LGBTI + Health

LGBTI and Health: Q&A Panel Discussion

This Q&A discussion will celebrate diversity with a focus on our LGBTI+ communities share practical, active strategies for creating respectful and responsive health services (eg how to make LGBTI+ community members feel welcome in our health system and express their needs, how staff can be respectful of, and responsive to needs) share personal experiences about how to […]

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Wolper Jewish Hospital

Wolper Wellbeing Program 2017

I’ll be hosting the Q&A sessions on the Wolper Wellbeing Program this year. All programs at Event Cinemas, Westfield, Bondi Junction, at 7.30pm Wednesday 8 March: PARKINSON’S & REHAB Wednesday 17 May: Q AND A: DYING WITH DIGNITY – Includes Grief and Euthanasia. Monday 3 July: Q AND A: LIVING WITH DIABETES Wednesday 13 September: […]

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LSJ December 2016

Fashioning Diplomacy

The year ahead will be huge for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, with a controversial new US President and administration in office, ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria, and a final report due on the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17. She talked to me about the values she believes are under threat, her work to promote […]

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A Life in the Law

Judge Stephen Scarlett, lover of the arts, vintage Porsches and courtesy in court, recently retired from the Federal Circuit Court after a 28-year judicial career. He was appointed to the Local Court in 1988. He became the Senior Children’s Magistrate in 1995. He was appointed to the new Federal Magistrates Court in 2000. His life […]

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Moral Courage

The 2016 Australian of the Year, General David Morrison AO, will deliver the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture on 13 October. George and Marie Jepson set up the foundation to promote psychological health and safety within the legal community, after their son, Tristan, a young lawyer, experienced depression and took his own life. Morrison, who […]

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LSJ September 2016

Fighting for Our Rule Book

The new Dean of Law at UNSW, Professor George Williams, AO, has big plans for the university. He wants it to have a greater presence overseas. At home, he wants to fight to protect Australia’s democracy. He talks to Julie McCrossin of his concerns about the gay marriage plebiscite, ASIO’s powers to strip people of […]

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Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin is dying to talk

Former ABC radio presenter and TV host, Julie McCrossin, was diagnosed with stage-four cancer three years ago. The cancer, now in remission, was in her tonsils, tongue and throat. Below, Julie answers questions from the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter. For support in starting the discussion with your loved ones, download it from If you […]

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Lost and homeless teens separated by 40 years

At 18, Julie McCrossin was lost and only a couch away from being homeless after telling her parents she was homosexual. “They were lost and I was lost and I had to leave home,” she said of that time in 1973.  “Like so many people in their teens, I had problems with drugs and alcohol, ” she said of a wild period between when she left home […]

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Safeguarding Our Children

Can cultural and legislative change save the Catholic Church? The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is due to complete its work at the end of 2017. Even before it reports, distressing evidence at public hearings has put a heavy onus of responsibility on the people leading institutions to take steps to […]

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Cancer surivivors turn treatment masks into art at Casula Powerhouse

The masks are made of thermoplastic material, moulded to the face and then bolted to the treatment table during lifesaving radiation therapy for head and neck cancers. Once a day for one month, the former ABC broadcaster Julie McCrossin was tightened in, her head held rigid for 20 minutes, while a powerful precision x-ray zapped the cancer eating away at her tonsils, tongue and […]

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