Judy’s History

Career Summary

Judy has been a counsellor for more than 20 years, specialising in grief and loss.  She has extensive experience in developing and delivering a range of seminars and training workshops for staff and volunteers in hospitals, community settings, aged care facilities, and hospices throughout Australia and Europe.  

Judy studied Jungian Therapy under Patrick Jansen and trained with Mal and Di McKissock and Dr Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.  She has studied Buddhism for more than 25 years.


Judy is inspired to offer practical ways to benefit and support those facing life threatening illness or death, their families and care givers.  In her seminars and workshops she brings together Buddhist wisdom and insights to improve end-of-life care – exploring universal spiritual principles that resonate with people of any faith or none.

Program profile

Judy is an experienced seminar facilitator. Her personal style is inspiring, humorous, straightforward and sensitive. She offers the gift of extra-ordinary ordinariness. 


Jungian psychotherapy and Sand Play with Patrick Jansen

Grief and Loss Training with Mal and Di McKissock 

Communication Skills 

Transpersonal Psychology with Stanislav Grof

Work Overview

Psychotherapist and counsellor; 1985 to present

Coordinator, ACON; 1989 – 1992

Tour Operator; 1995 to present

Spiritual Care Educator; 1996 to present

Trainer/Educator in grief and loss, death and dying; 1996 to present

Seminar History

For more than 30 years, Judy has been holding seminars and workshops for various groups in the community including doctors, nurses, aged care and palliative care staff, people with life limiting illness, Buddhist practitioners and the general public.

In addition to the above, Judy has also delivered hospice volunteer training and staff development workshops.

The following table provides a summary of Judy’s breadth of experience.

Seminar Delivered For

Facing Death – Embracing Life

















Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, Staff Training1995 Pastoral Care Workers, people with life threatening Illness and family
Mater Hospital, Newcastle Staff training
Canberra Public seminar for Palliative Care Week
Rigpa Centre, Amsterdam Health professionals and the general public
Rigpa Centre, Munich
Rigpa Centre, Cologne
Rigpa Centre, Melbourne
Rigpa Centre, Newcastle
Privately organised groups:

Lismore, Bangalow, Byron Bay, The Channon, Gold Coast, Noosa Heads, Adelaide, Melbourne, Kyogle, Kangaroo Valley, Bellingen,

Stanwell Park, Sydney


General public






Opening the Heart to Loss and Grief






Rigpa Centre, Zurich Switzerland The general public and health professionals
Cork, Ireland Health professionals and the bereaved
Byron Bay Aged Care Facility


Staff training


Volunteer Training –

Team Building











Weekend Retreat for Volunteers, Cancer Care and St Vincent’s Hospital, Lismore
Amitayus Hospice Service, Mullumbimby
Mullumbimby, NSW

1998 – 2001

St Vincent’s Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, Lismore, NSW
Tweed Murwillumbah Palliative Care Service
Community Visitors Project, Lismore
Family Support Network, Lismore
Carers Circle, Kyogle
Silent Visitors, Bellingen


Healing and Preventing Burnout





Brisbane Mostly workers in local NGOs
Canberra Hospice Palliative care and aged care workers
National Association of Loss and Grief, Adelaide


Health professionals and the general public


Spiritual Preparation for Death








Rigpa Centre, Canberra Buddhists and health care professionals
Community Palliative Care, East Maitland Staff training
Yoga group retreat, Blue Mountains Yoga group
Dublin, Ireland Health professionals and the general public



Mostly health professionals and social workers, and the general public


Spiritual Needs of the Elderly







Kapara Aged Care Facility, Adelaide Staff and volunteers
Rigpa Centre, London Older people, Buddhists and health professionals
Aged Services, Wahroonga Shire Council Older people, several couples and aged care workers
Aged Care Facility, Newcastle


Staff training


Integrating Spiritual Care and Caregiving





Sydney Mixed group of hospital, social workers and counsellors
Hastings, New Zealand Hospice staff and aged care workers

Speaking Engagements

In addition to seminars and workshops, Judy has delivered keynote addresses, has participated in panel discussions and has given many public talks.

Public talks







Palliative Care Association, NSW at Sacred Heart Hospice, Sydney Staff
Northern Rivers Health Department 2001 Oncology and Palliative Care Staff
Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney Pain Management Clinic Staff
Ireland: Waterford, Athlone and Bantry Mixture of health professionals and the general public
Panel guest



Invited to join a discussion panel following the showing of an Australian movie called ‘Look Both Ways’. This box office success dealt with themes of grief, loss, death and dying.
Keynote speaker


“Meetings with Remarkable Women” – Women’s Spirituality Conference, Tyalgum Tops Murwillumbah NSW 1998


Judy also led a five day retreat for people living with life threatening illness.  This retreat was held at the Dzogchen Beara Retreat and Conference Centre, in County Cork, Ireland.

Study Groups and Staff Supervision

Judy has also worked with health professionals in the following ways:

  • Individual staff supervision for health professionals
  • Study group facilitation – sixteen modules for health professionals and hospice volunteers


Judy has written and published a small booklet: “Practical Instructions for a Buddhist Funeral”.  This provides instructions to assist people in arranging a loved one’s funeral. It provides practical ideas and information, and some simple Buddhist prayers.