Sunshine Coast Branch ... a dynamic organisation for women graduates
Affiliated with Australian Federation of Graduate Women AFGW
Come along and join our casual morning teas held the third Saturday of each month from 10.00am.
These mornings are very informal which gives members a chance to get-to-know other like minded women
Further information contact:
Bev Hinz: email@example.com
Joy Ryan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Casual Morning Teas – 3rd Saturday of each month from 10am (venues to be advised)
Thursday January 24:Australia Day Lunch – Palmwoods Hotel 12 noon
Saturday March 2:International Women’s Day Breakfast – Headland Golf Club 7.30 am.
Guest speaker Commodore Sarah Sharkey RAN CSC
Saturday May 11:May Breakfast – Headland Golf Club 7.30 am
Saturday July 6:Bursary Presentation Breakfast – Innovation Centre USC 7.30 am
Saturday August 24:Annual General Meeting – venue to be advised
Saturday November 2:November Breakfast – Headland Golf Club 7.30 am
International Women’s Day (IWD) Breakfast - March 2019
Commodore Sarah Sharkey RAN CSC
Director General Garrison Health Operations
Director General Navy Health Services
Commodore Sharkey has served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy for more than 20 years. CDRE Sharkey began her service under sponsorship while an undergraduate medical student at the University of Queensland and has since enjoyed a range of postings both at sea and ashore with her clinical background mainly in submarine and diving medicine.
In her more recent career she has enjoyed serving at the Director General level in Joint Health Command and as the Head of the Navy Health Community.
CDRE Sharkey's qualifications include Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Masters in Business Administration, and Masters in Politics and Policy. CDRE Sharkey is also a Fellow of Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies and Associate Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
CDRE Sharkey is a recipient of the Australian Defence Medal, Australian Service Medal with Soloman Islands Clasp and the Defence Long Service Medal. She was awarded a Chief of Army Commendation in 2001 and a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2014 Queens Birthday honours for her contribution to the Reform Program within Defence Health Services.
Sarah is married to Frank and together their biggest achievements and pleasure is in raising their four children.
Bev Hinz with the GWQ SC Christmas Tree, as part of St Mark’s Anglican Church Buderim, Festival Of Christmas Trees.
Book sale November 2018 breakfast raised $257.55. It was organised by Bernice Anderson (seated).
Through the sale of paintings inspired by her recent trip to Central Australia, Sally Chandler has raised over $3,000 to fund a study bursary for indigenous women.
It’sinthebag# - Three shopping trolleys full of donations. The collection was organised by Judy Allinson, to provide women in reduced circumstances (e.g. homeless or in crisis accommodation) with personal items.
International Women’s Day (IWD) Breakfast
Dr Katie Seidler & GWQ SC President Bev Hinz
Katie presented: “The Psychology of Violent Crime: Lessons from the Inside"
The IWD breakfast at Maroochy Surf Club was a function to be remembered. In addition to members, we had a large group of guests, in total, 64 members and guests.
Our guest speaker Dr Katie Seidler was able to present a complex topic in a way that everyone could understand. As Member Robyn Nolan wrote:
Our amazing speaker, Dr Katie Seidler, addressed “The Psychology of Violent Crime: Lessons from the Inside”. She wowed us with her twenty years’ experience as a Forensic Psychologist working with the violent and abusive people that others fear and avoid, whether they’ve been in prison, are in danger of incarceration or have been released. She has provided rehabilitation to murderers, violent and sexual offenders, and offers ongoing support after release. She explored the development of criminality from prejudicial childhoods, marked by poverty, abuse and neglect, or socialisation, into crime, by poor role modelling or conditioned by learning; or some or all of these factors. Her professional opinions are welcomed by the courts, media and Police. Her enthusiasm and optimism for the benefits of the work to society were impressive.
We were finally able to formally acknowledge the REP success at the 2017 Community Access Awards. Everyone in attendance was able to have a close look at the stylish trophy – the cheque for $2500 was already in the bank and being used!
A visual presentation on IWD breakfasts past provided many interesting and wonderful memories – from the almost debacles (weather and gales when Senator Claire Moore visited) to the inspirational women that have spoken to us with wisdom and love.
Marie Gracey, Elaine Wise, Barbara Campbell, Donna Lyden
Members Yvonne Koster, Nnenna Ike, Jan Dopson and guest Maureen Turner.
Members Coral Usher, Marilyn Keelty and Kayla Szumer.
The raffle (put together by Jan Leaks-Jones from member and other donations) raised an amazing $372!
Funds raised from this breakfast are directed toward our bursary program for the education of women and girls, including:
Undergraduates at USC
The STEMM program at Burnside (for young mothers returning to education)
Guest Speaker was Captain Jan Becker, midwife, CEO Becker Helicopters Pilot Training, 2017 USC Alumnus Student of the Year, and QLD Woman's Telstra Business Owner Winner. Jan combines her role in the family business with her humanitarian work in Tanzania, assisting mothers and babies.
Australia Day Lunch - 2018
Linda Boyle and Acrostic Winners 2018
The annual Australia Day lunch was held at Palmwoods Hotel on January 15. Many attendees participated in the Acrostic competition, demonstrating that creativity and wit does not just reside in the young. The overall winner was Betty Vawser (right), who admits to being over 90
Note: for information on any of the above, contact
Bev Hinz on
0427 947668 or
The 2017 International Women’s Day Breakfast was held at The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba
Dr Bridie Scott-Park and member Val Ross
The Guest Speaker was Dr Bridie Scott-Parker (Senior USC Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council)
Dr Bridie Scott-Parker leads the Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. As leader of ARRU, Bridie is also interested in adolescent health and wellbeing generally and includes risk taking and the influence of personal, social and structural influence upon risky behaviour.
Theme for 2017 is “Be Bold For Change” – help forge a better working world, a more inclusive, gender equal world.
2017 Bursary Recipients
Left to right: Committee members Janet Sweatman and Robyn Redknap with Bursary recipients Julie Reeves,Kate Whitaker and Eliza Berry with two other committee members Marijke Boonstra and Committee Chair Judy Allinson
The 2017 Bursary Presentation Breakfast Was held at the
Innovation Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast on 1st July.
Our successful under-graduate bursary winners shared their education journey.