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Thursday 22 October 2020 - 7:30 - 9 PM


Why Does First Aid Matter Today?

As we continue to navigate our way through such uncertain territory in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic, if there’s one thing we need to focus on – it’s getting through these challenging and tough times with the support of one another.


More significantly for us in St John Ambulance QLD, I find it most reassuring that we continue to find ways to stay connected with the recent easing of pandemic restrictions in Queensland as more people return to their workplace at least for some days in the week. Though that may change at any time.


That’s why it gives me great pleasure to invite you to our next online symposium – Let’s Talk about First Aid – via Zoom, on Thursday 22 October 2020 from 7.30-9pm. There is no cost to attend, but you must register to receive the Zoom meeting link before the event. Members of the public are welcome to make a donation* of any amount they see fit.


Meet our Esteemed Guest Speakers

Participants attending via Zoom, will have the opportunity to ask questions of our panel by using the online ‘chat’ box. Here’s a brief look at our two expert guest speakers and the topics they will cover:


First Aid for Eye Injuries – Associate Professor Graham Lee MD MBBS(Qld) FRANZCO

Associate Professor Graham Lee is one of a few specialists who has completed both corneal and external diseases (Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London) and glaucoma fellowships (Birmingham and Midlands Eye Hospital, Birmingham).


Graham works in private (City Eye Centre and Brisbane North Eye Centre) and public clinics (Mater and Queensland Children’s Hospitals) managing cataract, anterior segment, corneal transplantation and glaucoma drainage procedures. Graham has been involved with the selection and training of Ophthalmology registrars and previously held the position of Director of Qualifications & Education in Queensland, being recognised as a trainer of excellence.


Graham is passionate about clinical research, having published more than 100 peer- reviewed publications in international journals and book chapters in major texts.


Graham has been the recipient of national and international awards, including the Australasian Cataract & Refractive Society Film Festival twice and the World Glaucoma Congress Film Festival in Vancouver. Graham has presented more than 200 lectures worldwide and has a special interest in developing countries including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Nepal. He has co-founded a website to promote high quality in-depth teaching of ophthalmology.


Graham is the Chair of the Queensland arm of the St John Ophthalmic Program.


What’s New In Paediatric Resuscitation –

Associate Professor Jason Acworth MBBS(Hons) FRACP GradCertHealthcareSim MStJ


Associate Professor Jason Acworth is a Paediatric Emergency Physician at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.


Jason has a long-held passion for paediatric resuscitation and simulation education. His current research work is focussing on paediatric rapid response systems in Australia and New Zealand.


He served as Chair of Training Branch for St John Ambulance (QLD) from 2004-2008 and has been a member of State Council since.


In his spare time, he is the President of Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) Australia and is a paediatric representative on the Australian Resuscitation Council.


Your MC and Moderator – Sandra Rosa Moore MStJ MBA


Sandra is a strategist, management consultant, project management/communication and engagement specialist and a Good Samaritan at heart, who was admitted into The Order in October 2018.


Sandra’s passionate about making a difference in the humanitarian and primary health care sector and is actively involved with St John Ambulance QLD as a volunteer State Councillor and member of the St John Ambulance Historical Society of Australia. Her flair for promoting and advancing The Order’s “for the faith and for the service of humanity” ethos has helped raise awareness of the vital work of St John Ambulance QLD and the significant first aid training, products and social support contribution to the Queensland community since 1992.


Her present volunteer role as Vice-President, QUT’s Business School Alumni sees her creating and providing professional development opportunities and networking events (now in an online setting) to more than 66,000 alum around the globe in more than 120 countries.


Sandra is also best known to practice and actively advocate the ‘Art of War’ as a black belt martial art instructor, espousing a ‘sound body sound mind’ philosophy to build on her resilience, both mental and physical.


How to register

To register your interest in attending, and to complete the registration process, please fill in your contact details, using the link below.


You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Oct 22, 2020 07:30 PM Brisbane


Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


In the meantime, think about any first aid related questions of the panel, or add your question in the comments box on the registration form.


Feel free to share this invitation in your networks and I look forward to seeing you online soon!


Dr Vlas Efstathis AM RFD KStJ


St John Ambulance QLD


*Donations can be made by clicking on the link below. Thank you.

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