The Podcast

Living with assistance dogs plus Dandelion Day fundraising campaign supports 12,000 families

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This week on the Advocate Podcast, I am speaking with Tim McCallum, ambassador of Assistance Dogs Australia, a charity that provides fully trained dogs to people with mobility needs, autism or post-traumatic stress. Tim will tell us about the organisation and his personal story of having assistance dogs.  Dandelion Support Network, a grassroots not-for-profit that supports children and families in need, is celebrating its tenth-year anniversary by launching a fundraising activity called Dandelion Day to support more than 12,000 families. Gabrielle Humphreys chats with us about Dandelion Day. You can listen on: Spotify https://spoti.fi/3BPoh1S Apple https://apple.co/3nSVp3z…

Transformation to a trauma-informed community and baking away with Big Cake Bake

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Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, is president of Blue Knot Foundation, a non-profit organisation that advocates for and provides support to people who have experienced complex trauma. In this week’s episode of the Advocate Podcast I will discuss with Dr Kezelman about the upcoming Blue Knot Day on Thursday, October 28th and how to build a trauma-informed community.  Australian Red Cross, a humanitarian aid and community services charity is hosting a Big Cake Bake fundraising campaign encouraging  Australians to raise funds while having fun baking. Program manager Marlene Cirillo talks to us about this year’s Big Cake Bake. You can listen…

Sustainable foods for a healthier you and planet plus a conversation on Australia’s women of colour

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Welcome to episode ten of The Advocate Podcast! I am speaking with Lucinda Hancock, CEO of the Victorian Division of Nutrition Australia, a non-profit organisation promoting the health and well-being of all Australians, in a discussion about sustainable foods and diet for a healthier body and planet. Women of Colour Australia (WoCA), a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity established in August 2020, champions Australia’s women of colour through programs of education, community support initiatives and advocacy work. Founder Brenda Gaddi chats with us about their plan to challenge the way organisations to approach diversity. You can listen on: Spotify https://spoti.fi/2YK31N8…

A future without violence and $200,000 grants for rural mental health and wellbeing initiatives

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This week on the Advocate Podcast, we heard from Roxan Fabiano, executive officer at HerSpace, a not for profit offering wellbeing and mental health recovery services to women survivors (16yrs and over) of exploitation in Australia, in a discussion on what society could do to create a violence-free future. Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR) is a not-for-profit organisation connecting common purposes and funding from government, business and philanthropy with the genuine local needs of rural people and places. FRRR’s program coordinator Jeanice Henderson talks with us about the recent distribution of $200,000 grants dedicated to rural mental health and…

Monash University rescued Afghan academics and conversation on Dystonia Awareness Month

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This week on The Advocate Podcast, we invited Professor Jacqui True, Director of Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security, to share with us details on how Monash University helped eleven young Afghan academics escape the Taliban. Secondly we are in conversation with Denise Duclos, vice president of Dystonia Network Australia. Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that makes it difficult for people to control their muscles. Denise will tell us about Dystonia Awareness Month. You can listen on: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3nYgeMF Apple: https://apple.co/3kyuLN3…

Plastic pollution vs our ocean and fighting discrimination against dementia on Dementia Action Week

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This week on The Advocate Podcast, we have the honour to invite Shane Cucow from the Australian Marine Conservation Society to talk more about plastic pollution and the future of our ocean.  We’re also having a very insightful conversation with Maree McCabe, CEO of Dementia Australia on fighting discrimination against dementia for Dementia Action Week. You can listen on: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3ly0A89Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3zauT9r…

Conversation on Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week and young people psychological distress

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This week on The Advocate Podcast, we will be having an exclusive interview with Susan Wood from Spinal Cord Injury Australia to talk more about Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. I’ve also invited James Toomey from Mission Australia to chat about young people psychological distress based on a recently published report. You can listen on: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3jWdOvH Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3l8E0CM …

The Advocate Podcast featuring special guest Danny Jeffcote from Cohealth

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This week on The Advocate Podcast, I’ve had the honour to invite Danny Jeffcote from Cohealth to have an in-depth conversation on Overdose Awareness Day. Overdose Awareness Day occurred last Tuesday. I’m also providing a summary of this week’s stories. You can listen on: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3kPfeHp Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/38wEyMD…

The Advocate Podcast featuring special guest Ann Butler from BASSCare

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This week’s The Advocate Podcast, with host Carla Wijaya, interviews Ann Butler from BASSCare, who helps coordinate Meals On Wheels for her aged care home. Meals On Wheels Day occurred on Wednesday. Carla also provides a summary of this week’s stories. You can listen on: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3kmaWagApple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3mGd3IT…