Vale Robin: Meeting Robin Williams   Vale Robin By Julie Boyd ·  2 min read · From 500 Words: Right here, Right now Over the Golden Gate bridge if you turn right and follow your nose, you’ll end up in Sausalito, a beautiful artistic enclave on the edge of San Francisco Bay, The home, at the time, of my friend and work colleague, Jeanne. […]

Sabine’s Choice: When a Young Mum Dies to Save Her Baby Sabine’s choice By Julie Boyd ·  2 min read · From 500 Words: How We Met “I have to make a choice, the tumour or the baby, that’s what he said.” My friend Sabine had just seen her doctor to confirm her pregnancy. Her overwhelming joy completely destroyed the next moment by his cold pronouncement. She also had an […]

The Letter: When Suicide Takes Someone You Know   The Letter By Julie Boyd ·  2 min read · From 500 Words: The Kindness of Strangers It was a Monday. I don’t usually bother collecting my mail until Thursday or Friday as the only snail mail that arrives these days are bills. I don’t know what compelled me that day. One letter fell out of the pile. […]

The Kindness of Strangers: My Dog His Loss   My dog, his loss. By Julie Boyd ·  2 min read · From 500 Words: The Kindness of Strangers The man didn’t have an old face. His hair wasn’t grey, but his eyes were as desolate as the Dead Sea. He was sitting alone on a park bench outside the local village shop, staring straight ahead. Directly in […]

It’s not just the Catholic Church. But here’s why I left it- at 10 years old.

I left the Catholic Church, in my head, when I was 10 years old in my first year at a Catholic Boarding School. The day I was ‘confirmed’ by a bloke we knew was abusing kids at our boarding school, I refused to ‘kiss his ring’. That was the day I confirmed my ‘loss of […]

Tackling Domestic Violence from the Inside

By Julie Boyd (C) When working as a psychologist there were two cases which had a more profound impact that the hundreds of others I was involved with at the time. The first was a teenage girl who was pregnant. She was referred by a teacher who was concerned about her. At the time mandatory […]

Summary of TED talks 2014

Summary of TED Talks 2014  


By Julie Boyd March 26, 2012 for The Hoopla At The Hoopla we recently ran a story on the record numbers of older, homeless women in Australia. The response was tremendous and heartfelt. You asked for more on this vital topic of women and poverty. We hear you. No more mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters or daughters […]


By The Hoopla and Julie Boyd January 30, 2012  The “tiger mother” approach to raising children is a failure, according to a new US study.   Fierce tiger mother Amy Chua with daughters Louisa and Sophia. You may recall that last year Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother advocated an Eastern view of […]


By Julie Boyd March 13, 2012 Published by The Hoopla   The return of Bob Carr to the political sphere has been much heralded, as he will reportedly bring ‘wisdom’ and ‘gravitas’ due to his age and experience. Despite our woman Prime Minister and Governor General, unfortunately the same qualities are not recognised in most […]