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Sue Pieters-Hawke

Sue Pieters-Hawke is the author of the bestselling book Hazel’s Journey, the story of her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease, which has sold over 50,000 copies.Sue has become a sought-after speaker, especially regarding issues of personal empowerment and social responsibility. Sue’s style is honest, open and humorous and her often unconventional insights are firmly grounded in personal experience.

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Testimonials for Sue Pieters-Hawke

As Publicity Director for Pan Macmillan Australia I travelled with Sue for six weeks promoting her book Hazel’s Journeythroughout Australia. I promote many authors, and I can honestly say Sue is one of the best speakers I have had the pleasure of managing. Sue has a unique ability to get the audience’s attention, and what’s more, to keep it. She somehow manages to keep an audience completely with her. You could not hear a pin drop. She seems to know instinctively how far to go, when to pull back, when to be serious and when and how to lighten things up. Her audiences were 100% engaged. That her book has sold over 50,000 copies is a testament not only to the public interest in Hazel and Alzheimer’s but also to the word of mouth interest that Sue generates in all her speaking engagements and media interviews.

Jeannine Fowler, Pan Macmillan

 

Sue was a dream - very articulate and just terrific talent, as we say in the business - we had a great deal of feedback from listeners from her interview.

Sally Loane, ABC Radio

 

Sue Pieters-Hawke is a captivating speaker who inspires and motivates her audience to positively tackle issues that arise in their personal and professional lives. She entertains and empowers with her sharp mind, quick wit and understanding of a broad range of topics. Her personal stories spark the imagination and make you feel anything is possible.

Jackie Crossman, Crossman Communications.

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Sue Pieters-Hawke's Biography

Sue Pieters-Hawke is the author of the bestselling book Hazel’s Journey, the story of her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease, which has sold over 50,000 copies.

Sue has become a sought-after speaker, especially regarding issues of personal empowerment and social responsibility. Sue’s style is honest, open and humorous and her often unconventional insights are firmly grounded in personal experience.

Sue was born in Canberra in 1957 and grew up in Melbourne. She has studied law, history, complementary health and healing, yoga, qigong and Tibetan Buddhism. While raising her two children, she worked part time as a publicist/fundraiser and project manager, and she established a clinic and school with two Chinese qigong masters.

She has run Hazel Hawke’s office since 1995. Sue lives in Sydney with her daughter and two cats, and works as a consultant, coach, writer and public speaker.

Sue is frequently asked to speak at conferences and events. She is passionate about issues of positive ageing, dementia reform, living well, and supporting strong, inclusive communities and she loves working with constructive, social, community policy initiatives.

Speaking Topics Include

“Hazel's Journey" - About my mother's journey with dementia

 

Living well - drowning, surviving or thriving? - Insights into western medicine and health systems and her experiences with cancer and as a carer, as well as her long-standing interest in eastern philosophies and traditional practices such as yoga, meditation and quigong.

 

Positive ageing - Exploring the personal choices that can positively shape our own ageing and the social implications of these issues.

 

The caring challenge - Sue speak about being a carer from many perspectives.

Her talk is inspiring, informative and relevant for anyone involved in caring for others – whether elderly parents, sick children or patients – as well as for policy makers and service providers.

 

Reframing dementia - restoring humanity - Sue dissects much of the baggage surrounding dementia, updates audiences on best-practice understanding of dementia and approaches to care and relationships with people with dementia .

Audiences leave with an experiential understanding of the fact that people with dementia still fully experience their own lives, and of ways we can support them in a manner based on respect and appreciation.

 

The dementia journey - Sue speaks about the highs and lows of adjusting to the new reality that comes with an Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis.