consultancy services

 

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In addition to being a published author and freelance writer, Karen offers a range of consultancy services for individuals and organisations. And is able to travel for work at short notice.

If you would like to discuss potential work, please send a email via the form on Contact page.

capability statement

Having worked in a broad range of sectors and roles, Karen has a unique set of experiences, knowledge and transferable skills.

She possess sound capabilities to effectively manage projects and programs, meeting set objectives and budgets. With local and state government experience, including developing and implementing programs, she is mindful of potential risks and conflicting needs of stakeholders.

Karen has developed, managed and presented many workplace training programs to support organisations to strengthen their cultural competency, and develop employees’ capacity to work with Aboriginal people and communities.

She has also worked in the Aboriginal community-controlled training sector, and tutored at university level.

Possessing capable writing skills, she can produce high quality documents, including: reports, briefing papers, strategic plans, evaluations, research, presentations, promotional material, training resources, technical online content, business planning, tenders and grant applications.

She has worked within health, Aboriginal health, alcohol & other drugs, housing support and provision, and aged care. Plus, has sound community development skills, having delivered programs and/or developed projects for youth, older persons, neighbourhoods, and Aboriginal communities.

With an interest in fostering community capacity, Karen has developed social enterprise and community arts projects to meet communities’ identified needs and aspirations. And can apply community arts approaches when conducting community engagement.

Until recently, she was the sole proprietor of a bookshop/artspace in South Australia. Karen is now working as a consultant, trainer and freelance writer, whilst completing her second novel.

consultancy 

Community engagement and consultations
Facilitation and workplace training
Social research
Conference / event reporting
Program/project evaluations
Secretariat and Board support
Grant and tender writing
Acquittals and final reports
Developing training manuals and resources

 freelance writing

Technical writing – including content for government health, legal and lifestyle websites
Freelance writing – articles, blog posts, reporting, and more

See sample of published articles here

 

workplace training

Karen designed and delivered workshops for government, private and not-for-profit organisations. Her focus is on strengthening organisations’ capacity to work with Aboriginal peoples and communities. Taking a cultural safety approach to learning and development, she can tailor training for your workplace.

Workshops include:

  • Cultural Safety Workshops – for health and community services organisations
  • Cultural Competency Workshops – aimed at human resources and managers
  • Effective Use of Social Media for Employees Workshop – suitable for not for profit organisations

writer support

If you are interested in writing Aboriginal characters, histories or places in your work, Karen can provide:

  • Manuscript assessments
  • Consults to help guide your research and writing
  • Ongoing support during writing & editing process

Note: these services encourage respectful writing, and do not involve any form of cultural approval. It is important to be mindful of cultural protocol.

Group or individual sessions on:

  • Self-publishing for beginners: tips on becoming an Indie author.
  • Building a Writer’s Platform: using social media and blogging as a writer – without annoying people.
  • Tips of non-Indigenous writers: researching and/or writing First Peoples characters and places

community arts-worker

Karen has decades of experience project managing community arts projects for all ages, using different mediums. In addition to literature, her strength lies in Aboriginal textiles – weaving and grass sculptures.

She has been involved in art exhibitions, and has sold many pieces.

She also have experience in planning, presenting and evaluating small to large-scale community and corporate events.

ABN 27137717642
Professional indemnity insurance

Professional membership

MEAA membership (Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance)
First Nations Australian Writers Network member
Fellow of Governor’s Leadership Foundation 2011

Key qualifications

Graduate Certificate of Social Science, Housing Management & Policy.
Swinburne University of Technology

(Incomplete Bachelor of Arts) Aboriginal Studies.
University of South Australia

 Cert IV Training and Assessment
Aboriginal Health College of New South Wales

Cert IV Indigenous Research Capacity Building
Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program
Leaders Institute of South Australia

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Improvement
Clear Horizons

Community Participation and Engagement
International Association for Public Participation

Indigenous Community Cultural Development
Community Arts Network SA

 

More qualifications, capabilities, work history, and references available on request.