How can we take the fear away from of the court process, so that witnesses don’t become traumatised? In this episode host Adam Spencer explores the inspirational work of Julie Morrison, the Founder of Justice Dogs Australia and Victims Engagement Coordinator at the Office of Public Prosecutions in Victoria. Julie shares her journey from a science and education background to working in the criminal justice system and how her love for dogs led her to the idea of using therapy dogs to support victims in court.
Adam Spencer chats to Chris Boyle about family violence and safety. Chris is challenging Australia’s status quo in response to family violence thanks to his Churchill Fellowship. Chris saw many community-led initiatives around the world that affirmed for him what needed to be done in Australia. Where a family may be a dangerous place, networks in family and friends can be called upon to help through Chris’ invention, the StandbyU Shield which is a free small button pendant. When the button is pressed, it instantly makes a conference-call to five family or friends who can decide to intervene according to the action plans which are unique to each family.
In a candid conversation with Adam Spencer, Cavallaro reflects on the pivotal role of national opera houses, the challenges of fostering relevance in Australia’s cultural landscape, and the responsibility of performers in preserving the emotional and visceral impact of opera. She delves into her innovative initiative, Trio Cavallaro, a portable opera ensemble that traverses regional Australia, bringing the magic of operatic works to young audiences and fostering inclusivity through education, performances, and masterclasses. With a keen focus on accessibility, the ensemble works to dissolve economic barriers and ignite musical curiosity among children in remote areas, fostering a sense of camaraderie and community spirit. Cavallaro’s unwavering dedication not only bridges the gap between diverse communities and the world of classical music but also redefines the role of performers as stewards of cultural legacy.