As founder and CEO of the Amaranth Foundation (2009), Julianne has worked extensively across the rural communities of the Riverina. She graduated in nursing from St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne (1978) and completed a Bachelor of Social Work (2003) from La Trobe University.
Julianne is a registered member of the Australian Association of Social Work (MAASW), a member of the Clinical Division of the College of Social Work (MCSW) and is an accredited Clinical Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW).
Since 2009, Julianne and the Amaranth Foundation has received over $1.7 million dollars for Commonwealth and philanthropic projects focussing on supporting people with advanced chronic and terminal illnesses and their families and care-giver needs.
Julianne has extensive experience in community development and education with a passion for narrative approaches to communication and personal interaction.
Julianne has held a casual lecturing and student liaison role with many Universities including Charles Sturt University, University of New England and Deakin Universities. She was the co-chair of the education committee of Oncology Social Work Australia until 2015, is a current member of the NSW Social Work Palliative Care Practice Group, where she is driving a working group looking at competency standards for social workers in End of Life (EoL) and palliative care for the Australian context. Julianne has established and facilitates two Mental Health Professional Networks with a focus on End of Life (EoL) care and grief and loss.
As CEO of Amaranth, Julianne provided evidence to the Senate Inquiry into palliative care in Australia and the model of social work that she is developing is referenced in the final report to government. She is now working towards obtaining her PhD and in the 2017 Australia Day Awards, received an Order of Australia Medal for her work advancing palliative care in the community. She has recently nominated for the 2017 AASW elections as a Board Member.