Lisa Herbert is an ABC rural reporter. A radio journalist and news reader for 16 years, Lisa has also worked as a TV reporter and producer.


Before stumbling into her media career, Lisa utilised her Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and worked in sheep and wool research and natural resource management.


Her interest in western society’s perception of death and dying was sparked as a teen after reading the books of renowned psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. The works, inspired by Dr Kübler-Ross’ work with terminally ill patients, were groundbreaking at the time. Never before had the emotional needs of the dying been given attention by the medical profession.


Fifty years on and many people are still reluctant to talk about the inevitable. However, while researching The Bottom Drawer Book, Lisa found that once the discussion began, people opened up and gave their mortality some measured thought. All they needed was someone to initiate the discussion. And that’s where The Bottom Drawer Book comes in. Its aim is to start the conversation.

The Bottom Drawer Book Wake