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The Rotary Club of Camden held a Mental Health Forum and Expo on Saturday 23rd March 2024 at the Camden Civic Centre to raise community awareness of mental health issues.
The aim of the Mental Health Forum and Expo was to help to de-stigmatise mental illness; deliver information about mental health to people living in our community; improve the capacity for individuals to access relevant services; improve the capacity of individuals to care for themselves if they develop a mental illness; increase community awareness about mental health; and build capacity within the community to give and get help. Mental health is a key component of the overall health and wellbeing of all Australians.  
The Mental Health Forum and the Expo ran concurrently in different rooms at the Civic Centre with six speakers throughout the day covering topics across the mental health spectrum and 25 stalls by a broad range of mental health care support providers.  
The event was free to the community.
Our guest speaker on Monday night was Julie Burton, a Senior Associate and head of the Estates Team at Caldwell Martin & Cox Solicitors. Julie was introduced by Bill McGookin and the vote of thanks was given by Stephen Humphreys.
Julie spent 17 years at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office working primarily in the areas of tort law and employment law and has been at CMC for 6 years. A lifelong Camden local, Julie is married and has 2 daughters.
The title of Julie’s presentations was ‘’Where there’s a will….’’ and her presentation was very informative and enlightening. Julie outlined the many pitfalls in not having a will and not having a will that has been updated to allow for changed personal circumstances. Apart from the many legal complications there are potentially significant costs involved in not clearly outlining your intentions for the distribution of your estate.
You can’t rule from the grave!
Our guest speakers a few weeks ago were David Funnell and Michael Lee from the Camden Mens’ Shed. In the intro duction, Rob Elliott described these gentlemen as passionate and that was certainly the case with the presentation that followed. Starting in 2008, with only 4 members, the group has expanded to 49 paid up members and 12 social members. The annual membership fee of $50 is almost entirely used to pay into a national Men’s Shed Insurance policy which is very important when using a wide range of equipment. During the presentation, the history of finding a permanent home was outlined with exciting plans to erect the new shed on land in the Carrington zone. Once constructed, managing logistics and that includes on-costs such as energy, will be a major project. Michael and David outlined the proposal to install a 25 kw Solar Array system to alleviate energy costs and with community support, the target of $17,000 should be an achievable project. The objectives of the Mens’ Shed is to support community, provide workshops for hands-on projects and also be at present to support mental health to highlight just three. With more Men’s Sheds than McDonalds in Australia, it does illustrate the presence of an important community organisation across Camden and Australia. 
A recent guest speaker at our club was Dr Alex Buttfield, the Deputy Director and Co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training, responsible for training new emergency specialists at Campbelltown Hospital.
Dr Buttfield spoke passionately about his aim to upskill Emergency Department nurses in paediatric life support. The Advanced Paediatric Life Support course is widely recognised as the international gold standard in paediatric emergency training courses. The course has been developed for doctors, nurses and paramedics looking to increase their confidence and clinical skills in the emergency management of ill and injured children.
The initiative is already supported by the Kids of Macarthur Foundation.
For more details click here.
Camden Rotary Club has just completed the planting of 100 trees at Camden Airport in recognition of the Centenary of Rotary in Australia. Community volunteers improving our environment.
Camden Rotary Club's Annual Pride of Workmanship Awards was held on Monday 15th May where nine individuals were recognised.
The Pride of Workmanship Award is designed to acknowledge an employee, irrespective of age or vocation, who, in the eyes of his or her employer, displays outstanding qualities in terms of approach, attitude, dedication and commitment, to his or her job.
The Award is intended to cover all aspects of work performance and ethics, inclusive of quality and quantity of output, safety, initiative, sense of responsibility, etc.
Pride of Workmanship is not a competition and there are no winners. It is a recognition of individual achievement and commitment.
U-Turn the Wheel is a program which educates young drivers on the challenges they face every day on our roads, including car care and safety, other road users, partying safely, the effects of brain injury, road rules, and the effects of drugs and alcohol. Camden Rotary Club is proud to be able to run this program in a number of our local schools.
We would like to thank our presenters:
Headway Brain Injury Support Services, Camden Automotive Repairs, Cawdor Haulage, Youth Solutions & NSW Police Force
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