Two forums have recently been delivered to local communities on Healthy Ageing with the assistance of the Sai Medical Unit. These seminars are along the lines of those established by the Unit for first forum conducted in ACT with another conducted in Sydney.

The aims of the forums are to provide people in the senior, or approaching senior age groups, as well as carers, with advice about potential health issues and means to prevent or mitigate them, as well as knowledge about support people and facilities.


The forum in Bundaberg was organised by the local Sathya Sai Centre in conjunction with a number of local health professionals. Thirty people participated in the event held at Bundaberg Business Enterprise Centre on Saturday, 23 February. Eastside Medical Centre kindly sponsored the venue and catering.

Ms Karen Whyte conducts an exercise.

Two General Practitioners, Drs Varghese and Jenny Crane spoke in particular about areas specific specialisation, dermatology and skin cancers and palliative care as well as a range of other relevant matters. Ms Connolly, a Dietician and Diabetes Educator covered pertinent matters in regard to diet. Mr & Mrs Bramley, Physiotherapists covered matters such as the risks associated with falls and their prevention. Ms Karen Whyte, a yoga teacher talked and demonstrated the benefits of Yoga for the aged.

Ms Connolly addresses the participants.

All in all, the participants through feedback indicated the seminar was very well received informative and useful. Some have indicated they would like a similar seminar in the future. Covering some additional issues.

Mr and Mrs Bramley cover feet care.


Mr Neville Fredericks, a member of the SSIO on behalf of the Robertson Futures group invited the Sai Medical Unit to hold the forum at the Robertson School of Arts also on Saturday, 23 February.

Fifty people participated in the event which covered a number of health-related issues that could impact on people as they aged.

Walking 100 Steps

Dr Ketan Bhatt covered, ‘Ageing Well’ and ‘Dementia – Not a normal part of ageing’. Doneel Das (Exercise Physiologist) and Vicgnesai Tharmarajah (Physiotherapist) talked on ‘Exercise and Falls Prevention including practical demonstrations with the audience. Dr Jaslyn Doshi (Infectious Disease Physician) presented ‘Common Infections and Vaccines to Know About’ providing pertinent details of potential infections and diseases related to ageing. Dr Kamala Varatharajan (Senior Dentist and Lecturer UOS) presented ‘Good Oral Health and Healthy Ageing’.

Dr Joshi presenting her item.

All the presentations were well-received with a lot of interaction. Feedback from the participants was very positive.