We are pleased to present our guest speaker, Professor Brett Sutton, Victoria's Chief Health Officer. Prof Sutton discusses the challenges of COVID-19, Victoria's response, and how he is coping with this daunting crisis. To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand, we’ve teamed up with UNICEF to give life-saving vaccines to 100,000 children across the Pacific. Please help by donating at: https://www.givenow.com.au/everychildafuturecom
Victoria's Post COVID Economic Resurgence through a Digital Economy Former Minister of Innovation & Digital Economy (Victoria)
Kerry Cue, Humourist, Mathematician, Journalist and Author. She is the author of 20 humorous and eductional books. Her satirical novel about US Gun Culture, TARGET 91, Penmore Press Tucson, Arizona) was published in 2019. Kerry is also the maths blogger, her blog is called Mathspig, https://mathspig.wordpress.com She has written columns for every major newspaper in Australia. Following the popularity of her humorous maths blog – over 1,300,000 hits – she spoke at the International Congress of Mathematical Education in Hamburg in 2016. Kerry Cue studied Science/Engineering at Melbourne University and taught maths and science for 10 demanding years before becoming a best selling author of 20 humorous and education books including Life On a G-String, Australia Unbuttoned, I Left My Heart in Chinkapook and my knickers in New York.
Martin Forrest is the Health Promotion Programs Manager at Hepatitis Victoria. Martin is committed to the elimination of viral hepatitis and has seen the toll that the disease has on the community. Martin has worked supporting primary health in Victoria as well as many years in the Northern Territory, particularly with Aboriginal and remote communities. For elimination to be successful, the whole community needs to be engaged. Martin is privileged to be able to contribute to this outcome and save lives in the process.
As the world faces the largest global pandemic since the Spanish flu, amidst other humanitarian crises, conflicts and disasters, the work of humanitarians has never been more valuable. Kirsten Sayers, CEO of RedR Australia will discuss at the Rotary Club Melbourne meeting on the 22nd July, how RedR Australia is helping during COVID-19. She will discuss how local community engagement is crucial in providing an effective humanitarian response, and how businesses can play their part to help build future resilience. Former lawyer and diplomat, Kirsten Sayers, is CEO of international humanitarian response agency, RedR Australia. RedR Australia is the only United Nations Standby Partner in the Southern Hemisphere and Asia Pacific and is the sole delivery partner of the Australia Government’s civilian humanitarian deployment program, Australia Assists. Kirsten has previously held senior diplomatic and commercial appointments in Paris, Bangkok and Taipei. She was Australia’s Chief Negotiator and Delegation Leader to the Asia Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Women Leaders’ Network meeting and APEC Gender Focal Point Network in 2009, and managed Australia’s delegation to the APEC CEO Summit the same year. Kirsten has successfully established RedR Australia as the preferred deployment partner and mechanism before, during, and after crises and conflict. Kirsten leverages international business leadership and humanitarian diplomacy to put Australia’s people and skills at the forefront of international response to build national and community resilience.
Sarah Meredith is Global Citizen's Australian Country Director, overseeing the movement's efforts in Australia. She is a passionate advocate for gender equality, investment in universal health care, access to clean water and basic sanitation, breaking the taboo on menstrual hygiene, Australia’s role in the world and the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Sarah comes to the role with more than 13 years experience advising a number of Australia's federal and state government Cabinet Ministers on environment, water, climate change, youth affairs, education and training, alcohol and drugs, and mental health policy. Sarah has been an active member of the community and was named as the City of Casey's Young Citizen of the Year in 2002 as part of the Australia Day honours. Sarah has represented Australia at a number of local and national forums, including as one of 50 young Australians selected to be a member of the Australian Government's National Youth Roundtable and one of Australia's representatives to the 'Young People Can Change the World' World Youth Forum in Wales in 2001. Sarah currently sits on a number of advisory committees including Melbourne’s bid for the 2022 Women Deliver Conference and Netball Australia’s World Cup bid. Sarah has completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Master of International and Community Development at Deakin University.
An eyewitness to six decades of News. A journey behind the headlines that shaped the News and the life of a Newsman. Author, Broadcaster and veteran Newsman - Mal Walden Mal Walden's career spanned six decades in broadcasting and television. On his retirement in 2013 he was reported to be the longest ‘continually’ serving face on Melbourne television. He began his media career in 1961 at Warrnambool radio station 3YB. From Warrnambool he moved across Bass Strait to Tasmania where he joined 7EX and later TNT Channel 9, also in Launceston. Between 1966 and 1969 Mal was a general announcer and news reporter for Melbourne's 3DB. In 1969 he based himself in the Middle East spending six months on a kibbutz in Israel from where he filed news reports to Melbourne’s radio 3DB talk back host Gerald Lions. Mal returned to Melbourne in 1970 and joined HSV-7 where he hosted a number of shows, including the popular program Jeopardy. In 1970 he also read his first news bulletin on Melbourne television before beginning a journalism cadetship with Seven. One of the highlights of Mal's early career was a world scoop as the first reporter to file from the scene of Cyclone Tracey in Darwin in 1974. In 1978 Mal became the first working journalist to be appointed a senior television news presenter, a trend that has since been adopted by most other Networks. In April 1987 Mal not only read the news, he made the news. His controversial sacking from HSV7 by the Fairfax Sydney Television Group led to public protests, staff walkouts and a plunge in news ratings to an unprecedented zero. His immediate move to the TEN Network brought a record news rating of 40% market share - the equivalent of one million viewers a night. At Network TEN Mal presented the news bulletin with David Johnston along with a new innovative segment called "Mal's Melbourne" which covered a wide variety of human- interest stories. This segment would become the genesis of his second successful book ‘Good News’ published 30 years later. In December 1995 Mal was appointed senior co-presenter of Network Ten's 5pm Melbourne News a position he held until his retirement at the end of 2013. Such was the respect in the eyes of Victorians the Premier Denis Napthine hosted a State Reception at Parliament House. Several weeks later he was awarded the Quill Life Time Achievement Award by the Victorian Press Council. He was 17 years of age when he applied for his first job and retired at the age of 70 (on the day of his choosing) something very rare in the television industry. Over six decades there was not a news headline or major news event that Mal had not read or reported. Since his retirement Mal has written three children’s books and published his memoir 'The Newsman’ and ‘Good News’ a selection of stories that helped shape Melbourne. His third book published by Brolga - ‘Don’t piss in my pocket and tell me it’s raining’- a selection of unforgettable and inspirational quotes, was released in December 2018.
