Jo’s Career and Experience
Well, the parts she’s prepared to tell you, anyway…
Jo has been involved in creative arts since the 1980’s, studying, teaching and working professionally across various spheres including writing and journalism. She is practiced in drama and acting, singing and songwriting, art design and advertising media production, web design and blogging, screenprinting, clip art and stamp block design, leadlighting, fabric art design and quilting, painting and drawing, sculpture and clothing design as well as upcycling and jewellry making.
ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT WORK
Jo is also a qualified and experienced support group facilitator and community advocate, having held various roles with the NSW Cancer Council including Programs Coordinator and Relationship Manager. She continues to work closely with the organisation, speaking at events and assisting with training and advocacy. Jo trained and worked in the Mental Health Support industry as a case worker and manager from 2011 to 2013. She also offered cancer coaching services during this time direct to those experiencing cancer and treatment.
As trained Chaplain and qualified pastor, Jo spent several years in various roles in local church congregations in pastoral care, music and creative ministry.
MUSIC AND TV
Jo made a TV appearance in 2008 performing Best Day from her 2005 CD of original songs, The End Of The Circle. She was a finalist in the ABC NSW Regional Singer/Songwriters Competition that year with her song Rise Up.
As an advocate and survivor of cancer, Jo spent several years speaking publicly about her experiences, and facilitating and co-facilitating events, workshops and conferences. Jo spoke at the Hunter Breast Cancer Forum in 2013 and was keynote speaker at the 2013 Cancer Council NSW Cancer Information and Support Services Conference at Darling Harbour in Sydney. Jo also spoke about writing and creativity at the Wyong Writers Festival in 2019.
BOOKS AND PUBLISHING COLLABORATIONS
Her books include God, You Can Take My Mental Illness – Just Not The Part Where You Speak To Me (2013), Things Not To Say To Someone Who Has Cancer (2013) and Soul Letters for the Cancer Sojourner (2014). Small And Pure – A Cautionary Tale was published by Rhiza Press in early 2016.
Jo also co-authored and edited Under A Sudanese Star with Yai Atem, a Lost Boy of Southern Sudan, The Light At the End Of The Tunnel – How To Beat Cancer with 12 year old leukaemia survivor, Jacob Cooper, and Left At The Gate – A Mothers Journey With Grief and Loss by Jillian March.
Jo’s writing and commentary can be seen on ABC News Blog (AUS), ABC The Drum – Unleashed (AUS), Mamamia (AUS),, Marie Claire magazine (AUS), The Newcastle Herald (AUS), Burnside Writers Collective (USA), RelevantMagazine.com (USA), Darkwood Brew (USA), and BlogHer (USA) amongst other nefarious places on the internet.