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I’m passionate about creating strong relationships between a health professional, parent or carer, and the patient, for better health outcomes.

I encourage future thinking around difference and minority, enabling improved attitudes and language with the goal of global change in the health system.

I implement and develop value-based care models, and aim to turn a deficit mindset around disability into a frame of intention that multiplies a person's abilities and strengths.

My vision is to reduce risk, create a compassionate culture, and increase positive patient outcomes in the health system. I do this through empowering and effective communication strategies, mobilising reciprocal relationships, dignity, and empowerment.

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What is so moving about Rachel’s story is not about how close to death she’s come, its how close to life. Although she’s experienced profound grief and loss, she has seen humanity and abundance in typically unseen places, and told people to look, to pay attention. When she speaks, you can hear joy and pain all at once; this is clearly someone who has felt the extremes of life and held the tension. While she works closely with words, and advocates for more empowering language to be used in healthcare, she also believes there is more to communication than what we say. That’s one of the lessons her daughter Evie taught her. That when we quiet the mind and feel the connection, there’s actually an entire conversation going on right there between our bodies.
— Nathan Scolaro, Editor of Dumbo Feather
Thank you so much for your contribution and wonderful presentation. The evaluations show that your session was by far the highlight.

Many made the comment that they learned so much from the presentation and will be able to make changes within their own environment.
— Susie and Bob- co chairs MP4Kids Conference
I have heard many incredible keynote speakers and many deeply inspirational and powerful stories. But you did something I have not seen. Your story is not only powerful, inspirational and moving, but it is actionable! You gave everyone a blueprint to really shift the way in which we, as a rare disease community interact and communicate with the world of healthcare.
— Kendall Davis - Global Genes
I would like to give you some insight from a nurses perspective as to why you received a standing ovation today (the only one) -20/09/2018- at the NZNO conference in Wellington.
You helped remind a tired stressed (but still passionate) professional body what our role and responsibilities are to our clients. Not only to offer high quality nursing care but to also break through the ‘labels’ and ‘diagnoses’ of medical speak to acknowledge the potential in each and every individual.
I acknowledge you for sharing your experience and sharing Evie’s legacy with us.

Kia kaha wahine toa
Nga mihi nui
— Sacha Young- Nurse
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
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.

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