Apollo Bay Radio
Sally Forrester with good news and great help

Sally Forrester with good news and great help

April 28, 2020

Our Neighbourhood House is responding to the COVID 19 situation in lots of positive ways. Make a cup of tea and take 20 minutes to discover exactly how. 

APRIL 14  Virus update. Who can get tested?

APRIL 14 Virus update. Who can get tested?

April 15, 2020

With the COVID19 Virus situation changing almost daily, it's important to keep up to date. In this Otway Health Check, CEO Sandy Chamberlain shares the latest news on precautions, testing and the general response from both our community and the healthcare staff that look after us. 

Episode # 62 - The Wellness Couch chats to Internationally renowned  Fungi Expert Dr Alison Pouliot

Episode # 62 - The Wellness Couch chats to Internationally renowned Fungi Expert Dr Alison Pouliot

April 12, 2020

We are lucky enough to be chatting with World renowned fungi expert Dr Alsion Pouliot

Dr Alison Pouliot is an ecologist, environmental photographer and honorary fellow at the Australian National University. Her research spans both northern and southern hemispheres where she is actively involved in fungal conservation, conducting over 400 fungus forays over the last two decades.

Alison has been involved with the Apollo Bay community for over a decade. She has an extensive knowledge of the Otways Forests and the astonishing diversity of fungi they harbour, and has worked with Landcare since its inception.

Her writing and images appear in both academic and popular literature and her recent book, The Allure of Fungi explores the kooky curiosities of the fungal realm. Her upcoming book, to be published with CSIRO Publishing, will be the first field guide to edible fungi in Australia.

We'll be talking all things fungi, the health benefits and how fungi could reshape the way we see dirt matters/agriculture.

Episode #62 The Wellness Couch chats to Chiropractor Rahni Buchanan, Paedeatric Care

Episode #62 The Wellness Couch chats to Chiropractor Rahni Buchanan, Paedeatric Care

April 2, 2020

Chiropractic is a system of therapy focused on the structure of the body particularly the spine. Chiropractors manipulate the body's alignment to relieve pain and improve function whilst helping the body to heal itself. In fact amongst individuals seeking back pain relief, most chose chiropractic treatment.

Join us tonight as we delve into the world of master manipulator Chiropractor Rahni Buchanan. The ever popular Rahni has a wealth of chiropractic experience, treating patients from two locations - Colac and Apollo Bay.

Having just finished his post graduate studies in paedeatric care - Rahni chats with us about some great health tips for children, sporting career and even being a Trinity captain in his Senior School Years.



April 1, 2020

Great Ocean Road Health CEO Sandy Chamberlain delivers the latest information about preparations, precautions and possibilities for our community in the coming weeks. Vital listening for all residents. 

Talking Crap with Corona 17th March 2020


March 17, 2020

Hear the latest news on our local preparation for the COVID-19 Corona Virus at Otway Health from Great Ocean Road Health CEO Sandy Chamberlain. 

Episode #60 - The Wellness Couch chats with Professor Vasso about Covid-19 Corona Virus and Boosting your Immunity in time for virus season

Episode #60 - The Wellness Couch chats with Professor Vasso about Covid-19 Corona Virus and Boosting your Immunity in time for virus season

March 12, 2020


What can you do to prepare for the THE NOVEL CORONA VIRUS/ COVID- 19

Just what is going on with this virus? And just how dangerous is it ? What precautions can we take? Should we be worried considering it comes from the same family as the cold and flu, SARS and MERS? It has had quite an impact economically globally - what does it mean for our health?

Vasso and I will chat about the Novel Corona Virus that is reaching pandemic proportions around the world. We''l no doubt both have our own takes on it from a medicinal perspective.

Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Partnerships at Victoria University.

She received her PhD majoring in immunology in 1995 from the University of Melbourne, and the Advanced Certificate in Protein Crystallography from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Her expertise is multi-disciplinary with extensive expertise in immunology, x-ray crystallography, medicinal chemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology. She has extensive translational research expertise with development of drugs and vaccines.

Vasso was a Chief Scientific Officer for 4Gvaccines, is on the board, and consults for, a number of pharmaceutical companies worldwide, and is the Director of VAConsulting Services. She was the head of the Immunology and Vaccine Unit at the Austin Research Institute and at the Burnet Institute; the Immunology Program Leader in the Centre for Chronic Disease at Victoria University; and is the Mechanisms and Interventions in Health and Disease Program Leader at the Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University.

Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos is a world-renowned researcher who has been recognised with over 100 awards for the outstanding results of her research. Most notable are the Premier’s Award for Medical Research, Young Australian of the Year (Vic), Greek Australian of the Year, Woman of the Year. She was named as one of the most successful Greeks abroad by the prestigious Times magazine.

Vasso was the first in the world to develop the concept of immunotherapy for cancer in the early 1990s, which today is used by hundreds of labs around the world. Immunotherapy aims to boost specific immune cells and program them to kill cancer cells; it was used by Vasso to develop the world’s first breast cancer vaccine with phase I, II and III clinical trials completed. Of note, one of the studies now has long-term follow-up data showing that 20 years later those injected with the vaccine remain cancer free. It has been licensed to an Australian pharmaceutical company.

Using immunotherapy, Vasso has also developed the world’s first ovarian cancer vaccine, which attracted the investment by a pharmaceutical company and has been commercialised in the Middle East. Committed to the wide-ranging benefits of immunotherapy, Vasso has applied this approach to other diseases including a vaccine for multiple sclerosis (which will undergo human clinical trials early in 2019). Most recently, Vasso’s work has been awarded a research grant to develop a vaccine for type-1 diabetes.

Not a podcast of fear or scare tactics but one to empower individuals how you can maintain your best health in the virus season.

Talking Crap with Nicky Roberts 10th March 2020
Episode #59 - The Wellness Couch & Phillipa Challis, Live Life Laughing.mp3

Episode #59 - The Wellness Couch & Phillipa Challis, Live Life Laughing.mp3

March 5, 2020


The idea that a positive outlook on life and a cheery disposition help to stave off illness is as old as the hills. Perhaps surprisingly, this adage is much more than an old wives’ tale.

Over the last few decades, the intriguing and pervasive links 
between neuroscience and the immune system have slowly been uncovered. What might seem, at first, like an uneasy marriage between the brain and immunity has steadily grown into a fully fledged interdisciplinary area of study in the one of my favourite topics, Psychoneuroimmunology.

It is well established, in the minds of most people, that stress can induce illness and that, conversely, a fun-filled occasion with loved ones can soothe aches and pains and stave off the very same illness.

With all the challenges much of the world has been facing over the last few months, The Wellness Couch thought it time to break the drought and add some humour to let go of stress and fear that is so prevalent today. Lets ramp up the humour and stimulate our immune systems along the way.

Meet our Subject Matter expert speaker - 
Philippa Challis, The Laughter Lady from Live Life Laughing and the Geelong Laughter Club.

From the first moment you speak or meet Phillipa it is evident she exudes waves of inspiring energy and enthusiasm. Her passion for the laughter business is evident in her keynote presentations and workshops.

Phillipa started her business - Live Life Laughing - after becoming involved in the laughter industry in 2001. Over the years Phillipa has introduced thousands of people in business and the community to the benefits of laughter, and trained hundreds to be laughter leaders.

Phillipa’s passion for spreading the happidemic of laughter is evident from the first laugh you share with her. After you’ve experienced her ability for getting people to laugh out loud you will never take life so seriously again.

Would you please join me in welcoming Geelong and Australia’s foremost Laughter Lady – Phillipa Challis on The Wellness Couch,