base of health and wellbeing needs of our most vulnerable and excluded groups in the community.