About Us

About the Life Institute of Family Education and its Presenters

LIFE was founded by Dr Julie Rosengren to provide parents, teachers and carers in the workplace and community with learning and support in the psychology of cultivating healthy family relationships and raising emotionally healthy children.

LIFE has been delivering parenting, caring and working programs to corporate, community and educational forums since 1999 and consulting on family issues since 1994.

LIFE's consultants have developed and conducted a wide range of innovative educational programs for corporates, governments and the general public for two decades in Australasia and Europe.

Sydney and Melbourne Based

Dr Julie Rosengren

Dr Julie Rosengren

Dr Julie Rosengren is Founder and Managing Director of LIFE. She is a Transition Specialist with 20 years' experience in researching, writing, training, consulting, coaching and counselling. She has worked across a range of industries including financial services, banking, law, construction, education (including schools), engineering ,mining, retail, health, government, recruitment and many more. She is the mother of three children, and is from a family of 11. She also speaks Thai and some Chinese and Japanese, and has had extensive experience working in Asia. Julie developed the 'parenting', 'caring' and 'working' seminars based on her doctoral research in emotional intelligence, her experience as a mother and aunt to over 45 nephews and nieces, and her love for children’s stories, activities and play. Julie also sees clients for one on one coaching and counselling sessions for work and family issues.

Professional Qualifications:
BA (Sydney), G. Dip. Education (Murdoch), MSc. Management (Oxford), Ed. D (Murdoch)

朱莉·罗森格伦博士( Dr. JulieRosengren)
是家庭教育研究中心(以下简称LIFE)的董事总经理。朱莉博士在1995年创办了LIFE, 创办的主旨是为了给所有的家庭带来希望。LIFE提供咨询,培训,为个人和员工辅导家庭和工作的关系,特别是在个人发展(包括育儿,照顾老年人,应变能力,跨文化的理解);组织变化(态度和行为的改变,灵活性);职业发展(简历,职业辅导,选课,规划,职业介绍)和健康(女性健康,男性健康,健康的家庭生活)等众多领域。   
朱莉博士曾与家庭,学校,运动队,社区和包括金融服务,银行,法律,建筑,工程,矿业,零售,医疗,政府,招聘等行业工作。她来自有一个共有11个孩子的家庭,自己也已是三个十几岁孩子的母亲。很多年前,作为交换生,她在泰国生活过并可以说泰语,并通过学习和工作的机会学习到一些中文和日文。朱莉有着丰富的在亚洲工作的经验。基于她对文化的热情,通过大量的研究,并有着和其他不同文化背景的人一起工作的经验,在此基础上,她开创了让中国家庭了解澳大利亚文化的课程。此外,朱莉也帮助客户进行一对一的辅导及对工作和家庭提供辅导课程。
专业资格 文学学士(悉尼);教育学研究生(莫道克大学);管理学硕士(牛津大学);教育学博士(莫道克大学)


Joanna_RyanJoanna Ryan (Yi Jiao)

Joanna was born and raised in Beijing, China. After completing a Bachelor of Science in her hometown, she travlled to Melbourne Australia to undertake her Masters in Environmental Engineering at RMIT. Meanwhile she met and married an Australian man and returned to Beijing. Whilst in Beijing, she worked at the China Mettalurgical Group Corporation, a state-owned engineering company. After a couple of years, she accepted a position in the Bay Environmental Technology Corporation and worked as a PA and Marketing Manager to the CEO. Her strong cross cultural skills were utlised extensively in bringing advanced technology from US engineering firms inot the Chinese market. In addition, she assited academics and legal professionals from top American Universities with interpretation and cross cultural relations during meetings and presentations. She has been instrumental in helping some of China's top petroleum companies conduct successful negotiations with their American counterparts. Joanna is able to traverse the cultural divide that often stymies communication between two of the world's great cultures and provides unique insights into business and cultural life in China and Australia.

