What Glass Ceiling? published

I am delighted to announce that What Glass Ceiling? Patricia Julianne Evans (nee Morris) a memoir is published. What Glass Ceiling? tells the story of Patricia Evans/Morris, one of the earliest women to work in accounting in Australia. Family and career, with professional and social expectations through each decade, interweave her story. BORAL’s 1st female accountant 1949; workplace family-friendly contract 1968; National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame 2017; included in ‘Herstory’ educational database on Australian women’s achievements 2018; recognised by BORAL 2021 International Women’s Day, and at 93 was a guest speaker for BORAL’s professional women’s leadership group, May 2021.

I’ve recreated my website, https://www.suzanne-newnham.com/books–articles.html including adding a Bookstore page. Print books are available with e-book links there also.

It’s taken me eight years to research and write my mother’s story, despite a major medical condition, coping with chronic pain, relearning how recognise words and comprehend phrases and context; with a huge learning curve recently to publish print and e- books.

Enjoy What Glass Ceiling? Patricia Julianne Evans (nee Morris) a memoir, and I invite you to embrace Patricia’s motto “Never underestimate what you can do in life.”

A life well lived…

Sue Vincent rest in peace – a very short life but full of love …

France & Vincent

Excerpts from the funeral service held at Watermead Crematorium, Aylesbury…



Sue Vincent, 14th September 1958 – 29th March 2021

‘We prepare to receive one whose life has been well lived…’


Procession entry music: ‘Vincent’, Don Maclean…


The best of times, the worst of times…

Sue was born in Yorkshire in 1958, into a family that was about as spiritually eclectic as you can get. The various members were Jewish / Buddhist / Methodist (with High Church for special occasions), with one grandfather who taught her very early about the Qabalistic Tree of Life, the other a Spiritualist minister, and one grandmother a noted psychic, like her mother before her. She attended the Zion Baptist Sunday School with Hindu and Moslem friends…

A better culture for one who was destined to serve as a Priestess of the Western Magical Tradition could hardly be imagined…


Sue’s first…

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Oz is Burning

You are invited to the launch of a new anthology Oz is Burning on 13th September (NSW time) hope to see you there
Hello and welcome, I’m Suzanne Newnham and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my story ‘Firestorm Sounds’ in the new anthology Oz is Burning. The bushfires for my husband Mick and I posed more than the threats of life and property engulfed in smoke and flames, Because of our ‘Black Summer’, an exacerbation of my potential life-threatening condition of extreme hypersensitivity to sounds meant I had to continually find new ways of coping as well as trying to minimise additional stresses on Mick. I’ve never wanted to be defined by my health conditions, but unfortunately as daily living is already a challenge for me, their constant presence since 2007 is a necessary aspect to consider and try to pacify when all seems against survival.
Nine years ago, Mick and I moved to the beautiful and creative-inspiring NSW South Coast, fulfilling my lifelong dream of living between mountain and sea. I look at the river and now give thanks for not only its beauty and the serenity it offers, but also its role via the water planes in helping to subdue the flames raging in communities and forests last summer.
A portion from the proceeds will be donated to help the Wildlife Rescue Service, WIRES, do much needed restoration and care of animals and habitat following the disastrous bushfires. I hope that donations are bountiful from sales of ‘Oz is Burning’.

PainAustralia blog re chronic pain funding


20 AUGUST 2020

Article by Carol Bennett CEO PainAustralia

Even at the best of times, pain is a major problem in Australia.  And we know there are serious gaps in addressing the health, social and financial issues that result. Many Australians living with pain have been unable to access high quality pain assessment and management, whether due to cost, geographic barriers, low awareness of treatment options, or lack of access to health professionals with the right knowledge and skills.

Unfortunately, in 2020 we are not living in the best of times.  After experiencing the bushfire crisis at the start of the year, Australia, like the rest of the world, has now been left reeling by the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. We face unprecedented challenges to the health and wellbeing of our population, as well as significant challenges to our economy.

These challenges are amplified for people living with chronic pain, whose starting point before the epidemic was already compromised. We know that people living with pain have lower workforce participation and are more economically disadvantaged. They frequently face stigma, they are often socially isolated, and they have higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. They may need medications such as opioids to manage their everyday lives.

