Rachel is a TEDx presenter, speaker, trainer, award winning artist and the author of the Outstanding Book of the Year Award 2015 IPPY New York, Super Power Baby Project. This exceptional book celebrates the lives and abilities of children with chromosomal or genetic conditions, and was inspired by Rachel's late daughter Evie, who was born with a very rare condition herself. In the two and a half years of Evie's life, Rachel learnt a lot about the use of language in the health system, and has spent the subsequent years continuing to explore the impact and implications of how it is used by health professionals - To positive and negative effect. This book is Evie's legacy, as is Rachel herself, and both have much to teach us about ourselves, and how we negotiate conflict, grief, hope, uniqueness, celebration, and a meaningful life.
Rachel is a sought-after speaker at conferences globally. Her audiences are mostly made up of health professionals in a variety of specialities, and she speaks about the need to communicate using empowering language, especially at diagnosis. She teaches how the first words used at diagnosis critically shape how a parent perceives their future: The words can allow the parent/patient to be their best, and find meaning even in pain; or they can create anger, mistrust, frustration, and can break down the crucial relationship between the parent and the health professional. It's a conversation about empowerment - For the patient, and for the health professional.
Rachel also works with executives and leadership teams to facilitate positive culture change, and to build systems to reflect new thinking around what effective communication looks like and how it can be measured for better health results and positive patient experiences.
Rachel is completely engaging and unassumingly unique, drawing her style from three distinct perspectives:
- Her motherhood to Evie, and the years of experience as a parent in the health system.
- Her perspective as an artist, applying right-brained emotional strength to a conversation often filled with left-brained statistics and facts.
- Her work with the Thought Leadership Business School (essentially, a commercial PhD), allowing her to build every concept into something strong, communicable, and effective, and then to tailor those ideas to specific audiences.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) from the Dunedin School of Art in New Zealand, is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) and is an international award winning photographer and author.
Originally from New Zealand, Rachel now resides in Perth with her fiancé Nathan.
2017 AIPP WA, Landscape Photographer of the Year FINALIST
2016-current, Speaker, Author, Trainer, Artist
2015 Making a Difference Award- Attitude Awards NZ
2015 IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year Award NEW YORK
2014 NZIPP Fellow
2011 NZIPP Wedding Photographer of the Year
2006-2016 Director, Callander Girl Photography
2002-2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dunedin NZ