Julie is a psychologist and the current President of the National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG) (NSW) Inc. Julie has had a special interest in working with bereaved parents, adolescents and children over many years. Julie is a founding member of CanTeen (Australian Teenage Cancer Patients’ Society Inc.) She is a co-founder of SANDS (NSW) (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support Group). She has worked extensively with those who have experienced traumatic bereavement after a violent / sudden unexpected death, including suicide, murder and accidents.
Since 2003 Julie has been the Bali Trauma Recovery Coordinator (NSW Health) primarily working with NSW Bali Bombing survivors, bereaved and first responders. She has worked with survivors of the Tsunami and has been a consultant for those working with the bereaved from NSW and Victorian bushfires, and Queensland floods. Julie is a member of numerous International/Federal/State, expert Advisory/Working Groups on Disaster Management in relation to mental, emotional social health response and supporting victims of terrorism. She has been instrumental in developing emotional social health programs and advocating for resilience building initiatives in communities experiencing adversity.