Victoria’s inaugural State Of Wellness Women’s Summit, supported by Bendigo Bank and the Canny Group, was held in Geelong on Thursday, October 10th 2019. Coinciding with World Mental Health Awareness Day last Thursday, it was an auspicious day for Geelong to host Victoria’s first State of Wellness Women’s Summit at GMHBA Stadium. Fourteen expert speakers spoke to a full house of women, who travelled from all over the state to learn more about all aspects of health, wellbeing and sustainable living.
The Summit aimed to empower women to create sustainable positive change in their lives, bringing together the best of our region’s wellness experts to inspire, encourage and guide women to live a healthy, happy and successful life. Women of all ages heard from a curated range of keynote speakers, and engaged in activities, a wellness expo and enjoyed nutritious food throughout the one-day event.
It was a wonderful day for like-minded people to come together and learn, exploring ways to enhance their wellbeing on all levels and finding ways to live with joy, harmony and fun. The honourable MP Christine Couzens opened the event and spoke honestly about issues facing women in today’s society.
Torquay’s Jo Surkitt, from Revitalize Lifestyle, designed the State Of Wellness event to raise awareness and provide education to engage, support and enable women to make good choices around their physical and mental health, family, work and overall wellbeing.
According to Beyond Blue, around 1 in 6 women in Australia will experience depression and 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety during their lifetime, Jo Surkitt felt an event focussing on Women’s Wellness was needed and by the fact it was sold out she was right. Jo was overwhelmed with all the wonderful and positive feedback from the event. “I was delighted with the outcome of event, so many women spoke to me throughout the day telling me that the day had changed their perspective on life and how much the event meant to them.” Jo said
The Summit covered wide ranging topics from hormones to nutrition, gut health to mental and emotional health, career to personal goals, fitness, overcoming illness, trauma and life challenges, rewiring the brain to creating healthy habits with guidance provided by passionate, flexible and resilient industry experts concluding with a transformational sound healing session.
The keynote speaker, Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medallist, Lauren Burns, was a highlight with her background as an elite sports person, naturopath, nutritionist and a mum, talking about the ups and downs, highs and lows of balancing life.
Amongst the guest speakers included Roxie Bennett (MC), Positive Change Creator Jo Surkitt, Motivational Speaker Jane Kinnear, Naturopath Rebecca Winkler and Deakin's Food & Mood Centre's team, joined by other industry leading wellness specialists.
Beth who attended the event said ‘What a wonderful, aspiring and uplifting event, Broad range of knowledgeable speakers to show us many choices to make our lives better, it was brilliant’
Kim said “An absolute credit to Jo Surkitt for bringing such a professional and inspiring event to Geelong. Having attended a number of Women’s summits in the past, the calibre of this summit was outstanding”
“Best day I can’t wait for the next one, great for women’s empowerment, lots of great takeaways.” commented Lisa Malone
“Inspiring, special day, definitely great to be here! Amazing women, delicious food, can’t wait for the next one” said Sarah
“Thank you for giving me a new lift on life” Rachel said
The Summit also offered a wonderful array of 20 local businesses showcasing their products and services in the Positive Change expo, with participants walking away with a wealth of knowledge.
Overall, the aim was to arm women with strategies to be their best, and plan a future that integrates clarity with peace, success, good health and joy, by learning skills to live a healthy and sustainable way of life. This will be a biennial event for the Geelong region.
Don’t miss the next State of Wellness Women’s Summit in 2021.
For full details: www.stateofwellness.com.au
Spring is a beautiful season but also the allergy season. Asthma, Hayfever and Sinus have been running rampant over the past few weeks. Having suffered hayfever and sinus severely when I was young, I know how debilitating it can be, though thankfully I found Ear Candling 20 years ago and I haven't endured either allergy since.
Along with having an Ear Candling session here are my best remedies for allergies such as Hayfever (allergic rhinitis, asthma, sinus, sinusitis and hives)
- Vitamin C: An effective natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory, and it also supports healthy immune function and protects from secondary respiratory conditions.Good sources are kiwi fruit, oranges and other citrus fruits, strawberries, red capsicums, broccoli, papaya, guava and mango. You may choose to take a Vitamin C supplement.
- Local Honey: Locally made honey acts as a natural immunotherapy, giving your immune system a daily dose of the allergen and a chance to get used to it.
- Pollen: Check daily pollen counts and if it's high in your region keep windows closed.
- Onion, Apples, Kale, Capers & Broccoli: There are many foods which contain the natural antihistamine, quercetin. Onions and Apples are among the most common and help ease the symptoms of an allergic reaction
- Horseradish: Acts as a decongestant, helping to clear the nasal passages.
