Events 2005


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ABC Radio National’s Life Matters.

From January to August Julie presented the national social issues radio program Life Matters interviewing national and international guests about the latest news and research in the fields of health, education, work, family life and human rights. Julie started with Life Matters in 2000 as a co-presenter with
Geraldine Doogue, becoming solo presenter in 2004. A full list of all interviews conducted by Julie on Life Matters is available on the Life Matters website. Interviews can be purchased on tape or CD from ABC Radio Audio Sales.

Forever Yours – Australia’s Hidden Love Letters

Edited by Julie McCrossin and Kerrie Jean Ross ABC Books In 2005 Julie and Life Matters producer Kerrie Jean Ross edited a collection of moving, romantic and tear-inducing love letters written by everyday Australians from the nineteenth century until today. Who would have thought there were so many romantics hidden
in laconic Australia? When ABC Radio National began a competition suggesting that people send in their love letters, a true cornucopia of heartwarming correspondence emerged. Some inspired by the competition, was fresh from the pen of the enamoured, but still others emerged from attics and trunks, deep within family archives.

There are letters from the nineteenth century, such as Jane Austen would write; emphatic, seven-word telegrams, and extraordinarily affecting letters written from the front from both World Wars. ‘Love Letters’ will move and inspire anyone who reads it. Released November 2005. Available

NSW Medical Board

From January to August 2005 Julie attended monthly Board meetings and sub-committees on registration and performance as a Lay Board Member. The NSW Medical Board is responsible for the registration of medical practitioners and the handling of complaints and notifications about professional conduct, impairment and

SCEGGS Darlinghurst Board.

Throughout 2005 Julie attended monthly meetings of the SCEGGS Darlinghurst school board. Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School is an Anglican girls school in Darlinghurst in Sydney. Julie was a student of SCEGGS for her six high school years graduating in 1971.

Sydney’s Child and Melbourne’s Child

Throughout 2005 Julie wrote a monthly column on parenting and children’s issues that was published in these two newspapers.

January 2005

ABC Radio National Summer Season. For the first three weeks of January Life Matters broadcast a selection of the best interviews from 2004. Details of all interviews are available at

February 2005

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir Concert, Seymour Centre, Sydney. MC. Julie is a patron of the choir, along with Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia.

Association of Independent Schools Prefects Seminar, Sydney. Speak. Topic: Leadership. Julie described three leaders who had influenced her life and discussed what she had learnt from them about leadership.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Madi Gras Launch. Hyde Park. Sydney. Keynote speech. “Thank you to NSW Governor Marie Bashir, for addressing her wishes to our community. Also to Aboriginal elder, Sylvia Scott, for passing on her community’s warmest wishes.My warmest thanks belong to Julie McCrossin, whose empowering speech brought a lot of realisation to me of what generations before us had to overcome for us to appreciate what we have today. As a 24-year-old, new to Sydney, I was aware of the many events that had taken place over the last number of decades to give us the freedom that we enjoy in Australia today. You also highlighted how much more we have to do to make us equal.” Letters to the Editor. Sydney Star Observer, Feb. 2005. See SSOnet Forum.

March 2005

Comcare’s Towards Australia’s Safest Workplace National Conference. Third annual conference, Canberra, ACT. After dinner speaker. Topic: Managing stress and pressure in the workplace.

“God and Me” Public Talk. Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney.

Second National Regional Economies Conference. Mandurah, Western Australia. Julie was the MC of a public forum involving a panel discussion and audience participation. The topic was coastal development in “seachange” areas and the impact on local communities, public and community services and the environment. This event was broadcast on Life Matters on ABC Radio National.

Walk Against Want. Oxfam Community Aid Abroad. Fundraising walk. Sydney. Speak.

April 2005

Arts Training NSW. Policy launch. Four Seasons Hotel, Circular Quay, Sydney. Speak. Topic: The importance of training in the arts. Arts Training NSW is the peak advisory body on vocational education and training in NSW. Julie spoke about her experience of training in her work on radio and television, and as a children’s
entertainer in the Theatre-in-Education group Pipi Storm.

