Mental fitness conference set for Noosa

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Members of the organising committee Kevin Rabeling, Ken Kipping, John Butterworth, and Bob Birkhead.

A major conference exploring the pathways to life-long mental fitness is set to be held at Noosa Springs Resort on Wednesday 5 October.

Five local Rotary Clubs, under the Rotarians 4 Mental Health banner, have organised the event in hopes to have people reach out, speak up, and look into potential ways to improve their wellness and lifestyle.

Under the theme of Don’t Bottle it Up, the committee has been actively engaged in creating increased awareness about the range of mental health issues in the community with the support of many leading local personalities.

Noosa Rotary Club member John Butterworth said, “Our aim is to engage with organisations, service providers, community groups, sporting groups and people who may be touched by mental health issues, including PTSD, to explore ways of achieving lifelong mental fitness.”

Noosa Daybreak Rotary Club president Ken Kipping contacted former Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and a short video clip from Sir Peter will help launch the conference.

With an extensive background in the Australian Defence Force, Sir Peter is well aware of the range of mental health issues faced by past and present members of defence forces and has thrown his support for this Rotary-driven initiative.

Across the day-long conference, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to a host of speakers, all of whom have a message to tell.

The key note speaker will be Professor Jim Lagopoulos, of the world-renowned Thompson Institute based on the Sunshine Coast.

Other speakers will include Tony Dell, a former Australian Test cricketer, and an unabashed advocate for the need for more to be done to help first responders, especially those impacted by military service.

As this campaign is a joint Rotary initiative of clubs of Noosa Heads, Cooroy, Noosa Daybreak, Eumundi & Noosa, members of the Australian Rotary Health Foundation will present on the many ways that Rotary, both locally and internationally, is focusing on mental health initiatives as part of its interaction with communities.

Bob Birkhead, chair of the organising committee said, “We would invite organisations, local groups and people wanting to learn more about ways forward and the scope to attain a greater degree of mental fitness to come along to this vital conference.”

There is an early bird special for all ticket registrations made by 6 September. Seats are limited and are selling quickly.

Tickets for this important conference are available at