Sally Denshire grew up in Lane Cove on Sydney’s north shore. She had poems in Youth Writes 1973 and 1974. As occupational therapist with the Adolescent Medical Unit she published a series of journal articles on the occupational needs of young people in hospital and established the Youth Arts Program in Camperdown Children’s Hospital in the 1980s.
In 1995 the family decided to move to Albury where she joined colleagues in setting up the occupational therapy program at CSU.
Her autoethnographic PhD on the 2010 Chancellor’s List at the University of Technology, Sydney, crafted twice-told fictional tales of sexuality, food and death set at Camperdown Children’s Hospital in dialogue with selected academic articles. Subsequent publications include a book chapter in The Body in Professional Practice, Learning and Education (edited by Bill Green and Nick Hopwood, published by Springer, 2015) and articles on autoethnography in Current Sociology, and in International Journal of Qualitative Methods (the latter co-authored with Alison Lee).
She is a member of the advisory committee for the annual Write Around the Murray festival, on the management committee of moMAMA at Murray Art Museum, Albury, and an adjunct lecturer in the School of Community Health. Sally is delighted to be in the company of the accomplished writers of Riparian.