Julia Hales

Dec 082017

Part of my work for the Mixed Reality project was to get all of the artists together at the Underground Studio at the State Theatre Centre of WA to work on their presentations to get ready for showing their work on the big screen to family and friends and the DADAA team.






To be working with the artists has been amazing. I get to help them on goal setting maps and to put it in their presentations. I am so proud of them all doing amazing work of making their work with more support.


Aug 012017

Today Finn and I edited the Wikipedia page of the character Gina Austin from Home and Away.

In the storyline section it spoke about Ruby Leeds, played by Tracie Sammut, who was Gina’s son Brendan’s girlfriend. Ruby has Down syndrome and the page referred to her as “a sufferer of Down Syndrome”. We changed the line over to say “a woman who has Down syndrome”.

People who have Down syndrome aren’t “sufferers”. Down syndrome is a part of them.

I want the pages about my favourite TV show Home and Away to be better – to use the right words to describe people who have Down syndrome.

I also think Home and Away is ready to have a recurring character with Down syndrome – me!

Jun 022017

  Review of Julia Hales’ goal setting workshops for MIXED REALITY Project– May 24, 25, 26, 2017

What worked

  • Showing example of goal setting

Julia Hales’ Goal Setting Chart – Example

  • Experience shared about how I got started and SYNC Leadership program

What didn’t work

  • Hard to explain things – like how to start those points/stepping stones
    • Going back to my own experience


What I could have done better

  • Tried to explain more
  • Helping a bit more
  • Find out about peoples’ support needs before workshops
  • Meet their support needs

What changes would I make

  • Eye contact – learn presentation or speak off top of head.
  • Visual presentation with examples
  • Visual goal setting model

Sarah Pollard’s Goal Setting Chart

Julia Hales, June 2, 2017

Jun 022017

May the 2nd I found out from the Australia Council  for the Arts that I have got the grant money  for my FINDING LOVE project!

I am working with Finn O’Branagain from July 17 to develop the script for the play which will show next year.

On May 19 I interviewed three people: Justin, Daisy and Greg all from WA.

On May 26 I interviewed another three people: Verity (WA) and Josh and Lorcen (SA).

Julia Hales and Verity Cope

These six interviews with another three I did in 2016 will contribute a lot to the creative development process.

Julia Hales, June 2 2017