Edward Johnson
Ed is an accidental speech pathologist, linguist, and start-up founder, and has practiced across rural and remote Australia for the last decade advocating for the Rogerian person-centred approach to supporting people with disabilities and mental illness in the bush. Ed is Co-Founder of Umbo (an online therapy service), Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Faculty Health Sciences at the University of Sydney, Councillor at the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), and Non-Executive Director at Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH). In his spare time, you’ll probably find Ed playing cricket, talking cricket, or watching cricket (with his cat, Katich, who is named after his favourite cricketer of course). He has also been known to integrate cricket and cricket trivia into his work with clients who share his passion. Ed is keen to learn from people with disabilities and mental illness about how allied health can support them to live the life that they want, and would like to support them to advocate on their terms, especially in rural and remote areas. In doing this, he is inspired by the words of everyone’s favourite Czech existential anarchist, Franz Kafka, who said “Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.”