After 18 years’ work as a forensic technician – including working as part of the body-identification team in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami – Julie Ash was looking for a change in direction.
Now enjoying a career as a marriage celebrant, Julie says she hasn’t looked back since taking up her new career.
In her former life, the Port Macquarie resident estimates she has performed over 3,000 autopsies, where she said she had become quite intimate with the inner workings of the body.
“My job at the morgue was to open the body and remove all the organs so that a pathologist could determine cause of death and then construct the bodies back up again carefully,” she said.
“When I removed the organs I would also take samples to send away for toxicology testing.”
At the top of her game, Julie worked as a forensic technician in both Glebe and Adelaide and was deployed with the Australia Federal Police to Phuket, Thailand following the 2004 tsunami.