SAV Annual Stroke Forum 2017

Paula Theocharides - Thursday, August 31, 2017


The Stroke Association of Victoria will once again be hosting the Annual Stroke Forum in the week following National Stroke Week.
When: Tuesday 12th September 2017

Registration at 9:45am, for a 10am start and concluding at 2pm

AMP Limited, CS Level 2 Auditorium
750 Collins Street, Docklands
Cost: Complimentary to attend, morning tea and lunch will be provided.

To Paula ( by 4/9/2017.
Please ensure to include access or dietary requirements.
Forum Schedule:
• 9:45 - 10am - Registration
• 10 - 10:15am - Opening & Introduction
• 10:15 - 10:45am - Dr Carli Roulston, Team Leader of Neurotrauma Research, Department of
Medicine, University of Melbourne
• 10:45 - 11am - Morning Tea
• 11 - 11:30am - Carly Stephens, Barwon Region Coordinator (Barwon Stroke Support Centre) &
Juley Thai, Inner East Region Coordinator (Boroondara Community Stroke Hub)
• 11:30am - 12pm - Caleb Rixon, Young Stroke Survivor & Founder of Genyus Network
• 12 - 1pm - Lunch
• 1 - 1:30pm - Bob Slater, Rotary International
• 1:30 - 1:45pm - Closing & Questions
• 1:45 - 2pm - Feedback Forms
About Our Speakers:


Dr Carli Roulston
Dr Roulston commenced research in stroke during her PhD studies at Monash University in 2000
with Professor Bevyn Jarrott. In July 2001, she was recruited to the Howard Florey Institute with funding
from Neuroscience Victoria to establish stroke models for assessing novel flavonoid compounds for
neuroprotection (now NeuProtect). In 2009, she was appointed Team Leader of Stroke at the O’Brien
Institute for Tissue Engineering; where she investigated the role of angiogenesis in stem cell transplant
for brain repair (NHMRC #628767). In 2013, she relocated to the Department of Medicine, University of
Melbourne, as Team Leader of Neurotrauma Research. Current projects include; investigating drug
treatments that target the neurovascular unit after stroke; and the use of implantable electrodes to
monitor and map brain recovery during electrical stimulation in collaboration with the Bionics Institute.


Caleb Rixon
Caleb's interest in telling stories developed after he joined his local junior theatre society and directed
his High School musical when he was 14 years old. In 2008, Caleb was a cast member of the Australian
production of Altar Boyz, and later that year he survived a major stroke. During his rehabilitation, Caleb
assisted on 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' for Doorstep Ensemble, 'Becky Shaw' for
Echelon Productions, 'Prodigal' for Bryant and Frank productions and 'Next to Normal' for the Melbourne
Theatre Company. Most recently, Caleb has leveraged his storytelling experience and founded the social
enterprise, Genyus Network - a global story sharing platform for trauma survivors.


Bob Slater
Bob is a retired Senior Australian Army Officer and Civil Engineer who for seven years was also CEO
of an Aged Care organisation. For many years, he has served on Community Boards and is a former
President of Engineers Australia (Victoria Branch). He is a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Kew and is
a former District Director of Vocational Service and Assistant Governor in Rotary District 9800. In 2015,
he received a District 9800 PHF for his Life After Stroke program and a RI President Vocational
Leadership Award for this and other Rotary vocational programs he has initiated.


Bob has a driving interest in mentoring and the use of networks to find solutions to difficulties faced
by many Stroke Survivors and Carers seeking to reclaim their previous life. Bob's wife, Ruth, had a stroke
in 2006 and they found the process for stroke rehabilitation far from satisfactory. Based on this
experience, Bob has initiated a Rotary mentoring program that through the Stroke Association of Victoria
is being developed to engage the Rotary network and individual contacts and influence, to assist
Stroke Survivors back into meaningful activity, including the workforce where appropriate.



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Will 2 Walk - supporting Stroke Survivors in the Barwon region

Paula Theocharides - Thursday, August 31, 2017


On Friday 13th October, Carly Stephens, SAV's Barwon Region Coordinator (and a few others) will be walking 25km from the Barwon Stroke Support Centre (BSSC) to Terindah Estate on The Bellarine Peninsula to increase awareness of and raise funds for the Barwon Stroke Support Centre.


The more people that know about Stroke and the BSSC in the Barwon region, the greater our impact, so please help spread the word by sharing this our cause with your friends and family.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!


About the Barwon Stroke Support Centre: The Barwon Stroke Support Centre (BSSC) is located in Geelong and is a Community Centre for Stroke Survivors and their families offering programs and activities to help re-engage with their community and relearn the skills they need to regain independence and reduce isolation.


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National Stroke Week

Paula Theocharides - Friday, September 16, 2016


"A speedy reaction not only influences the treatment path for a person having a stroke, but also their recovery. Most treatments for stroke are time sensitive, so it is important we Think F.A.S.T. and Act F.A.S.T.!


Did you know during a stroke 1.9 million brain cells are lost per minute?This is why it is important to identify the signs and symptoms of stroke F.A.S.T and call ‘000’ immediately." - Excerpt taken from: Stroke Foundation - National Stroke Week

At the Stroke Association of Victoria, we are the only dedicated community based support service for people re-entering their lives after stroke, and we have Stroke Support Groups across metro and regional Victoria.


Saturday 10th September - 10:00am-12:00pm
(Registration at 9:45am)
Event details: Stroke Education Session - Complimentary to attend
Located at:
Level 3, Seminar Room 2,
5 Arnold Street, Box Hill
(opposite Box Hill Hospital)
RSVP: Skye Coote, (03) 90952424 or

Sunday 11th September - 2:00pm-4:30pm
Event details: Paediatric Stroke Informative talks (afternoon tea supplied)
Located at:
Ella Latham Meeting Room, Ground Floor RCH (opposite Sandrock)
50 Flemington Road, Parkville
RSVP: Belinda Stojanovski, (03) 9345 4288 or

Monday 12th to Friday 16th September - 9am-4pm
Event details: Information kiosk & Annual fundraising raffle
Located at:
Monash Health Cranbourne Centre
Sladen St, Cranbourne


Thursday 15th September at 10:30am
Event details: Morning tea
Located at:
Thurgoona Country Club Resort
1 Evesham Place, Thurgoona NSW 2640
RSVP: Lyn, 0428211725 or

Thursday 15th September - 10:00am-3:30pm
Saturday 17th September - 10:00am-12.30pm
Event details: Information kiosk & Fundraising raffle
Located at:
Grey Street, Hamilton


Saturday 17th September - 9:00am-12:00pm
Event details: Information kiosk & Complimentary Blood Pressure checks
Located at:
Cnr Palmerston St and Smith St, Warragul


Sunday 18th September at 11:00am
Event details: 3km or 6km walk - gold coin entry
Located at:
Lake Wendouree
Starting point: Opposite Botanical Gardens, Lakeside


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