Guest Speaker - Anthony de Catella Women's Health
Anthony is the Research & Business Manager of the Monash HER Centre (Health Education and Research Centre), a mental health unit for women run in conjunction with Monash University, Alfred Hospital and Cabrini Hospital, Anthony has a nursing/psychiatry background, with 30 years of clinical research in psychiatry, specialising in women's mental health.
Continual research is providing effective new approaches to mental health, including schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorder, personality disorders, menopause depression, trauma related disorders, premenstrual disorders, family violence and eating disorders. The HER Centre provides education to both professional clinicians and the public, along with direct patient consultation and clinical trials. Funding is a constant and consuming pursuit.
This is about our daughters, mothers, wives, partners, sisters, nieces, female friends and colleagues. There are alarming statistics showing the extent of women's mental health:
Women have twice as much depression as men and four times the rate of anxiety disorders
 1 in 4 females and 46.4% of females aged 16-24 had a mental health disorder in 2021.
 1 in 10 women experience intimate partner violence during the pandemic.
 Suicide is the leading cause of maternal death during pregnancy.
 Menopausal women are 2nd highest suicide group.
The annual cost of mental illness in women is staggering. Depression/anxiety costs $32 billion per year due to direct lost productivity; Menopause costs women more than $112 bil-lion in lost earnings and superannuation every year. Add in lost earnings, loss of effective parenting, divorce, loss of care of elderly and many other factors. A stimulating question session proved the interest in Anthony’s excellent and most relevant presentation.
Chairperson tonight - Will de Castella had the pleasure of introducing our guest speaker, Anthony de Castella. Anthony is Wills younger brother — the youngest of 7 siblings.
Three Minute Speaker — David Anderson
David gave a humorous, factual and entertaining 3 minute talk of his driving experience in Thailand!
With a population of 71 million and 10.5 mill. of those in Bangkok, there are 20.3 mill. registered vehicles. 87% of households have motorcycles. There is major congestion and many obstacles on the road, and although vehicles are right hand drive, to a visitor there appears to be no road rules! As well as wandering stock and roaming dogs, the grossly overloading of “tubs” (utes) and trucks and the distraction of mobile phones all add to the mayhem!
President Tony
Welcome to our guest speaker, Anthony de Castella
• Thankyou to David & Tippy for hosting our picnic meeting at Glenside, it was a great night.
• Raffle tonight is donated by Just Great Coffee.
• At the last Board meeting it was decided to rotate the Sergeant Duty weekly among members. This will commence in February.
• RAWCS have $500.00 debit cards available for those who are impacted by the recent floods. Please encourage eligible community members to apply.
• Our meeting on 1st February will be held at the RSL Hall, due to the club-house being painted. It will be a pizza night and BYO drinks.
• Thankyou Darryl for undertaking to maintain the BBQ Trailer, and to Paul K & Bob H for offering to do an inventory and look after the storage shed.
• Guest Speakers—1/2/24—Penny & Kelly on their Antarctica trips, and 8/2/24 will be Andrew Paxton, Murrindindi Shire Council, Education Hub plans.
• We are planning a farewell evening for Jim & Glenys Osborne and Terry & Janet Hubbard, which will be a partner's night. Date to be advised.

Secretary Julie—Correspondence:
• Thankyou letter from Margaret Ball, in appreciation for the Seniors Dinner. Meal, entertainment and friendly service was a highlight for her. These senti-ments have been echoed by many others!
• Rotary magazines are available to peruse
• Funeral details for Norm Berndt has been finalised for Wednesday 24th Janu-ary, 11 am at Whitehaven, Whittlesea.
• Reminder to register for District Conference, which will be held in Shepparton this year. Early bird registration closes 20/1/24.
Darryl -
Thanks to all who attended the Yea Cancer Charity picnic under the oak trees at Kingsmere Park, with the Four Fathers providing entertainment. Over $7,000 was raised.
Thanks to Deb Baynes, Sharon and Emma for catering tonight. Delicious!