Speaker Date Topic
Andrew Kelly– Yarra River Keeper Association Mar 07, 2019
Health of the Yarra River

The health of the Yarra has been improving for many years but it is now at
cross-roads, urban development has started to squeeze the River.
The factories that once polluted the River have closed but now more and more
hard surfaces from roads to carparks are being laid down within the
catchment. As the water washes off these surfaces and into the River (where
almost all storm water ends up) it carries a cocktail of heavy metals and
hydrocarbons into our principal River.
Urban renewal is clearing the habitat that once existed on the old industrial
sites and replacing those open spaces with apartments. There is less and less
room for the animals and birds that use the Yarra as a migratory corridor.
Learn about these threats to the Yarra river and what can be done about them;
learn about the history and the wildlife of Yarra River.

Annette Allison OAM- Public Relations Manager Apr 04, 2019
Todays Royal Flying Doctor Service – celebrating 90 years
Todays Royal Flying Doctor Service – celebrating 90 years

The organisation has been servicing destinations both near and far across Australia and in 2018 we celebrated the 90th anniversary and I will reflect on the achievements of the past and the exciting new horizons for our organisation.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is one of the largest and
most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest
in aviation, medical and communications technology, it delivers extensive
primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work
and travel throughout Australia.
Today the RFDS has a fleet of 60 aircraft operating from 21 bases located
across the nation and provides medical assistance to over 270,000 people
every year – that’s one every two minutes.
Annette has also had a career of more than 28 years on TV and radio (including
being a Ten news anchor and co-host of the long-running Good Morning
“She has been described as a ‘master communicator’.

Justine Alyce Vallata – Stroke Safe Ambassador May 02, 2019
Stroke Prevention

As a Stroke Safe Ambassador, Justine’s talk is focused on understanding what a
stroke is, what happens, how to identify a stroke and what to do if you see
someone having a stroke.
The talk also covers ways to reduce the risk of stroke and new developments
within the stroke community, such as research, care and treatment.
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in Australia. It kills more women than
breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer, yet as a community we
know very little. Ultimately, if someone is to have a stroke, it is the people
around them who will have the power to save their life. It is so important as a
community we can recognise stroke and act accordingly.
During the talk Justine will also share with the group her and her family’s story.
(What people say about StrokeSafe talks)
“The talk was incredible, totally captivating. To have her story first-hand
was both an inspiration and an eye-opener. It really got us all thinking
and talking about the way we look after ourselves. And we’ve changed!
Thank you so much for organising this for us, it’s had a huge and very
important impact on each and every one of us.”
“This has been one of the best information nights our club has had for
many years.”