MPsych (Clin), MAPS
Growing up in suburban Adelaide, farming life definitely wasn’t on Steph’s radar. However, when she was 19, she met her farmer, now husband, while working at The Woolshed (the country pub in the city) and life took a new direction. Fast forward 14 years, Steph now lives at Worlds End, South Australia with her husband and 3 gorgeous boys on their mixed enterprise farm (cropping and sheep). Steph is a Clinical Psychologist, and most recently, was awarded the 2020 SA Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award for her project to develop ACT for Ag.
In farming and family life, Steph has learnt first-hand just how important it is to be flexible and adaptive to challenging situations. Steph developed Postnatal Depression after the birth of both her first and third sons, and through this, continues to learn the importance of looking after herself to be able to look after those around her, and to be able to live and enjoy her amazing life.
Steph and her husband bought two properties at the start of 2018 and then were hit with the severest drought on record, giving Steph a first-hand experience of the stress and pressure of drought. Within the farm business, Steph is responsible for managing the finances as well as assisting with extra farm jobs whenever she is able, especially at shearing, seeding, and harvest time. Steph loves spending time on the farm with her husband and sons and enjoys the privilege of being able to work together as a family. Lived experience of the challenges of farming life, managing a relationship, and raising a family, together with her psychological knowledge gives Steph unique insight. Steph is passionate about sharing her learnings and knowledge and has a vision to see a resilient rural Australia which can face the inevitable challenges and thrive in adversity.