20th Sep 2022
  • Next Meeting
  • Guest Speaker
  • From The Last Meeting
  • President's Announcements
  • Garden DesignFest
  • 30th Annual Paul Harris Breakfast
  • Gallery

Meeting Responsibilities

MURPHY, Justine
Greeter/Zoom Host
ZHANG, Yanpu
Bulletin Editor
Social Media
LIM, Daniel
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This meeting will be a face-to-face meeting at the RACV Club in the CBD.

The meeting will commence at 7:40am and conclude no later than 8:45.

Members can use this Humanitix link for all future face to face meetings. This link will be published in the bulletin every week going forward.
Online meetings are scheduled on the last Tuesday of each month. Members can use the following Zoom link to attend these meetings. For security reasons, the password for the Zoom meetings will be circulated in a separate email closer to the date of the next online meeting

Assoc Prof Yen Ying Lim: How Modifiable are Modifiable Risk Factors for Dementia?

Despite the absence of a cure for dementia, the proportion of newly diagnosed cases of all-cause dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s disease dementia, has been declining over the past three decades across high income countries. One possible reason for this is that health behaviour changes at the population level, including smoking cessation, reduced alcohol consumption, and increased physical activity may be responsible. This suggests that some risk for dementia may be modifiable.

Prior research has now solidified that there exist multiple modifiable risk factors for dementia. Previous research estimates that approximately 40 per cent of all dementia cases can be attributed to highly modifiable risk factors such as low mood, poor sleep, poor heart health, and low cognitive and social engagement.

This talk will summarise the recent literature on modifiable dementia risk factors, how they relate to cognitive function, and introduce the BetterBrains trial.

Dr Yen Ying Lim is an Associate Professor at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, primary investigator of the Healthy Brain Project (, and the BetterBrains Trial (, and the Director of the Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Optimal Ageing.

Her primary research interests are in integrating and translating the effects of genetic, biological, and lifestyle factors on cognitive decline and clinical disease progression in Alzheimer’s disease which has provided an in-depth understanding of the early cognitive manifestations of Alzheimer’s disease, particularly in consideration with genetic and neuroimaging markers.


President Rohan Williams opened the meeting with an acknowledgement of the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of the land on which the meeting was held.  Chair Campbell Chambers then led a toast to Rotary International.

President Rohan welcomed the following visitors to the meeting:

  • David Rosenberg - visiting NGSE scholar
  • Norva Lo 
  • Nicholas Oei  - international student mentee
  • Associate Professor Yen Ying Lim - the guest speaker

Guest Speaker - Associate Professor, Dr Yen Ying Lim, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University.

Yen is the primary investigator for the Healthy Brain Project run by the Turner Institute and the related Better Brains Trial.  The trial is a 24 month personalised program to help people modify known risk factors for dementia and measure the outcome.  The trial targets, low mood, poor sleep, poor heart health and low social and cognitive engagement.  These are all known risk factors.  Earlier research, but without a tailored program, demonstrated that there is a significant benefit from intervention to reduce these risk factors.

There is also real life examples of this, with the declining incidence of dementia in high income countries over the last 30 years attributable to things like improved cardio vascular health and reduced smoking in countries.  While the incidence across the population might be lower,  dementia is the most common cause of death in women and second most common overall.  Age is the highest risk factor but the modifiable factors account for about 40 percent of cases. The earlier the risks are modified, the better the outcome.

The Better Brains Trial is currently recruiting participants. Anyone interested should check out the website.


  • Elias reminded the meeting of the Paul Harris Breakfast on Wednesday November 23rd and asked people to book early and promote the event amongst. Friends and colleagues.
  • Elias also advised that the Belonging Matters initiative had had a recent success with Health Scope  North Park engaging clients in its workforce.
  • Neville John reminded members of an upcoming Bunnings BBQ at Collingwood on October 8th.  Campbell also reminded people of the one at Port Melbourne on September 24th.
  • Rob Hines provided information on a proposed Clean Water project in Cambodia which would involve a number of clubs and a Global Grant.  There is a fundraiser for the project at Kooyong Tennis Club on Saturday October 8th.  Rob will send an email with details.
  • RIMERN has had a major boost with the receipt of a $20,000 grant following Ros McMaster being voted a local hero in a shopping centre promotion.  This has enabled the project to buy its own van to speed up collections and deliveries.

Garden DesignFest 2022 Sponsors

The Rotary Club of Kew, the Rotary Club of Brighton North and Rotary Central Melbourne sincerely thank our generous sponsors who have made the 2022 Garden DesignFest possible.
All proceeds from the Garden DesignFest go to community projects run by the participating Rotary Clubs.
Click here for further information on metropolitan and regional gardens open during the festival.

Garden DesignFest 2022


On behalf of Rotary Central Melbourne's Foundation Committee I would like to invite you to the 30th Annual Paul Harris Breakfast.
This year we are joined by guest speaker Jeroen Weimar who will be speaking on the career transitions he has navigated and the influencing factors behind his changing path.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Jeroen was
Commander of the COVID-19 Response in Victoria, working with a team of clinicians, public health experts and operations specialists to protect the Victorian community. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer for Public Transport Victoria and VicRoads following a career as a town planner.

Along with this we will discuss with Jeroen how Rotary, and its members can contribute to making the 2026 Commonwealth Games the most successful and inclusive games we have seen yet. This is an excellent opportunity to bring along partners and other guests who might either be considering joining Rotary or are interested in listening to our eminent guest speaker dive into the unfolding of his professional path
DATE: Wednesday, 23rd November 2022 

TIME: 7.15am for 7:30-9:00am 

VENUE: The RACV City Club
Level 17, 501 Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000
To secure you place, please book via
We look forward to hosting you at this hallmark Rotary event. 
For further information feel free to contact me  
Elias Lebbos - Chair, RCM Foundation Committee
0411 721 744
President Rohan
Chair Rana Ebrahimi
Sunil Arya, RC Madras Central
Banner exchange with Sunil Arya
Guest speaker Dr Helen Addison-Smith
Nev1 with guest Norva Lo