Probus Clubs exist to fill a need of retired persons in the community who have been accustomed to high levels of vocational activity and decision making in their working lives. The principal objective of every Probus Club is to create and maintain a homogeneous group that provides the fellowship and intellectual stimulation that otherwise tends to be lost in retirement.
The Probus Club of Melbourne North meets regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month (excepting December) at 10:30 am at the Waterloo Cup Hotel, at the corner of Maribyrnong Road and Scotia Street, Moonee Ponds. Ample free parking is available in the car park behind the hotel, with access from Scotia Street. Members of the club enjoy many other activities – explore the links above. Guests are welcomed at general meetings and activities of the Club. A Club business meeting is held first, followed by morning tea and then a guest speaker. The majority of members at each meeting like to remain for lunch in the bistro at the Waterloo Cup Hotel.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 28th November. Our guest speaker will be Associate Professor Simon Stafrace. He is a psychiatrist with over 25 years clinical experience in adult and aged psychiatry in Victoria’s public mental health system. He has also worked in private practice in hospital and clinical settings. Simon’s current appointment is the Program Director of Mental & Addiction Health at Alfred Health. This position is responsible for the delivery of clinical specialist and primary mental health services in the inner south of metropolitan Melbourne, and a psychiatry research centre in partnership with Monash University, known as MAPrc (Monash-Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre). He has a passion to lead a mental health service that is welcoming; treats people with dignity; provides safe and effective care; promotes clinical and social recovery; engages families and friends; and is valued by the local community. His talk for us will be on “Mental health and mental illness, particularly focusing on later life”, and he is most willing to answer questions.