10 episodes

What makes a hero? Join actress and story-teller Madeleine West as she speaks to extraordinarily ordinary Australians who are making the world a better place.

Invisible Heroes shines a light on the people who are breaking down barriers, reimagining modern life, reclaiming identity, and helping the most vulnerable – all by thinking outside the box.

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    • Documentary
    • 4.6 • 74 Ratings

What makes a hero? Join actress and story-teller Madeleine West as she speaks to extraordinarily ordinary Australians who are making the world a better place.

Invisible Heroes shines a light on the people who are breaking down barriers, reimagining modern life, reclaiming identity, and helping the most vulnerable – all by thinking outside the box.

    Finding William Tyrell: Gary Jubelin’s Quest for Justice

    Finding William Tyrell: Gary Jubelin’s Quest for Justice

    This episode contains discussions of assault, murder and sexual abuse. Listener discretion is advised. Please contact Lifeline if this raises any issues for you on 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au 

    Gary Jubelin is a former detective chief inspector who has led some of the most high profile homicide and missing persons cases in Australia’s recent history. William Tyrell, Evelyn Greenup, Colleen Walker, Clinton Speedy-Duroux; These are the names of four of the many, many people that Gary has pursued justice for. It was just last year that Gary felt his hand was forced, and handed in his resignation with the police force.

    On Friday September 18th a judge will rule on an appeal before the courts; that appeal was lodged by Gary himself, after he was found guilty in April of  2020 of unlawful conduct during the high profile William Tyrrell case.

    Jubelin speaks candidly about this charge, and the appeal process. And about the ongoing support he receives from the families of the victims whose crimes Gary investigated prior to his resignation.

    So what is it like, to now be on the other side of the police force. Can you still be a force for good when the police force you’d worked so hard for, for all those years, is now not a welcoming place for you.

    CREDITS

    Guest: Gary Jubelin – author of ‘I Catch Killers’
    Host: Madeleine West @madmadswest
    Executive Producer: Elise Cooper @elisejcooper
    Assistant Producer: Hannah Bowman
    Editor: Elise Cooper and Hannah Bowman
    Audio Transfer and Assistance: North Coast Eventshttps://www.northcoastevents.com.au/

    LINKS
    I Catch Killers, a book by Gary Jubelin and Dan Box http://bit.ly/i-catch-killers-book
    I Catch Killers, the podcast hosted by Gary Jubelin http://bit.ly/jubelin-podcast
    Bowraville The Documentary (in production) http://bit.ly/bowraville-documentary
    The Disappearance of William Tyrell http://bit.ly/william-tyrell

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    • 59 min
    Guiding A Community Through Tragedy: Leseera Kai

    Guiding A Community Through Tragedy: Leseera Kai

    What does the word “homeless” mean to you? Tonight in Australia one in 200 people will find themselves sleeping without a roof over their head.

    Leseera Kai is a woman who has faced immense tragedy in her life. As a 20 year veteran working in community welfare, she has seen it all. Fires, floods, domestic violence, homelessness. And in the last 18 months she has lost both her son and daughter and cares for her grandchildren. Through it all she still finds time to help the homeless, those at risk from their home environment, the hungry, the struggling – all within her own small community in the northern regions of New South Wales.

    Her own life has been colourful – the good, the bad, and everything in between. Join us as she tells her life story, and how she stays motivated to give back to her local community.

    CREDITS
    Guest: Leseera Kai
    Host: Madeleine West @madmadswest
    Executive Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper @elisejcooper
    Audio Transfer:North Coast Events

    RESOURCES
    Donate to the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Resource Centre https://mdnc.org.au/

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    • 48 min
    Child Brides And Forced Marriages: Det. Sgt. Trevor Russell

    Child Brides And Forced Marriages: Det. Sgt. Trevor Russell

    Trevor Russell started out his career wanting to be an economist. So how did he end up investigating forced child marriages for the Australian Federal Police? Find out in part two of this exploration of Australia’s victim based crimes.

    • 40 min
    From Victim To Victorious: Abdul Razzaq

    From Victim To Victorious: Abdul Razzaq

    Since arriving on our shores 11 years ago, fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Abdul and his wife Lubna have faced inconceivable obstacles and personal tragedy in their efforts to become Australian citizens.

    • 37 min
    Using Rainforest Medicine To Heal: Samart The Shamaness

    Using Rainforest Medicine To Heal: Samart The Shamaness

    Have you ever thought – what is the purpose of my life? Am I really in touch with myself? How does one even “get in touch with themselves”?
    Samart is a shamaness, a spiritual leader. She dedicates her life to finding peace and contentment

    • 49 min
    COVID-19, Refugees And Vulnerability: Kon Karapanagiotidis

    COVID-19, Refugees And Vulnerability: Kon Karapanagiotidis

    Kon Karapanagiotidis is a lawyer, teacher, OAM, activist, and founder of Australia’s largest independent human rights organisation; the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

CatAndGirl ,

Wonderful show

This weeks episode with Gary was exceptional listening. Madeleine has a warm engaging manner as an interviewer and manages to extract stories that take us on a deep dive into the hero’s lives. This week was yet another example of her exceptional skills and her passion to make the world a better place by enriching us with the stories of so many incredible ‘everyday’’ people.

Hannah Bowman ,

Great show

Loved this weeks episode with Gary. Madeleine is a fantastic storyteller and I love the way she can get such interesting stories from her guests!

Music maker 1 ,

Wonderful Stories with a Wonderful and Magical Lady

I follow Madeleine on Instagram and I have loved watching her journey and watching her as an actress, one of my favourite Australian actresses.

Listening to Madeleine’s first episode about her tragic accident was eye-opening. Madeleine’s voice is very comforting and soothing, very calm and therapeutic to listen too.
I throughly enjoyed listening to her story and I loved her pure openness and honesty in regards to the subject.
It breaks my heart to think Madeleine was in such a bad state, but I’m so glad that she didn’t do what she wanted to do because we wouldn’t be blessed with her talent, compassion and kindness, that is very clear and shines through vividly.
As an aspiring actor who has breakdowns quite often and feels as if though acting is my purpose in life, listening to your story was beautiful and has given me hope in this world.
I hope one day I can change people’s lives like her and one day meet her to thank her for everything she has done.
Madeleine is truely an inspiration and everything I want to be as an actor and person.
She is one of the most beautiful and talented people from what I can see and I’d love to meet her first hand to tell her this.

Thank you Madeleine.

Ben x

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