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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E W

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


Federal Member for Wannon David Hawker is reminding Western Victorian residents that this week is their chance to receive free, up-to-date and relevant information on two important health issues.

A community forum on mental health and depression will run at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus tomorrow, September 6 and a forum on men’s and women’s specific cancers will run on Friday, September 7.

Mr Hawker said the forums would feature addresses from key note speakers and panel discussion with health professionals and people who have lived with the illnesses.

“These forums will provide an ideal opportunity for Western Victorian’s to gain an insight into the personal and medical aspects of very common and destructive illnesses,” he said.

Starting at 5.30pm, the mental health and depression forum will be lead by Mr Greg Wilson, a Hunter Valley based artist who has lived with depression for many years and now shares his story with others in the hope of shedding some light on the illness which is plagued in stigma. Medical professionals, including Warrnambool Psychiatric Services consumer consultant Mr Barry Ladlow and Professor Prasuna Reddy, a senior lecturer in psychology with the Greater Health Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health.

Warrnambool oncologist Dr Theresa Hayes will speak at the men’s and women’s specific cancer forum on Friday. Dr Hayes will be joined by Western District Health Service men’s health consultant Stu Willder, Professor Reddy and Mrs Ann Hollingworth, breast cancer survivor and representative of the National Breast Cancer Network and National Breast Cancer Centre.

“With such a diverse list of speakers to inform the audience, both forums are sure to offer thoughtful and useful material on cancer and mental health,” Mr Hawker said.

“I urge everyone to attend either or both events for the chance to receive free, specialist information.”

Both forums will take place in Building J at Deakin University, Princes Highway, Warrnambool from 5.30pm. A delicious light supper, door prizes and free information resources will also be available.

For more information and to RSVP for catering purposes please contact Mr Hawker’s Warrnambool electorate office on 5561 6405.


Media Contact Mieka Symes 03 5561 6405