Julie Cox | Telethon Speech & Hearing
International Women's Day 2020

International Women’s Day Feature: Julie Cox’s Contributions to the Disability Community

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality.

The IWD 2020 campaign theme is drawn from a notion of ‘Collective Individualism’:

We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world. We can all choose to be #EachforEqual.

With a majority of our staff being female, Telethon Speech & Hearing is proud to help bring light on this important occasion and draw attention to a number of International Women’s Day MISSIONS including celebrating women’s achievements, and working to forge more positive action towards #EachforEqual and #EachforEquity.

This week Telethon Speech & Hearing will highlight a number of incredible women in our organisation who bring compassion, wisdom and strength to their roles and make our centre such a delightful place for our families and children.


Julie Cox Librarian International Womens Day

Today’s highlighted staff member is our passionate Librarian, Julie Cox:

  • About my role at TSH
    Julie: I’ve been the centre’s librarian for over 12 years! I look after all the resources for TSH and love watching your child’s face when we read books together.


  • Something I’m looking forward to this year is…
    J: Reading every children’s book that I catalogue on our shelves and finding additional ways to use these titles – our Speech Pathologists and Auditory Verbal Specialists need to find books quickly that supports their roles (e.g. finding books with conjunctions, pronouns or books that concentrate on particular sounds).I’m also looking forward to making more props to help tell the stories also extends the life of the book and your children will love them even more because it’s FUN!


  • What aspect of your role at TSH are you most passionate about?
    J: I’m passionate about many things, however, passing my knowledge onto teachers/specialists/parents and most of all our children is a real highlight for me. Recognising good books, what works and what doesn’t. Helping a child speak! Most of all giving our children the “Library Experience” and a LOVE of books 😍📚


  • What’s a hidden part of the library that not many parents would know about?
    J: TSH’s library is open to all children and families. It is a fantastic resource for those seeking books for their children to practice their reading skills, or parents looking for more information about their child’s development.The blanks questions are designed for parents to read a book together with their child (try reading the same title a few times a week for your child to practice). They are designed to help you ask appropriate questions to help with your child’s comprehension and follow your child’s lead. Full instructions are given and they are a great way for parents to feel a part in their child’s language journey.


  • My favourite sound is…
    J: I love the sound of the waves (when I can hear them!) I also love the words “See you later, Alligator”, “Chop Chop Lollypop!“, and “Out the door, dinosaurs!” – the Talkabout 5 children know why!


  • My thoughts on International Women’s Day and the #EachforEqual theme…
    J: I’ve been fighting and pursuing this issue all my LIFE! I thought we would have it right by now but I think there is so much more needed to level the playing field (at home, work and play). Others tell me that the gap is closing… but for me, it’s not fast enough!


Continue to visit our website from March 8-13 for more amazing stories and insights from women at Telethon Speech & Hearing. Visit the International Women’s Day website for more information about how you can help forge a gender equal world. #IWD2020 #EachforEqual #EachforEquity