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Joan Healey

Joan Healey, born in Melbourne in 1934, worked various jobs, including pressing shirts in a factory, as a lingerie salesgirl, clerk telephonist and assistant librarian, until she was offered a journalism cadetship at Murdoch’s Woman’s Day magazine. She went on to work at Adelaide News Ltd and ABC Sydney radio news.

Joan then hitchhiked and camped around Australia for six months, before heading off on overseas adventures for several years, and found herself in London. Looking for work, she discovered adventure playgrounds and landed a job in a rough part of the East End working at one.

After deciding to return home to Melbourne, Joan brought back information about adventure playgrounds with her, and reluctantly agreed to try one as a short holiday program in Fitzroy.

Joan currently lives in Altona, Melbourne, with her foster grandson, Haylen.

Joan Healey

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Jennifer Rayner @ Better Read Than Dead (Sydney)

Better Read than Dead Sydney 265 King St, Newtown, NSW, Australia

Join us with Jennifer Rayner to celebrate the release of Climate Clangers! Jennifer will be joined by Caitlin Fitzsimmons. The climate assertions that only prevent effective action, and what could...


Jennifer Rayner @ Avid Reader (Brisbane)

Avid Reader 193 Boundary Street, West End, Queensland, Australia

Join us for a discussion about Climate Clangers: The Bad Ideas Blocking Real Action with Jennifer Rayner. Jennifer will be in conversation with Georgine Roodenrys. ABOUT THE BOOK The climate assertions...


ANU Meet the Author – Jennifer Rayner (Canberra)

Australian National University Cultural Centre, 153 University Avenue, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Jennifer Rayner will be in conversation with Tom Lowrey on her new book Climate Clangers The Bad Ideas Blocking Real Action The climate assertions that only prevent effective action, and what...

Jennifer Rayner in conversation with Jo Lauder (Melbourne)

Readings Carlton Woiworung Country, 309 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC, Australia

Join us to hear Dr Jennifer Rayner in conversation on her essay Climate Clangers. Dr Jennifer Rayner is the Head of Advocacy at the Climate Council, an independent, people-powered organisation advocating...

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