Mardie Townsendis a retired academic, wife, mother of three and grandmother of five, co-owner of two Beagles, an active community member and a passionate advocate of both environmental and social justice.
For the past 25 years, Mardie has researched and taught in health promotion/public health at Deakin University, leading a program of research exploring the human health/environment interface, focusing particularly on contact with nature as a source of health promotion and healing.
Her ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ research is widely recognised internationally, with Mardie presenting at conferences around the world on nature as ‘medicine for body and mind’.
Paul’s Story: A Son’s Struggle with Adoption, Schizophrenia and the Mental Health System
“Mental illness? Who wants to read about that?” Despite one in four people experiencing mental ill health in their lifetime, it is not a popular topic for conversation. Perhaps this book will change that!Combining amusing anecdotes, insights from research and heart-rending personal reflections...