Add in the effects of the pandemic, and many people living with pain are at crisis point. Social isolation is exacerbated, work opportunities are scarce, and access to healthcare has become more difficult. Even physical activity, so important in managing pain, is becoming more challenging to access.

On top of all this, as last week’s blog highlighted from our survey, regulatory reforms to opioid prescribing and dispensing, while an important step forward, have come into effect in the midst of the pandemic, resulting in unintended and in many instances detrimental consequences including high levels of distress.

While these policy changes have been important to curb the growing harms related to opioid use, the timing of the changes combined with a lack of information and alternative options have created a perfect storm of events that for many people has been a bridge too far. Clearly much more needs to be done in terms of improved community understanding of the reforms through a community awareness campaign accompanied by targeted information, resources and support for those with chronic pain who have been on opioid medications for some time.

It is well recognised that the pandemic is taking a toll on the mental health of the broader population, as we face psychosocial stressors including prolonged periods of limited interpersonal contact, isolation, fear of illness, future uncertainty, and financial strain. It must also be recognised that these mental health challenges are heightened for vulnerable groups such as people living with pain.

The pandemic has drawn attention away from other health issues including chronic pain, but we ignore these issues at our peril.  Neither the individuals affected, nor our health system and economy, can continue to bear the burden of poorly managed chronic pain. Urgent action is needed, and the National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management (the National Action Plan) sets out the blueprint. The Federal Government has already funded a small number of initiatives that will progress key outcomes set out in the National Action Plan.

Painaustralia’s pre-budget submission outlines further initiatives we have prioritised for immediate funding based on our consultation with members. These include:

  • a media campaign targeted to people with pain, to help people understand the opioid prescribing changes, and raise awareness of other treatment options;
  • telephone-based care navigation for people with chronic pain;
  • a community-based support worker program to help people self-manage their chronic pain;
  • a new model of care for people with pain living in residential aged care homes;
  • and MBS funding to support multidisciplinary chronic pain management.

The aim of each of these initiatives is to take pain management support to the settings where people most need to access this support right now, and into the future: in the community, and in residential aged care. These are efficient solutions which will make community-based, consumer-centred information, support, and care more readily available to the large numbers of Australians living with pain. The initiatives will enable people to understand and manage their pain better, and support access to best practice pain management strategies which can help reduce reliance on medications as the sole source of treatment.

These are all timely initiatives which address urgent gaps. Real and immediate action will not only improve the lives of people with chronic pain but will benefit all Australians through economic returns and reduced pressure on our health care system.

Painaustralia is urging the Federal Government to consider these proposals carefully to address the growing burden of pain conditions on our community and economy, and to mitigate the current crisis situation faced by many people living with chronic pain.


When Writers Get Together

I’ve reblogged Cat Sheely’s excellent article about our March Eurobodalla Writers’ Night group meeting. Likewise for our February meeting critiques, then stories of fear, resilience, determination, dark and lighter moments were featured. No doubt with Covid-19 on our doorstep we stay inside and look at more novel ways to ‘get-together’ over cyber-space. The Eurobodalla Writers’ website https://eurobodallawriters.org has poems and stories from members about the bushfires during and the aftermath – some factual, others just snippets, all poignant. Stay tuned for the Night group’s book “Bushfires and Vegemite Sandwiches”.

C. M. Sheely

Like many writers/authors, I am a member of a writing group – the Eurobodalla Fellowship of Australian Writers. There are two groups; one meets during the day and the other at night. The two groups have similar ideals but work toward them in different ways.

Our evening group is made up of a different demographic due to the fact that people who work are able to come. We have teachers, a doctor, a psychologist, a psychiatric nurse, a retired IT manager and trance medium/health advocate and property owners. It makes for very interesting discussions.