The Fred Hollows Foundation “See the World Challenge” 23 April to 1 May 2005. The Fred Hollows Foundation sponsors this adventure travel challenge in conjunction with World Expeditions. It is a nine-day day trip combining exploration of wilderness areas of the Northern Territory with visits to the remote Aboriginal
communities of the Jawoyn people. The Jawoyn are traditional owners of World Heritage listed areas of Kakadu National Park. The Fred Hollows Foundation works in partnership with the Jawoyn Association, Sunrise Health Service and communities of the Katherine East region of the Northern Territory to improve health, education and financial literacy. Julie visited several remote communities, conducting radio interviews which were broadcast on Life Matters on ABC Radio National in May and June 2005. A full list of all interviews is on the Life Matters website and audio copies can be purchased from ABC Radio Audio Sales. For full details on future “See the World” trips see

May 2005

Sydney Writers Festival. Public forum. Julie interviewed the writer Elizabeth Wynhausen about her book “Dirt Cheap” which describes the lives of low paid workers in Australia.

Sydney Writers Festival. Public forum. Julie interviewed US writers Lee Stringer and Augusten Burroughs on the theme, Writing Saved My Life. The event was broadcast on Life Matters on ABC Radio National and is available on tape or CD from ABC Radio Audio sales.

Allied Health Clinical Leadership Workshop. NSW Health. Sydney. Julie facilitated a panel discussion with audience participation.

Mary MacKillop Institute of East Timorese Studies. Benefit Dinner raising money for a school in East Timor. Canberra. Speak.

Principal for a Day. Sydney Girls High School. The NSW Department of Education and Training sponsors the Principal for A Day program. It is a community partnership program which provides business and community leaders with the opportunity to experience first-hand a normal day in a government school. This is part of a
global program with sister programs in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Auckland. Julie spent the day with Margaret Varady, Principal of Sydney Girls High, a selective girls school in Sydney, meeting and working with students, parents and staff. In 2006 Julie is mentoring a group of Year 12 girls at Sydney Girls High.

June 2005

National Health Services Executives Annual Congress. Adelaide, South Australia. Julie was the MC of a panel discussion with audience participation about the future of the Australian health system. The focus of the discussion was on the major structural challenges and the reforms that are needed to address these challenges.

Local Government Managers Australia NSW Forum. The Westin Hotel Sydney. MC panel discussion with audience participation on the topic “Survival in Local Government.”

Bell Shakespeare 15th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Julie presented a selection of Shakespeare collated by John Bell, entitled “The Wit and Wisdom of Shakespeare”. Her fellow performers were John Bell, the founder of Australia’s national touring company Bell Shakespeare, and Bob
Carr, the then Premier of NSW.

Latin Quiz. Shore school, North Sydney. MC. This is an annual quiz for junior and senior teams of students who are studying Latin in public, independent and Catholic high schools in Sydney.

“The SCEGGS Great Debate”. MC. An annual fundraising public debate involving current students of the school, old girls, parents and teachers.

July 2005

702ABC Sydney. Drive show with Richard Glover. “Thank God Its Friday” comedy panel commenting on the week’s news. Panel member.

90 Years of Women in Policing Gala Dinner hosted by the NSW Police Service. Julie was the MC for the evening. She also conducted interviews with many audience members who were pioneers of women in policing in NSW and provided the commentary for a fashion parade of women’s police uniforms from all eras.

Fair Go or Anything Goes Forum. This public forum was hosted by the Office of Industrial Relations in the NSW Department of Commerce and it discussed the proposed Federal Government changes to the industrial relations laws. Julie was the MC of a panel discussion with audience participation.

Sydney Girls High School. School Development Day. Talk for teachers. Topic: The future of education: challenges for teachers.

Combined Medical Boards Conference. Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Speak. Topic: Primary Prevention Practicalities. The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Work in Remote Aboriginal Communities.

Spirituality in the Pub. Public Forum. Engadine RSL, Sydney. Speak. Topic: Who are the prophets today?

Pitane Recovery Centre Fundraising Concert. Mental Health Consumers Group. Dee Why RSL, Sydney. MC.