‘Working in isolation – what’s been occupying Australia’s Chief Scientist in 2020?’ Dr Finkel will present an overview of his work so far in 2020 – supporting the government’s response to COVID-19 including convening the Rapid Research Information Forum to provide rapid responses to questions arising from the pandemic; chairing the Expert Advisory Panel for the CSIRO Report on Climate and Disaster Resilience; and chairing the Technology Investment Roadmap Ministerial Reference Group. Chair of the Day, our Honorary Member, Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Tilman Ruff AO, public health and infectious diseases physician will introduce Australia’s Chief Scientist.
Neville Power Chairman, National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) Nev is the Chairman of Perth Airport, the Foundation for the WA Museum and the Royal Flying Doctors Federation Board and is the Deputy Chairman of Strike Energy Ltd. Nev held the position of Managing Director and CEO of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd for seven years, having joined the group in 2011. During his tenure Fortescue more than quadrupled production and achieved engagement with Aboriginal communities. He was previously Chief Executive of the Australian operations at Theiss and prior to that spent more than ten years in senior executive positions at Smorgon Steel Group. In 2016 Nev was named WA Business Leader of the Year. He also has a long history in agribusiness and aviation holding both fixed wing and rotary pilot licenses. Nev is a passionate advocate for health and development of regional and aboriginal communities. He owns and operates a cattle station in Queensland where he was born and raised. Nev will provide an overview on the role and work so far of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission, its focus on rebuilding the economy and people’s livelihoods as quickly and safely as possible and the Commission’s work in the not-for-profit sector in that context.
Dr Robert Webster, President RSL Victorian Branch Robert Stanley Webster was born in Melbourne in 1948. He is the eldest of five children, Rob’s parents both served overseas during World War II. A student at Deepdene State School and then Swinburne Technical College, the family shifted to South Australia in 1968. Rob was called up for National Service from Adelaide in 1969. He served in Vietnam with 26 Transport Company, Royal Australian Army Service Corps from Feb 1970 until Feb 1971. His younger brother, Ian, is also a Vietnam veteran having served in Vietnam from Sept 1970 to Sept 1971 with 110 Signals Squadron, RAA Sigs. Rob has been a member of the RSL for over 40 years, with his original Sub-Branch being Henley & Grange (South Australia), now with Kew. Rob was President of the Kew Sub-branch from 1988 – 1994 and was co-opted to the RSL State Executive during 1989. He was a member of the State Executive for three years before being appointed Deputy State Treasurer in 1992 and then State Honorary Treasurer in 1994. After 8 years as Honorary State Treasurer he was elected Vice President in 2003 and then Senior Vice President in 2006. Rob became State President on the 1st February 2017. Rob was awarded Life Membership of the League in 2001, Life Membership with Gold Badge in June 2002, the League’s highest award, the Meritorious Service Medal in 2016, and a Medal in the Order of Australia in January 2017. Rob was a Board member of Austin Health for 15 years and currently is the Chairman of the Victorian Veterans' Children's Education Board (DVA), having been on the board for 20 years and its chair for the last nine years. He is also the RSL representative on the Defence Reserves Support Council, in which capacity he was invited to visit the Australian troops in the Solomon Islands in November 2010. He has been involved in veteran related aged care since 1995 and has been a Director of Vasey RSL Care since 2004. With his interest in education Rob was the Victorian Corresponding Member for the Australian Veterans Childrens’ Assistance Trust. Rob was appointed to the AVCAT Board in 2017. AVCAT administers various scholarship schemes, predominantly the DVA Long Tan bursary, for children of eligible Veterans. Rob was appointed a Board Member of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia in 2018. Rob retired from RMIT in 2009 after 31 years and has since taught part time at both Deakin University and for RMIT in both Melbourne and Singapore. Rob’s academic interests are in property investment, property finance, valuation of real estate and location decision-making behaviour in the transport and logistics industry. Prior to his RMIT career Rob worked as both an accountant and property valuer. Rob a Fellow of both CPA Australia and the Australian Property Institute. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree. In his spare time Rob is his family's historian, enjoys reading and volunteers with CPA Australia. Rob has five children and five grandchildren and is married to Jenni.