Department of Family and Community Services

First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award

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Julie Anne Mitchell

Julie Anne Mitchell’s public health journey began when she took a two-week job in London looking after a two year-old boy while his mother went to hospital for suspected appendicitis. Six months later Julie Anne was still caring for the boy, while his mother was in the palliative stage of ovarian cancer at 32 years of age. This left Julie Anne with a passion to do more.

Since then Julie Anne has built a career in improving public health. Among her notable involvements are the national cervical screening program and Breastscreen, the introduction of smoke-free pubs and clubs in NSW and achieving mandatory kilojoule labelling in NSW fast food outlets that has since become a precedent for the country.

Julie Anne says her greatest achievement however has been in the strategic development of a national women and heart disease program called Go Red for Women. Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australian women killing three times more women than breast cancer. When she started out, just two in ten people were aware of this fact. In the space of five years she led a team that doubled this figure to four in ten.

Julie Anne has worked both in Government and in the Not for Profit sector and is a graduate of La Trobe, Deakin and Sydney University. Currently the NSW Director of Cardiovascular Health programs, Julie Anne oversees a range of programs covering nutrition, physical activity, tobacco control and clinical management of disease.

Her commitment to gender equity in health, research and the workforce sees her represent Australia internationally as the Heart Foundation’s national spokesperson on women and heart disease.

Norma Ingram

Norma Ingram is a Wiradjuri woman born in Cowra, NSW. She has lived most of her life in inner-city Redfern.

With a life-long passion for education and Aboriginal politics, Norma has been part of the Aboriginal political movement since the Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs in the 1960s. A natural networker, Norma uses any occasion to share her culture with others and educate non-Aboriginal people about its importance in today’s society.

The first Aboriginal person to graduate from Harvard University attaining a Master’s Degree in Education, Norma continues to update her qualifications. She believes that education and healthy lifestyle is key for Aboriginal people and Norma has developed programs that focus on helping provide this for Aboriginal women. These programs are used in Aboriginal communities as well as in TAFE.

Norma has a rich and varied resume: she has been CEO of both the Metropolitan Local and the State Aboriginal Land Councils; she managed projects with NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and has run training programs at QANTAS, TAFE and the University of Technology, Sydney.

Norma has also shared her expertise sitting on numerous committees and boards of Aboriginal organisations. Her role as Chairperson of the Wyanga Aboriginal Elders Program continues to remind her that Aboriginal stories are essential to the continuation of Aboriginal culture and must be passed on to the younger generation.