Annual Stroke Week Forum

Stroke Association of Victoria

Wednesday, Sep. 25th 2013 at 9:30am-3pm

191 Bulleen Road

Bulleen, VIC

The Forum Speakers

Professor John Olver

John Olver, MB,BS, M.D.(Melb), FAFRM (RACP), Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine, is Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. He is Director of Rehabilitation at Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia, where he is also Manager of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme. In 2008 he was appointed as Chairman of the Clinical Institute of Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Pain Management at Epworth HealthCare and in 2009 was appointed to the Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University. He is Director of the Epworth-Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Research Unit, the medical research arm of Epworth HealthCare Rehabilitation.

Professor Olver's main research interest and a focus of publication concerns the outcomes following traumatic brain injury, through an ongoing prospective long term outcome study conducted at Epworth Rehabilitation and now in its 25th year. His doctoral thesis on balance deficits following traumatic brain injury was presented in 2000. He is on the editorial boards of one national and two international medical journals, is past-President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a member of the President’s Cabinet (Treasurer) of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. Professor Olver is on the Council of the World Federation for Neurological Rehabilitation (WFNR) and Convenor of the 2012 Melbourne WFNR Scientific Conference Committee.

Steph Fletcher

Steph Fletcher B.ExSc (Grad Dip App ExSc Ex Presc) is the Project Officer for Community Programs at the National Stroke Foundation. Currently, her role at NSF involves overseeing the implementation of the My Stroke Journey resource to stroke survivors, family members and carers. The My Stroke Journey resource is delivered to stroke survivors on day one of admission. This multifaceted resource is delivered by health professionals, further enhancing referral pathways to stroke support groups back in the community whilst assisting in the transition from hospital to home.

Brigadier Bob Slater

Bob Slater AM MMgt BE (Civ Eng) GradDipAdmin GradDipGeront FAIM FIEAust FAAG MFIA psc qtc

Bob has had a variety of careers as an officer in the Australian Army, civil engineer, general manager of an aged care organisation and in fundraising. Bob is community minded with involvements past and present in a number of community groups at Board and committee levels including Rotary.

Bob’s interest in stroke devolved from his wife Ruth having a stroke in 2006 and witnessing shortcomings in acute, sub-acute and community-based support. He has involved Rotary in the National Stroke Foundation’s ‘Know Your Numbers’ program and physical improvements to St Vincent’s Hospital’s Bolte Wing. His current interest is in developing a one-on-one ‘Life After Stroke’ mentoring program coordinated by SAV and Rotary as part of non-clinical rehabilitation to assist stroke survivors to reach their occupational potential.

Bob received the award of Member, Order of Australia in June 1992 for service to military engineering and the community.

Bob and Ruth have three daughters and eight grandchildren.

Ade Djajamihardja and Kate Stephens

Ade Djajamihardja has been actively engaged in the film and television industry at a national and international level for the past 25 years. Ade's professional career began when he floor-managed the news for ABCTV at just 19. He has worked on such iconic Australian programs as: "Countdown Revolution”, “The Big Gig", "DAAS KAPITAL, "The Late Show" and "Phoenix”. Overseas expatriate tenures then followed in Singapore and Malaysia where he held both senior producer and Chief Executive Officer positions. He also co-produced the biggest historical epic film in Malaysia's history which was also the first film from Malaysia to be short-listed to be considered for Oscar nomination. Ade, with wife and primary carer, Kate Stephens, own and run A2K Media, which specialises in media collaborations with Asia- - and beyond. As life's twists would have it, Ade joined the board of the not-for-profit organisation, Disability Media Australia, just three days prior to suffering a massive brain haemorrhage stroke in July 2011. Ade required emergency life-saving brain surgery under an induced coma, seven months in hospital, learning how to sit upright, feed himself, and then learning how to read and speak clearly and coherently. He is now in the process of learning to walk (and hopefully dance) again! Ade together with his wife Kate have just written their first book, The Little Book of Hope for Stroke Survivors, Care Givers and Anyone Else Going Through a Really Shit Time ( Ade’s wish is that this book will inspire, motivate and give hope to stroke survivors and care givers as well as anyone else who may be struggling.


Members Registration: $20
Non Members Registration: $25
Includes a delicious lunch and endless tea and coffee.
Cash can be paid on arrival or by card prior to the day. We will not have a Credit/Debit card facility on the day.
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