EPILEPSY AWARENESS - IT ONLY TAKES A CLICK

Epilepsy Awareness
THE BOARD
Rod Curnow
Rod Curnow - Director & CEO

Rod is the Founder and CEO of The Click Foundation.

Having previously established marketing and digital media agencies in Australia, USA and the UK, he has worked with many of the world’s leading organisations in Education, Health, Banking, Telecommunications and Technology including Monash University, HBA, AOC, Citibank, NAB, Telstra,Verizon and IBM.

Recognising the importance of the Click Foundation’s epilepsy awareness and seizure first aid program for Year 5/6 students, Rod drew on his background as a lecturer in Marketing and PR at Monash and RMIT Universities. He assembled the leaders in their respective fields to work with him to develop the initial Click for Kids program:

  • Dr Kate Riney – Neurologist (Mater Hospital Brisbane)
  • Professor Annie Bye – Neurologist (Sydney Children’s Hospital)
  • Dr Eva So – Epilepsy Researcher (Melbourne University)
  • Ms Lisa Harkin – Senior Project Officer DEECD (Victoria)
  • Mr Dion Appel – Founder and CEO Lifelounge Group

To ensure the Click for Kids program continues to evolve in a manner consistent with the progressive culture of the Click Foundation Rod sought the guidance of Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld and Professor Ingrid Scheffer.

The Click Foundation is indeed fortunate to have the support and guidance of Professors Rosenfeld and Scheffer.

Recognising also the importance of the educational content and delivery of Click for Kids, Rod sought the advice of Dr Joanne Orlando.

Dr Orlando is Senior Lecturer in Technology and Education at the University of Western Sydney. She has presented numerous research papers on pedagogical structures and the integration of technology and is regularly quoted in the media.

The Click Foundation has recently enhanced its mission to educate, treat and research chronic neurological conditions.

Georgie Fidge
Georgie Fidge - Director

With a Bachelor of Arts and Post Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing from Monash University, Georgie is a Marketing and Communications specialist with over 17 years experience across several industry groups including Sport (AFL), Financial Services (ANZ), Government (Federal and State), Building and Construction (ISIS) and FMCG (Australis Group).

Georgie has extensive experience in developing and delivering strategic marketing and communications programs including branding and sponsorship initiatives.

Whilst working at Australis, Georgie was responsible for their not for profit Self Made Girl program. This national, program was dedicated to educating young girls about the importance of financial independence. Georgie’s commitment to the program was a major factor in its success. It was also the genesis of her commitment to helping young Australians reach their full potential

Alexander Haggerty
Alexander Haggerty - Director

Diagnosed with Epilepsy at age 9, Alexander has a keen interest in the mission of the Click Foundation and what the organisation aims to achieve.

Having completed a Masters of Biotechnology and Business at RMIT University following his undergraduate degree in Science from the University of Melbourne, he has since been driven by entrepreneurial startups with a strong focus on ecommerce and social networks. Currently, he is in the final stages of developing an online marketplace specifically targeting Australia’s emerging and boutique fashion designers.

As a member of the AusBiotech Association, he is motivated by the new and emerging technologies in biotechnology and the life sciences. Areas of particular interest include that of the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions.

Joanne Orlando
Joanne Orlando PhD - Director

Joanne Orlando is a researcher and lecturer in Education at the University of Western Sydney. Her research focuses on the ways educators use technology for pedagogical excellence and the ways that children and youth work with technology in their learning.

She has published her research in journals and books of both international and national repute and has been cited in scholarly and professional reports originating in countries around the world including Australia, USA, Europe, UK,
and NZ.

She has extensive expertise developing education programs for children ranging from television programs for early childhood to advising Federal and State government on using technology to enhance education.

Joanne is regularly sought out by the media to provide expert commentary on learning, educational technology, contemporary schooling and the home as a site of learning. She is passionate about ensuring that every child has the capacity to reach his or her full potential.

Amanda Coombs
James Shen - Director

James Shen has Bachelor of Law and Chinese Medicine. But his extensive background in business practice and commerce, spanning over 25 years. He offers clients the benefits of his expertise, in all matters relating to China and Australia trade and business corporation he provides networking opportunities and business facilitation within the Chinese and Australian market ... making it a smooth, seamless introduction and ongoing establishment of a profitable, productive venture in this rapidly growing market.

Eva So
Eva So PhD - Director

Eva completed her BSc (Honours - First Class) at the University of Melbourne in 2004 and received the Australian Postgraduate Award to do her PhD.

She has 7 years of neuroscience research experience at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes where she received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2009. Her research on brain development as well as brain architecture in a model of epilepsy have been presented at international conferences and published in international journals (one of which received the Paxinos Watson Prize for the most significant neuroscience paper published in the 2008 calendar year by an Australian Neuroscience Society member).

Committed to helping the community, Eva is a Program Manager at Country Fire Authority (Fire and Emergency Management), where she has assisted in the management of state-wide emergencies as well as deployment of resources to international and interstate emergencies. Her other affiliations include:

  • Lady Mayoress’ Corporate Committee
  • Old Grammarians Society
  • The Old Melburnian’s Society
 
Advisors

Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld AM – Head, Department of Surgery, Monash University at the Alfred

Professor Ingrid Scheffer – Chair Paediatric Neurology Research, Austin Health, the University of Melbourne and Florey Neuroscience Institutes

Mr Daniel Adams – Young Victorian of the Year 2008 and Facilitator of Youth Decide

Ms Ruby Chu – Training Development Manager, St.John Ambulance Victoria

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