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A new podcast for the 2019 Australian Open. The AO Show is a daily magazine podcast during the tournament, following the biggest storylines and taking fans behind the scenes at Melbourne Park.

Created in conjunction with James Parkinson and Tennis Australia.

Available through Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify and all good distribution sites.

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A podcast that celebrates people doing great things in local communities.  

 

These are the unsung heros who have started social enterprises or community intiative’s a hope to make the world a better place.

What is that drives these people?

What are the hurdles they are facing?

Why are these community initiatives so important?

And is what they’re doing having a real impact?​

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All Good In The Hood - Episodes

Episode 1

Amy Churchouse - Kensington Good Karma Network

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Born in Wellington New Zealand, Amy Churchouse developed a diverse range of interests at a young age and following high school, moved to Auckland to complete a degree in Sport Science and Psychology at the before entering the workforce. With a naturally adventurous spirit, she has explored many industries and countries on her journey through adulthood.

 

After deciding to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a vet at age 31, Amy completed 5 years at Veterinary school in Palmerston North and moved to Melbourne at the beginning of 2015 to start her career as a Vet.

 

A keen problem solver with a passion for connecting with people, Amy decided to try to help her neighbours help each other using social media with daily challenges. In early in 2016 she started the Kensington Good Karma Network, which has started a snowball that is the Good Karma Effect flowing into other areas in Australia, as others are inspired to start Good Karma Networks in their neighbourhoods.

Episode 2

Matiu Bush - One Good Street

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Matiu founded One Good Street, a social networking platform to encourage neighbour initiated care for older residents at risk of social isolation and loneliness. Matiu is Design Integration Lead at Bolton Clarke, driving innovation and creativity in the aged and community sector. Matiu has a Master's degree in Public Health and broad clinical and managerial nursing experience, including working in Tijuana, Mexico with Nobel Prize Laureate Mother Teresa in international border aid, and as an emergency, oncology, intensive care nurse and is a sexual health Nurse Practitioner. 


Matiu contributes to health system innovation through involvement with Better Care Victoria as a board member and the Emerging Leaders Clinical Advisory Committee and mentors the next generation of undergraduate and postgraduate science students through the University of Melbourne Science Industry Mentoring Program.

Episode 3

Katerina Gaita - Climate for Change

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Katerina Gaita is the founder and CEO of Climate for Change, a new not-for-profit working to create the social climate in Australia for the action we need on climate change. Climate for Change focuses on supporting those who do understand the scale and urgency of solutions needed to have more effective conversations with people around them who do not. She is also a mother, a wife, daughter, sister, friend and active community member.

 

Previously Katerina worked with Environment Victoria and ran a sustainable living business. She has trained with Al Gore and many other experts climate communication and behaviour change. She is a Centre for Sutainable Leadership Fellow and an Advisory Board Member of Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

Prior to pursuing her passion in sustainability and environment, Katerina studied and worked in the field of law, working as an assistant to Amicus Curiae in the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic, Professor Tim McCormack and as a researcher at the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA).

Episode 4 

Daniel Lewis - TheDadWebsite.Com

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Daniel Lewis is a Melbourne-based writer, dad of three and co-founder and editor of The Dad Website.

He was born 41 years ago in Edenhope. As his dad was a bank manager he schooled in several locations across country Victoria: Mildura, Nhill, Swan Hill and Wangaratta before settling in Cobram for most of his high school years. 

At the end of year 12 he had no idea what he wanted to do with himself so he worked at the local dairy factory for 18 months, saving money before taking two years off to backpack around the UK and Europe. During this time he met an Irish girl and after six months back home working with his dad he headed back over to Ireland for 18 months. During this time he completed a diploma of journalism by night course, a qualification he wouldn't use for close to 10 years. 

He then settled in Melbourne. After spending most of his 20s and early 30s in "party mode" and doing very unstimulating finance work, he went back to school, professional writing and editing at RMIT. The eight-year relationship with the Irish girl ended but he met Tash, the future mother of his children, in 2007.

