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 –  Peter Fitzsimons

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Peter FitzSimons is a well-respected columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, television presenter on Fox Sports, speaks four languages, has played rugby for Australia, co-hosted radio shows with Mike Carlton and Doug Mulray, interviewed famous people around the globe from George Bush to Diego Maradona and written eighteen best-selling books. He is the biographer not only of World Cup winning Wallaby captains, Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales, but also former Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, war heroine Nancy Wake and magazine Queen, Nene King. In 2001 he was Australia’s biggest selling non-fiction author, and duplicated that feat in 2004, with his book on Kokoda.

The most popular after-dinner speaker in Australia, he is married to Today Show co-host Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children.

Born on a farm in Peat’s Ridge, Peter went to Knox Grammar School, before accepting an American Field Service Scholarship to go to Ohio for a year. He returned to complete an Arts degree at Sydney University majoring in government and political science. In 1984 he broke into the Wallabies under the coaching of Alan Jones, then lived in France and Italy playing rugby for the next five years whilst learning both languages as well as Spanish. Upon his return to Australia he again played for the Wallabies, under Bob Dwyer, going on to play seven tests.

In 1989 he joined The Sydney Morning Herald full-time, and has been one of their most popular columnists since. Andrew Denton has called him “Australia’s finest sports journalist.”

Peter boasts an impressive list of interview credits including ex-president George Bush, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jodie Foster, Nicki Lauda, Joe Montana and Carl Lewis as well as all the major Australian sporting figures from Shane Gould to Lionel Rose and Allan Border. He has interviewed every Australian Prime Minister from Gough Whitlam through to Julia Gillard.


Guest Speaker –    Professor Fiona Wood, AM

fiona wood22005 Australian of the Year Fiona Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for the past 20 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). She is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Winthrop Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and Co-founder and Chair, of the Fiona Wood Foundation (formerly The McComb Foundation).

In 2002, Dr Wood and her team worked day and night to care for badly burned victims of the Bali bombings. It was during this time that the “spray-on skin” cell technology Dr Wood pioneered for use in treating burns victims grabbed international headlines. In recognition of her work with the Bali bombing victims Fiona was named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003. That same year the Australian Medical Association bestowed upon Fiona the ‘Contribution to Medicine’ Award.

Fiona was named West Australian of the Year in 2004, as well as receiving nominations that same year as a National Living Treasure and Australian Citizen of the Year. Fiona was again named West Australian of the Year in 2005 and received the honour of being named Australian of the Year for 2005.

In 2005, Fiona, along with McComb Foundation co-founder Marie Stoner, won the Clunies Ross Award for their contribution to Medical Science in Australia. From 2005 to 2010, Fiona was voted Australia’s Most Trusted Person in the annual Reader’s Digest survey.

Her unwavering dedication to burns survivors, as well as her commitment to improving and continually evolving the treatment of burn injury, has earned her a reputation as one of the world’s leading burn experts.

Fiona is married to fellow surgeon Tony Kierath and is mother to four boys and two girls.

Guest Speaker –  Dr Adam Fraser

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Stress, deadlines, interruptions, negative emotions, bad habits and long working hours. When it’s not possible to control the environment that creates challenges, the answers lie within us.

Dr Adam Fraser is experienced at facilitating solutions for individuals, teams and organisations helping them to improve performance. Adam has worked with elite sports people, armed forces and top business professionals in Australia and worldwide. He has channelled his unique insight and research into a series of ground breaking presentations. Adam is a speaker who can truly help people effectively manage their mindset and energy with positive results.

Adam shows audiences how to move from theory to action, no matter who they are or what role they perform. He has an incredible ability to make facts both relevant and fun. Audiences regularly describe Adam as engaging, dynamic, funny and highly practical. Participants immediately walk away with more awareness about themselves and strategies they can implement in work and life.

Guest Speaker –  Dr David Chong M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S.

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“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.


Welcome to Country –  Ingrid Cumming

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Ingrid Cumming is a Whadjuk Noongar woman from Fremantle, Western Australia. Ingrid founded Kart Koort Wiern (Head Heart and Spirit) back in 2010 and worked tirelessly to build a successful consultancy and training company focused on engagement through media, health and anthropological research. Then in 2016, Ingrid joined forces with Kia Dowell and Chantal Harris (Co-Founders of The Cultural Connection Code) as a Partner Chief of Engagement at Codeswitch. Codeswitch is a global strategic agency that works with organisatins to co-design creative solutions for positive collective impact providing consultancy, planning and workshop delivery across Australia promoting reconciliation and increasing awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strengths and strategy.

A graduate of Murdoch University and the Murra Business Program at the Melbourne Business School, Ingrid’s commitment and passion for her community, leadership, reconciliation and our youth is the reason why she will continue to bring new ways of working together with our clients from both the Corporate, Public and Not for Profit Sector. Ingrid won the Indigenous Business of the Year at the Belmont Small Business Awards in 2014 and is a Board Member of the National Indigenous Women in Business Group.
Ingrid is an entertaining and informative keynote speaker who has presented at various conferences and leadership forums about Indigenous knowledge, leadership and reconciliation.


