Julianne has worked extensively in both Melbourne and in the Riverina as a Social Worker and Nurse for the past 35 years. She is now an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Research Fellow with Charles Sturt University for the Listen Acknowledge Respond Project. She also holds a casual lecturing and supervisory position with both CSU and UNE, and is working towards completing her PhD.
Some of Julianne’s roles in the health sector, both public and private have been in chronic disease management; policy design and implementation; action research initiatives with a focus on palliative and end of life care, lecturing and supervision of Social Work students. Since starting the Foundation, Amaranth has been successful in obtaining many Commonwealth, State and Philanthropic grants and funding to continue researching and promoting models of care addressing the psychosocial and psychological needs in End of Life and Palliative Care. Julianne provided evidence to the Senate Inquiry into Palliative Care in Australia and the work of the Foundation is referenced in the final Senate document.
Julianne is passionate about the way health care professionals (HCP) respond to the psychological needs of people living with an advanced chronic illness, who may be living their last year (or 400 days) of life and the concerns of their family member, loved ones and care givers.