August 2005

Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Program Conference hosted by the Legal Aid Commission NSW. Julie facilitated a panel discussion with audience participation. Topic: How to get better results for women seeking orders. Panel members included Reg Mahoney, Assistant Commissioner of Police and Pat
Huolohan, Senior Prosecutor, Downing Centre, Sydney.

702ABC Sydney. Drive show with Richard Glover. “Thank God Its Friday” comedy panel commenting on the week’s news. Panel member.

Work experience student from Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, Sydney. Julie supervised and supported a Year 10 student at ABC Radio.

Head Teachers Dinner. SCEGGS Darlinghurst. Speak. Topic: “What makes a great school for girls: reflections on SCEGGS and Sydney Girls High School.”

“A Walk Around the Mental Block”. Public Forum. Australian Science Festival. Canberra. A panel of experts discussed the links between physical exercise and mood and mental health. MC panel with audience participation. This forum was broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters on 19 August 2005.

National Health Executives Conference. Adelaide, South Australia. Panel discussion on the reforms needed for the Australian health system. MC panel with audience participation.

“E-Technology in the school classroom.” Public forum for teachers from independent and public primary and high schools. The Kings School, Parramatta. MC panel with audience participation.

September 2005

702ABC Sydney. Breakfast radio presenter Monday to Friday mornings.

NSW TAFE Western Sydney Institute Head Teachers Forum. Speak. Topic: Education, Leadership and Managing Change.

Four Sisters Gala Dinner. Four Sisters, One Passion Fundraiser. Hosted by The Sisters of Charity, The Sisters of Mercy, The Little Company of Mary and The Sisters of the Good Samaritan. Guest Speaker: Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, Governor of NSW. MC: Julie McCrossin. This annual event raises money for services that assist the most disadvantaged people in Australia. For example, the foundation funds educational opportunities for Aboriginal children. See

October 2005

The Safety Show and Conference. This was held at Sydney Olympic Park and featured over 70 Australian and international speakers. Julie facilitated a hypothetical panel discussion with audience participation for Workcover NSW on work safety issues and the legal obligations of both employees and management.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Luncheon Club. Speaker. Topic: Reflections on Friendship: Encountering Jewish History and Culture.

Teacher Training Video on Voice Care. Voice over.

The Baxter NSW Health Awards 2005 for excellence in health care. Australian Technology Park, Redfern. MC. Julie has acted as the MC for these awards for 4 years.

2nd NSW Rural Allied Health Professionals Conference. Julie was the MC for two forums at this conference, involving a panel discussion with audience participation. The two topics were Technology and Allied Health and the Role of Allied Health in the Future.

November 2005

Art After Hours. Art Gallery of NSW. Celebrity Speakers Series. Grace Cossington Smith: A Retrospective. Talk. Julie discussed the life of this great artist.

Work Ventures. National Employment Network. 25th Anniversary Celebration. Sydney. MC with audience interviews.

Coastal Solutions: Balancing the Waves of Change Conference. Western Australia. Julie provided the voice over for a video at this conference.

Australian Divisions of General Practice Network Forum. Perth, Western Australia. MC panel discussion with audience participation on the role of GP’s in primary health care.

Annandale North Public School Fete. MC Chocolate Wheel.

Relationships Australia National Forum. Meeting the needs of children in high conflict families during separation. Hilton Hotel, Sydney. A forum for service providers. MC panel discussion with audience participation.

Community 21 Conference for non-government organizations. MC panel discussion with audience participation on the role of corporate sponsorship, challenges, benefits, pitfalls and examples of effective partnerships that benefit clients.

“Children of the Lucky Country” Public Forum. This forum was hosted by The Sax Institute and held at The Australian Museum, Sydney. Julie facilitated a panel discussion involving Prof Fiona Stanley, medical researcher and former Australian of the Year, and an expert panel in a discussion about the current health and
wellbeing of Australian children.

The Sydney Institute lunch. Guest Speaker: Dr Peter Jensen, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney. Julie was a guest at this lunch which raises money to assist asylum seekers and people in detention.

“Forever Yours – Australia’s Hidden Love Letters”
Edited by Julie McCrossin and Kerrie Jean Ross ABC Books
Book launch by Tom Keneally at Gleebooks.