Professional Qualifications:

BSc. (Beijing), MSc. Engineering (RMIT)

焦燚出生并成长于中国北京。在北京获得环境科学学士学位后,她前往澳大利亚墨尔本皇家理工大学进修环境工程硕士学位。同时,她遇见并嫁给了一名澳大利亚男子,并和他一起回到北京工作了五年。她曾任职于央企中冶集团,之后她接受了海湾环境科技有限公司的邀请,担任总经理助理和市场部经理的职位。她强大的跨文化技能被广泛地使用,把美国先进的工程技术引进中国市场。此外,她协助来自美国顶尖大学的教授和美国顶级律师事务所的律师来华交流,并在会议和演示时担任口译的工作, 她参与了中国石油公司与美国公司谈判的过程。焦燚能够充分了解两个世界上最伟大的文化之间的差异,对中国和澳大利亚的商业和文化生活提供独特的见解。 专业资格 理科学士(北京);工程学硕士(墨尔本皇家理工大学)


Rebekka Tuqiri


Sydney and Brisbane based

Rebekka Tuqiri

Rebekka Tuqiri is a Registered Psychologist working in private practice and at the Health Psychology Unit at the Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW. She works with adolescents and adults and runs cognitive behaviour therapy groups focusing on stress, anxiety, depression, anger, and self-esteem. She is a mother and given this new role has now turned her interest to supporting parents in the challenges of parenthood.

Professional Qualifications:
Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) (QUT)


Donna Pettigrew

Donna Pettigrew is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience. Whilst working in a variety of medical fields, her specialties are geriatrics, cardiothoracic (medical and surgery), cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion. Donna's passion is for people to age well, with choice and respect. For the past 4 years she has managed a large aged care facility in Chatswood, Sydney. Donna is married to Andrew, and they have four children. Her work and large extended family, has provided her with vast health and relationships experience.

Professional Qualifications:
Registered Nurse (QLD, NSW) Cert. C.T.

Tracy Tresidder

Tracy Tresidder is a professionally certified executive, family and life coach with the International Coach Federation. Australasia and was named the 2009 NSW ICF Coach of the Year. She is also anauthor, lecturer, trainer and facilitator in the areas of Workplace Learning, Leadership Training, Event Management, Health Education and Life Skills. She has a wealth of knowledge and communicative skills acquired through her background in teaching Physical Education, Health and Personal Development to both adults and childrenacross the public and private sectors. Tracy is also the mother of two young adult boys. Her doctoral thesis is on the positive changes that occur in parent/teen relationships due to participants’ engagement in a parent coaching program.

Professional Qualifications:

B.Ed (Wollongong) M.Ed (Syd Uni) Prof.Dev Cert in Coaching Practice (Syd. Uni)


Sue Saxon

Sue Saxon

Sue Saxon is an artist, art educator and curator. She has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas and been the recipient of scholarhips and residencies in New York, Paris and Budapest. Sue brings a wealth of knowledge and experise in art making, art history and programming to the LIFE team, developed in roles including Visual Arts Co-ordinator for Sydney Festival and across Youth and Public programming in the Education Department of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Professional Qualifications:
Bachelor or Art Education (COFA, UNSW); Graduate Diploma of Visual Studies, Painting major (COFA, UNSW) Masters of Visual Arts (Current at Sydney Univeristy)


Nadine Helmi

Nadine Helmi

Nadine Helmi is a playwright and theatre director specialising on shows for children and young people. A graduate of the University of Heidelberg she worked as a theatre director in Germany before following her partner to Australia, where she founded The Surf ’n’ Theatre Company for Young People. She firmly believes that life theatre is the most effective and pleasurable medium to help children understand their place in the world and deal with important issues at the heart of our complex modern environment.

Her plays have been professionally produced in Germany and Australia, where her theatre company has become a resident at the Seymour Centre. Her extensive body of work include the hugely popular Time Traveller series commissioned by the Historic Houses Trust. She has a 12 year old son, who has been an invaluable source for her writing.

