I was born during the last stages of World War II and initially lived with my mother and grandmother in Kew, Victoria. When my father returned from being a war-time Air Force officer we moved to a house called 'Copper Beeches' in Hilton Avenue, Ferny Creek, overlooking the city of Melbourne. With my sister on the way we moved again, this time to a house built by my paternal grandmother at 53 The Boulevard, Hawthorn, where we stayed for the next couple of decades.
I was rather unsuccessfully educated at Scotch College, where I swam, played hockey and bagpipes and did little else. I then worked as a motor mechanic for several years until an injury stopped me, whereupon I completed my schooling part-time and began working as a technician, mainly on research projects. Wanting more security than research grants offered I trained as a Psychiatric Nurse at Mont Park Hospital, Melbourne. I worked in a variety of positions in mental health, including a stint as a lecturer at a College of Advanced Education. During that time I completed a bridging course and a Graduate Diploma in Community Health at the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences.
Like all young children, well-meaning adults had exposed me to lots of stories about how the world works, and at last I began questioning what I believed and what I could discount as rubbish. I looked around at how this could be done and finally started a Bachelor of Theology in 1982. At first I thought I would specialise in pastoral care, but found myself unexpectedly fascinated by Old Testament studies and spent as much time as I was allowed in that area. I continue to read in that area, although I now describe myself as an informed atheist.
Returning to mental health I completed a Graduate Diploma in Health Administration and worked in community psychogeriatrics. I then took a position at the place that was to take on several identities before settling as the Bendigo campus of LaTrobe University. I completed a Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration, in the course of which I was dragged kicking and screaming into the area of health policy, a specialty area of LaTrobe University. In Bendigo I taught in a variety of courses, specialising in health policy and law as well as mental health nursing subjects.
Academics find themselves taking on the role of de facto editor, especially with research students. Towards the end of my time at LaTrobe University I was commissioned to convert a face-to-face course to a text-based distance education model, and I wrote, commissioned other authors' writing, copy-edited, liaised with the publications department, ordered the printing, packed the final packages and dispatched them. I had been involved in academic editing since 1983, and after I left LaTrobe University and no longer needed to do it as part of my regular job I decided to find out how it should be done, so I completed a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing. I registered as a business and worked as a freelance editor, mainly editing Masters and PhD theses and writing and editing educational material.
My wife and I love the sea, from which Bendigo is a long way. We looked around large parts of the Australian coast for a place to move, finally deciding on Tasmania after I was offered a contract with the mental health services in Hobart. So from sailing on Lake Eppalock, near Bendigo, we found ourselves sailing on the beautiful D'entrecasteaux Channel. After my contract was over I worked at a couple of private mental health clinics before retiring entirely.
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