The Abrolhos Group  became an incorporated association  3rd June 2014.

We are a not for profit and in November 2015 achieved Public Benevolent Institution status so that your donations are tax deductible.

Board Meetings are 5.30 pm second Tuesday of each month at VDMC 151 Durlacher St Geraldton.

 

NEWS from our ………………INAUGURAL BOARD MEETING

held 9th of June 2014 5:30 PM at Victoria District Medical Centre 151 Durlacher Street Geraldton.

#1          Election of office bearers

Chair Kim Pedlow, Deputy Chair Nigel Holmes, Administrative Secretary Josie Blakeney, Company Secretary Alan Bradley, Treasurer Andrew Ford, Board members, Melissa Barrett, Gaby Bracks, Wendy Mann. Anne Pedlow.

#2         The interim constitution was considered, copies sent to board members. Will be discussed at the next general meeting.

#3          General discussion regarding activities of the Abrolhos Group. Our areas of interest are………….

– Point of care in obstetric ultrasound training………….. coordinator Kim Pedlow

– Assisting identification and management of learning and behavioural difficulties in children……….. coordinator Kim Pedlow

#4           Communication will be by electronic means, this will include e-mail, messaging, website with interactive potential, the website is being coordinated by Ricky Elsum at Everything Geraldton. All board members and friends of the Abrolhos Group are asked to provide current e-mail and mobile phone numbers.

 

 

NEWS from BOARD MEETING

9th of July 2014 5:30 PM at Victoria District Medical Centre 151 Durlacher Street Geraldton.

Business                 Ongoing work on the interim constitution aiming for tax deductibility, electronic copies to be sent to board members. Will be discussed at the next meeting.

#2         INTEREST GROUP REPORTS

Point of care obstetric ultrasound training                         coordinator Kim Pedlow

Broome workshop on 20 June 2014 was well received, attended by 16 local health professionals. These were mainly midwives and a smattering of junior doctors.

Lessons learned…… Always have more pregnant subjects and ultrasound machines than you think is necessary. Don’t assume the communication in all areas is perfect. Sonosite gives terrific support. The locals were very supportive and keen to have us back in 3 to 6 months. Other abrolhos group members are welcome to accompany Kim but would need to pay their own way.

No costs were incurred to AG. Sonosite, Kim and Anne Pedlow paid their own way. No income as attendees were all midwives and junior doctors. Gifts to presenters donated by Kim and Anne.

 

F- Assisting identification and management of learning and behavioural difficulties in children.               coordinator Kim Pedlow

Ongoing discussions with Shine, midwest football Academy and flexible learning Centre.

Kim Pedlow will liaise with some of our friends as to the best way forward. 

NEWS from BOARD MEETING

12 th of August 2014 5:30 PM at Victoria District Medical Centre 151 Durlacher Street Geraldton.

#1         The interim constitution was again considered. Fine tuning required to fit with transition to charitable status and enabling tax free donations.

 

#2         INTEREST GROUP REPORTS

 Point of care obstetric ultrasound training                          Kim Pedlow

Following negotiations with the regional hospital two ultrasonographers joined the meeting namely Annette Yaksich and Paul Whitehead. We plan to have an advanced point of care obstetric ultrasound workshop dealing with biophysical profile. Annette will be available to assist with teaching.

 

– Assisting identification and management of learning and behavioural difficulties in children.               Kim Pedlow

Flexible Learning Centre is in the process of developing a relationship with Victoria District Medical Centre. Specifically nurse practitioner Melissa with Dr Pedlow support will attend periodically and have agreed to help out.

Contact has been made with Beachlands and Wandina primary schools with regards to providing information sessions on learning difficulties, ADHD, accessing the system. Pencilled in Monday, 13 October between 2 and 3 PM at Beachlands presenters Kim Pedlow, Gary Bresland educational psychologist and Paula Duggin.

Ongoing discussions with Shine, Midwest Football Academy and flexible learning Centre.

 

#3            WEBSITE/ COMMUNICATIONS

Website looking reasonable, now high resolution photos up to 50 MB can be included. They look good.

 

 

NEWS from BOARD MEETING

9TH September 2014  5.30pm at Victoria District Medical Centre 151 Durlacher Street, Geraldton.

#1              Our constitution was fine tuned to facilitate our application for Australian charity status. Estimated to take a month. Thanks to Andrew Ford, Alan Bradlet and Gaby Bracks.

#2              INTEREST GROUPS

–      Learning Difficulties                Kim Pedlow and Paula Duggin will present to the teachers at each land school 13th of October 2014 between 2 and 3 PM.

–     Ultrasound                 point of care ultrasound workshop pending later this year. Targeted Friday 2 and 8 PM at St John of God’s medical Centre Geralton.

 

#3                Communication/Website.

We have four free hours of WordPress instruction by Ben Horne who is associated with pollinators. Kim Pedlow and Gaby Bracks to attend. Room for others.

Wendy Mann to establish new facebook page – Abrolhos Group.

next meeting is the second Tuesday of October at 5:30 PM.

 

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