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Champions open up about mental health


Speaking openly about mental health can be challenging, but it was the order of the day at our inaugural Champions Lunch in October. Local sporting identities spoke at the event, attended by more than 300 people at the Adelaide Oval.


Port Adelaide Football Club player and Lifeline Adelaide Ambassador, Matthew Lobbe; former Adelaide Crows player, Andrew Crowell; two-time Crossfit World Champion, Amanda Allen; and former Australian Test cricketer, Wayne Phillips (pictured bottom, left to right) shared their experiences and those of their loved ones in a Q&A panel hosted by Mark Aiston.


The aim of the lunch was to start a conversation about mental health and show that mental illness can affect anyone at any time. More than $7000 was raised through donations and a raffle to support Lifeline Adelaide.


We thank our sponsors CMI Toyota, First Drop Wines, Willis Towers Watson, Lin Andrews Real Estate, Belmore Nurses Bureau, Logic Films and Bunzl for their generous support.


New youth service pays


tribute to former Chair A new Uniting Communities youth service at has been named for previous Chair of the Board, Dr Jo Baulderstone.


Launched at the end of February, ‘Jo’s’ provides ongo- ing long-term residential care to young people aged between 12 and 17 years who are under the guardian- ship of the minister. Located in Modbury Heights and Golden Grove, the three-bedroom houses offer a warm, home-like environment.


This innovative service has been modelled on research into the bene- fits of therapeutic resi- dential care, as well as Uniting Communities’ practical experience and success gained through the Ruby’s Reunification program.


Farewell to a Lifeline


Adelaide pioneer Uniting Communities and Lifeline Adelaide were saddened by the passing of Dr Basil Hetzel AC in early February.


Dr Hetzel was one of three key members of the Mental Health Association in the 1960s, which formed Lifeline in Adelaide. Dr Hetzel, with Rev Frank Hansen and Ken Treagus, Administrator at the RAH, developed a service that could respond immediately when contacted by people considering suicide. More than 50 years later, Lifeline Adelaide is still saving lives.


Dr Jo Baulderstone


‘We are creating something unique at Jo’s,’ says Service Manager, Paula May. ‘It’s a residential care program that is genuine, kind and consistent; a home for young people that will provide them with uncondi- tional support.’


The service’s namesake, Jo Baulderstone, was a mem- ber of the Uniting Communities’ Board for eight years, taking on the role of Chair in 2012. She continues to actively support the work of Uniting Communities.


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Dr Hetzel enjoyed a distinguished medical career, best known for discovering the link between iodine deficiencies and medical conditions including brain damage in unborn chil- dren. His work in this area led to the establish- ment of the International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD), an organisation instrumen- tal in shaping the health outcomes of many millions of people around the world.


Our condolences to Dr Hetzel’s loved ones.


Dr Basil Hetzel (image courtesy of the Hospital Research Foundation)


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