Julie McCrossin


These days I feel like my vocation in life is to help people listen deeply to each other and then pause and think before making a judgment. My totems are the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo with its eerie, mournful wail and the Sulpher Crested Cockatoo with its raucous, anarchic screech that makes me laugh. My life and work are a mixture of both.

Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin gets people talking. After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio, ABC TV and Network 10, she is now a freelance journalist, facilitator, trainer and speaker. Julie is renowned across Australia for her warmth, humour, intelligence and commitment to social justice. Julie has qualifications in the arts, law and education. Yet her most valuable skills are her capacity for listening, empathy and playful fun. In her work, Julie asks questions and really listen to the answers. Her professional and voluntary work predominantly involves very sensitive and complex subjects, like suicide prevention, child protection, family law, palliative care and mental health. People initially think it must all be so grim, but Julie finds that gentle fun is as important as the serious reflection. Her background in comedy and children’s theatre helps her unleash the joy in others and encourage them to have a voice.  

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

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