Since qualifying in 1999, Brigid spent time working in youth and disability fields before moving to the UK, where she spent 10 years working within various inner London hospitals. Her roles within the hospitals centred on assisting clients and families to plan for safe discharge, and coordinating support services and rehabilitation to enable and empower people to live independently in the community. Brigid has a strong interest in positive ageing and advocating for quality, sustainable care and support for older Australians.
Since returning to Tasmania, Brigid has held the role of Careers Advisor within the Student Experience portfolio at the University of Tasmania. This role involves 1:1 careers counselling, education program development, workshop design and facilitation, and assistance to manage student career peers.
Before taking up her current role in the School of Social Sciences, Brigid worked within the Student Leadership, Career Development and Employment team as a careers advisor. Her role involved working with students to clarify career interests and pathways, develop and deliver workshops within faculty on career preparation themes, and coordination of career development programs. Brigid has a keen interest in employability and the future of work university students are preparing to enter, and has participated actively in CDAA and NAGCAS conference and forums to build her knowledge and develop best practice in this area.
A social worker with extensive assessment and case management skills, alongside management and service re-design experience, Brigid is fascinated by people, communication and decision making and sees herself assisting others to feel empowered to make positive choices for their life and career journeys. Brigid held various senior and team manager roles for Southwark Council, UK, managing multidisciplinary teams and leading vulnerable adult investigations. Her work as a senior social worker led to establishing community review teams with her final role in the UK working to redesign adult social care practices in readiness for personalisation and individualised budgets.
AASW - Member https://www.aasw.asn.au/
CDAA – Professional Member https://www.cdaa.org.au/
- 2018 Conference Committee member
NAGCAS – Individual Member https://www.nagcas.org.au/
COTA http://www.cotatas.org.au/ - member of the Board since 2014. Current roles : Director and Secretary