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Conversations That Matter: Woollahra Hotel, NSW

Wednesday 26th of February @ 6:30 pm

Join Steve Pennells, Heath Grundy (Sydney Swans) and Allan Sparkes (CV,OAM,VA,FRSN) for a panel discussion as they share their stories and experiences and talk about some of the issues and topics that impact the lives of Australian men.

They will be exploring a range of topics, including;

 – the importance of social connection
 – how we deal with change in our lives
 – maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing

Steve Pennells

Steve Pennells is a five-time Walkley Award-winner with a lengthy career in both print and television.

He started out in rural Western Australia at The Esperance Express and Kalgoorlie Miner before joining The West Australian newspaper, becoming its state political editor. After a stint with the Nine Network and four years freelancing in Europe, he returned to The West Australian as chief writer and photojournalist – a roving brief which took him to war zones and disaster areas including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, China, Europe, the US and South-East Asia.

He made the move to television in 2013, joining Channel 7 as Network Investigative Reporter and becoming part of the on-air team on the network’s flagship current affairs show, Sunday Night.

In 2012, Pennells won the Gold Walkley Award, the highest honour in Australian journalism. He has won four other Walkleys, the Clarion Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism and has been awarded the UN Media Peace Prize six times.

In 2018, he became the youngest living person to be inducted into The Australian Media Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee described him as “one of Australia’s most influential journalists of the past two decades across print, television, photo and video journalism.”

Heath Grundy

Heath recently retired from a remarkable 256 game AFL career with the Sydney Swans. A 2012 premiership player, Heath holds the record for the most games played by a Swans rookie, while he’s the seventh-most capped Swan of all time.

Having moved on from his career as a professional athlete, Heath is now plying his skills in coaching, commentary and construction.

A passionate advocate for mental health, Heath openly shares his personal experiences so other can enhance their own emotional health and wellbeing.

Allan Sparkes CV,OAM,VA,FRSN

Allan is one of Australia’s most highly decorated civilians, a renowned professional keynote speaker, an international yachtsman who has sailed the globe and a former Deputy Commissioner with the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales.

Allan is one of just 5 Australians in the past 44 years to be awarded the Cross of Valour (CV) Australia’s highest bravery decoration and the only Australian to be awarded a subsequent National bravery decoration. He is one of only 10 Australians to be awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has also been awarded other significant awards for bravery and service including the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to Mental Health Organisations and the Community, the Royal Humane Society Galleghan Award and the NSW Police Commissioners Valour Award.

Having a lived experience of trauma related mental illnesses and recovery, Allan is a passionate advocate for proactive approaches and greater education relating to the physiological risks being faced in today’s workplaces.

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Conversations That Matter: Balter Brewing Co., QLD

Wednesday 18th of March @ 6:00 pm

Join Tim Baker, Brett “Robbo” Robinson and Nathan “The Hog” Hedge for a panel discussion as they share their stories and experiences and talk about some of the issues and topics that impact the lives of Australian men.

They will be exploring a range of topics, including;

 – overcoming adversity
 – the importance of social connection
 – how we deal with change in our lives
 – maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing

Tim Baker

Tim Baker is an award-winning author, journalist and storyteller specializing in surfing history and culture, working across a wide variety of media from books and magazines to film, video, and theatre.

Tim is the best-selling author of The Rip Curl Story, Occy, High Surf, Bustin’ Down The Door, Surf For Your Life, Century of Surf and Surfari. He is a former editor of Tracks, Surfing Life and Slow Living magazines, and a three-time winner of the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Culture Award.

Tim’s life changed on July 7, 2015, when he was diagnosed, out of the blue, with advanced prostate cancer, radically upending his life and propelling him on a journey of personal discovery and healing.

Tim has since forged his own self-styled path to maintain good health and quality of life, combining conventional treatments with profound lifestyle changes, while facing the challenge of living with cancer.

Nathan ‘The Hog’ Hedge

Nathan Hedge has been surfing the world as a professional surfer for the last three decades. Nathan was part of Rip Curl’s famous “The Search” which explored many remote and new locations around the world in the 90’s. Along with teammates like Tom Curren and Mick Fanning, the crew surfed more perfect waves than most would in three lifetimes. Not to mention the people they met and the cultures they experienced.

In 2005, Nathan had cemented himself among the Top 10 surfers on the ASP World Tour. He’d collected a string of great results, including runner-up finishes at Teahupoo and J-Bay. He’d landed magazine covers and profiles; he had sponsors and fame. But as hard as Nathan worked, he often played even harder.

By 2009, it finally caught up with him. He’d spent the last 13 years competing— and he needed a break…from both competition and the lifestyle he’d developed alongside it. He quit the WQS, moved up the coast, and entered rehab.

Nathan shares his inspirational journey as a way of encouraging and motivating others to lead a healthier lifestyle and seek help if needed.

Brett Robinson

Brett Robinson has worked as a soft tissue therapist and High Performance Coach with Paralympic and Olympic champions, taking the honour of Paralympic Coach Of The Year 2018 for Track & Field.

After experiencing massive adversity in his life Brett decided to finish this career in his area of passion to pursue his deeper mission and work with all community members, not just elite athletes. Brett’s passion for teaching all humans how to “tap into their inner excellence” and bringing out the best version of themselves is infectious and the results speak for themselves.

His philosophies of mindset coaching, Emotional Intelligence training and connecting the mind-body experience allow his clients from all around the world to significantly improve their quality of life.