Guest Speaker –   Glenn Capelli

Professional Speaker and Trainer, Glenn Capelli delivers powerful and provocative ideas for todays world. Glenn’s contemporary methodology, real life examples and relatable stories will help you create sustainable high performance workplaces and relationships. Delivered in a clear, precise and engaging presentation style, you’ll think, laugh, discuss, extend and walk away with immediately applicable and practical strategies.

Glenn Capelli has delivered a message of creativity, dynamic thinking, innovation and high performance leadership to audiences around the world.

An author, songwriter and radio and television presenter, Glenn has emerged as one of Australia’s most awarded and sought after professional speakers.

A member of MENSA, Glenn is also a former ‘hobo’ who as a young man backpacked his way around the world for seven years, working in a variety of roles including a fish farmer on kibbutz in Israel, a comedian in Los Angeles, a travel writer in Kenya and a summer-camp counsellor in North Carolina.

In 1987 he returned to Australia and was awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship, which he used to further his research into advanced ways of thinking and learning methodology.

Throughout the 1990’s his award-winning cable television series Born to Learn aired weekly to an audience of over 26 million households across the USA. 

Glenn is one of the very few professional speakers in Australia to have won all three highest professional speaking industry awards. Educator of the Year in 2006, the Nevin Award in 2007 and Keynote Speaker of the Year 2013.

For five years his live radio program Thinking Caps broadcast weekly on Radio 3AW in Melbourne and Thinking Caps the book has sold more than 7,000 copies.

Glenn’s audiences range from primary school students and teachers in the most remote outback regions of Australia, to the CEO’s of the some of the largest corporate organizations in the world.

His unique presentation style and ability to apply a diversity of teaching methodologies have made him an internationally renowned speaker across a diverse range of industries and in constant demand worldwide. 

Glenn’s presentation portfolio includes conference keynotes and theme-weaving, workshops, program design and facilitation, training and one-to-one coaching
and mentoring. 

Glenn uses his participatory, humorous and entertaining presentation techniques to show audiences how to become more flexible thinkers, leaders and life-long learners in today’s fast paced world.


Guest Speaker –  Michael Crossland

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I went to the doctors with my mum and my sister, she had an ear infection, ……

……… 5 years later I came home’

Michael Crossland is an extraordinary young man who has defied the odds of a life threatening cancer to build a life of exceptional achievements. An accomplished businessman and an elite sportsman, his life is a remarkable success.

Michael is at the forefront of today’s new generation of inspirational speakers and after releasing his first ‘tell all’ autobiography in January, he is now a number 1 bestselling author across 6 different countries.

Despite spending nearly a quarter of his life in hospital, he has forged a highly successful career in the corporate world, represented Australia in his chosen sport and featured regularly across all forms of media. He also runs a school and orphanage in Haiti and has been presented with the Australia Day Ambassador role for 7 consecutive years.

The award-winning documentary on his life, by ABC’s Australian Story, has been viewed by over 4 million people.

Diagnosed with an aggressive life threatening cancer before his first birthday, doctors told him school and sport were not options – infection and fatigue were too great a risk. As a boy Michael’s only wish was to lead a normal life and be able to do all the things that other ‘normal’ kids took for granted every day.

Michael captures audiences no matter what size and inspires each individual to achieve ongoing positive change in their life. He has an absolute passion and belief in people’s ability to change direction, achieve success and become who they truly want to be.

Inspirational quote:

‘Success to me is about waking up each and every day knowing in my heart that today I will make a difference in someone else’s life. By living this way, we can all make the world a better place’.

Medical Focus –  Dr Paul Bailey     

Thunderstorm Asthma: The storm that took Melbourne’s breath away!

Michael Georgiou, Group Manager
Metro West Emergency Operations, Ambulance Victoria

On the night of Monday 21st November 2016, Ambulance Victoria was faced with an unexpected event experiencing an extraordinary rise in demand with their workload jumping six-fold in a matter of minutes.

This unforeseen event brought out the best in our paramedic staff and health services who worked selflessly to save many lives that night. Like all mass scale incidents, Ambulance Victoria had a lot to learn from this experience in how we deal with high volume calls over a large geographical area, meeting service demand and working with our supporting health services.

I have been employed with Ambulance Victoria for the past 9 years and I am currently appointed as a Group Manager within the Metropolitan Region. I began my Paramedic career working at a busy branch in the Suburb of Sunshine, and prior to my Group Manager appointment, I managed the Sunbury Ambulance Station.
As a Group Manager, I am responsible for 10 Ambulance Stations within my area which includes 30 ambulance resources, 3 single responder units and 300 operational staff. I am also responsible for key stakeholder relationships on behalf of Ambulance Victoria with Health Services and other emergency service agencies within my area.

A career highlight during this time has been the introduction of an advanced Life Support (ALS) Single Responder platform within my Region (which has now expanded state-wide), and instigated a dedicated ambulance resource at the Melbourne Airport which is the first if its kind in Australia.
I have a strong belief in the importance of front line leadership and how this can improve staff safety and patient outcomes.