Events 2006


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“Life etc. Just the things that matter”

A new ABC magazine. Julie wrote a feature article for the first issue published in December 2005 on the West Australian writer, Susan Maushart and for the January 2006 issue on the founding artistic director of Bell Shakespeare, John Bell. Future issues will feature Julie’s articles on medical researcher and 2004 Australian of the Year, Prof Fiona Stanley; burns doctor and 2005 Australian of the Year, Fiona Wood; and writer, Tom Keneally. See

SCEGGS Darlinghurst

Throughout 2006 Julie will attend monthly meetings of the SCEGGS Darlinghurst school board. SCEGGS 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 Girls High School.

Throughout 2006 Julie will be mentoring a group of Year 12 girls as part of the school’s Year 12 Mentor Learning Support Program. Julie was Principal for a Day at Sydney Girls High in 2005 under a program conducted by the NSW Department of Education and Training.

January 2006

1.1.06 to 20.1.06: “ABC Radio National Summer Season.” For the first three weeks of January Life Matters broadcast a selection of the best interviews from 2005. Life Matters is a national social issues program which features national and international guests with 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 and Julie was the solo presenter from January 2004 until she left in September 2005. 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.

February 2006

7.2.06: Abbott Australasia National Sales Conference, Shoal Bay Resort, Shoal Bay, NSW. Theme: “Pioneering, Achieving, Caring and Endurance”. Julie will interview the Paralympic Gold Medallist, Louise Sauvage OAM and Academy Award winning animated film director, Adam Elliot, followed by audience questions and comments.

8.2.06 & 9.2.06: “Skills for Executive Assistants.” Julie will conduct a two day training seminar in Canberra for Synergy Plus Training. See (In addition to working on radio and TV, Julie has teaching and training
qualifications from the University of Sydney and the University of Technology. She has worked as a Training and Information Officer for the NSW Guardianship Tribunal and as a Community Relations Manager, responsible for staff training and public communication, for the Community Services Commission, now incorporated into the
NSW Ombudsman’s office. Julie has also taught adult literacy at Petersham TAFE, Sydney.)

10.2.06: University of Canberra Staff Awards. Speak. Topic: “Promoting What Really Matters.” Read the University of Canberra online newspaper story

15.2.06 & 16.2.06: “Skills for Executive Assistants.” Julie will conduct a two day training seminar in Sydney for Synergy Plus Training. See

17.2.06 & 18.2.06: SCEGGS Darlinghurst Board Retreat.

20.2.06 & 21.2.06: National Advisory Council on Suicide Prevention Annual Planning Forum. Canberra. MC and facilitate panel discussions with audience participation.

22.2.06 & 23.2.06: “Skills for Executive Assistants.” Julie will conduct a two day training seminar in Brisbane for Synergy Plus Training. See

24.2.06: Mornings with Kerri-Anne , Channel Nine. Rock Trivia Quiz. “Well it’s time for our Rock’n’Roll trivia challenge. We’ve got Australia’s very best battling it out our movies man Andrew Mercado, trivia newcomer journalist Julie McCrossin and back for another round Channel Nine’s Temptation host Ed Phillips … Plus trivia broadcaster and enthusiast Richard Lyle as our adjudicator and Jamie Malcolm as score keeper.

24.2.06: Independent Schools Prefects Seminar. Speak. Topic: Leadership.

28.2.06: “Working with the Media” workshop. Media training for mental health consumers and staff hosted by the Pitane Recovery Centre and the Pioneer Club House, Balgowlah, Sydney. Julie is a Patron of the Pitane Recovery Centre.

March 2006

3.3.06: “The Great Australian Dream? Waking Up to Homelessness”. 4th National Homelessness Conference. Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney. MC panel discussion with audience participation. See AFHO Conference.

7.3.06: “Working with the Media”. Media training workshop for mental health consumers and staff hosted by the Pitane Recovery Centre and the Pioneer Club House, Balgowlah, Sydney. Facilitate workshop. Julie is a Patron of the Pitane Recovery Centre.