Media interviews 2005
Here is a list of the interviews Julie gave about this collection of love letters when “Forever Yours” was released in November 2005.

Good Weekend magazine. “Your time starts now.” Column with Julie.
Delicious magazine. Profile.
Goodlife magazine. Review.
Madison magazine. Interview.
Voyeur Virgin Blue magazine. Q&A.
The Age newspaper. Review.
Sunday Age. Interview.
Sunday Tasmanian. Interview.
AAP. Interview with Julie and Kerrie.
FPC Courier. Interview with Julie and Kerrie.
Village Voice. Sydney. Interview with Julie and Kerrie.
The Glebe newpaper. Interview with Julie and Kerrie.
Geelong Advertiser. Christmas gift guide.
Sun Weekly. Central Coast, NSW. Giveaway for letter of the week.
Central Coast Advocate. Feature article with local love letter contributor.

Channel Nine. Kerrie Anne Kennerley. Julie on panel with David Hill, former ABC Managing Director and Julia Gillard, Federal Labor MP.

ABC Classic FM. Interview with Margaret Throsby.
ABC Central Coast. Interview with Scott Levi and Tara Grimshaw.
ABC Radio National’s Life Matters. Interview with Richard Aedy.
2UE Sydney – Interview with John Stanley.
Vega Sydney and Melbourne – Interview with Wendy Harmer.
2SERFM Sydney – Interview with Rebecca Armitage.
2GB Sydney – Interview with Chris Smith.
702 ABC SYDNEY – Interview with Richard Glover.
2NSB CHATSWOOD – Interview with Yvonne Collier.
1521 NSW/VIC – Interview with Paul Dix.
2CC CANBERRA – Interview with Mike Jeffries.
ABC CANBERRA – Mornings review.
3RRRFM MELBOURNE – Interview with Steve Grimwade & Alicia
ABC 774 MELBOURNE – Interview with Jon Faine.
927 SPORT MELBOURNE – Interview with Trevor Himstedt.
ABC HOBART – Interview with Sarah Gillman.
ABC LAUNCESTON – Interview with Elaine Harris.
BAYFM & SUNSHINE COAST – Interview with John Wright.
RADIO ABC ALICE SPRINGS NT – Interview with Barry Nicholls.
RADIO 6NR PERTH – Interview with Pieta O’Shaunessey.
RADIO 4BC BRISBANE – Interview with Greg Carey.
96.FIVE FM BRISBANE – Interview with Billy Diehm.
ABC PERTH WA – Interview with Bernadette Young.
ABC DARWIN – Interview with Richard Margetson.
ABC SA Statewide – Interview with Roger Taylor.
QANTAS INFLIGHT RADIO – Love song dedications with Lisa Hensley.
One hour program for 2006.

December 2005

Human Rights Awards and Annual Human Rights Address. Hosted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and held at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney. MC. Julie has acted as the MC for these awards for 4 years.

Sydney Girls High School. Year 12 Mentor Learning Support Program. Julie is mentoring a group of Year 12 students in 2006. This was a chance to meet the girls at the end of Year 11

BQ Design Christmas Breakfast. Sydney. Flying Fish Restaurant. Pyrmont. Speak. Topic: What really matters in life? Julie discussed the collection of love letters “Forever Yours: Australia’s Hidden Love Letters” published by ABC Books in 2005, co-edited by Julie and Kerrie Jean Ross.

Women in Super Christmas Lunch. This group is for women working in the superannuation industry and associated financial services and their male colleagues. It raises money for breast cancer research. Speak. Topic: What really matters in life? Julie discussed the collection of love letters “Forever Yours: Australia’s Hidden Love Letters” published by ABC Books in 2005, co-edited by Julie and Kerrie Jean Ross.

NAPCAN Launch. Publication on a vision for a child-friendly world. The Rocks Sydney. MC. NAPCAN promotes the protection and well-being of children.

“Life etc. Just the things that matter.” First issue of new ABC magazine. Feature article by Julie in conversation with Susan Maushart, author of “What women want next”, “Wifework” and “The Mask of Motherhood” and regular columnist with The Weekend Australian magazine. See