Cherie Rowett has lifelong insights into the role of family caregiver and ally, having grown up with a younger sister with a congenital learning disability, and thus has much understanding and empathy for the many Australians who have a caregiving role to fit into busy lives – on a part-time or full-time basis. And whilst people often don’t want to be defined by their carer role it is in fact an influential role that can benefit from reflection, attention, learning and connectedness, which is why it has a special focus here at Heart Choice Enterprises.
During the 1990s Cherie completed a masters-by-research degree with the renowned occupational scientist Professor Ann Wilcock as her supervisor. This gave her a deep understanding of lifestyle principles and approaches for human health and wellbeing through the ages.
As an Occupational Therapist Cherie worked with adults and their families to ensure their adaptation to a ‘new normal’ together following acquired disability. Cherie then became a lecturer and topic coordinator – teaching students at Flinders University, within the Clinical Rehabilitation and Occupational Therapy courses there. After many years of university teaching Cherie then returned to her passion of working with clients as an occupational therapy service provider and got to know the NDIS space. A highlight in 2020 and 2021 was collaboratively designing, developing and running a workshop series through rural South Australia about the elements and opportunities for creating your “best life” which was attended by people living with disability and their families.
Cherie loves that life is an adventure and feels excited when the past equips us with experiences, skills and competencies, and the future pulls us into the next chapter of how to use them to serve a better world.
Time for some heart choices…new ways to focus on responding to human needs with my deep wisdom of personal wellbeing and belongingCherie Rowett, Nov 2021.