Winter Conversations at Government House Adelaide

Winter Conversations at Government House Adelaide


Posted 2023-06-18 by Graeme Fanningfollow

Fri 23 Jun 2023 - Fri 25 Aug 2023

As part of the ongoing program to allow more of the public opportunities to enter the grounds of Government House in Adelaide, a series of winter conversations is scheduled during June, July and August.

The conversations are 1 hour sessions over the lunchtime period where guest speakers will be gathering, addressing current and topical content of high interest.

These three sessions will be hosted and chaired by Her Excellency, the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia .

1. Session 1 - Friday 23rd June 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm

This first session is entitled Order of Australia and will be presented by both Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington AO and Paralympian Darren Hicks OAM .

The robust discussion will occur surrounding the theme of Australian Honours and encourage people to think about nominating South Australians who are contributing to their communities.

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington is the strategic and operational leader across research activities at the University of South Australia. Marnie has a strong global profile as both a philosopher as well as a historian.

In addition, Marnie was the first woman to be National Secretary for the Rhodes Scholarship Australia and she currently serves on the Rhodes Trust Scholarships Committee, which looks after approximately over 100 scholarships worldwide.

Over 26,000 copies of her books have been sold, translated into 5 languages.

The second speaker for this topic will be Paralympian Darren Hicks, who tragically had his right leg amputated following an accident back in 2014.

Hicks is classified as a C2 cyclist and has received many awards in recognition of his sport, including most recently the AusCycling Men's Track Para-Cyclist of the Year in 2022.

Darren's first foray into international competition was the 2017 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in South Africa.

2. Session 2 - Friday 28th July 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
The second winter conversation will be focused on Mental Health and body image steered by 2023 Australian of the Year, Taryn Brumfitt , as well as Breakthrough Mental Health CEO, John Mannion .

Taryn is an Australian Body Positive advocate,writer, photographer and a film-maker born in Adelaide.

She started up her own business back in 2012 entitled Body Image Movement , whose ethos is all about ending the "global body-hating epidemic" and working to put an end to body loathing.

In 2016 Taryn produced a documentary entitled "Embrace" focusing on body image and the need to embrace the positive side of your body.

Taryn has also published other books including "Embrace - My Story from Body Loather to Body Lover", "Embrace Yourself" and "Embrace Kids: How you can help your kids to love and celebrate their bodies".

As of 2019, Taryn has been crowdfunding with the aim of making a documentary "Embrace Kids" aimed at children between the ages of 8 yrs and 12 yrs, hoping to roll it out across schools around the world.

The other speaker, John Mannion, is one of South Australia's leading mental health advocates, and today he is the executive director of the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation , Australia's only dedicated mental health research charity, of which he has been running since 2018.

John is one of three recently appointed Mental Health Commissioners in South Australia and is a leading advocate for the one in five people in this State who live with a mental illness of some kind.

John's aim, together with his organisation is to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness via education.

The company Breakthrough has funded more than 20 leading research projects in SA this year across its four focus areas - youth mental health, depression, Aboriginal mental health and eating disorders.

3. Session 3 - Friday 25th August 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm

The final Winter Conversations session has a theme of "Women's Advancement" and will be hosted by former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard .

If anyone knows about this topic, it is Julia Gillard, who has been an inspiration to many Australians, particularly women, who have strived to achieve and make a difference during their lifetime.

Julia was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia (the first female PM) back in 2010, a position she held until 2013.

In October 2012, Julia received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.

In 2014 Ms Gillard was appointed chair of the Global Partnership for Education, a leading organisation dedicated to expanding access and quality education worldwide. She is also Patron of CAMFED, the campaign for female education, which tackles poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, thus empowering women to step up as leaders of change.

Then in 2017, Ms Gillard became the Chair of Beyond Blue, Australia's leading mental health awareness body.

Julia Gillard is also on the boards of various other organisations pertaining to women's leadership, science and health challenges, and has written three books surrounding women, leadership and gender. She was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia back in 2017.

4. Details

Where: The Ballroom, Government House, North Terrace, Adelaide

How to Book: Bookings are now open for the June session and your place can be reserved by clicking on the link on the Government House website-

For the July and August sessions, bookings will be opened up three weeks prior to each session and can be made by the above web link.

All sessions are free and are a great way to hear from the subject matter experts about important issues facing our world today.

A great way to warm up those brain cells during our chilly winter days.

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