- Garlic: helps clear nasal congestion and anti histamine, it's also an immune enhancer.
- Ginger: A powerful natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce nasal swelling and associated hay fever symptoms.
- Pineapple: A rich source of bromelain , an enzyme with strong systemic anti-inflammatory effects, which helps decrease mucosal inflammation and nasal congestion.
- Salt Therapy: We go to Salts of the Earth in Torquay for our kids Asthma and Eczema and it works a treat for all allergies
- Brauer's Allergy Range
- Martin & Pleasance Tissue Salts (Combination Q or H)
Quay Osteopathy: Cranial osteopathy is a very subtle, gentle technique bringing more mobility to the facial bones and sinuses.
Fire Tonic regularly daily dose does wonders
- Vacuum regularly
- Change bed sheets regularly
- Air Atomiser with Essential oils: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon or doTerra's Easy Air
- Take Probiotics
- Avoid diary: Limit or avoid cow’s milk and other dairy products as they can increase the production of mucus in the respiratory tract and exacerbate nasal congestion. Try alternatives such as rice, almond, quinoa and coconut milks.
Emotional Intelligence delivers real business smarts for the future - innovative workshop coming to Geelong
Emotional Intelligence 101
You might know your area of expertise back-to-front and be a leader in your field.
But it's not what you know but how you understand yourself and relate to others that will give you the winning edge at work and in your personal life.
The term Emotional Intelligence refers to how well individuals handle themselves and each other, and the good news is it can be learnt. Specialists in the field two passionate locals, Melanie Kearsey and Jo Surkitt will share their insights at a one-day workshop in Geelong this November.
"With technology changing the way so many industries do business, one thing that won't change is how highly developed emotional intelligence can turn managers into truly effective leaders and, workers into deeply engaged employees," the pair say.
Having worked closely with high profile clients such as Cotton On, BP and Vodafone, they have developed a program that includes their best tips and tricks to help participants develop their own skill set they can use both at work and in their personal life.
Melanie says that she and Jo developed the program based on the strong demand from local businesses, “Our corporate clients kept telling us similar things, they’d say; we want our team to get along better, we want people to communicate more effectively and improve employee engagement, we want people to be able to manage their emotional state and to feel less stressed. Jo and I heard loud and clear what our clients wanted to learn, and that’s why we’ve developed this program.”
Participants will learn how to manage how they think and feel, express themselves more assertively, navigate conflict, manage negative emotions, regulate their emotional state, and create positive personal habits and routines to boost time management and organisational skills.
Melanie and Jo will teach workshop participants how to manage stress, cope with fear & failure, develop meta-cognition strategies that involve noticing and managing your own thinking and developing skills to adopt more resourceful, constructive thinking and behaviours. Practical mindfulness, yoga and movement exercises will also be incorporated.
Managers will benefit from the course by learning how to increase employee engagement within the workplace as well as improving their ability to lead, inspire and influence people. The program aims to boost workplace productivity, improve individual and group behavior and performance, and lower staff stress and absenteeism. Anyone wanting to feel more optimistic, energised and motivated at work and in his or her personal pursuits will find the course valuable.
The Emotional Intelligence workshop will be held at the Novotel on Geelong's picturesque waterfront on 8th November. Participants will enjoy delicious meals from a menu designed by renowned nutritionist Michele Chevalley-Hedge.
They will leave the workshop armed with a wealth of material detailing the tools, techniques and exercises covered during the program.
Early bird bookings (before October 8) are on sale now Emotional Intelligence 101
Melanie has a passion for teaching people how to manage their mindset and helping others grow. She has a Bachelor of Business Management and is a Certified Professional Coach and Workplace Trainer and Assessor.
Melanie has delivered several Emotional Intelligence workplace training and corporate coaching programs for companies across the Geelong & Surf Coast region. Jayden Overall, a participant of the EI program she delivered for the Surf Coast Shire expressed his gratitude for being provided with the training.
“This was the most beneficial thing to improve our performance that we’ve ever been taught.”
Jo has a background in corporate health and has been working in the wellness industry for more than 18 years after working in busy and highly competitive corporate companies. After several serious illnesses and health issues she has fully recovered and is happier and healthier than ever. She runs a large range of professional development, wellness and lifestyle programs in the Geelong region to create a positive mindset and combat Stress and Burnout.
Sarah Jones from Vodafone had Jo run an emotional intelligence and positive psychology session for her team.
"The positive change in our workplace since then has been remarkable. Jo's teaching style is easy to embrace and simple to use in our every day life."