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Building Connected Cultures


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Conversations are essential to Building Connected Cultures. Julie partners with the whole organisation to raise awareness,  grow and strengthen capabilities, and build and sustain the capacity of individuals, teams, and leaders - establishing an environment that supports choice, flexibility, and high performance. 

With experience in tough roles in insanely competitive industries, and having her own mental health challenges, Julie knows that the deadlines never stop, and that workplaces can impact on mood, relationships, trust, and productivity.

Julie works with all sizes of businesses, across all industries, getting the whole organisation on board, starting conversations that create connectedness, engagement, and has people turning up, owning their choices.

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Julie is an accredited Principal Master Instructor for Mental Health First Aid with a workplace focus. Having conducted more than 80 MHFA sessions since 2018,  Julie has trained more than 740 people from local, national, private, and government organisations; supporting their efforts to grow the capabilities of individuals and leaders by teaching them to SEE how they can be more supportive.

As a Business Woman, with extensive experience in leadership roles, Julie can help you embed peer support and leadership engagement within your organisation, supporting your efforts to look after your people and create a Connected Culture. 

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More about Julie

Professional Credentials

Education & Accreditations

  • Bachelor of Commerce

  • Executive Master of Business Administration

  • Diploma of Personal Care Sciences

  • Certified Supply Chain Professional

  • Accredited Principle Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor

  • Member International Coaching Federation
    Certificate IV Life Coaching (ongoing) - (Competency Recognised and Insured)

  • Accredited Strengths Profile facilitator 

  • Accredited Resilience at Work facilitator 

  • Accredited DISC & Motivators Profile facilitator

  • Credentialed: Science and Practice of Wellbeing - Mental Health Academy

Professional Skills

  • Business awareness: understands the big picture and the implications of all actions. Customises all services to fit the client and organisation. Backed up with an Executive Masters Business Administration.

  • Client-centric: prioritises client needs and recognises constraints. Delivers on promises.

  • Adaptable: highly adaptive to any new environment and can pick up and assimilate relevant information quickly and easily.

  • Excellent communications skills as a facilitator and coach, with a heightened sense of the importance of language.

  • Interpersonal effectiveness: able to influence the views and behaviour of others, which is especially effective for advocacy and reducing the stigma of mental health within organisations.

Acknowledgements & Awards

Mental Health First Aid Instructor Accreditations

  • Principal Master Trainer (2022) (Over 75 training events)

  • Standard MHFA

  • Standard MHFA Refresher Course

  • MHFA: Engaging Leaders

  • Blended Online MHFA Workplace

  • Blended MHFA in the Workplace

  • MHFA for Gambling Problems

  • MHFA for the Suicidal Person

  • Mental Health First Aid for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

  • Blended Online MHFA Community

  • MHFA for Financial Services Professionals

Panellist and Presenter Events

  • Resource Training Council Conference 2022: Opening Keynote Speaker - Getting the conversation started: "What motivates someone to move from competency to Proficiency?"

  • AIHS: SAFEfest: A festival of safety ideas 2020 - Panelist - Panel Discussion: Resilient Societies, Organisations and People

  • Business Continuity Support Group: Conversations with Caroline Lovett 2020 - "Turning Up, Ready to Serve."

  • AIHS: National Health & Safety Conference 2020 - Round Table Discussion Lead: “Mental Heath – where the obligation lies.”

  • IABC APAC & India: Roundtable discussion: The Impact of the Pandemic: Managing stress, burnout and business disruption.


  • IABC: International Association of Business Communicators: Golden Quill Award of Excellence 2021 - Publication: Mental Health & Wellbeing: A Guide Through The Noise For Communication Professionals - with Sia Papageorgiou of CSCE. (Link to the document here)

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MHFA Workshop

Confronting. Insightful. Engaging. Invaluable. Emotional. Practical. Uncomfortable. There were a lot of words to describe the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) workshop I joined this time last week. We can never know the 'right' things to say or do at any given moment, but if we can be given a toolkit to know what to look out for when interacting with others, we can be that little bit better off. I feel that little more confident knowing when to step in to offer support, and direct to professional services, like our EAP, if need be. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, and those few days made me reflect on previous interactions with friends, colleagues, room mates, etc. And boy did I learn how to be better next time! Huge shoutout to our #MHFA workshop facilitator, the amaaazing Julie Gillespie BCom eMBA MHFA (who I've aptly nicknamed Brissy's Brene Brown) 👏 Thank you!! I would highly encourage anyone who is interested to take a look at the upcoming workshops in your area in the link below. Just like St John's first aid, this MHFA can equip you with the knowledge to potentially save someone's life. PS. get ready to sit in discomfort, because without it, there is no room to grow. #mentalhealthfirstaid #MHFA #contractorcare #giveadamn

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