SPEAKERS for 2015

DR KELLEE SLATER

Kellee is a surgeon at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Greenslopes Private Hospital and specialises in surgery for all diseases of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. Winner of the Courier Mail 2014 People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award, Kellee's book 'How to do a Liver Transplant'

opens up the fast-paced world of donor surgery. This inspirational memoir portrays both the joyous and difficult experiences of one of the most demanding jobs in the world.

PRUDENCE MELOM

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Prudence Melom was born in Bebalem, a little village in Chad, Central Africa. With her family, Prudence fled Chad and spent seven years in a refugee camp in Benin before finally being accepted into Australia. Here she has found her voice and become a rising star of storytelling, culminating in a win at the ABC’s Heywire 2013 competition. As a result of her experiences, Prudence has initiated a community organisation called E-raced which is all about erasing racism through story telling. She is very greatful for her new life in Australia. 

KIRSTY WRIGHT

 

Kirsty is a Forensic Biologist specialising in missing persons and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI). She has led DNA teams in numerous successful DVI operations in Australia and overseas and was involved in the 2002 Bali Bombings operation. Following the Boxing Day Tsunami she was the DNA Team Leader for the International Thai Tsunami Victim Identification Centre in Phuket as part of the Australian Federal Police DVI Team.

Today she holds a guest lecturing position at Griffith University. In 2012 Kirsty made the Qld Top 50 Best and Brightest list for 2012, based mostly on the work she is doing for INTERPOL. Kirsty was also a finalist in the Global category for the 2013 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

 

 

KELLY HIGGINS-DEVINE

Kelly loves seeking out the extraordinay in the ordinary.

The 2007 ABC Local Radio Broadcaster of the Year has worked all over Australia and came back to Brisbane when she found her way into the soft, warm arms of 612 ABC Brisbane.

"I relish what I do because I am able to explore the issues of the day with the major players, and then to open up discussion with an audience which is opinionated, insightful and intelligent".

Kelly is a wonderful supporter of Circles of Life Qld with her consultative advice and is our resident host entertainingly leading our forums.

KATHLEEN NOONAN

Kathleen is a journalist and columnist. She writes The Last Word column in the Courier Mail each Saturday with feature stories, arts and music interviews and reviews.

Kathleen is an active supporter of Circles of Life and due to her incredible popularity and ability to tell stories and engage the audience, it has seen her secure her own segment in our forum. We really love having her!