Committee 2019-04-16T18:57:27+00:00

The People Behind S.O.S

Advisory Board

Vivienne Harkness
Vivienne Harkness
Vivienne is the founder and president of S.O.S, she was a carer for her husband who had suffered a severe stroke. Vivienne firmly believes that the awareness of stroke and its preventions should be increased within Australia. She was originally a primary school teacher, Vivienne has worked for over 40 years in the not for profit sector, specialising in major national events. These include bringing Red Nose Day to Australia and directing it for its first 3 years.
Brendan Reilly
Brendan Reilly
Brendan is a senior commercial and disputes lawyer with Parke Lawyers. He has a background in the not-for-profit sector having been Executive Officer of a state-wide disability organisation in the 1990s. He is committed to reducing the debilitating impacts of stroke in our community.
Richard Wilson

Committee

Vivienne Harkness
Vivienne HarknessPresident
Vivienne is the founder and president of S.O.S, she was a carer for her husband who had suffered a severe stroke. Vivienne firmly believes that the awareness of stroke and its preventions should be increased within Australia. She was originally a primary school teacher, Vivienne has worked for over 40 years in the not for profit sector, specialising in major national events. These include bringing Red Nose Day to Australia and directing it for its first 3 years.
Brendan Reilly
Brendan ReillyVice President
Brendan is a senior commercial and disputes lawyer with Parke Lawyers. He has a background in the not-for-profit sector having been Executive Officer of a state-wide disability organisation in the 1990s. He is committed to reducing the debilitating impacts of stroke in our community.
Caroline White
Caroline WhiteTreasurer
At Strike Out Stroke I am passionate about working towards giving people the resources to educate and care for the people in our community affected by stroke. My 20 years as a CPA provides me with the sound experience to support to this great organisation.
Jessica Freeman
Jessica FreemanSecretary
Jessica is an exercise physiologist with a focus on community based rehabilitation. She has experience as the project manager of a stroke care program in Deakin University’s Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition Sciences. Jessica is passionate about bridging the gap in stroke care between hospital and community care to ensure stroke survivors and their family receive necessary ongoing support.
Melissa Rixon
Melissa works as a Physiotherapist at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Epworth Hospital with neurology patients. She is passionate about trying to reduce the time it takes people to reach hospital after a stroke.
Ashima Gupta
Ashima Gupta
Ash is a physiotherapist with over 14 years of experience in the public hospital sector. She has specialised skills in Emergency care and also held a number of project lead and management positions at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Ash is passionate about ensuring that patients receive high-quality, patient-centred and collaborative care, both in and out of hospital. She has witnessed, first hand, the devastating immediate and long-term impacts of stroke both professionally and personally and is therefore passionate about striking out stroke.

Brainstormers

The following people have graciously provided their input and invaluable contribution to the STRIKE OUT STROKE campaign.

Brett Armstrong

Ben Utting

Softball Australia

Andrew Henderson

Graphic Designer at Piglet Studio

Felicity Sinfield

Councillor at the City of Boroondara

Francesca Franich

Digital Media Coordinator

Ramilla Clugston

Darcy Murray

HR Professional, Project Management

Karen Overall

Primary School Principle, Schools Advisor

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