Speakers

As well as State Office presentations and displays from various departments within the organisation we also have a great line up of guest speakers for you :

Our MC – Peter Rowsthorn

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Once again our MC is the very funny Peter Rowsthorn.  Peter is one of Australia’s most talented performers and comedians, best known for his role as Brett in the hit series Kath and Kim.  With decades of stage and performance experience under his belt and a fast and accessible comedic style, he’s a natural and thoroughly entertaining MC.

Peter’s career took off in 1988, when he was offered roles in The Comedy Company, Fast Forward and The Big Gig, all in the same week.  He chose The Comedy Company and spent the next two seasons with the show.  After performing in the feature film Crackers, he became a semi-regular on Hey Hey, It’s Saturday and hosted the Red Faces spin-off Gonged But Not Forgotten.  He was also the host of Foxtel’s Sunday Roast for two seasons.   Most recently, Peter has guested regularly on Thank God You’re Here Series 1,2,3, and 4, popped up on Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and hosts Can We Help for the ABC on Friday nights.

Peter is one of Australia’s best stand-up comedians and is also an extremely skilled Master of Ceremonies.


Guest Speaker –  Dr Richard Levitan

Dr. Levitan was in the first class of EM residents at Bellevue Hospital (1990-1994), and subsequently worked in academic, high-volume, inner-city trauma hospitals in NYC and Philadelphia for 25 years (Bellevue, Lincoln, Penn, Einstein, Jefferson). Starting in 2012 he began working in rural, critical care access hospitals.

He now balances this clinical activity with teaching courses, speaking engagements, and device development. In addition to the Airway Cam, his inventions include the Levitan FPS optical stylet, the Cric Key™ and Cric Knife™.

He has published extensively on laryngoscopy and airway management and  holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at Dartmouth (Geisel) School of Medicine, as well as a Visiting Professor appointment at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


Guest Speaker –    Dr Helena Popovic MBBS

Dr Helena Popovic MBBS is a medical doctor, author, international speaker and leading authority on how to improve brain function and how our lifestyles impact our health and performance.  She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 and is the founder and CEO of Choose Health – Better Living for Busy People, a consultancy built on the philosophy that education is more powerful than medication.

Helena believes in slow ageing despite fast living and has been paving the way for a new paradigm in peak health for peak performance. She is passionate businesses and individuals the Neuroscience of Success and empowering people to Live Longer, Stronger, Healthier and Happier. She also runs an innovative and highly successful weight loss program called Winning at Slimming – thinking the light way.


Welcome To Country – Matthew McGuire

Matthew McGuire, I am of the Whudjuk people(Local to the Perth Area), Which is One of Fourteen Tribes of the Nyoongah Nation. I am a representative of my People, Welcoming All to Whudjuk Boodjah(Country). Acknowledgment of all Elders past and present asking their spirits to help and guide all involved throughout our time here on Whudjuk Boodjah.


Guest Speaker –  Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt, a former partner at KPMG, is one of the most well-known writers, media personalities, and business advisors in Australia. Used to large crowds and the cameras, Bernard has the uncanny ability to explain even the most complex ideas in a way that everyone in the room can understand.

In business, Bernard’s specialties lie in tracking  and understanding demographic and social changes in his country of origin and the rest of the world, including the United States, New Zealand, and Asia. He focuses on the evolution of consumer cultures, how the most recent generation will fit into today’s business world, and how companies can get the most out of their customer base and employees.


Back by popular demand Guest Speaker –  Dr David Chong M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S.

David Chong

“Why do we assume so much from the way someone looks? And the ability to restore harmony to the face with its resultant effect on the way that life is lived seemed an amazing gift to be able to give.”

David’s career began with training in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, in WA. But after taking a year off and meeting a plastic surgeon, he was inspired to change over to plastic surgery. Two years of private practice followed, then he spent three years gaining more fellowship experience with world leaders in Dallas and Toronto, in the area of Cleft Lip and Palate plus Craniofacial Surgery. He worked at the International Craniofacial Institute and then the Hospital for Sick Children.

Dedicated to pursuing the best ways to treat children, David then spent six months travelling through other units around the world to help him decide on the best way to treat children with facial and skull issues.

He was then recruited to a half time position at The Royal Children’s Hospital. His areas of specialisation in craniofacial surgery are cleft lip and palate surgery and cranial vault surgery. He also performs all areas of surgery including adult surgery with particular interest in the facial area.

David’s passion is in correcting facial and skull deformities in children and three to four times a year he volunteers to operate and teach in developing countries. He has also been a recipient of a fellowship from the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons granted to promising young surgeons that has allowed him to travel.


 Guest Speaker – Brad Blaze

Brad began his career working for an international finance company, but he always loved to draw, and was uniquely capable of doing so quickly. He developed his speed-painting show in 2000 and has since worked with some of the top companies and individuals in the world, as well as in his home country of Australia.

His show centers on his ability to quickly draw large portraits of iconic individuals, including celebrities and CEOs, as well as products and logos, all in less than six minutes.

One of the most original and entertaining public speakers and performers in Australia, Brad definitely knows how to not only put on a show, but also create a lasting impression on every guest in attendance.


 Guest Speaker – Bob Gray

Bob Gray is like your favorite college professor but with a sense of humor. An unforgettable mix of fun, interaction, and laughs; Bob is changing the stigma of Memory Experts. Not the pocket protector, white coat wearing kind; he immediately dispels the mystery behind memory. “An excellent memory isn’t a gift, it’s attainable by everyone.”

With previous success as an award-winning sales executive, Bob understands the importance of staff/clients/customers not feeling like a number, a sale, or just your 2:30pm appointment. He puts it simply: “having a trained memory in business is like going from ABCs to PhD.”

With over 30 years’ experience as an international speaker, Gray has taught his innovative memory systems to countless Fortune 500 and 100 companies in over 20 countries across six continents. His unique abilities and memory demonstrations have netted him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and international TV appearances including Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The Steve Harvey Show, The BBC and The Today Show on ABC.