Around 100 guests enjoyed a splendid three-course dinner to celebrate NARI's 40th anniversary on 11 November in Melbourne. The black tie function brought together some of NARI's closest friends and supporters to mark the special occasion. Guests included our Ambassadors, Dr Patricia Edgar and Dr Don Edgar, and NARI's first director, Professor Derek Prinsley.
Derek McMillan, Vice President of NARI, welcomed guests to the function while Associate Professor Briony Dow, our Executive Director, gave an overview of NARI's past and current achievements. Her speech paid tribute to Australia's veterans in deference to the event being held on Remembrance Day.
Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, was guest speaker. His presentation focused on how the Victorian Government was sharpening innovation and funding medical research to enable the sector to secure more investment and grow into more international markets.
He told the distinguished audience that the Victorian aged care sector, including research institutes such as NARI, was becoming increasingly important and sought after for advice and practical support by the international aged care industry.
"We will be working with you and other like minded organisations to help you harness your IP, and drive your knowledge, grow your services and align your products with what international markets were looking for," he said.
Live operatic performances were presented by the Melbourne Opera's Emily Xiao Wang and Boyd Owen. Konrad Olszewski accompanied the singers on the new Schimmel grand piano.
We thank our sponsors Melbourne Opera, Executive Wealth Circle, Crabtree & Evelyn London, Well, and Lake Cooper Estate.