8.3.06 & 9.3.06: “Skills for Executive Assistants.” Julie will conduct a two day training seminar in Melbourne for Synergy Plus Training. See

10.3.06: “Women Leading in Australia Conference” Park Hyatt, Melbourne. Speak. See

10.3.06: 8th National Breast Care Nurses Conference Sydney. MC dinner. Star City Hotel. See

12.3.06: Walk Against Want 2006 40th Anniversary walk. Oxfam Community Aid Abroad fundraiser. Victoria Park, Sydney University. MC. In 2001 Julie travelled to a remote village in Papua New Guinea with Oxfam Community Aid Abroad and gave many media interviews on her return to explain the work of Oxfam with
the local people. See and
See also Fun Stuff for Alex Craig’s photos of the event.

14.3.06: SCEGGS Darlinghurst Student Plays. Judge.

23.3.06: “Time Management and Work Life Balance”. Sydney. Facilitate training workshop. See

23.3.06: “Building Bridges”. Sydney Town Hall. Fundraiser for the Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation. Julie will interview Julian Burnside QC, the human rights barrister from Melbourne as part of this event.

28.3.06: You Be The Judge. Main Auditorium, Wesley Theatre, Sydney. Hypothetical. Sentencing is the most contentious element of the criminal justice system. The complexities are often overlooked for the simplicity of an easy headline. Join ABC’s Julie McCrossin as she hosts a hypothetical with Lee Downs, Chief Superintendent of Corrective Services, the Hon. Greg James QC, broadcaster Mike Carlton,Virginia Purger, rehabilitated drug offender, Howard Brown, VOCAL Victims’ Rights and Professor Susan Hayes. See Law Society of NSW.

29.3.06: Current Affairs Panel Kerrie-Anne Show, Channel Nine. “Time to check out what has been making news with our Current Affairs Panel. Today we welcome back former leader of the NSW Opposition Kerry Chikarovski, from Madison Magazine writer David Smeidt, and journalist and media commentator Julie McCrossin.”

April 2006

6.4.06: Australasian Legal Awards, Amnesty International. Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. MC.

7.4.06: St Vincent de Paul Compeer Friends Gala Lunch, Villa D’Oro Wollongong. Speak. A lunch to raise funds for two programs in the Illawarra area which seek to support people with a mental illness and remove stigma.

10.4.06: Sydney Girls High School, Student Mentoring Support. Facilitate workshop.

11.4.06: Mornings with Kerrie-Anne. Channel Nine. “Last week on the show we featured an interview with two young authors Ryan Heath and Rebecca Huntley… Talking about the battle between the Baby Boomers, and the up and coming X and Y Generations. Well that chat sparked a fair bit of debate, and to offer up the rebuttal case for the Baby Boomers we are joined by our very own Ross Greenwood, and the lovely Julie McCrossin.”

21.4.06: Macquarie University Graduation Ceremony., Division of Economic and Financial Studies. Occasional Address. Topic: Ethics in Professional Life: Pressures and Practicalities.

26.4.06: Tom Roberts Festival. Inverell NSW. Public forum on the preservation of what really matters for future generations. Keynote address. See

27.4.06: Fred Hollows Foundation. “See the World Challenge” Public briefing. Brisbane. Speak. In 2005 Julie took the “See the World Challenge.” 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. See

May 2006

1.5.06: Corporate Tax Association of Australia. Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne. Speak.

2.5.06: Interview on Fred Hollows Foundation’s See the World Challenge 2007. 9am with David & Kim, Network Ten. See

2.5.06: Leadership and Disability Roundtable. Board Room, Minter Ellisons, Melbourne. Facilitate panel. See

3.5.06: Executive Central Group Gala Event. Sydney. MC. See

4.5.06: Consumer Issues: Mental Health for Young and Old. Consumer Activities Network, Dee Why RSL, Sydney. MC Panel discussion. Topic: How do we promote positive images in the media? (morning)

4.5.06: Fred Hollows Foundation. “See the World Challenge” Public briefing. Melbourne. Speak. (afternoon)

5.5.06: Mornings with Kerri-Anne. Channel Nine. Current Affairs Panel. “Time to tackle the news of the week with our Current Affairs panel, welcome regular panelist Julie McCrossin, Media commentator, Clive Robertson and journalist Ella James”.

