Midwife, Student Hot Air Balloon Pilot, Indigenous Speaker
Bachelor of Midwifery
Bachelor of Midwifery
Sheree is an Indigenous speaker, midwife, published author, student hot air balloon pilot and mother of six. While she was expected to mature into a box of damaged goods growing up in rural Victoria, experiencing horrific domestic violence – her energy was directed into creating her own brand new narrative. With a deep-seated connection to her 60 000 years of Indigenous ancestry, Sheree seeks the beauty, connection and kindness in everything she faces.
As an Indigenous speaker, Sheree holds high school students in the palm of her hand as she stands as a role model having supported herself through the VCE and university and becoming one of Victoria’s first Indigenous midwives. Her raw, sometimes funny, sometimes painful storytelling prevails her incredible resilience, strength and drive to do her part to make the world better. Sheree projected what it was like growing up as a queer Aboriginal woman in a small town built on racism and homophobia through her one woman show Pilepileta at the 2018 Fringe Festival. She is an Indigenous speaker who inspires all.
“… a unique performer who will move you and make you feel uncomfortable but loved and welcome at the same time. She is stunningly beautiful and is able to communicate deeply important information in a way that will leave you speechless.” Vick, Fitzroy, Victoria
Click on the speech titles below to these popular speech summaries, or ask Sheree to create brand new content especially for your school and your students.
Some of us didn’t have the most fun, best or easiest home to grow up in, but that doesn’t mean that we will get nowhere in our lives. From a young age people told Sheree just that – In year 9, one of her school teachers even told her that she may as well drop out. With a childhood full of violence, a family and school that were filling her and a whole stack of significant loved ones who died during her teen years, Sheree took her life back in her own hands. Leaving the country for the city, she single handedly put herself through VCE, getting kickass final exam marks and finished university with a Bachelor of Midwifery. Sheree lets your students discover strategies that can support them in hard times, understand why reaching a goal can be so hard (but not impossible) and learn about the brain chemistry of resilience and thriving. Learn what makes us Nowhere Kids have the potential to create one hell of an awesome future for ourselves.
Curriculum references: Health, Science and Biology, Personal Development
You may have heard about reconciliation being a journey where we all work together to fight for meaningful change and to ‘close the gap’ between some of these massive areas, but the truth is – Australia has really sucked at it, big time. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have poorer health in every aspect of life compared to every other Australian. We die younger, have poorer mental health, our newborn babies are more likely to die and we have chronic illnesses in our 40s which most get in their 70s. That really makes me upset. It should make your students upset too; or at least make you want to work in solidarity with us to help create positive and lasting change. Get your students engaged in what this Indigenous midwife knows best – her mob. An interactive, eye opening and raw conversation; your students won’t even realise they are being educated.
Curriculum references: Health and Human Development, History, Political Studies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies
Check back here soon for Sheree’s third show-stopper
Curriculum references: curriculum of life
Sheree is also a popular performer, advocate and storyteller. Her industry expertise includes
• Indigenous support and advocacy within hospitals and court systems
• Art therapy: dance, movement, videography, performance art
• Welcome to country services
• Birth, death, sexuality, Indigenous mythology
• Embracing and advocating diversity