Dr Christine Durham
Christine Durham lives in Eltham, Victoria, Australia. An educator by training she taught at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School for over two decades and was a Founding Member of Philosophy for Children Victoria searching for ways to enrich the thinking/understanding of students.
In 1991 Christine was involved in a horrific car accident and suffered extensive injuries including brain injury. Passionate about returning to teaching, she developed and conducted over 4 000 Philosophy/Thinking workshops with students and wrote ‘Chasing Ideas’ to encourage parents and teachers to help children to be better, brighter thinkers.
After Penguin Books published ‘Doing Up Buttons’ (a book about putting her life together following her accident) Christine was invited to speak to a wide variety of audiences in Australia and overseas. These included leading community organizations, leadership and rehabilitation groups, health professionals, universities, school principals and parents.
In 2012, aged 67, she obtained a PhD in Health Sciences in spite of her double vision, and discovered ways to help people with brain injury help themselves feel and fare better.
Christine received the BrainLink 2012 Woman of Achievement Award ‘In recognition of her determination, commitment, creativity and contribution to the community’. She has been nominated for the 2014 Australian Senior of the Year Award.
Christine’s leisure activities include walking, visiting gardens, gardening, water colour painting, visiting galleries, opera, travelling and last but not least having fun with her seven grandchildren.