Benita Johnson, super-efficient secretary of Tollgates Probus Club Batemans Bay, rang the Club's bell at 9.45am sharp to start the January meeting and launch the 2019 year.
Following the usual reports and morning tea (including a new year's treat of pikelets, jam and cream) 71 members and eight visitors settled down to listen to the morning’s guest speaker, Dr Fiona Simpson.
Dr Simpson is a dietitian and is Clinical Specialist and Resident Dietitian at Royal North Shore Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Intensive Care at Sydney University.
Her topic was “Dietetics - where it has taken me” and was about the research she has done to find ways to feed patients suffering severe trauma such as a major stroke or brain injury and are not able to take food by mouth.
Other research being done by Dr Simpson includes the best way reintroduce a normal diet to those who have not had a proper diet for a long time, such as anorexics, and was the case with POWs.