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Speaker.
Author.


Trainer.


Artist.


Unicorn.

Creating social change and positive health outcomes
through Open Hearted Language and Empowering Communication
in the Health system.

 
In the 25 years that I have been organising and involved with the ASA, yours was the best opening address I have ever seen. And we’ve had politicians and celebrities and all sorts of people. We look at medicine in a very narrow way, we label and categorise everything and everyone. It is so good to be reminded that there is another way of looking at things. Thank you!
— Andrew Martin- former President of the Australasian Sonographers Association
Rachel’s talk should be compulsory for all medical students!
— Dr Simon Rowley, Neonatologist Auckland District Health Board
Hi Rachel,
Just wanted to let you know how great you were at DFTB 17. It has revitalised and revolutionised my clinical approach to my patients, and the copies of your book that you signed for me have found a good home.
Keep up the great work…it matters!!
— David McDonald A/Prof David McDonald MBBS FRACP DA(UK) Associate Professor in Paediatrics UNSW Director Prevocational Education and Training PMBH Consultant Paediatrician | Head Department of Paediatrics /Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Thank you for your powerful story, and your willingness to share at our recent AH Conference. While we are still going through the process of collating and analysing the feedback we received, I have had multiple anecdotal conversations, and people relating the impact that your words have had. You speak with such a simple but powerful message, and I know that it has touched and impacted many who heard you speak.
— Martin Chadwick Director Allied Health Counties Manukau District Health Board
I am still in awe of the recent talk you gave me and my colleagues at the Courage and Innovation Conference for Southern District Health Board. I truly believe you have changed my clinical practice forever ... One small step at a time! You are amazing.
— Sarah Maley- Occupational Therapist NZ
What can I say? Just.... WOW! WOW! Not only are you an amazing, loving, caring, intuitive being, you hold a room in the palm of your hand and nurture them and guide them to be better people. What a gift you possess. Thank you!
— Sara McKenna, AIPP board QLD and Hair of the Dog team
There are 3 things in my life I will never forget, even as I get old and start to lose my memory. The first is my wedding day, the second, the time I went snorkelling in the most amazing ocean and the third, is your presentation you gave to the ASA.
— Debbie Eadie, Obstetric Sonographer
I feel privileged to have heard you talk today. Thank you for sharing. I am going to strive to be that understanding Paediatrician that communicates in an empathetic, empowering way to parents.
— Paediatrician, DFTB17 conference
Everyone loves your book! They find it original, moving, smart and beautiful. It works so well as counter-narrative to the medicalization of these kids.
— Josephine Johnston, Director of Research, The Hastings Center, New York.
Rachel,
You rock!!
Nothing but positive feedback. Your workshop prompted so much in the way of deep reflective thinking and how we make it all more of a reality, so you hit the nail on the head from this perspective.
You have such a gift in cutting to the chase of what we are here for… all too often this can get lost, so thank you for being a “pathfinder”… maybe that could be your new job title??

I hope to be in touch again soon for the next bright idea.
— Martin Chadwick, Executive Director Allied Health, Scientific and Technical BoP DHB
Why oh why did I wear eyeliner!
— Nicola Campbell, Paediatric Registra


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