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Esther McKay

Author, Corporate, Speaking Out

Esther Mckay has led an incredible life, from her work as a crime scene examiner in Sydney to best selling author. She is an advocate for Police suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and works actively to improve conditions for mental health in emergency workers. She speaks regularly about her experiences and is an Australia Day Ambassador.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve worked as a police officer, specialising in Crime Scene Examination and Motor Vehicle Identification. From my work as an author I’ve worked in schools and universities lecturing on Occupational health and safety as well as generally talking about life experience. I set up the Police Post Trauma Support Groups, the first of their kind and am the Patron of the missing persons register. I am also a committee member on my local Council Conduct Review Committee.

What themes are recurring in your work?

My work explores the difficulties faced by Crime Scene Examiners often working alone and struggling with the effects of trauma. Strong themes of forensic investigation combined with the reality of mental health issues make my books compelling reading. This genre gives the reader a graphic insight into the true issues faced by those who commit to this work.

What have been the highlights of your career?

In 2004 I was awarded an Australian Society of Authors mentorship and worked on my first book Crime Scene with Gabrielle Lord. In 2007 I was awarded the Pride of Australia Medal for Community Spirit which related to my voluntary work in setting up the Police Post Trauma Support Groups.

Where have your works been published?

Both my books have been published by Penguin Australia with Crime Scene going international in 2008. I have also contributed articles for print media such as the Sydney Morning Herald and medical journals such as Psychiatric Medicine in General Practice.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about raising the awareness of mental health conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder. I work actively in reducing the stigma for those suffering mental health illness and through media promote understanding and education.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I’ve appeared on the Sydney Sunrise program and Mornings with Kerry Anne Kennerly as well as numerous radio programs both locally and overseas.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I am presently assisting with the script development for my first book Crime Scene.

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