Phil is a global loneliness thought leader and an affable and relatable speaker on loneliness.
He is available to speak to the media on issues relating to loneliness, connection and what it can mean to be a human living the diplomatic life.
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Phil is a global loneliness thought-leader. He's an articulate, affable, highly-educated and engaging speaker who makes the topic of loneliness relatable.
Phil has a background in public policy and international relations. He was an Australian Public Servant - including an Australian diplomat - for 23 years. Phil realised that he was lonely while on a diplomatic posting.
Phil knows how difficult it is to ask for help and support. He also knows that the help provided sometimes does not actually help alleviate the thoughts and feelings of loneliness.
Phil developed and now provides the services he needed when first learning from his loneliness. He's now passionately de-stigmatising loneliness worldwide.
Let's be honest: Loneliness is often discussed in a dry, conceptual way.
Statistics and academic reports don’t resonate with the humans experiencing the emotion.
Thousands of people globally have benefitted from hearing Phil's story and having him facilitate kind and honest conversations about loneliness, connection and belonging.
Humans feel more connected and engaged to themselves and the world because of Phil's work.
Phil appeared as a loneliness expert in a story on SBS News talking about loneliness during Australia's Loneliness Awareness Week in August 2023.
Phil appeared as a loneliness expert in a story on SBS News podcast talking about loneliness during Australia's Loneliness Awareness Week in August 2023.
Phil appeared on Camilla Quintana's 'Empowered Expat Woman Podcast' to discuss how to cope with loneliness while living abroad.
Phil shared some of his story of loneliness and the wisdom he gained from it on SBS' Insight program on Tuesday 6 June 2023.
Phil's loneliness story and reasons for starting The Lonely Diplomat and The Loneliness Guy featured on the ABC Story Stream on Monday 6 February 2023
Phil and his work featured on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) News website on 12 January 2023
Phil participated on The Roundtable with other loneliness experts. The Roundtable is a show on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National every Sunday. Guests: Alana Officer, Head World Health Organisation Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing Unit Dr Michelle Lim, Clinical Psychologist, Chief Scientific Advisor, Ending Loneliness Together Phil McAuliffe, Creator, The Lonely Diplomat website
Listen to my chat with the amazing Amel Derragui from www.tandemnomads.com
Read 'For diplomats who feel uprooted: a website to call home' "Meet diplomacy’s new spokesperson, champion and interpreter, a k a the Lonely Diplomat."
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On Tuesday 6 June 2023, Phil shared some of his experiences of loneliness throughout his life as part of the 'Alone' episode of SBS' Insight program in Australia.
Phil also shared some of the wisdom he'd learned after getting support and beginning to listen to his loneliness and what it was telling him about the connection he was missing.
This included sharing some of his story of how he became aware of his loneliness while on a diplomatic posting and how it influenced him to live life as authentically himself, including coming out of the closet to live life as a proud gay man and how he treats loneliness now.