Starting her career as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Julie became involved in swim teacher education in 1989. Hills Swimming in North West Sydney is the second school she has owned and operated with her husband Deny. The first was in their home town of Griffith, NSW. Julie is most well known for her work educating Early Years Swim Teachers.
- The inaugural “Meritorious Service to the Teaching of Swimming: Award, ASCTA 1995.
- Inducted into the Australian Swim School Hall of Fame for Contribution to Swimming Education in Australia, 2016.
- The Virginia Hunt Newman International Award for Services to Early Aquatic Education, International Swimming Hall of Fame, Florida, 2017.
- Most Outstanding Contribution to AUSTSWIM NSW, 2019.