5.5.06: Winmalee High School Arts Festival. Blue Montains, NSW. Launch. Speak.

10.5.06 Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home. Talk for residents.Topic: “My life-changing relationship with a Jewish family.”

10.5.06 SCEGGS Great Debate. SCEGGS Great Hall. Sydney. MC. Topic: “That men should give in graciously and let women rule the world”.

17.5.06 Principal For A Day. Sydney Technical High. Principal For A Day 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 year, on Wednesday 17 May 2006, fifty “Principals For A Day” will “shadow” the principal in a primary, special or secondary government school in metropolitan Sydney and two country regions in NSW. Principal For A Day is part of a global program, with sister programs in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Auckland. See Sydney Technical High School Newsletter.

19.5.06 NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) Launch of Child Friendly Community Campaign in 5 community languages. Cabramatta High School with Holroyd High and Marrickville High. MC panel discussion with students, parents and principals. See

19.5.06 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. Speak. Topic: Safety.

23.5.06 & 24.5.06: Skills for Executive Assistants. Synergy Plus Training. The Boathouse, Canberra. See

25.5.06: Women in Construction Awards. Sydney. MC.

26.5.06 General Practice Conference and Exhibition.Sydney Olympic Park. MC Debate. Topic: “GPs are the obvious choice to lead the primary care team … or are they?”

27.5.06: Australasian Physiotherapy Association National Congress. Great Debate. “How much should evidence dictate practice?” Sofitel, Melbourne. MC. See

30.5.06 & 31.5.06: Skills for Executive Assistants. Synergy Plus Training. Melbourne. See

June 2006

1.6.06: Australian Independent Schools. MC panel discussion with audience participation.

2.6.06: Official Launch of the Strategic Plan – Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People. South East Sydney Area Health Service. Social connectedness for older people. MC.

2.6.06: The Journalists Forum. Drive with Richard Glover, 702ABC Sydney. Paul Barry, Tim Palmer, Julie McCrossin.

5.6.06: The Forgotten Australians Conference. MC panel discussion.

6.6.06: Consumer Activity Network Mental Health INC. Parliament House, Sydney. Launch and consumer awards. MC.

7.6.06: Mornings with Kerri-Anne. Channel 9, Current Affairs Panel. “Time now to look at what is making news this week with our Current Affairs Panel, CEO of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce, Margy Osmond, Media Commentator David Hill and Journalist Julie McCrossin”.

7.6.06: Australian Business Excellence Awards 2006. Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. MC.

8.6.06: Women in Engineering Dinner. MC.

14.6.06: Alumni Lunch. University of Queensland, Social
Work and Applied Human Sciences. Brisbane, Queensland. Speak.
Topic: “Hot Debates: The Big Challenges in Human Rights”. After the amazing success of their 2003 lunch at which Julie McCrossin was the guest speaker, the Social Work & Applied Human Sciences Alumni are bringing her back to speak at a lunch on Wednesday, 14 June 2006. Best known for her roles on Good News Week, and more recently on ABC radio show ‘Life Matters’, Julie’s warmth intelligence and humour is captivating, and seats are guaranteed to sell fast. Venue details are still being finalised, but to register your interest to attend and be placed on the priority notification list, email your contact details to See

15.6.06: Stellar Inflight

19.6.06: Social Justice in the New Millennium Conference, Northern Sydney Institute TAFE. Hypothetical. MC

20.6.06: Panel Discussion on Gender and Cultural Diversity, Attorney-General’s Department, Family Relationship Centres, Old Parliament House, Canberra. MC.

26.6.06: 100 Most Influential Australians of All Time. This year The Bulletin will publish a list of the 100 most influential Australians of all time. It will identify Australians whose lives have fundamentally changed the way this society operates. We won’t place any restrictions on the fields in which they have, or still do, excel. You’ll find heroes and villains, and some surprisingly less well-known names in this colourful cast of characters. The list has been compiled with the help of an expert panel: Phillip Knightley, London-based journalist and author of Australia: A Biography of a Nation; author and broadcaster Michael Cathcart; and radio broadcaster and television personality Julie McCrossin. The person considered by our panel to be the Most Influential Australian of all time will be announced at a gala lunch at Machiavelli restaurant in Sydney on Monday, June 26. Federal Treasurer Peter Costello is the guest speaker and Bulletin lunch columnist and Sunday host Jana Wendt is MC. The full list of 100 people, complete with photos and a summary of their achievements, will be published online on Tuesday night and in a special souvenir edition of The Bulletin magazine on sale Wednesday, June 28. See

27.6.06 & 28.6.06: Skills for Executive Assistants. Synergy Plus Training. Sydney. See

July 2006

11.7.06: Family Relationship Centres and Advice Line Orientation Training. Attorney-General’s Department. Newcastle. MC panel discussion.

