A former nurse working in a variety of roles including accident and emergency and medical imaging, Katie took up a position with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 2006. In the same Katie’s husband, David, was diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder following an international deployment. This experience led Katie to establish Picking Up The Peaces (PUTP), an organisation which provides support to all uniformed service personnel and families struggling with PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and associated mental health difficulties.
In 2011 Katie received the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship award, where she researched the “stigma” surrounding uniformed service personnel and post traumatic stress. Following Katie’s fellowship she re-wrote the mental health education program for Picking Up The Peaces and the education has now been delivered into high risk work environments such as the AFP International Deployment Group, ACT Fire and Rescue, ACT Ambulance Service, Melbourne Fire Brigade and many other organisations
Katie was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for her contributions to mental health. She is a member of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Crisis Intervention and Management Australasia, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Federation.