Special Projects


  • Anaesthesia Perioperative Care Network, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. Member. 2010-2011
  • Engagement Advisory Council, Clinical Excellence Commission NSW. Member. 2007
  • Mental Health Review Tribunal, Hearing Communication Observation Project and Member Training. Julie observed a series of tribunal hearings in psychiatric hospitals, community settings and a prison and then conducted training and produced materials designed to improve communication for Tribunal Members and those
    attending the hearings 2004
  • Protected Disclosures Workshops, Julie facilitated a series of workshops across NSW for public sector managers, explaining the legal requirements of the Protected Disclosures. The workshops were hosted by the NSW Ombudsman, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Auditor-General’s Office, with support from NSW Police. This project followed an earlier series of workshops Julie facilitated on complaints handling for the NSW Ombudsman 2003
  • Alcohol Summit Youth Forum, Commission for Children & Young People NSW. In the lead-up to the 2003 NSW Summit on Alcohol Abuse, the Commission for Children and Young People spoke with nearly 150 young people about their experiences with alcohol and sought their ideas on reducing alcohol-related harm to young people. Julie facilitated this forum for teenagers and young adults as part of a NSW Government public consultation on the safe alcohol use 2003. read the Summit Final Report
  • Childhood Obesity Summit, NSW Government, Co-Chair with Richard Walsh. This 3 day community consultation was held at Parliament House in Sydney. The Summit brought together health experts, parliamentary representatives, industry, parents, teachers and children to develop practical solutions to the problem of childhood obesity. Issues discussed included food sales and advertising, exercise, community and school programs and education campaigns.2002
  • Consumer and Community Participation Group, NSW Health, Co-Chair. Julie chaired this group for 12 months with Deborah Hyland from NSW Health. This group of 30 representatives of health consumers, carers, advocacy groups and health executives who provided advice to the NSW Government and NSW Health on how to improve people’s access to health information and to improve their participation in health-care decision-making. The report “Partners in Health. Sharing information and making decisions together” outlines the Group’s work and recommendations 2000-2001
  • Clinical Council, NSW Health, member. This Council was chaired by the Director-General of Health and its members were the chairs of committees providing expert advice to the Minister for Health on ways to improve the health system. The Clinical Council was made up of leaders from medical, nursing, allied health and mental health clinical streams. Julie was a member for 12 months due to her role as co-chair of the Consumer and Community Participation Group 2000-2002
  • Improving Our Working Relationship: Let’s Do It for the Kids! Julie developed and facilitated a series of workshops across NSW, including 12 in rural area, for the Foster Care Association (NSW) Inc and the Department of Community Services on improving the working relationship between DOCS staff and foster parents. Julie assisted the Foster Care Association to develop reports and present briefings to senior DOCS staff, including Directors-General, on strategies to improve the safety of children in care and the quality of their lives, 1996-1998
  • Statewide Forum on Responding to Allegations about Foster Carers in an Interagency Environment. A forum for 52 foster parents, staff from the Department of Community Services and non-government agencies. Julie facilitated the forum and write the summary report of key isssues and recommendations 1997