A registered optometrist, I have 2 young energetic children. My passions are my kids and my work (in that order). I worked for 12 years as a practising optometrist before moving into a teaching role and in my current policy and professional development role. I am passionate about flexible working because I have experienced firsthand the benefits of being able to work around my kids and family life, being able to give them the time they need, affording me the chance to have a work/life balance that gives me the opportunity to put in 100% at work and at home. As a consulting practitioner, I was bound by opening hours and appointment times. Working in an office environment, I am fortunate to be supported with flexible working hours that provide me with an opportunity to reduce stress and improve output, both at home and work.