Since 2015 Frances been providing counselling to wildlife carers.
These often forgotten first responding volunteers are on the front lines and see many things that most people cannot comprehend. Joeys found in their Mum's pouches at the road side, dog attack victims, tens of thousand of flying foxes lost due to heat stress events, and in 2019/20 the catastrophic bush fires.
At the start of 2020 WildTalk was incorporated as a charity, eight months earlier than planned, in response to the horrendous wildlife loses during the fire season.
Living in our Nation's Capital, Canberra, we are surrounded by bush, National Parks and forests. Living close to the bush is great for getting out for walks, mountain biking, running, and water sports that are just a short drive away. All this nature brings with it, a plethora of native species that often end up needing human assistance. That may be because of cars, dogs, cats, gardening and sometimes human simply not being aware that animals are there.
Australia wide, in Spring joeys come out of pouches, in Summer there are more likely to be lizards and snakes. Birds are all year round. With rain the turtles start moving between dams (that's Doug in the header picture) There's always something being cared for by a volunteer somewhere. We care for animals because we care. This depth of feeling can sometimes bring with it feelings of loss, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, and anger. Sometime carers lose focus on their own health; physical and mental.
As a lover of the wonderful and diverse wildlife that Australia has to offer, I'm also aware that someone needs to take care of the health and well-being of the carers.
If you are a member of a Wildlife organisation or are an independent, licensed carer, researcher, veterinary professional or working/volunteering with wildlife is any capacity and experiencing difficulties as a result of your work with the animals or any unrelated issues, you are eligible to contact WildTalk.
1300 307 111
Free and 24/7
WldTalk also offer a range of training sessions for wildlife groups. These center around balance, self-care, and avoiding burn-out and compassion fatigue and other mental health support.
If you would like to have a confidential, commitment free conversation
contact us today