• The University of Western Australia (M315), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M364), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Julie Loveny has more than 30 years' experience as an educator, facilitator, mediator, counsellor and social worker specialising in mental health and working with individuals and families.

As a lecturer, Julie brings real-life knowledge from working in a variety of government and community organisations, as well as the mining and business sectors. 

As a co-founder and director of This Working Life, founded to improve mental health in the workplace, Julie offers consultancy services to organisations to support their employees  and develop leadership capabilities.

Current projects she is working on include the ‘Thrive@Work’ initiative with the Future of Work Institute at Curtin Business School, a cross-discipline research study into the impact of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) work arrangements and mental health, a Mental Health Directory for workplaces and the State Suicide Prevention Plan for the WA Mental Health Commission.

Recent other work has included the development of Workplace Mental Health Standards on behalf of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention, investigations of consumer complaints on behalf of the WA Mental Health Commission, independent evaluations and accreditation of community mental health organisations, and providing EAP trauma support and consultancy services to organisations and workplaces.

In 2016, Julie trained with Dr Brené Brown, who is a Professor of Social Work at Houston University, researcher and best-selling author. As a certified facilitator of Dr Brown’s programs, the Daring Way™ and Dare to Lead™, Julie is delivering these workshops across the School of Allied Health to staff and students at UWA. 



Teaching overview

In 2017, Julie joined the Division of Social Work and Social Policy in a part time role as Director of Field Education. In 2019, she moved into a teaching postion and has been responsible for re-developing Units and intitiating a flipped classroom approach. 

She is passionate about new and innovative ways of teaching and learning and devloping the graduate attributes needed to be succesful in a social work career. Julie's teaching approach very much embraces, Brené Brown's view that what you know matters but who you are matters more. Self awareness and the skills to lead self and others are essential to thrive at work and in life.

Delivering workshops to build courage, coneection and resilience and improve the student experience across the School of Allied Health have been introduced by Julie and all SAH staff will be Dare to Lead™ trained by mid 2021. Some cross dicipline research intiatives have been established to investigate impact and track the pathway of integration as this whole of school approach progresses.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Counselling, Post Graduate Diploma Counselling Studies, University of Plymouth

1991 → …

Social Work and Social Policy, BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration and CQSW, University of Plymouth

1987 → …

External positions

Co- Director, This Working Life

2009 → …

Industry keywords

  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Children and Young People
  • Ageing
  • Disability
  • Education
  • Health
  • Mining and Resources
  • Not for Profit


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