12.7.06: Stellar Inflight

13.7.06: Launch “Teachers who change lives” by Andrew Metcalfe and Ann Game, Melbourne University Press. Attend. See

18.7.06: 111th Anniversary of SCEGGS Darlinghurst, School Assembly. Speak. Topic: “What makes this school special: enduring friendships; passionate teachers; continuity of values.”

19.7.06: Mornings with Kerri-Anne. Channel 9. Current Affairs Panel. “It’s always good to stay informed, and that’s what we’re about to do …with our weekly panel of big thinkers. Good morning media commentator Clive Robertson, Journalist Julie McCrossin, and Radio 2GB’s director of Current Affairs Jason Morrison.”

20.7.06: Sydney Girls High School. Year 12 mentoring group and panel discussion. Topic: Preparing for the HSC trials.

26.7.06 and 27.7.06: Skills for the Exceptional Executive Assistant. The Boat House, Canberra. Trainer. See

28.7.06: Sydney Teapot Show. Inner City Clay Workers Gallery, St Johns Rd Glebe. 6.30pm launch. Information 02 9692 9717. Speak.

29.7.06: 30th Anniversary Celebration of Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre. west of Wellington, central west NSW. MC. See

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August 2006

7.8.06: NSW State Plan. Community consultation video. Presenter. Up to 2,500 members of the public are being invited on a random basis to attend 25 community forums across NSW in August and early September to be attended by the Premier, Ministers and senior public servants. The Forums will provide valuable feedback on the most important challenges and priorities in different parts of NSW. See

9.8.06: Stellar Inflight

11.8.06: Mission Australia Awards. MC.

16.8.06: Leadership and management session. International Conference of the Association of Child Welfare Agencies. MC. See

17.8.06: Adult Community Education Awards. Melbourne. MC.

18.8.06: Career Day for Girls 2006. University of Sydney Union Community Programs. Theme: “Think Outside the School, the Future Starts Today”.
Year 10 girls from local high schools. Speak. Topic: “What’s great about going to university.”

21.8.06 & 22.8.06: Building Resilience Congress: Giving every child in out of home care every chance. Melbourne. MC and panel discussion.
Auspiced by the Placement and Support Unit, Child Protection and Family Services Branch, Office for Children, the Congress is part of the implementation of the new Children, Youth and Families Act 2005. It will bring together all those involved in supporting children and young people in out of home care including carers, caseworkers, managers, Protective workers, teachers and education support staff.

The Congress will focus on the importance of building resilience in children and young people in out of home care in order to maximise their potential and ensure their wellbeing, safety and stability. The Resilience Congress will draw on the expertise of international and Australian authorities on resilience and will link research to practice in the local context. The Congress aims to inspire and encourage all those involved in supporting children and young people in out of home care. See

24.8.06: Better Practice Sydney. The Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency. Novotel Brighton Beach. MC panel.

28.8.06: Metropolitan Community Church Sydney. Dinner presentation and dicussion. Topic: “Is our sexuality sacred too?” Speakers: Karl Hand, theology student, and Julie McCrossin. See

29.8.06: 10th Birthday Celebration of the Australian Federal Police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers Network. Canberra. Guest speaker: Justice Michael Kirby, High Court of Australia. MC.

30.8.06: Local Government Association of Queensland.
110th State Conference. Toowoomba, Queensland. MC panel discussion
with audience participation.

September 2006

3.9.06: National Child Protection Week Launch. Brisbane. NAPCAN. MC. See

5.9.06: Stellar Inflight

6.9.06: Disability Employment Network Conference. Perth Convention Centre. MC. See

7.9.06: Association of Independent Schools Teacher Librarians’ Network. MLC Burwood, Sydney. Speak.

