Julie’s passion for palliative care stems not only from their professional experience but also from personal encounters. Over a decade ago, she spent a brief period as a palliative care volunteer and supported her mother during her 6.5-week stay in a hospice in 2023. This deeply meaningful experience has given Julie firsthand insights into end-of-life care’s challenges and transformative power.
Julie’s passion is driving a patient-centred approach to palliative care, emphasising cultural differences in grieving and the need to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, particularly for families and children.
Julie has a Master of Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) and a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and has extensive experience amplifying customer voices in government and commercial business. She was part of the team recognised by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) for incorporating customer views into decision-making and innovation in the energy sector for two years running (2021/2022) as the head of corporate affairs for one of Australia’s largest electricity distribution networks.
Julie has seen first-hand how customer input can significantly improve operations, delivering better, more understood and supported projects.
Having worked in Government, Ministerial and as Mayoral staff member, Julie deeply understands the importance of including diverse perspectives in policy development.
She hopes her expertise in fostering open communication channels and navigating the political landscape will be valuable to the palliative care community.