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.

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 develop and/or manage projects, programs and events. With local and state government experience, she is mindful of risk management and conflicting needs of stakeholders.

Karen has developed and presented tailored workplace training programs to support organisations to strengthen cultural competency. She taught at tertiary level, and works in the Aboriginal community-controlled training sector.

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

She has decades of experience working in health, Aboriginal health, alcohol & other drugs, housing support and provision, facilitation, community engagement, strategy and policy, workforce development, education, youth services, aged care, arts, small business (bookshop), and community development.

Dedicated to fostering community capacity, Karen has experience in developing social enterprises and community arts projects to meet community-identified needs and aspirations.

consultancy 

Community engagement and consultations
Facilitation and workplace training
Social research
Program/project evaluations
Secretariat and Board support
Grant and tender writing
Acquittals and final reports
Developing training manuals and resources
Admin of websites and twitter

 freelance writing

Content writing for websites and blogs
Freelance writing – articles, opinion pieces, blog posts, and more
Technical writing – training manuals and resources
Conference and event reporting.

See sample of published articles here

workplace training

Tailored workshops for government, private and not-for-profit organisations.

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 profits.

writer support

If you are considering including Aboriginal characters, histories or places in your works of fiction or non-fiction, 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 are based on good cultural competency principles. They do not involve any form of cultural approval. 

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.
  • Tips for writers: researching/developing First Peoples characters and places

community development and arts-worker

Karen has decades of experience in project management, community development, event management, curator, and community art.

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.

ABN 2713 771 7642
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.