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We seek out speakers to bring interest of all kinds to our members and guests. Some reminding us of our duties as Rotarians, others telling us what they have done with their lives, including those who are doing something about the problems they, and all of us, face. Because we meet online, speakers do not have to be in Melbourne. To date we have had speakers from all over Australia as well as India, England, Cambodia, the USA and the Philippines. Anyone is welcome to join our meetings to listen to our guest presenters.

5th AugustCharles Allen APM

Charles is the Director of Partnerships with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The partners are strategic and grass roots inclusive of governments, non-government organisations, education organisations, civil society organisations, service groups and other institutes. Through partnerships he is activating IEP’s Positive Peace framework globally. Charles manages IEP’s strategic partnership with Rotary International. In his previous role with Victoria Police, Australia, he led strategic and operational change shifting policing to better adopt community engagement. His policing career including many years of operation service in general duties, investigations then senior change management roles. Outside of policing and IEP he is an experienced director with not for profits and experienced in hands on peace building at project and strategic levels. His immediate past board position was Deputy Chair with Uniting Care Life Assist a medium sized organisation where he served an 8-year tenure.  He is the Vice President of the Rotary Club of Sydney. He is a Master in Leadership, Organisation and Change. He also studied Peace and Conflict Resolution as a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn Rotary Peace Centre in 2010. He has undertaken regular development for governance and leadership. Charlie is the Vice President of the Rotary Club of Sydney. Outside of his club leadership responsibilities he is active in the club’s Peace Group and the Foundation Committee. Prior to the Rotary Club of Sydney he was a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne. He actively recruits Rotary Peace Fellows. He is well respected among peace builders for his pioneering work in resilience, and equally respected within policing for his community centre approach to police management. He was recently award the Australian Police Medal, a Division of the Order of Australia for his service to the community of Victoria, Australia.

19th August – Martin Forrest

Martin is the Health Promotion Programs Manager at Hepatitis Victoria.

He 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.

We will also be having a Lived Experience speaker attend on the evening.

Lived experience speaker

Our second speaker from Hepatitis Victoria is a lived experience speaker, presenting their personal experience of living with hepatitis. Stories of lived experience are key in community health and help raise awareness of the realities of health conditions. People telling their lived experience story share their unique perspective to challenge the issues of stigma and discrimination.