3rd to 6th May 2018

Each National Conference incorporates the Annual General Meeting of the Association

We invite you to join us in Adelaide for the 32nd National Conference of the Order of Australia Association, Challenges and Opportunities through Life: Youth to Ageing.  We have invited a number of high profile speakers and facilitators who will entertain and inform us on a range of topics. Some of the invited speakers who have accepted our invitation to participate in the conference to date are:-.

Sergeant Robert Stewart BM.
joined the South Australian Police as a Cadet in 1979 and following an initial posting in Adelaide, transferred to Kangaroo Island, the Riverland and Coober Pedy before returning to Metropolitan duties in 1992. He has been a General Duties officer for the majority of his career. In 2005 he served in the Solomon Islands with the AFP as part of the Regional Assistance Mission contingent. Bob will give an overview of the national bravery awards system and then tell us how he was awarded his Bravery Medal, Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal and SAPOL Bravery Medal for successfully saving a young child from a burning building.

Rhonda Marriott Dip Psych, BSc, PGDip Mid, MSc, PhD.
is Professor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing and Director of Ngangk Yiri Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and Social Equity at Murdoch University. Rhonda has been a registered nurse and midwife for more than 40 years. She was the first Indigenous Head of a University School of Nursing in Australia. She has a passion to improve the social and emotional wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal people and has expertise in Aboriginal health research. In this area Rhonda combines community participatory action research methods with Aboriginal “yarning” and quantitative data analyses to address questions of concern to the Aboriginal community especially Aboriginal women’s choice to give birth on country.

Vincent Monterola AM, AFSM, JP.
knows emergency management as a volunteer firefighter, as CEO of the SA Country Fire Service, and as CEO and Board Chairman of the SA Fire and Emergency Commission. He knows the selfless commitment made by more than 200,000 men and women nationally who serve their community as volunteer firefighters. While Vince praises all emergency service responders, he maintains a particularly high regard for the many volunteer and career firefighters who go the extra mile. From such outstanding men and women he has been privileged to recommend many truly remarkable candidates for the Australian Fire Service Medal

Keryn Williams AC, PhD, FAHMS.
is an Emeritus Professor of Flinders University and was made a Companion in the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2017. Her award was for eminent service to medical science in the field of ophthalmology through the research and development of corneal transplantation, as an academic and mentor, and as a supporter of young women scientists. With a career-long research interest in the immunobiology of transplantation, Keryn has focussed on trying to improve outcomes for people who need a transplant for congenital or acquired opacities of the cornea, the normally-transparent window at the front of the eye. She will emphasize the importance of the Eye Bank movement to corneal donation, describe the history of corneal transplantation in Australia, and explain the importance of measuring patient outcomes to assist in the development of surgical practice. Along the way, she will talk about the role of the scientist in medical research.

Rosie Castleton
is a 3rd-year student of Flinders University studying Law and Arts, focusing on philosophy and sociology. Throughout High School and beyond, she has participated in, and often led, fundraising efforts for a variety of charities focusing on helping those in need, with a particular focus on third world countries. Rosie was also part of her local council “Youth About Changing Reputation and Adult Perception”, focusing on mental health in young people. She has a passion to improve the lives of those in impoverished countries, as well as those of the less fortunate in our own back garden. Australian millennials have the recourses and capabilities to be able to make a positive impact on the world for all future generations. This voice needs to be heard and taken very seriously, for they are the future.

Val Smyth PSM, RN, RSCN, RCNT Dip N (Lond), Dip Counselling Cert Ed Teaching (Lond)
was Director, Emergency Management Unit, SA Health until her retirement in 2014. Val has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years in emergency management/disaster preparedness specialising in Paediatrics in Clinical, Management and Teaching areas. She is currently a volunteer and trainer with Red Cross Australia in the Emergency Services Section and has deployed both interstate and in SA to provide emergency assistance in times of disasters. In 2013 Val received a PSM and is current President of the PSM Association SA. Val will provide insight to the background of the PSM, the SA PSM Association and what led to her own award.