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Future guest speakers:


  •  01 November Meagan Baldwin a Donation Specialist Nurse Coordinator will discuss organ donation. DonateLife QLD coordinates all organ and tissue donor activities across the state. It works with hospitals and hospital-based DonateLife medical and nursing specialists to provide professional donation services and encourage best practice to increase donation rates. Their activities include:
  • raising awareness about organ and tissue donation
  • encouraging discussion about donation
  • educating health professionals about the donation process
  • offering care and support to donor families.
  • 06 December Joanne Tapiolas will discuss the history of Italian prisoners of war in Queensland. She will outline how this history is not only found in the books in the libraries. It is found in the memories of Queensland locals and Italian families, letters to editors, newspaper articles, letters to historical societies and radio interviews. She has had a particular interest in the story of 250 Italian POWs who lived in barracks and grew vegetables for the armed forces in North Queensland. Many of these men returned to become Australian citizens.
  •  03 January 2022 Four of our Probians will be selected to tell us about their interests and hobbies. This may provide an opportunity for members of our Probus family to expand their horizons and take on some new adventures.
  • 07 February 2022 To be announced
  • 07 March 2022 Cr Mark Molachino, Deputy Mayor of Townsville will discuss a range of issues related to the Council and organisations such as ours. Further details will become available as we get closer to the date.


Previous speakers:

At each monthly meeting, a guest speaker is invited to address the members. Recent speakers have included:


  • 04 January 2021 – We had a series of short informative presentations by some of our members. We learnt about their interests outside Probus and how you may be able to participate in some additional enjoyable pastimes.
  •  01 February 2021 We had a presentation from Lissa Fleming and Jade from Complete Mobility and Rehab. The subject included Mobility aids and gadgets that can assist with the maintenance of independence and improve quality of life.
  • 01 March 2021  Graham Burgess gave a presentation on Coronaviruses, the disease syndromes produced by SARS Coronavirus 2 and some of the things we know about the front runners in the vaccines available.
  • 12 April 2021 Heather Martin from Queensland Rail covered a series of topics including Pension and Senior discounts, Train services and facilities, Holidays in Queensland using the train and Covid safe measures
  • 03 May 2021 Gaye Lovell, the president of North Queensland Wildlife Care Inc. discussed the role of the North Queensland Wildlife Carers and gave us an indication of the costs and other challenges facing her organisation. She brought some wallaby joeys in pouches. They peered out of the pouches and entertained the members
  • 07 June 2021 Elizabeth Anderson from APM Assessment Services discussed aged care assessment. The APM Group is a global human services and health care organisation with a purpose of enabling better lives. They have an office in Townsville.
  • 05 July 2021 Dr Paula Heggarty presented a discussion entitled Can diabetes be ‘cured’? Paula works as a practitioner at the Mount Louisa Medical Centre. At JCU she teaches medical students and junior doctors. Her major interest is prevention of chronic diseases. Paula is part of a team responsible for diabetes research at JCU.
  • 02 August Tracey Uber Cook is a yoga instructor known to many of our members. She outlined the importance of exercise and relaxation and led the group in a brief session of gentle exercise.
  • 06 September Cr Ann-Maree Greaney who is the chairperson of the Townsville City Council, Community and Cultural Development Committee discussed the role of the TCC in community support with special reference to how the Council can collaborate with organisations such as Probus to deliver maximum support to the senior members of our community.
  • 04 October Rachel Cook of Shed 3 outlined the great work done by Shed 3 and their recent initiative LIDS4KIDS. Shed 3 has been committed to delivering arts opportunities in Townsville and surrounding region since 2008 through the delivery of a range of activities run by a dedicated group of professional artists and volunteers. LIDS4KIDS North Queensland recently joined up with Shed 3. The project was started in Canberra in response to a Melbourne based initiative to provide material for the manufacture of prosthetic limbs for children.


  • 6 January - Gregory Pride from Queensland Ambulance discussed home emergencies including how to make your home safer and easier for emergency personnel to access and assit you in a time of crisis.
  • 03 February – Annmarie Grasso from the TCC discussed waste management including improving our waste and recycling habits and she outlined some thoughts on the future of recycling in Australia and the new facilities in Townsville.
  • 02 March – Jane Andreassen from Townsville Community Law Inc. discussed the role of the Community Law centre and elder abuse. She had some great advice on enduring power of attorney and health directive documents and their implementation.
  • 03 August – Gregory Saunders representing Beyond Blue discussed his life journey and provided some useful advice on mental health and how to deal with depression.
  • 07 September – Sam Savage Community Recovery & Development Officer from Red Cross Australia and Rebecca Torrisi, Emergency Management Officer from the Townsville City Council discussed disaster preparedness.
  • 05 October – Mr Mick Olsen from the Townsville & District Bee Keepers Association discussed Honey bees, the industry and its challenges.
  • 02 November – Smita Gupta, Project Officer, Connecting End of Life Care (CELC) discussed Palliative Care and the Connecting End of Life Care project in Townsville
  • 07 December – We had a presentation by Mal Charlwood a director of the community radio station Triple T. He discussed his background with radio and what the station has to offer the Probians as well as the challenges facing community radio


  • January – Toni McGregor on Anti Discrimination in Queensland
  • March – The secret life of Chemicals by Ray Bathgate - Carbon from graphene to diamonds
  • April – Heather Martin from Queensland rail
  • May - Raewyn Mannix from Cota spoke on Retirement villages and Residential Park preconstructed units, the pros and cons.
  • June –Senior Constable Brad Taylor Community Crime Prevention Officer from the Queensland Police service discussed home security. BRING AND BUY also this day.
  • July – John Jewell on WW2 Airforce
  • August – Associate Professor Elizabeth Tynan addressed the topic of atomic tests in Australia. She is the author of the book Atomic Thunder the story of Maralinga.
  • September – Dr Sunaina Miranda a clinical haematologist outlined her work in Yemen including the establishement of a blood bank under very challenging conditions.
  • October – Helen Turner from Intecare NQ to discussed aged care placements
  • November – Timothy Fulton- Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) discussed the role of the ACCC and provided some handy advice on avoiding scams
  • December – Brendan Cook, General Manager Aviation - Townsville Airport discussed the plans for the upgrades to the Townsville Airport and gave us an insight into the complexities of running a busy airport.


  • July — Getting to know you - several members spoke
  • August — Dance North with Susan van der Ham
  • September — Graham Burgess – European travel
  • October — Graham Burgess - Emerging and Infectious Diseases
  • November — Ben Paine – Australian Red Cross
  • December - Lester Qualischefski - Trivia quiz