Kerri-Ann Welch

In Speaker by Joshua Hawthorn

Kerri-Ann is a lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, she teaches paramedic science in the Faculty of Health. Kerri-Ann is a Registered Nurse with 14 years’ experience across public, private and military health care settings, including as a Nursing Officer in the Australian Army. In addition, Kerri-Ann is currently a PhD candidate, examining the impact of deployment on the intimate relationships of Australian Army personnel and their partners.

Kerri-Ann is married to an Australian Army veteran who has 15 years’ service, and was medically discharged in late 2016 with PTSD. She is his carer, the mother to two children and step mother to two more. The impact, challenges, and growth brought about by six years of PTSD in her family are at once heart-breaking, devastating, life-affirming, and absolutely worthwhile. Life is now different, but that does not mean it is not worth living.