Lisa Schofield

Freelance Writer


Lisa is a freelance journalist and corporate writer with a focus on health and wellness, travel, storytelling and human interest. Lisa has written for a range of publications such as Sunday Life, Good Weekend, Latte Magazine, Marketing Magazine, Jetstar, Womens Health, International Traveller, Shape, Run4YL, Womens Running, Prevention Australia,, Kidspot, Mamma Mia and Essential Kids and Baby.
Lisa can be found at Twitter - @lisaschofield2, Facebook - Lisa Schofield - Writer or on email at [email protected]

Malini Chib

Living a full life with a disability should be the norm and not the unexpected. Yet in some countries, many people with disabilities need to fight for their right to a life of dreams and aspirations. In these countries, it takes aspirational role models to bridge this gap - people with disabilities who have been told 'they can't', when of course, they can.

Christa Einspieler

Receiving a diagnosis of cerebral palsy (CP) is life-changing for all involved, yet parents intuitively know something is different about their child long beforehand. It can be up to 18 months before a firm diagnosis is made by a medical professional, after the infant misses age-appropriate developmental milestones.

Iona Novak

With cerebral palsy (CP) affecting over 17 million people worldwide and 1 in 500 births, it is hard to believe that a definitive global source of information is yet to be developed; one that provides guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of CP.

Bruce Bonyhady

The response reflected an overwhelming demand for a fair and equitable solution to support Australians with disabilities, but also signalled that a major disability reform was long overdue. One of the impetuses for change started with a 'light bulb' moment from Bruce Bonyhady, the current Chairman of the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Yen-Thanh Mac

Medical terminologies can be so defining. Assumptions are made, opinions formed and those who have these conditions, through no choice of their own, can be burdened by the stereotyping often associated with its name. Such is the case in Vietnam where cerebral palsy (CP) is called 'bại não '.

Femi Gbadebo

In developing countries such as Nigeria, a diagnosis of cerebral palsy (CP) can lead to stigma and stereotyping. Parents may go into denial, children can be hidden away and families can be ostracised by their communities.

Leigh Lockrey

For many adults with cerebral palsy (CP), the feelings of isolation and dependence add an extra emotional layer to their sometimes challenging life experiences. At times it can be overwhelming, leading to the questions: Where are my people? Where's my community? Where can I just 'be'?


Marketing Magazine
Thodey's legacy: How Telstra transformed for a connected future

As David Thodey prepares to hand over the reins, customers are now firmly and proudly on Telstra's centre stage. Lisa Schofield looks back at this iconic Australian brand's quest to redefine its purpose as a launch pad for the future of a connected Australia.

How surviving breast cancer changed my life

DL Wellbeing Sali Stevanja. A breast cancer diagnosis is the most confronting physical and emotional challenge many women will ever experience. But they invariably put on their bravest face; they have to - their life depends on it. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women.

Two of us: Jonathan Goerlach and Corey Bacon

"We learn what my limits are and we stretch them": Jonathan Goerlach and Corey Bacon. Photo: Stefan Postles Paratriathlete Jonathan Goerlach, 31, has Usher syndrome type 2, a degenerative genetic disorder causing moderate hearing loss, tunnel vision and night blindness. Together with coach and close friend Corey Bacon, 40, he's determined to reach the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Heather Smith - From Xero to Writing Hero - Australian Writers' Centre

When Heather Smith graduated from the Australian Writers Centre's online course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing in 2010, little did she realise that she would become one of our most published graduates. She is now an author of six books and has been on the business bestseller list for several weeks.

Chris Muir: Ad man writes action thriller - Australian Writers' Centre

For author and AWC graduate Chris Muir, writing the fictional adventure thriller A Savage Garden, set in Africa, was a natural progression for the life-long passion he's had for the country. But when you read this book, you realise that Chris' experiences in Africa are anything but ordinary.

Geena Leigh: The story inside - Australian Writers' Centre

Many of us have a "story inside us". And sometimes these stories are so compelling, so slam-down riveting, that they just need to be told. Geena Leigh's story is just that. From an abusive childhood and abusive relationships to 19 years of working as a prostitute, most people would understand if Geena Leigh, 41, never ...