Professional qualifications:
MA German and Roman Literature and Language /University of Heidelberg/Germany



Peter OBrien

Peter O’Brien

Peter is a registered psychologist with over 10 years relevant psychological experience in Australia and overseas. He has developed expertise from various professional settings including organisational psychology, the New South Wales Courts, and occupational rehabilitation. He has further refined his therapeutic techniques in three specialist clinics which were psychiatric, trauma, and is now pain. Peter also has expertise in training and development traveling both regionally and Eastern states. He understands the importance of individual workplaces have different need requirements and can deliver accordingly.

Qualifications:
B. Soc. Sci (Psych), Post Grad Dip (Psych), Dip Psych Prac.


Adelaide based

Rita Princi

Rita Princi

Rita Princi is a Registered Psychologist working in a private practice in North Adelaide, SA. She works with children, adolescents and adults individually, as well as running self-esteem groups for children and parents, and parenting programs for ante-natal and post-natal groups. She conducts workshops on children’s issues for teacher and parent groups, provides counselling as part of Employee Assistance Programs and intellectual, academic and career guidance assessments. Rita is the mother of two adult sons.

Professional Qualifications:
B Psych Hons (Flinders), M Psych Clin (Flinders)


Brisbane based


Diane Neve

Diane Neve

Diane Neve is a Registered Organisational Psychologist who has specialised in the area of Training and Development for over 20 years. Diane has two daughters and her experiences as a mum have helped her consolidate and transform the psychological theory she has worked with into a clear understanding of the challenges that parents face in day to day life.

Professional Qualifications:
BA hons (UQ), GDip (USQ)


Melbourne based

Annette Mutimer

Annette Mutimer

Annette Mutimer is a Registered Psychologist working in private practice in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. She specialises in working with children and adolescents and visits schools regularly to assist with behaviour management. Annette’s PhD thesis is looking at resilience and young children. Annette is married with two children.

Professional Qualifications:
BEd (Melb), Grad Dip Spec. Ed. (Melb), Post Grad Dip Psych (Monash), M Psych (RMIT)


Heidi Hibberd

Heidi Hibberd

Heidi Hibberd (LIFE’s Artist) is an illustrator and art director who has worked in magazines, advertising and graphic design. She has sold and published many paintings and designs. Heidi and her husband Pete won the Fairfax, Young Creative Award and represented Australia at the Cannes Advertising Festival in 2004. Heidi has received many more awards for her extraordinary and contemporary work. She is also an award winning musician, song writer and singer and has released an album, Stars and Streetlights. She is from a large family of 9 children, and she and and her husband, Pete, have two sons named Sol and Jarrah.



UK based

Susanne Jacobs

Susanne Jacobs MBA, CIPD, FCMI

Susanne started her career working within a small accountancy practice learning the tools of the trade before moving to KPMG. In her position there Susanne had responsibility for the UK Infrastructure operations team and strategy and was UK Head of People for Infrastructure.

Susanne led major firm wide, national and international highly successful change programs, implementing leading edge solutions that saved hundreds of thousands of pounds. Her work directly supported KPMG to achieve a number of awards in recognition of their investment in people, including attaining the Sunday Times best big company to work for, for four consecutive years.

Her work supports organisations to shape and enhance their people and business strategy, bringing in positive and successful change with a key focus on achieving and delivering significant ROI. Susanne also works closely with the CIPD advising on their communication planning and delivery.

Professional Qualifications:
MBA (Edinburgh), Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Post grad cert in Frontline Leadership and Management Principles (Edinburgh), Post grad cert in International Business (Edinburgh)


Dr Sheena Males


Dr Sheena Males

Sheena trained in London as a medical doctor and works as a General Practitioner in private practice. As a mother of four girls, Sheena knows first-hand the challenges and joys of parenting. Fortunately, her medical background and additional training in Solution-Focused Therapy, Non Violent Communication and Appreciative Inquiry have equipped her well, allowing her to provide unique insights in her work with parents. Sheena has worked in Australia as well as the UK, and lives in London.

Professional Qualifications:
MB,BS (London), MRCGP (London)