- Ann has survived what many would call the un-survivable: an attempt on her life, the double homicide of her children and the simultaneous suicide of her then estranged husband.
- She was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame 2018.
- Founder and patron of angelhands Inc., and an Our Watch ambassador and Australia Day ambassador.
- John Curtin Medallist 2016.
- She is the winner of John Simpson Kirkpatrick “Standing for Something” Award 2012.
- Winner of Leading the Way Award WA Social Worker of the Year Awards 2012.
- Academic and lived experience expert featured on Australian Story 2018 and 2004.
- Turning surviving into thriving through HOPE, TEDxUWA 2018.
- In 2021, Ann was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community through support for people affected by family and domestic violence.
- Motivation and inspiration
- Women’s health and well-being
- Dealing with change
- OHS – harassment and victimisation in the workplace
- Mental health and well-being
- Trauma awareness and recovery (theories and applied approaches)
- Family and domestic violence theories, dynamics and models of understanding
- Familicide – introduction and risk assessments
- DAS - Risk assessment relating to family and domestic violence lethality, family liaison officer roles and applied learning on how to engage people
Excellent speaking, topic and content were well suited to audience and delivery was personable and honest.
Sascha Stone, City of Swan
I am writing to personally thank you for speaking at our recent forum for journalists and student journalists…. Evaluations tell us journalists found the event both interesting and informative, with many now realising their words can directly affect people experiencing violence.
Mark Glasson, Dept for Community Development
I was extremely impressed with Ms O’Neill’s skills as a trainer and her ability to get people to engage with and deeply reflect on the topic. … The formal feedback process saw staff give the sessions some of the highest feedback ever recorded for an internal training session. Further, I received numerous unsolicited informal comments from staff about how the training had affected them and challenged in a positive way their views and how they work. As a result of the training, I saw some tangible changes in staff attitudes and practices.
Michael Hovane, FDVU Legal Aid WA
I just wanted to say how brilliant it was seeing you. Your presentation was electrifying, the feedback from the students was very positive and many made specific mention of your presentation in the written feedback. The course went very well...and your contribution played a huge part in making it successful.
Hope to see you before too long. Good luck with all the fantastic work you do of victims.
Dr Harry Blagg, Honorary Research Fellow, Crime Research Centre, University of Western Australia
I am always impressed by the courage and bravery you [Ann] demonstrate – both in getting on with your life – given the tragedy you have suffered – and also in the positive way you are assisting individual victims and also organisations.
Francis Flaxington, Head of Home Office Victims Unit, UK.
Our sincere thanks for giving such an inspirational and moving speech at the recent launch. It made the event really meaningful for everyone.
Hillary Lambert, Ministry of Justice WA