Photographer, Photovoice consultant, speech pathologist and educator.
Nicole is a Melbourne based award-winning photographer with a foot in both the education and public health sectors. Initially trained as a Speech Pathologist and later as a Photographer (Photography Studies College, Melbourne), Nicole brings a unique perspective to photography with her focus on the power of ‘communication’.
Since 2011, Nicole has been one of the workshop presenters for the Moran Arts Foundation schools program, which offers photography workshops to schools around Australia. Nicole is passionate about the visual arts in schools as well as supporting the social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of students through this visual story-telling workshop.
Nicole is currently completing post-graduate research at La Trobe University, with a specific interest in program development in the area of participatory visual arts (photography) and well-being. She presented at the International “Arts in Health” conference in 2018 to show the significant benefits such programs offer in terms of health promotion, empowerment, communication, social connectedness and well-being.
Nicole also runs her own business focusing on using photography as a tool for creative expression and wellbeing. She has completed training in London at Photovoice.org and travelled to New York in 2018 to investigate the impressive community partnership model used by the International Centre of Photography. Her work has involved partnering with universities, schools, NGO’s and community health services in designing, running and evaluating participatory photography projects focused on wellbeing.