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Janine Shepherd Travels from Sydney, NSW

Janine Shepherd


  • Achievements
  • Author
  • Disability
  • Female Speaker
  • Inspirational
  • Motivational
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Resilience
  • Sport
  • Top Speakers

Janine Shepherd is a remarkable individual who has achieved incredible feats in the face of adversity. As an acclaimed international speaker and best-selling author, she has inspired millions worldwide with her ability to transform challenges into opportunities. Her TEDx talk, "A Broken Body Isn't a Broken Person," has captivated viewers globally and was featured as the talk of the day on

Despite a near-fatal bicycle accident ending her skiing career, Janine overcame all odds and permanent disability to become a commercial pilot and aerobatics flying instructor. Her mantra, If I can't walk, then I will fly! is a powerful metaphor for her life and a testament to her grit, determination, and resilience.

Her inspiring life story was adapted into a film with Claudia Karvan playing Janine. Her latest memoir, ‘DEFIANT’, is currently being adapted for Hollywood. Janine's impact on the world has been recognized through numerous awards, including The Order of Australia, and appearances on Australian ‘60 Minutes’ and ‘This Is Your Life.’

She is currently pursuing a PhD based on her innovative science-based resilience intervention program. Janine's engaging storytelling, infused with humour and wit, motivates audiences to embrace change, harness their inherent resilience, and foster growth and positive transformation.

Keynote Titles

  • The power of the defiant human spirit
  • Never tell me never
  • A patient’s journey


Janine's story is one that needs to be shared with any of us who may be harboring thoughts of self-pity, defeat and desperation. It should be shared with ALL as a reminder on the importance of laughter in our day-to-day lives irrespective of our own difficulties. But importantly, it is a story that needs to be shared with all who are intimidated by, or who are unwilling to confront the many life challenges of today. We remain humbled and positively energised by your unforgettable story.

Sara Lee

"Renew the Spirit" was our conference theme and your story was an inspiration to us all. Feedback from the team was overwhelming. What a truly moving story. I hope participants appreciate how fortunate they are and the importance of strength and determination in our lives.


While Janine’s story is extraordinary, her message is universal. She was able to connect with our audience and drive home the concepts of gratitude, perseverance, and addressing challenges with grace and a positive attitude. As our opening keynote speaker, our attendees left the session energised, humbled, and ready to attack the challenges ahead of our industry. Following her keynote, Janine met with attendees in our exhibit hall and completed a book signing. The sponsor of the program had a line at their booth to meet Janine that extended well past the closing of the hall. Thank you Janine, you have set the bar for all future keynote speakers!

National Home Infusion Association


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