New Chair for Family Violence Death Review Committee

4 Dec 2011 | Family Violence Death Review Committee

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is delighted to announce that Associate Professor of Law Julia Tolmie is to head the Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) from 1 December.

She has been appointed for three years and takes over from outgoing Chair Wendy Davis.

Professor Alan Merry, Chair of the Health Quality & Safety Commission, thanked Wendy Davis for the work she has done for FVDRC in recent years.

“The committee has benefited from her many years’ experience as a senior family lawyer and her expertise on the laws relating to domestic violence and the care, protection and safety of children,” he says.

“I wish her well with future endeavours.”

He says the challenge for the Commission is to continue bringing fresh perspectives and a broad range of expertise to FVDRC.

“I’m delighted that Julia Tolmie has agreed to lead FVDRC through the next phase of its work.  She is an experienced researcher, widely published on family violence, and brings with her extensive networks and knowledge of the issues.”

Professor Merry thanked other outgoing members of FVDRC for their dedication to addressing family violence.

He welcomed the new committee, effective from 1 December and comprising Dr Dawn Elder, Judge Paul Von Dadelszen, Miranda Ritchie, Professor Barry Taylor, Denise Wilson, Ngaroma Grant, Fia Turner Tupou.

“We are very fortunate to have people of this calibre on FVDRC,” says Professor Merry.   “They have expertise and networks which will be of great value to the committee.”

For more information about the committee please contact Shelley Hanifan, Manager of Mortality Review, 04 901 6061 or email: For committee member bios click here.

Last updated 23/02/2017