About Carly


Carly Findlay is a blogger, writer, speaker and appearance activist. She challenges people’s thinking about what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance.

She’s written for many publications including The Guardian, Daily Life, The ABC, Mamamia, Frankie magazine and BlogHer. She’s used her blog to write about her skin condition, Ichthyosis, as well as promoted causes such as Love Your Sister and Donate Life.

Most recently, Carly was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014. Carly received the 2010 and 2013 Yooralla Media Awards for Best Online Commentary for her body of disability focused writing. She also won the best personal blog category for Kidspot Voices of 2013, and the 2013 BUPA Health Activist award for Positive Life Change. She’s also been a finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Carly is an accomplished speaker - she's spoken at the University of Western England's Appearance Matters conference, the Melbourne Writer's Festival, Problogger, University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne hospital and Cancer Council of Victoria (to name a few).

She organised Australia's first Ichthyosis meet in 2015 - bringing together 75 people affected by the rare, severe skin condition Ichthyosis. 25 attendees had Ichthyosis. Friendships and support networks were formed.

In 2013 Carly was discriminated against by a taxi driver because of her skin. She wrote about this on her blog, took the case to the Human Rights Commission and made a complaint to the taxi company and the Victorian Taxi commission. One of the outcomes she wanted following her complaints was for improved disability training for taxi drivers. A video was made for the taxi company with Carly's input, and disability-related complaints have since reduced. She is proud to have influenced the taxi industry and assisted passengers in this way. The video has since been disseminated to all Victorian taxi companies via the Victorian Taxi Commission too.

She's always interested in writing, speaking or consulting for your organisation. Contact her for her rates.

How can you reach Carly?Send Carly an email, Facebook or Tweet her!

Why Radio Carly?A friend of mine commented on my tendency to change the topic really quickly and talk about several things on the go. He said 'tune into Radio Carly for all things irrelevant' and I remembered that line. I thought it'd be an appropriate title for a blog. And so it is.




  1. Hello, I was reading Woman's Day on Monday and I read the article in it that was about you, and I must say you're very brave and inspiring, and I think you're gorgeous! :). I'd just like to tell you to continue to stay strong and do your own thing! ^^

  2. You're quite inspiring, keep it up :-)

  3. Carly,
    Oh man, YOU ROCK!
    I loved you piece about controlling your own story. You write so well and I love what you are doing - being in control of your own story is so powerful. I'm really glad you had a good experience with New Idea - the media can be so exploitative, insensitive and steal and warp your story until it is unrecognisable. I look forward to reading you.
    Thanks for your blog

  4. Hi Carly

    Just found your blog thru link from FF.

    Keep on rocking, you are truly inspirational & a special soul!

    Nil desparandum(don't let the bastards grind you down!!)

    a grumpy old woman over 50 who still thinks she's 25

  5. I think you are truly an inspiration! Pursue all your passions and dreams!

  6. Hi Carly,
    I just heard you on the radio - you are such a strong, inspirational and cool lady. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

  7. Hi Carly, Just started following you on Twitter so thought I'd take a look at the blog. It's great. This may sound like strange question, but did you ever live in Albury?
    Look forward to reading more. Cheers for now, Robyne

  8. Great to meet you on your visit to the UK. You were here on the day the 'rain came down'!
    Hope you 2 new friends have arrived safly in Australia.

  9. There's one more scaly person running around Oz (I'm from the US).

    Keep it up!

  10. Hi, I have just received a creamoata poster the same one as you have. Do you know the best place to sell it or what it is worth?

  11. Carly,

    Just came across your blog via googling 'disabilities'. You are an inspiration to me as I write on disabilities. If you would like to check me out, visit my blog at www.dismantlingdisabilities.com. You are inspiring me to write a post!

  12. tracy.rose@healthline.comFriday, February 01, 2013 6:17:00 AM

    Hi Carly,

    Healthline is interested in contributing a guest post to carlyfindlay.blogspot.com. We would be open to contributing any blog that would be of interest to your readers. Healthline bloggers have been featured on a variety of sites including:

    Washington Times: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/tango-mind-and-emotion/2012/aug/10/how-healthy-choices-easy/
    Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/036515_diabetes_strawberries_prevention.html
    Patch.com: http://strongsville.patch.com/blog_posts/where-and-what-to-eat-in-cleveland-to-beat-the-winter-blues

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Warm Regards,

  13. Ms Carley, YOU are ONE amazing woman!!! Just watched a segment on FoxNews re: Tiny Superheros; then visited their site which led me to yours. Thanks for all you do to get this, until now, little known skin condition a lot of well deserved and needed publicity. THANK YOU for all I am certain you will do to promote and help those many "Tiny Superheros". Wishing you all the best as you continue your work to educate others. Marilyn - Mom of 5, Grammy of 13 & weeks away from being Great Grammy of 1.

  14. Hi Carly, Great site, so much still to explore :) I wish I could write as well as you. You're amazing. Keep smiling

  15. I just read your Bio section and I feel breathless. You have achieved so much! I love your passion and zest for life.

  16. I love your blog Carly! It always has a great angle and insights. I studied media at RMIT too! Keep on keeping on, yours is a voice worth listening to!

  17. You are awesome! I never comment on anything, but this story is amazing.

  18. Hello there from Perth. Me too, I look visibly different from others but I thank God everyday 'cause my life is so blessed. And I can see that your life is so blessed as well with so many of your achievements. You are an inspiration and I wish you full of blessings for many many wonderful years to come.

  19. I was moved by your words of gratitude towards kind people and people willing to learn! Yes, I am also grateful when people grow. When we all grow!!!

  20. Hi Carly.. read the article about you on mail online. Shame on those people who criticised!!! And kudos to you for standing up to those morons! U look so cheerful and chirpy, ur concealing your pain beautifully Carly. God bless!! This is Sowmya from India.

  21. Never take the words of sick morons ! If they can't appreciate their mom or sister ! they don't know the value of women !

    Have a great day.

  22. Ur the best Carly! Amazing inspiration to all!

  23. shit, you're cool. You've made me realise how selfish and self absorbed I am. I will probably continue to be but I'm proud to have a friend who has achieved so much, and done so much for others. You're a beautiful person, Carly. Truly beautiful.


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