Megan Blandford: From blog to byline - Australian Writers' Centre

Four years ago, after becoming a first time mum, Megan Blandford, 33, surprised herself. She did not feel compelled to return to her human resources role in the corporate world, a position she thought she'd only temporarily left. Instead, Megan found herself being drawn into a new world of writing.

Health and Wellbeing

Run For Your Life
Straight from the heart

A profile of a marathon runner with heart disease and a cautionary tale for other runners about heart disease

Womens Running
When Running Helps

When runnining helps heal after a life upheaval

Run4Your Life
Ignoring the Voices

How to push through when you're head's telling you to stop

Womens Running
Lust for Life

One woman's hope of inspiring others to run

Womens Running
Doing It Tough

The boom of adventure events

Womens Running
Lust for Life

One woman's hope of inspiring others to run


Mouths of Mums
How do you say goodbye? - Mouths of Mums

No parent should ever have to say goodbye to their child, yet for the families and loved ones of Bali Nine Duo, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, this is something they've just had to do. Can you even imagine this for a moment?

Mouths of Mums
The anti-vaccination debate - are we missing the point? - Mouths of Mums

As we form our personal opinions whether we should or shouldn't vaccinate our children - are we forgetting about those children whose parents aren't informed and who don't have a choice? And is that where the risk in our communities lies? As parent's we know that dreaded feeling of taking our little people to the doctors for their vaccinations.

Mouths of Mums
Do you let your children watch the news? - Mouths of Mums

How do we protect our children from the ever-present stream of tragedy in the media - should we switch off or should we expose them to the realities of life? It seems that as we watch the evening news or log onto a news site, we're overloaded with stories of tragedy, crime, grief - it jams our news streams and our consciousness.

Essential Kids
Cancer survivor, Aidan Fisk, 9, to swim Cole Classic

Nutrition & Fitness for Older Kids Nine-year-old Aidan today, ready to take on his next challenge, the Cole Classic. Photo: Supplied On the first day of school this week, when nine-year-old Aidan Fisk was asked to do a self portrait and write descriptions of himself, along with "funny", "caring" and 'cool', he poignantly wrote "brave".

Mouths of Mums
'It will never happen to me!' - forgotten baby syndrome - Mouths of Mums

Is Forgotten Baby Syndrome a tragic side effect of the busy lives we lead today or is there another reason why these tragedies keep on occurring? Could you ever imagine this happening to you? Can you imagine accidentally leaving your baby in the back of a car and forgetting about him or her as you go about your day?

Mouths of Mums
Stop the clock! - Mouths of Mums

Do you sometimes worry that life is a constant rush, do you wish you could stop the clock? I force my rushing on my children. I'm forcing each day to finish a little quicker for them and without realising, I'm hurrying them out of their innocence and childhood and into the kind of life that I live.

Returning to work post-baby: what now?

Family Finances You're at a social function and people are chatting when the small talk heads in your direction. "And what is it you do?" or "So you have ( X amount of) children, you must be very busy?"

What I want my son to remember about Phillip Hughes

Kids Nutrition & Fitness I heard the news of the tragic passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes only moments before taking my eight-year-old son to his cricket practice. He waited with his cricket bag over his shoulder, eager to get out the door, impatient with his mum for scanning headlines as I stood at my computer, car keys in hand.

Ten ways your children can make Christmas a time of giving

Kids Education Enlarge your child's world this Christmas through giving to those less fortunate. 'Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps ...means a little bit more!'. How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr Seuss. For many parents, Christmas is the perfect time to teach our children how they can help others less fortunate than themselves.


Soaking up the wines and the atmosphere in the NSW West

Slice of Life

3 ways to help you switch from work to home

ADVERTISEMENT During the course of any day we all fulfill a variety of roles whether it's as a partner, a parent, a colleague, a sibling, a daughter, a boss or a friend. Most of those roles require us to wear a different hat but sometimes we try and squeeze another hat on while still wearing the other and all kind of chaos results.