Nerita Lewis


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Nerita Lewis' vision is to eliminate the social isolation that is prevalent amongst the 250,000 military veterans who live with persistent pain (commonly referred to as chronic pain). The condition fundamentally changes the life trajectory of those who live with it. Chronic pain is all encompassing, affecting every aspect of life: relationships, family, social interactions, employment and emotional wellbeing. Less than 10% of people living with chronic pain receive multidisciplinary care that could improve their quality of life. As the third most prevalent health condition in Australia, chronic pain cost the economy $139 billion in 2020. There is an urgent need to support veterans who have the highest rates of chronic pain of all groups, at 40%. Military service is unique, and veterans experience health challenges above those of the Australian population.

Nerita is passionate about building a social platform; using the power of technology, community and art. It is envisaged that the community will empower and improve the quality of life for veterans; providing connection, validation, support and access to evidence-based information.

Nerita served for 10 years in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Officer, as a Personnel Capability Officer, specialising in strategy, HR, public relations and personnel management. She predominately worked in the fast-paced fighter jet squadron environment as the key advisor to the commanding officer, overseeing the management of 200 personnel. During her service she was injured and as a result lives with chronic pain. Utilising her in-depth experiences, Nerita has identified the opportunities for innovation.

Nerita was selected for the Australian American Association Veterans Scholarship, Australian Graduate School of Management Scholarship, Startmate Founders Fellowship, and the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue. She has been awarded an Air Base Executive Officer Commendation, International Peace and Security Grant and a Global Citizen Award.

Nerita is a qualified United Nations peacekeeper, nationally accredited mediator and conflict resolution specialist. Nerita holds three Masters, in Peace and Conflict Studies (USYD), Business and Arts (UNSW) and a Bachelor in Business (UOW); including postgraduate exchanges to Chile (Diego Portalas University) and Germany (Humboldt University).


To eliminate social isolation and decrease stigma experienced by veterans living with persistent pain

To eliminate social isolation and decrease stigma experienced by veterans living with persistent pain

United Kingdom
Community Service
Nerita Lewis

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