He quit the office job at the start of 2009 while Tash supported him as he wrote his first (and still unpublished, and very clunky) novel and he resumed the RMIT writing course. He started freelance writing too, contributing music and bar reviews to the M Magazine lifestyle supplement ofThe Sunday Age before progressing to feature stories for M, while occasionally contributing elsewhere. 

2009 was a magical year on many fronts, not because it was a year in which he became a dad for the first time - to Edith, who is now eight. Two other daughters - Avie, now 6, and Bonnie, 4 - followed in a whirlwind four-year period. 

In 2014, after quite a bit of correspondence with one publisher, he self-published on Amazon a book about the nine-month lead-up to Edith being born and his efforts at being ready mentally for such a change, entitled X Years, 9 Months.

In mid-2016 he and two dad mates launched The Dad Website. From Daniel's perspective, the idea for the site came from frustration, anxiety and uncertainty he felt as a dad. Additionally, he'd always wanted to edit and manage his own publication, and his lecturers had always said "write about what you know", so given the immersive nature of parenting, he did. The Dad Website has grown quickly, with a large social following and more than 70 contributors on board from all over the world.

Today he works as a copywriter for an ASX-listed company in the city. He still contributes bits and pieces to Fairfax while maintaining The Dad Website and trying to keep his head above water in the parenting stakes. He regularly attends the Important men's Business pub nights with local Flem-Ken dads and, as an avid runner (2 x marathoner), regularly turns out at Maribyrnong Parkrun.

He loves his family, mates, running, beer and still wants to write something great one day.

Episode 5

Mark Thomas - Code 9 Foundation 

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Mark is a 22 year police veteran who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety in February 2013. His triggering incident occurred in April 2003 and through a combination of being naïve to mental health and having no mental health education, did not heed the warning signs until it was too late. 

Mark felt extremely alone in his early stages of recovery and to counter this, he set up a support group, called Code 9, for emergency services members who are suffering from PTSD to ensure that no member feels alone in their PTSD journey. 

Code 9 assists members, among others, in online and in person peer to peer support, advice on recovery techniques, the WorkCover process and makes referrals where required. 

Code 9 is now registered as a charity with the aim of suicide prevention, raising funds to sponsor assistance dogs and supporting his colleagues going through hard times. 

Episode 6

Kon Karapanagiotidis - Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

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Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Kon is proudly Greek, growing up in a working class family in a small country town in Victoria. Kon’s personal experience of racism and witnessing the exploitation of his parents in factories, as well as his grandparents’ experience as refugees who fled the Pontian genocide in Anatolia, planted the seeds for his passion for human rights.

 

Inspired by the struggles of his parents and his own childhood experiences of racism, Kon founded the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) at 28. Then a TAFE teacher, Kon discovered that people seeking asylum were living in the community with no basic support. This led to the creation of a student-run and community funded food bank, launched from a tiny shop in Footscray with only a few boxes of food. That same year, the ASRC was established on 8 June, 2001.

 

From humble beginnings, the ASRC today has grown into both a place and a movement. It is largest independent human rights organisation in Australia, and has supported and empowered over 12,000 people seeking asylum and refugees in the last 15 years.

Kon has been recognised as an Australian of the Year (Victoria) finalist in 2007, was invited to participate in the 2020 Summit in 2008, was voted one of Australia’s 20 Unsung Heroes as part of the launch of the new Portrait Gallery in Canberra in 2008, and was voted as one of Melbourne’s 100 most influential people in The Age Melbourne Magazine. Kon was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2010 and an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2011. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s prestigious Human Rights Medal. Most recently, he has been awarded the City of Maribyrnong Citizen of the Year 2016 and the La Trobe University Young Achiever Award 2016.

 

Over his lifetime, Kon has completed six degrees including a Bachelor of Law and a Masters of Business Administration. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, particularly Greek cuisine and often hosts dinners to fundraise for other causes, including women affected by domestic violence. Kon also volunteers his time as a Board member of Children’s Ground, an organisation that suppors Indigenous children and runs a small philanthropic trust that focuses on women and Indigenous rights.