Working in the space of health, welfare and social justice for Aboriginal people, Rosemary has nearly 30 years’ experience. Between 1986-1988, Rosemary worked as an advocate and full-time research officer in the Committee to Defend Black Rights (CDBR). In the Sydney office, she campaigned vigorously for a Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. CDBR became instrumental in forcing the Hawke government into calling for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC 1988-1991).
As an Aboriginal research officer, she worked in the Adelaide office of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1988-1991), while at the same time, still grieving and healing from her own personal lived experiences. Combining her work, her studies and her personal lived experiences, Rosemary developed the holistic and culturally safe and appropriate framework: The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief©.
The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief© model was strengthened by studying with Bereavement Educational Services (SA) in 1994 and with COPE (SA) in Counseling Basics and Counseling Strategies in 1991.
Rosemary has come to the realise that loss and inter-generational suppressed unresolved grief is the basis of so many of the challenges that beset contemporary Aboriginal people as individuals, families, communities and as a race of people. It was also the cause of many of the barriers that contribute to a fear of participation in society and accessing help from mainstream services.
Over 30 years Rosemary has become widely recognised for her expertise and successes in bi-cultural training and griefology. Her work is gaining growing attention and respect from academics and health professionals alike. The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief© is published in reputable articles and papers about her research, theories and methodologies and her work has featured in several specialist journals.
Rosemary is now renowned nationally and internationally as a public speaker for conferences, seminars and round table talks. Her compelling works pertain to Griefology which pervades the lives of all Aboriginal people and therefore matters to the healing potential for all Australians.