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Each year, the Genazzano FCJ College Council makes an award to an Outstanding Alumna, recognising the contributions of a very special past student who had the courage and confidence to go out into the world to really make a difference. This past student has demonstrated a love of learning, and through service to others, is an inspiring role model for young women.
Julia graduated from Genazzano in 1969 and completed an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne and later studied Italian at Perugia University. Always a talented writer, with a strong creative bent, she has become one of the most recognised and successful magazine editors in Australia. She has been the longstanding and much loved and respected Editor of Better Homes and Gardens for nearly 40 years with previous stints as Editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly, Family Circle, and New Woman .
Julia held her current position as editor of Better Homes and Gardens, non-consecutively from 1982 to 1995. Under her direction the magazine experienced enormous prosperity and cemented its position as Australia’s number one homemaker magazine. Since re-joining Better Homes and Gardens in 2001 as editor, the magazine has experienced record sales, now as Australia’s largest seller, with the country’s largest readership. Julia was also instrumental in the extension of the brand into television. She embraced the innovation and guided the magazine into a triumphant multi-media relationship with Network 7, which 22 years on remains one of the most successful magazine TV programs in the world.
Her industry peers have bestowed many accolades on her. Julia gained a Lifetime Achievement Award at B&T’s Women In Media Awards 2017, having already been inducted into the Australian Magazine Awards Hall of Fame in 2013.
Dr Sarah McNab was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Alumna Award for her dedication and commitment in the pursuit of her medical career and her contribution to the paediatric field.
The recipients in previous years have received the award for their contributions as detailed below:
1995: Dr Suzanne Crowe (1967) Medical Research
1996: Dr Patricia Desmond (1974) Medicine
1997: Miss Catherine Santamaria (1962) Public Service and Public Policy
1998: Dr Jane Connor (Posthumous Award) (1986) Medicine
1999: Ms Gabrielle Trainor (1973) Governance and Communications
2000: Ms Margaret Easterbrook (1981) Journalism
2001: Sr Barbara Brown-Graham FCJ (1963) Education and the FCJ Society
2002: Ms Jacinta Heffey (1965) Law
2003: Dr Brenda Niall AO (1948) Literature
2004: Professor Marie Emmitt (1963) Education
2005: Miss Julie Chamberlin (1952) Education
2006: Ms Angela Cannon (1982) Law
2007: Ms Melinda Crean (1986) Music and the Arts
2008: Mrs Kerry Stone (1965) Social Action
2009: Ms Sally Isaac (Posthumous Award) (1990) Local Government
2010: Dr Anita Clarke (1982) Medicine
2011: Dr Judith Paphazy (1958) Psychology
2012: Mrs Fiona Scanlan (1978) Fashion Design
2013: Dr Bernadette Tobin (1963) Bioethics
2014: Sr Maryrose Dennehy fcJ (1949) Education and the FCJ Society
2014: Chloe McCardel (2002) Marathon Swimming and charity work
2015: Janet DeNeefe (1976) Contribution to the Indonesian Community and Tourism
2016: Jane Kennedy (1982) Media, Film and Television
2017: Dr Sarah McNab (1995) Medicine