June Alexander – Curriculum Vitae

Strengths and skills:

  • Writer/author/editor.
  • In 2007 departed 30-plus year career in newspaper journalism to write non-fiction for mental health professionals and mainstream.
  • Writer of books and articles – disseminating evidence-based research outcomes for practitioners and consumers of mental health services.
  • Manuscript editing – for academics/professionals.
  • Mentoring – life writing as therapy – classes for groups/individuals.
  • Consumer advocate with pivotal role in translating empirical research to consumers of mental health services, through authorship, public speaking, and personal relationships.

Skills for Clients:

  1. Life writing as therapy – classes funded by mental health or grief organisations, government or other community funding sources. See here.
  2. Academic papers – dissemination of research outcomes for practitioners and consumers of mental health services in books and articles. Example.
  3. Case studies in lay terms for academic projects. Source and interview case studies to illustrate research outcomes, avoid bureaucratic/ethical obstacles.
  4. Corporate biographies in medical field for mass audience.

Books – author and editor

Member of:

  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Writers Victoria
  • Academy of Eating Disorders
  • FEAST (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders)

Current positions include:

  • National Eating Disorder Collaboration (Australia) – NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Reference Group co-chair (representing carers and consumers).
  • AED Carer and Consumer Committee – member.
  • FEAST – Advisory Panel member.

Employment history

  • 2013, current project: Co-author of Multi-Family Therapy – Our Family is Back, with Prof. Ivan Eisler, King’s College, London. Publisher: Routledge (UK). Release date: 2014.
  • 2013, ongoing: Website  and Blog.
  • 2012: Member of main committee and co-chair program committee for Inaugural Australian Eating Disorder Conference for Families, Brisbane, May 2013.
  • 2012: Co-edited international textbook on Binge Eating Disorder, A Guide for Clinicians. Co-editors: Professor Daniel Le Grange and Andrea Goldschmidt (University of Chicago). Publisher: Routledge (UK). Release date: 2013.
  • 2012: Treasure, J., & Alexander, J., Anorexia Nervosa: A survival guide for families, friends and sufferers, updated edition: Routledge, released 2013.
  • 2012: Co-author of ED says U said, an entertaining but informative book, presented in Twitter-style, explaining the language of eating disorders. Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. Released 2012.
  • Life-writing therapy workshop series: Geelong Mood Support Group, book titled Soaring – Stories of Passion, Adventure and Freedom. Released February 2012.
  • 2011: PR and Communication Consultant to the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne.
  • 2011: Workshop presentations at National Eating Disorder Association conference (Hollywood) and inaugural F.E.A.S.T. conference (Washington DC).
  • 2011: ANZAED Conference, Sydney – presented poster titled Evidence from Experience – the Untapped Resource.
  • 2011: Co-Editor with Prof. Janet Treasure of A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders, an international textbook for GPs and allied health professionals, released by Routledge (UK) July 2011.
  • 2011, February:  Memoir, A Girl Called Tim, published February, 2011,by New Holland Publishers (Sydney) – Australian and NZ Rights. EBook release of A Girl Called Tim in October 2011.
  • 2011, June: Editor of two social history books titled I Remember When … for the towns of Yarram and Gormandale, with senior people sharing their experiences, as part of the Bushfire Recovery program in Victoria.
  • 2010-2013:  Three-year term as a co-chair on the Consumers and Carers Reference Group of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC). This federally funded body aims to develop a nationally consistent approach to the prevention and management of eating disorders.  
  • 2010, November: Launch of Down Memory Lane at Yarram. I led two memoir-writing workshops and the result is a social history book of 20,000 words, compiled by nine Yarram and district residents, aged 65 to 88. This project was accomplished in three months and gave much satisfaction to participants.
  • 2010, March: London launch of My Kid is Back. Routledge (UK), acquired European and North American rights to My Kid is Back, (collaborator is Prof. Daniel Le Grange, University of Chicago) and launched this book in London at a National Family Network Day as part of the Eating Disorder International Conference (EDIC).
  • 2010, October:  Addressed parents and friends at annual conference of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in NYC, and eating disorder research teams at the University of Chicago and at the University of California (San Diego), bridging the gap between evidence-based research outcomes and treatment.
  • 2010, June:  Recipient of one of two international scholarships to attend International Conference on Eating Disorders in Salzburg, Austria. The award is in recognition of writing contribution in raising awareness of eating disorders.
  • 2009 works… Researching and writing eating disorder textbook for university undergraduates and primary care, co-edited with Professor Janet Treasure of King’s College, London. This book includes international academic contributors, case studies from carers and sufferers, and contributions by advocacy groups including non-profit organisations and online groups.
  • 2007…2008:  Researching/Writing: a) My Kid is Back – Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa, a family-based early intervention treatment for anorexia nervosa. Written in collaboration with Professor Daniel le Grange, director of the Eating Disorder unit at the University of Chicago. Published by Melbourne University Publishers, April 2009. Foreword by Prof. Ivan Eisler, King’s College, London. b) researching memoir, A Girl Called Tim.
  • 2005-2007:  Editor of The Great Southern Star newspaper, Leongatha.
  • 2006:  Editor of Tucker ‘n’ Tales, social history of women who settled in the Latrobe Valley region of Victoria.
  •  2004 – 2007: Editor Gippsland Rural Women’s Network newsletter.
  • 2004-2005: Columnist with Pakenham-Berwick Gazettewith a weekly column/page, A Slice of Life with June Alexander, on community life and social issues in the Pakenham-Berwick district.
  • 1993 – 2004: Associate Editor, Country Living Editor/ Miranda columnist on The Weekly Times newspaper, based in Melbourne. Special interest featuring mental health and social issues. 
  • 2002: Author of Australian Yarn ArtKnitting Stories and Designspublished by Crown Content, Melbourne, Launched at Bendigo Sheep Show.
  • 2001: Author of Heartbeat of the Countrya Social History of Rural Australia, 1931 to 2001 HWT publication.
  • 1994: Sourced / edited Miranda’s Taste of Country Life.
  • 1984 –2004: Employed with The Herald and Weekly Times, Melbourne, as sub-editor on Melbourne Herald; sub-editor and features editor on The Weekly Times, for 11 years Miranda columnist-associate editor of Country Living on The Weekly Times.
  • 1969 – 1984: Employed with The Bairnsdale Advertiser  (journalism cadetship to A-plus journalist).

At home

  • Home is Victoria, Australia.  Family comprises partner George, four children and five grand children. Enjoy walks by the sea, reading and writing, gardening, sunsets and living in the moment.  June Alexander was born December 1950, at Bairnsdale, Australia.