Our meeting last night started out as any other, with critiques of short stories or chapters of books that were sent to participants a fortnight before the meeting. But instead of the agenda topics that were to be discussed after, and, as many local groups have found, the bushfires became a topic because one story focussed…

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NSW South Coast fires

Electricity (went out Tues 8.30am) restored to Moruya late last night. Our electronics are charging. Limited internet & phone reception here. Other places none at all since 29/30 Dec. Three cars packed. Mick and I staying in Moruya – don’t want to be trapped in a ‘carpark’ of roads out, we’re at home until we feel it is advisable to leave with 93 yr old father-in-law Jeff, Ruski dog, neighbour from Tomakin. We will all go to the Bowling Club grassed area (others there including a man with his goats). No RFS update so relying on smell, ash/embers falling, and changes in colour of sky and sounds for our info. Pray to the water spirits for drenching rain everywhere, continue praying for safety and strength of everyone involved in fires throughout Australia, and that action rather than ideology becomes the new norm for the various Federal and State decision-makers. https://myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au

Radio interview Sunday 18th August 3pm AEST – psychic abilities

I’m being interviewed about psychic abilities on Eurobodalla Radio 2EAR Sunday 18th August 3-3.30pm (AEST) 17aug10pm/18 Aug 1am (pacific/eastern times) on Dr Di’s Diversity with Dr Dianne McInnes. Streamed live http://www.radio-australia.org/2ear-fm
17aug10pm/18 Aug 1am (pacific/eastern times)

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Why Do Children See Entities That Are Invisible to the Rest of Us?

Reblogged from Melissa Leath – The Go Between: Psychics, Mediums and Integrity.

The Go Between: Psychics, Mediums and Integrity by Melissa Leath

Why do children see entities that are invisible to the rest of us?

As we become adults, we develop a different perception of reality. As adults, we are programmed to discard certain images, noises, and feelings as unreal, especially if they are not scientifically proven or socially accepted. Many of us have programmed our intellect to doubt our intuition. Most children have not had the chance to train their perception to correspond with these adult versions.

Many parents teach their children at a very young age to block psychic images. Humans feel better when we all experience things in similar ways. They may tell their children that imaginary friends are not real, and that visions are just bad dreams. This sends a message to the child that they should mistrust what they actually experience, and instead rely on adult reality. It robs children of a sense of self-trust that they…

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It’s a matter of perspective …

Sometimes it’s only in retrospect that you realise what you’ve achieved. That happened to me recently when I was asked why I wasn’t going to participate in a ‘how to write towards publishing a book’ program since I like writing.
Right now, I’m at the final stages of editing “What Glass Ceiling” which is a memoir I’ve been writing based on an extraordinary woman accountant – my mother – who was accepted into the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame. Over the last two months I’ve been busy writing articles for my health column on chronic pain in PnP Authors magazine; two articles for Health Care Consumers Association (HCCA) to be published shortly; a talk on catastrophising and fear in a chronic condition for the HCCA seminar series; drafts of chapters for my Writers’ group novella, with a proposed publication date in a few months; an abstract based on my recent article on Tai Chi and Qi flow published in a Beijing based scientific publication “Life Research” for a “Tai Chi, Qigong and Wushu” conference where I have been invited as guest speaker and panellist; preparation of my talk on spiritual and psychic communication as guest speaker at a Spiritualist meeting in July; and I’ve finished writing a short story to read at a Literary Salon. I’ve also been busy with increased marketing for my book Ethics of a Psychic Reading which is currently discounted.
All of this was while I  was coping with a severe ongoing health and pain conditions, which also affects my cognitive and language comprehension abilities – causing the written word taking longer to write and to comprehend when reading it.

Since April I’ve been fortunate to travel with my husband to Melbourne, the Northern Territory, as well as Canberra with the latter being multiple times visiting family in hospital and at home, friends and for appointments.

To think that only a few years ago I could barely struggle out of bed due to extreme fatigue, severe pain, and breathing difficulties, let alone socialise, travel, and do all those things that normal healthy people do. Everything I do I have to plan and make back-up plans – but then that’s what happens when coping with extreme hypersensitivities. I’m lucky that I’m surrounded by a lot of good family and friends who support and encourage all my activities, and the groups that I participate in are welcoming of me and my requirements.

Life might be difficult at times when a severe flare-up happens and it takes days, weeks, and even months to recover. But I keep in mind that the half-glass is always able to be filled with whatever I want and focus on, and that anything is possible it’s just a matter of perspective. 😊