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Hearts that RISE: One Womans War and Peace

“I have worn their blood. So many of us have worn their blood”. These are the words of Air Force nurse, Wing Commander Sharon Bown. Not only has she worn their blood, but others have also worn hers. Hear Sharons story of service, sacrifice and survival, and share in the experience of providing healthcare in some of the most impoverished and dangerous places on Earth. Read less
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RISE by Lifting Others

Sharon defines leadership as the ability to lift others to their greatest potential, and her most challenging and rewarding test of this was her command in the Afghanistan war. She openly explores and recounts her experience of leadership in adversity, including caring for your team, yourself and your enemy; deriving purpose from darkness, and the benefits of leadership at every level. Read less
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RISE from Adversity to Growth

Sharon has survived life threatening trauma twice, witnessed shocking human trauma in peace and war, and studied the psychology of traumatic stress and growth. She candidly merges her experience and knowledge to translate psychological science into strategies for growth. Accompany Sharon as she rises from a near fatal helicopter crash, fights to save her military career, and ultimately proves her capability to command in the Afghanistan war. Read less
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RISE to Purpose

Sharons life purpose was to make a difference in the lives of others, but when disabling injuries ended her military nursing career, her sense of purpose seemed tragically lost. She explains how a painful ending became a beginning, as she discovered that her why had never relied upon her what. Witness the reinvigorating career pivot that has enabled Sharon to continue to make a difference in the lives of others and to continue to live her purpose, beyond her military service. Read less
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Sharon Bown

From Trauma to Triumph: Sharon Bown Redefines Resilience and Growth

Sharon Bown, a seasoned advocate for resilience and posttraumatic growth, draws from a remarkable career defined by service, survival, and transformation. Raised in Tasmania, Sharon’s 16-year tenure as a Nursing Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force took her through profound tests, including deployments to Timor-Leste where she narrowly survived a helicopter crash and subsequent life-threatening surgery. Defying odds, she not only recovered but also ascended to command in Afghanistan by 2008.

With a Bachelor degree of Psychological Science, Sharon translates the cutting-edge research on resilience and mindset, illuminating strategies to transform personal trauma into catalysts for personal growth. Her bestselling book, ‘One Woman's War and Peace: a nurse's journey in the Royal Australian Air Force’, underscores her inspiring journey from adversity to advocacy. 

Recognised as a Member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial and an Ambassador for Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Sharon extends her influence globally. Her commitment to Australian veterans earned her the 2023 Order of Australia, further highlighting her dedication to fostering evidence-based support networks for veterans and trauma survivors nationwide.

Sharon Bown continues to redefine resilience, urging individuals and organisations alike to not only endure but to thrive in the face of adversity, embodying her belief that “continuing to live” is the ultimate triumph over trauma.


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