Dr Kate Burke
Managing Director, Think Agri, Echuca VIC
In this episode our guest is Dr Kate Burke, agricultural consultant from Echuca in Victoria.
Kate was an Elmore farm girl in the 70s and 80s, an era of interest rates circa 20%, wet years, dry years, just right years and plenty of time to read and think. Curiosity, humour, empathy and resourcefulness were by-products of a large extended family, a feminist father, a working mother and five much older siblings, one seriously injured in a farm accident when Kate was 11.
A career in Agricultural Science was almost inevitable. Kate has worked in research, education, farm consulting and corporate farming for 30 years balancing small town community work, post graduate study and bearing the load of advising distressed farmers during the Millennium drought. Kate now operates Think Agri Pty Ltd from Echuca.
We chat with Kate about her lived experience of mental health management, the price of being a late adopter of personal well-being and the rewards of acceptance, boundary setting, self-kindness and compassion. Some practical and simple tools will be shared.
Kate’s top well-being tips:
- Be kind – drop the judgement and be conscious of how you impose your judgments on others. Try to realise that we’re all under pressure. Take a deep breath and be more forgiving and kind.
- Put yourself first – you’re no good to anyone else if you’re battling. Write a NO list. Set boundaries. Give yourself permission to wrap yourself up – it’s a long journey.
- Shut up – many of us want to solve everyone’s problems. Remove yourself and go into another room. Situations like lockdown are not the time to solve problems.
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