Home' HR Monthly : March 2017 Contents StrokeSafe
In Australia a stroke occurs every 10 minutes across people of all
ages... and the impacts last a lifetime. One-third of stroke survivors
are of working age. But did you know stroke can be prevented?
The Stroke Foundation has passionate volunteer StrokeSafe Speakers available to present to
workplaces and community groups. Many have personal experience with stroke and are willing
to share their challenging yet inspirational journey.
Your group will learn:
• What stroke is and how to recognise the signs of stroke
• What to do if someone is having a stroke
• How to prevent stroke in you or the people you love
Make a StrokeSafe presentation a part of your
staff health and wellness program.
To find out if there is speaker in your area
What people say
about StrokeSafe talks
“The talk was incredible, totally captivating. To
have her story shared first hand was both an
inspiration and an eye-opener. It really got us all
thinking and talking about the way we look after
ourselves. And we’ve changed! Thank you so
much for organising this for us, it’s had a huge
and very important impact on each and every
one of us.”
“This has been one of the best
information nights our club has
had for many years.”
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Witnessing first hand the
positive effects of mentoring
led Marie Ball to start her own
What is your favourite book
or movie and why?
I enjoyed reading the Divergent
series by Veronica Roth; she’s a
fantasy writer and her books are
fascinating. They’re about exploring
the concept of how segmenting a
community into specific roles and
responsibilities would work.
Who would be your ideal dinner
party guest and why?
Dr Charlie Teo, the renowned
Australian neurosurgeon. I admire his
optimism and out-of-the-box thinking;
he takes on patients considered by
other doctors as too far gone to help.
What is your favourite
destination and why?
Venice – I love it there! I love the
hustle and bustle of travelling around
in a boat as you take in the sights. It’s
crazy but I just love the energy.
I became an AHRI member and then became
certified in a motivational mapping program.
I meet with people and we map where their
motivations lie and then we come up with
strategies to help sustain motivation at work.
So when my husband and I decided to move
somewhere more remote, I decided it was time
to share what I knew.
Why do HR people need to invest in
their own professional development?
When you work in fields that deal directly with
people, such as HR and welfare, you have a real
focus on serving others and a lot of your time is
spent in meetings developing policy, programs
and procedures for other people. So it’s easy
to forget to invest in your own professional
development. However it’s critically important
to be up-to -date on best practices, particularly if
you want to be taken seriously in the HR space.
What do you think about AHRI’s
I think it’s fantastic that AHRI is taking this
step to drive forward the professionalism of HR.
If HR wants a seat at the table and to influence
in a strategic way what happens within their
organisations, we need to be certified. We need
to have that recognition among our peers and
among colleagues. •••
Tell me about your career to date?
I started off in youth work, moved onto
corrective services and community development
and then I worked for the Commonwealth
for eight years. I began by doing program
management and then I moved into HR , which
was my sweet spot and has been ever since.
What did your time working in the
government sector teach you about
the value of mentoring?
I think that mentoring is critical; it’s a great way
to bring people into the workplace and support
people once they’re there. I had a short stint in
an indigenous development coordinator role
a few years ago and saw how an indigenous
mentor employed by a local council to support
indigenous trainees resulted in most of them
being retained after 12 months. A nd that was
because someone was there whose sole job was
to connect with them about things that related
to their employment.
Mentoring is a great way to share experiences
and a great way to learn about yourself too. I
currently mentor two people as part of AHRI’s
What prompted you to start your
When I retu rned from living in the UK in 2015,
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