“Jo is a unique, talented and insightful writer as she is a dedicated researcher and great listener. I invited Jo to be part of the Indigenous studies and Human Rights department after getting to know her work with the Gumbaynggir community and her writing through WOW (Women Owning Words, NSW). ”
Beatrice Maud Ballangarry, Founder of Women Owning Words (WOW) and Aboriginal Elder of the Gumbaynggir people, Indigenous Studies and Human Rights Department, TAFE NSW
"I have not had the privilege of meeting many people of Joanne's caliber. She is a dedicated, intelligent, engaging, kind and compassionate woman with a zest for life and a drive to improve the world around her. She is an excellent teacher, and she learns as easily as she teaches. She took a great deal of interest in the work I did when we treated patients together, (on the NATO base in Afghanistan) and she asked as many questions as she answered while she was teaching me. I find her zest for learning to be a refreshing change from most of academia and the health care community."
Dr. Robert W. Calhoun, MD USAF -deployed to Afghanistan 2016
“This is a worthwhile read for anyone with an interest in human rights, woman’s rights, travel, real life stories, and anyone who simply wants to be reminded of how lucky we are…Important reading. Thank you, Jo, for taking the time to share these stories.”
Susannah Whaley, NZ Booklovers 2019