Worldwide EndoMarch Sydney 2018
End The Silence On Endo ...
Join us on Saturday March 24th, 2018 for an extraordinary High Tea with a glass of sparkling on arrival and take part in a world wide event to raise funds, education and awareness for Endometriosis.
Enjoy an afternoon with our Key Note Speaker & Special Guest Speakers and MC'd by our fabulous Ambassador Simone Skinner-Smith. Enjoy a glass of sparkling on arrival, delicious food and help raise awareness and funds for Endometriosis Australia.
With thanks to the Moore Park Golf Club, Sydney for their support.
Mistress of Ceremonies
Ambassador Ash Ricardo
Ash Ricardo is an actor, writer and voice over artist. She is best known for playing Kerry Green in Network Ten’s Offsring. And will star in the upcoming Channel Nine crime thriller Bite Club playing Detective Zoe Rawlings. Her additional television credits include starring as ‘Charlotte Wynn’ in Network Ten’s Party Tricks, the ABC series Old School alongside Bryan Brown and Sam Neill, the Seven Network telemovie MOLLY, the Network Ten telemovie MARY: The Making of a Princess, Home and Away, Tricky Business, Rescue: Special OPS and Packed to the Rafters.
Ash recently starred in Enzo Tedeschi’s thriller Event Zero and she also featured in Wayne Hope’s Now Add Honey, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Bentonville Film Festival. She will next be seen in Taika Waititi’s THOR: Ragnarok.
Ash has appeared in numerous theatre productions including Noises Off, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Gallipolli and All Star Cabaret for the Sydney Theatre Company; Between Two Waves for the Griffin Theatre; That Face for the Queensland Theatre Company; The Pigeons for Griffin Independent Theatre and Sprout for the Old Fitz Theatre.
Ash graduated from NIDA in 2008.
Heather Swan ‘Wingwoman’ - ... Being Brave, Being Strong, Transforming Fear into Power
As the World’s most experienced woman wingsuit pilot, Heather has set and broken World Records and achieved many ‘world-firsts and one-offs’.
Heather has climbed high Himalayan mountains; and then jumped from a breathtaking 6772m. She has flown across the Grand Canyon from rim to rim; made the first wingsuit flights in Antarctica; across the Australian Outback - Lake Eyre, Wilpena Pound and Mt Connor; across urban landscapes - Sydney Harbour, Melbourne and Brisbane cities, to mention just a few. Heather is a recipient of Australian Geographic’s prestigious ‘Sprit of Adventure Award’.
Heather might sound like a ‘super-woman’, but she is surprisingly, disarmingly normal - a former high- level marketing and then management executive. She started her adventure career in her late thirties, with no background in athleticism and an ‘over-active fear system’, yet she has consciously pushed through self-imposed limits time and time again, going on to achieve almost unimaginable things.
Heather has appeared in countless television programs and documentaries including The Search for Freedom, she has authored three successful books and spoken at major events around the world. To learn more about her go to www.baseclimb.com.
Dr Mike Armour
Dr Armour joined NICM in 2016 as a postdoctoral research fellow working in the area of women's health. His background is a mixture of western and eastern medicine, having completed an honours degree in Biomedicine before training as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. In 2016, under the supervision of Professor Caroline Smith, Professor Hannah Dahlen, Dr Xiaoshu Zhu and Professor Cindy Faruqhar, Dr Armour completed his PhD examining the effect of acupuncture on the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea at NICM. Mike has received an early career researcher award to examine the effect of acupuncture on the symptoms of endometriosis, and has recently completed projects on the cost of illness of pelvic pain in Australia, the use of self-care in women with Endometriosis, and experiences of women with endometriosis in the Australian Health Care system. He has most recently been awarded a partnership grant with U by Kotex and Western Sydney University to help improve young women’s menstrual health literacy and self-care skills for managing menstrual pain.
Ambassador Simone Skinner-Smith
Simone Skinner-Smith is ‘The Mobile Yogi’. Since 2012 she has been bringing yoga far and wide…thanks to her Vespa ‘Bluey’. Simone has held group yoga classes in-store at Lulu Lemon, at preschools, corporate boardrooms and even the forecourt of The Museum of Sydney. And she has held private yoga classes for everyone from busy mums and dads to international celebrity judges on Channel 9’s The Voice (no name dropping allowed!).
She initiated the popular ‘Yoga in The Garden’ classes at The Grounds of Alexandria and the free 'Yoga for Endo' classes which lead to 'Luminosity' the annual yoga event with Endometriosis Australia.
Simone has been featured in Women’s Health Magazine and Girlfriend Magazine promoting health and wellness through yoga. She has strong connections with the Media Industry, previously working as the Editor of Girl Power magazine and Little Angel magazine for ‘tween girls. She has worked behind-the-scenes on many Australian TV programs like Better Homes and Gardens, It’s Academic and Saturday Disney. She has also appeared on-camera as a snow reporter for Channel 10’s National News, FUEL TV and Fox Sports News.
She is passionate about sharing her love of yoga with people of all ages and experiences.
Paul Lahiff - Endometriosis Australia, Director
Paul is the Independent Chair of NPP Australia Limited and also chairs the Retail Finance Intelligence (RFi) Advisory Board and Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors. He is a non-executive director of Austbrokers and LIXI Australia. Paul has over thirty five year’s experience in banking and finance having served as Managing Director of Mortgage Choice, Permanent Trustee and Heritage Bank, as well as senior executive roles with Westpac in Sydney and London.
I’m honoured to join the Endometriosis Australia Board and hope to contribute to its growth and development. Having seen at first hand the devastating impact it can have on a woman’s life and wellbeing, I’m determined and committed to the organisation’s vision of putting an end to endo.”
Associate Professor Alan Lam
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ALAN LAM MBBS (HONS), FRANZCOG, FRCOG
Associate Professor Alan Lam is known for his expertise in endoscopic treatment of endometriosis, pelvic floor prolapse, hysterectomy and myomectomy.
He is an internationally recognised expert and teacher who has been invited to lecture and demonstrate surgery at numerous international and national scientific conferences and workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, and Asia.
A/Professor Lam holds an academic appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney where he lectures and teaches medical students on endometriosis and pelvic pain.
A/Professor Lam currently serves on the Board of the World Endometriosis Society (WES) and the International Society Gynecological Endoscopy (ISGE). He is a past President of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgical Society (AGES).
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