8.9.06: National Child Protection Week. Lunch. Baker and McKenzie. NAPCAN. MC panel discussion. See

13.9.06: Emotional Intelligence. The Boat House, Canberra. Trainer. See

15.9.06: Golden Jubilee Luncheon. Council on the Ageing (NSW). Sydney Town Hall. MC.

19.9.06: Sydney Girls High School, Student Mentoring Support. Facilitate workshop.

21.9.06: “The Way Forward” NSW Aboriginal Health Workers State Conference. MC.

22.9.06: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Conference. Melbourne. MC panel discussions. See

23.9.06 SCEGGS Parents and Friends Ball. MC. See

26.9.06 and 27.9.06: Skills for the Exceptional Executive Assistant. The Boat House, Canberra. Trainer. See

October 2006

3.10.06 Leadership Plus. People with disabilities, challenge and change. Theme: philanthropy. MC panel discussion.

5.10.06-6.10.06: Going Public 2006. A conference for women in the public sector and politics. Hilton on the Park. Melbourne. MC. See

7.10.06-8.10.06: 12th Pharmacy Australia Congress. Cairns, Queensland. MC panel discussions and dinner presentation. See

10.10.06: Mental Health Week Launch. Mental Health Association NSW. Martin Place, Sydney. MC.

11.10.06: Stellar Inflight

16.10.06: Learning Conference. The Kings School. Panel discussion and dinner presentation. See

18.10.06, 19.10.06 & 20.10.06: Jobs Australia National Conference. Sydney. MC. See

20.10.06: 2006 Baxter NSW Health Awards. Homebush Bay. Sydney. MC.

25.10.06: Mornings with Kerri-Anne. Channel 9. Current Affairs Panel. “Time now to look at the news of the week with our Current Affairs Panel, Radio 2UE broadcaster John Stanley, journalist Julie McCrossin and Madison Magazine features writer, David Smeidt.” See

28.10.06: Local Government and Shires Association of NSW. Leura, NSW. MC panel discussion.

29.10.06: Learning Links Case Management Carers and Parents Dinner. Club Menai, Menai. Sydney. MC and Interviews.

November 2006

8.11.06: Comedy for Cancer. Roundhouse. UNSW. 7.30pm. MC.

10.11.06: Breast Care Nurses Interest Group NSW. Presentation and discussion. Mercure Hotel, Sydney. Topic: Pathways to Hope.

13.11.06: Youth Health 2006. The 5th Australian and New Zealand Adolescent Health Conference. Community Forum, Southee Centre, Sydney Showground Olympic Park. Topic: Does the Media and Technology Make Teenagers Sick? MC. See

15.11.06: Stellar Inflight

16.11.06: Mental Health Legal Centre Inc. Melbourne Victoria. MC. See

20.11.06: Celebration for the Lifting of the Marriage Bar. Australian Public Service Commission. National Museum. Canberra. MC. See marriage.pdf.

22.11.06: “Local Issues – Doing Democracy” Western Sydney Community Forum. Parramatta. Panel discussion on “How we do democracy”. MC. See

23.11.06: ACOSS 50th Anniversary Dinner. 7.30pm-10.00pm, Sydney Town Hall. MC. See

27.11.06 & 28.11.06: Executive Assistant Training. Synergy Plus Training. The Blacket Hotel, Sydney. See

29.11.06 & 28.11.06: Mornings with Kerri-Anne. Channel 9. “Time now to look at the news of the week with our Current Affairs Panel, joining us former State Opposition leader, Kerry Chikarovski, Radio 2UE broadcaster John Stanley and journalist Julie McCrossin”.

December 2006

1.12.06: The Australian Employers’ Network on Disability. Business Breakfast. MC. See

4.12.06 & 5.12.06: Executive Assistant Training. Synergy Plus Training. The Boat House by the Lake, Russell, Canberra. See

7.12.06: Human Rights Awards. Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Sydney. MC. See

13.12.06: Stellar Inflight

24.12.06: Christmas Eve Service. Sydney Town Hall. MC Sydney for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. Speak. See