Katie Tonacia

In Speaker by Joshua Hawthorn

Katie is Co-Founder of Picking Up The Peaces, an organisation providing support, education and assistance to uniformed personnel and their families struggling with PTS, and associated mental health difficulties.

Katie brings a great deal of experience to this field, professionally and personally. A nurse prior to changing careers in 2006, when she joined Federal Government. Katie’s passion has become centred on trauma based mental health care and in addressing the debilitating “stigma” attached to the uniformed service culture.

Katie has presented at numerous National and International Conferences, including the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Congress, on the subject of “stigma”.

In 2011 Katie received the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship award, where she researched the “stigma” surrounding uniformed service personnel and PTS.

Katie has been formally acknowledged for her contribution to this field by being awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia. She was also a local ACT Australian of the year finalist 2013. Katie also holds the position as one of the International Board of Directors for the Natasha’s Wood Foundation.