Australian Hindi Indian Association


AHIA-AASHA Mental Health Forum

  • 10/10/2015
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Pennant Hills Community Centre, Corner Yarrara and Ramsay Rd, Pennant Hills

At: Pennant Hills Community Centre, Corner Yarrara Road, in the Library Building (near the station).

Click for the Flyer.  

Program and Information about Speakers is given below.  

The Forum is of particular interest to seniors.  All are welcome. Please encourage your friends to attend.   


If you are coming by car and would like to park in the Community Centre grounds, please make sure that you park in the area where parking is allowed.


We need to set up the chairs and tables prior to the meeting. If you are able to help, please come a bit early and assist us in getting the Hall ready for the Meeting. Alternatively, please stay back after the Meeting  and help us put the chairs and tables back.

Thank you.


   Pallavi Sinha—M.C.

 1.  Introduce AASHA-Bijinder Dugal & Dr Rakesh Sachdev.  

2.   Stephania Bejma—coordinator life style Sydney West Uniting Age Care

 3.  Sue Tolhurst—Westmead Hospital—Advisor, Dementia

 Key note speakers

 4.   Dr. Parminder Sachdev on Dementia

 5.     Dr.  Manjula O Conner Melbourne on Elderly Abuse

 Guest Speakers

 6.   Sevinc Izmiril, Co-coordinator PICAC NSW/ACT

 7  Dr. Hugh Mc Dermott, MP Prospect

 8  Daniel Mookhey, MLC 

 9.   Dr. Pradnya Dugal - Radiologist & Director Monsuun Dance  Group.  Dance performance

 10. Thanks – Dr. Tilak Kalra, President,AHIA

 11.  Vinod Rajput - Songs

 12.  Refreshments

       Speakers mingle with guests and answers questions.



1.  Dr Parminder Sachdev

Dr Parminder Sachdev is Clinical Director of the NPI at Prince of Wales Hospital. He is also professor of Neuropsychiatry and Co –Director for Healthy Brain Aging [CHEBA] at university of New South Wales in Sydney. Dr Sachdev was made a Member of the Order of Australia [AM] in 2011 for services to medical research in the field of neuropsychiatry, as a clinician and academic. He has received numerous other awards. He occupied the first chair of Neuropsychiatry in Australia.

2.  Dr Manjula O’ Conner

Dr Manjula O'Connor is a consultant Psychiatrist,

She is the Founding Director of NGO “Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health.”  The NGO raises awareness in the community through education. She is currently conducting research program to find solutions to the problem of Domestic violence in migrant communities with the help of Indian male leadership. Helps victims of Domestic Violence, Elder abuse victims and   is working with Indian Senior Citizens Association in Melbourne .She writes regularly for Indian Ethnic Media and the mainstream media. She has received the Victorian Governments Multicultural award of ‘Excellence in Women’s Health’


  • 3.  Sue Tolhurst
  • Sue is from Dementia Advisory Services [DAS] at Westmead Hospital. She will be talking about the range of aged care services we can access to help with the care of aging members and Dementia
  • 4.  Sevinc Izmiril , Coordinator  representing  Cecilia Milani
  • Manager of partners in culturally appropriate care (PICAC NSW&ACT) at the Multicultural community’s council of Illawarra, non profit organisation in NSW. Cecilia has over 20 years experience in HR, having worked across various industry sectors.
  • 5.  Stephania Bejma
  • Stephania is coordinator for Leisure & Life Style Sydney West Uniting age Care West Sydney. Uniting Care Aging is a large provider of residential aged care; community aged care and independent living services, with a particular focus on diversity and currently operates specialist services for 21 different language groups.

6.  Dr Pradnya Dugal

She is a specialist radiologist with exceptional academic, professional and business achievements. She is the only dual gold medallist in the history of Royal Australia & New Zealand Collage of Radiologist. She is founder of Bollywood Monsuun Dance group. She organises dance classes for seniors in Hornsby and Lane Cove.

7.  Dr Hugh Mc Dermott, MP

 Labor MP from Prospect. He has been fighting against the Baird Government’s cuts to hospitals & schools. His famous words “I owe my life to Paramedics…”  Member, committee on the Ombudsman, the police Integrity Commission and Crime Commission.

8.  Daniel Mookhey, MLC 

Daniel is the first MP to be sworn on Bhagavad-Gita. Born in Blacktown and raised in Merrylands, he is the son of migrants from Northern India’s Punjab state.  He is supportive of AASHA Group and what AASHA is trying to achieve.

Address: 6 Moona Avenue, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153.  Email:,  Registration No. 1988528, ABN No. 55 491 417 584.

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