Kirsty O'Callaghan



Kirsty O’Callaghan is recognised as a leader in her fields of resilience, relationships, results and parenting, and works in collaboration with all her clients. As a business owner, trainer and executive consultant for over 20 years, a mentor and public speaker since 2009, and a FIFO wife for seven years, she understands the issues workers and their families face when they are separated by work. Kirsty’s clients include plenty of these workers and children. She has lived and worked in Sydney, Townsville, Melbourne, and now is based in Brisbane.

Kirsty has appeared as a panellist on Toddlers to Teens TV and featured on ABC, 101.5 FM and Health Professional radio. She is a member of Lions, a member and ambassador for Womens Network Australia, a friend of Moreton Bay Creative Community Inc (MBCC), and a member of Queensland writers centre. Kirsty writes for numerous publications, including MOM Mouths of Mums, Family Australia magazine, Working Women Magazine, Prevention Magazine and has contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald. She regularly runs workshops and keynote speaks around Australia.

Kirsty and her husband have made mistakes and done thousands of hours of 'separated by work’ time, which places her in an ideal position to offer an insider’s understanding to all aspects of this life - saving the reader of Separated by Work frustration, time and money. Over the years many people have asked Kirsty why there wasn’t an inclusive workbook that could help them. Instead of being left to sink or swim, her answer was to write a book that fills this gap.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Latest estimates reveal an alarming percentage of workers in the mining industry, working in fly in fly out (FIFO), are the population most at risk of mental health issues and obesity. Recent reports have highlighted that while the FIFO lifestyle might sound lucrative and glamorous, the stress and strain on families is real, with growing numbers of divorce rates and partners struggling to cope at home.

I help organisations and families navigate their way through the minefield of FIFO life. Having coached and mentored families, individuals and organisations for over a decade, I decided to put together my years of experience in supporting single workers and families to get the most out of their FIFO life and thrive because of it into Separated by Work as there seemed to be no other resource out there like it - and it was needed. The result is a 280-page user friendly, all-inclusive handbook. Filled with real life stories from my clients and proven strategies that work, the book is warm, encouraging and laced with gentle humour. And I should know – I have been a “FIFO” wife for seven years.

I’ve been in a unique position over the last seven years of supporting clients and hearing their stories. Over and over the issues were the same. There was a common thread of uncertainty, change, judgment, and overwhelm through each FIFO story I heard. It became clear to me that letting my clients know they weren’t alone was vital to normalizing their experience. It was cathartic for me as well. I knew it wasn’t just my family that was experiencing struggles and unexpected happenings, especially in the initial stages of FIFO life.

Families aren’t the only ones benefiting from the wisdom –industry is recognizing the value of this new book. Warren Leicester is an International Operations Manager at Downer EDI Mining and has raised a family through and due to FIFO. He said, “I can honestly say we could have stressed less and been happier sooner if we had access to some of the resources and had conversations mentioned in this book. This is an interactive instruction book based on real people and real experiences, not just theory. It provides real tools on how to avoid or work through the challenges we all face with this lifestyle. As an employer in the field and a FIFO survivor, I can strongly recommend this excellent manual to anyone contemplating or in the middle of the FIFO experience.”

I wanted Separated by Work to give readers the tools and encouragement they need to take back control, help themselves and each other through the toughest of times – and be happier for choosing a FIFO lifestyle. Filled with practical tips from leaders in their field, and hands-on exercises for the whole family, I offers a rare insider’s understanding to all aspects of this FIFO life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing my time is carefully managed so that I get to give 100% to my business,, and my clients, 120% to my family and the same to my wonderful friends. I also make sure that I have time for me and my community through jogging, yoga, reading and meditation; and being a Lions Club member.
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Where to buy in print


Separated by Work
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 54,770. Language: Australian English. Published: February 3, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships
If you are Separated by Work this book has you covered. Support, understanding and strategies for families, workers and OHS & HR professionals. So many families are overwhelmed, broken and left feeling unsupported and don't know where to turn for help. Kirsty O'Callaghan wrote this comprehensive book to help you survive and thrive while apart.

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