Melbourne to Canberra for Alzheimer’s

Thessaloniki Association “The White Tower” is proud to support Mr Mathew Staios’ efforts to raise money for research into providing treatment options for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease within the ageing Greek-Australian community. The best place to promote such an important event is at the Annual Sister-Cities Festival at Federation Square.

Mathew is a clinical neuropsychologist and psychology-teaching associate at Monash University. He is currently in the process of completing his PhD at Monash University, in conjunction with their academic partner, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Mathew’s PhD will result in the development of an extensive range of tests to accurately diagnose diseases that are observed in the ageing process (such as dementia), provide treatment to options to disease sufferers and support their family members through this process.

At present, tests used to assess Greek-Australian migrants are not appropriate and have been reported to result in misdiagnosis. Mathew’s hope is to establish a memory clinic specifically for the ageing Greek-Australian community to ensure that Greek elders receive the best possible standard of care should they encounter any form of dementia.

As part of his efforts to raise money for this very under resourced area of study, Mathew will be riding from Melbourne to Canberra over a period of eight days (approximately 750km) with his support team to raise money for the ageing Greek-Australian community on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia.

Mathew will set off on his ride from Melbourne on Sunday 27th of November, during the opening ceremony of the Thessaloniki Association “The White Tower” 32nd Sister-Cities festival and arrive at Parliament House in Canberra where he will be greeted with a welcoming reception organised by Federal MP, Ms Maria Vamvakinou. While in Canberra, Mathew will act as an advocate on behalf of the ageing Greek Australian community and increase awareness in the area of multicultural healthcare issues.

So if you are interested in supporting Mathew on his compassionate journey, come to the Festival at Federation Square on Sunday 27th November 2016. It is bound to be a journey not only for research but also full of experience and wonder for Mathew and the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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In the photos, Mathew is proudly presenting his idea, along with Bill Papastergiades (President Greek Community of Melbourne), Paul Mavroudis (President Thessaloniki Association), Hon Maria Vamvakinou (Federal Member of Parliament). Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis (City of Yarra Councillor)


Η Ένωση Θεσσαλονικέων “Ο Λευκός Πύργος” με περισσή περηφάνεια στηρίζει τον κ. Mathew Staios στην προσπάθειά του να συγκεντρώσει το ενδιαφέρον της κοινωνίας στη θεραπεία της νόσου Αλτσχάιμερ που είναι τόσο διαδεδομένη στην Ελληνική Παροικία της Μελβούρνης. Ο Mathew θα ξεκινήσει από τη Μελβούρνη και θα φτάσει μέχρι την Καμπέρα με ποδήλατο για να διακινήσει το ενδιαφέρον του κόσμου. Η εκκίνηση θα γίνει από το Federation Square την ημέρα του 32ου Φεστιβάλ Αδελφοποίησης της Μελβούρνης με τη Θεσσαλονίκη στις 27 Νοεμβρίου 2016.

Ο Mathew είναι νευρο-ψυχολόγος και κάνει το διδακτορικό του στο Πανεπιστήμιο Monash. Ελπίδα του είναι να δημιουργήσει μελλοντικά μια κλινική ειδικά για τους Έλληνες της τρίτης ηλικίας της Μελβούρνης όπου θα νοσηλεύονται με τις καλύτερες πρακτικές και διαδικασίες όσοι υποφέρουν από ανία.

Η Ένωση Θεσσαλονικέων καλεί τα μέλη της να στηρίξουν τον Mathew και την προσπάθεια που γίνεται. Θα βρισκόμαστε εκεί στο Φεντερέισον να τον ξεπροβοδήσουμε και να του ευχηθούμε καλό ταξίδι. Όταν με το καλό ο Mathew θα φτάσει στην πρωτεύουσα θα τον υποδεχτούν εκεί μέλη της κυβέρνησης συμπεριλαμβανομένης και της αξιότιμης κυρίας Μαρίας Βαμβακινού.