How long have you been with DPS?
I have been with DPS for three months now, approaching four, having come from a stint as a journalist at regional newspapers.
What is your role?
I am a Journalist/ Digital Content Creator at DPS. While I had prior experience in print journalism, I am now taking on more of a digital focus as we work to maintain the various online mastheads we manage.
What are some of the things you’ve learnt in this role at DPS?
Since starting at DPS, I have widened my knowledge of digital content, including the function and importance of SEOs and analytics. My role has also broadened my understanding of the aged care and disability sectors and how much reform needs to be done to help look after some of the most vulnerable groups in our communities.
What is the best thing about working for DPS?
Working in a team of supportive and like-minded people has allowed me the space to learn, grow and improve my skills as a professional writer in a safe setting. The different mastheads we maintain also encourages me to learn about various industries and gather news from pools of different resources, which is interesting.
What is the best thing you have worked on?
Exploring end of life care and how carers and doctors approach this topic was interesting – particularly to learn that most clinicians are avoidant of those tough conversations. As it is an inevitable fact we are all going to die, I was somewhat shocked to hear the sector was uncomfortable broaching these subjects, considering they deal with older people.
What is your greatest achievement?
Helping with the launch of our newest masthead, HelloLeaders, which is tailored to aged care professionals and upper management. Working on this publication has expanded my understanding of the nature of business and how we can equip leaders in aged care with the knowledge that can help reform the sector to provide better care to older people.
Now for the fun questions!
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
A speakeasy hidden behind a makeshift bookshelf door at a hostel in Austin, Texas. I travelled before the COVID-19 pandemic, and while there were many amazing places to see, I felt like I was in a James Bond film sneaking into a dingy bar.
What’s the best way to start the day?
No alarm, a big stretch, a cuddle with my cat, Mabel, and a walk in the sun to a cafe serving a quality Eggs Benedict.
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
The importance of free speech and robust debate – on and off social media. Traditionally, a journalist’s role is to protect free speech and keep conglomerates of power accountable. With the rise of social media, as everyone becomes a “journalist”, I am passionate about people learning the importance of being tolerant of opposing or even offensive views and curating a well-thought-out response without allowing personal emotions to overrun.