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New Board Member for beyondblue

Jeff Kennett, beyondblue Chairman, has announced that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has accepted the invitation to join the Board of beyondblue as a Director. “We are particularly honoured that Julia Gillard has seen fit to join our organisation as we continue to serve those in the community suffering depression and anxiety and who are at risk of suicide,” Mr Kennett said. He said Ms Gillard’s appointment was suitable due to her support for and work to establish…

AIME 2015 Visitor Registration now open

With a brand new program promising to inspire, AIME (Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo) 2015 is now open. Industry members from the travel, planning meetings, conference and special events sectors are encouraged to pre-register online from today to secure free entry to the event. Delegates who do not register can still purchase tickets on the door for $25. Scheduled for 24 – 25 February 2015 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, AIME is set to showcase 700 Exhibitors…

PETAA Breaks New Ground

The Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) has announced the launch of an independent, competitive research grant offered to researchers. The successful applicant must collaborate with teachers and students in primary schools. The annual grant of up to $75,000 will enable researchers to study the efficacy of different educational approaches to teaching English in a primary school setting and must include teachers and schools as research partners. Research must also be conducted…

Terri Smith appointed CEO PANDA

Terri Smith is the new CEO of Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc. (PANDA). She will commence her role on Monday 15 December 2015. Ms Smith has a strong background in community organisations and previously held the position of CEO at Optometry Victoria. Prior to her 7 years at Optometry Australia, Ms Smith was the Deputy CEO/National Program and Policy Manager for Breast Cancer Network Australia, and the Director of Client Services for Moreland Community Health Services. Ms…

New ADASA President optimistic about the future

The Australian Dental Association SA (ADASA) has announced their new president is Dr Anthony Smerdon, who was elected last month. He succeeded Dr Janet Fuss. One of Dr Smerdon’s first moves as president was to praise the recent decision to integrate the University of Adelaide’s dentistry and a public dental service. The future of the clinic is secure for the next 30 years and Dr Smerdon hoped the longevity of the project would improve access to dental services for public patients. “The…

Master Electricians Australia opens hotline

In the wake of the severe storms in Syney and other parts of NSW, Master Electricians Australia (MEA) has opened an emergency hotline number. The hotline is intended to help homeowners quickly and safely get their power suppliers reconnected. The hotline number is 1300 889 198. MEA NSW State Manager Jody McGann said many homes would need to be inspected by a license electrical contractor before the power could be reconnected. “Homeowners who need an electrical safety inspection…

New Chair at Victorian State Council of AMI

The Victorian State Council of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) has announced Alex Makin as Chair. He will serve a two year term, ending in November, 2016. Mr Makin has over 15 years marketing and communications experience and has been the Managing Director and Principal Founder of Syneka Marketing, a strategic marketing agency, since 2009. He was also elected Mayor in Maroondah City Council in 2010, the youngest person to ever hold the position. Mr Makin actively used the power…

Trisha Mok makes history at Governance Institute

Trisha Mok has been appointed president of Governance Institute. Ms Mok is only the third woman in the organisation’s 100-year history to be appointed president and chair of the professional association. Outgoing president, Alan Evans, said Ms Mok’s appointment indicated a shift for Governance Institute. “In fact, 10 years ago just 10 per cent of the membership was female. Today it is 25.5 per cent and Trisha is an outstanding example of this change,” he said. Mr Evens…

AIME-ing to Win

Interest in AIME 2015 is rising as the business event industry leader was named Best Exhibition at the annual Australian Event Awards (AEA).  The Awards receive hundreds of applicants from organisations and associations of all sizes from all over Australia. These entries are whittled down to just four, from which AIME was chosen as the winner.  The other three competitors in the top four were Australian Tourism Exchange 2014 (Tourism Australia), Taste of Sydney 2013…

Telstra Business Woman of the Year Announced

Anne Cross, CEO of UnitingCare Queensland has received the honour of Telstra Business Woman of the Year. Telstra said Ms Cross, a former front-line social worker and champion of the not-for-profit sector, has aided hundreds of communities and thousands of people every day by reshaping the way healthcare, community and aged-care services are delivered. Ms Cross said she hoped the accolade would raise the profile of the not-for-profit sector and attract even more high-achieving people…

WOCA headed for Sydney in 2018

The next World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) will be held in Sydney in 2018. The event, which is expected to attract 5000 leading accounting professionals, is the latest to be secured for the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). To date, ICC Sydney has 18 international business events planned, all revolving around the professional services sector and contributing an estimated economic impact of almost $150 million. The bid for WCOA was led by Alex Malley from CPA Australia…

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