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October 14, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Venue: The Upper Terrace at The Duke
Corner of Russell and Flinders Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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Melbourne Stories with Dr Nouria Salehi OAM

A Members' only event

Hosted by:
Professor Emeritus Barbara van Ernst AM

October 14, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


We are pleased to announce the return of the ‘Melbourne Stories’ lunch; a unique format in the repertoire of the MF.

A nuclear physicist by day, a restaurateur by night and a human rights activist around the clock — that’s the short Melbourne story of Dr Nouria Salehi.

A highly respected nuclear physicist and biophysicist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for almost 40 years, Nouria’s vital medical research to detect and treat various forms of cancer has benefited many Australians.

Born in Afghanistan, Nouria moved to Australia in 1981. A passionate advocate for women’s rights and education in Afghanistan, Nouria spent many years assisting Afghans to settle in Australia and raising funds to help citizens in her home country. Demonstrating her commitment to her country of birth, Nouria has established an organisation to support projects giving Afghanis essential skills and opportunities. She established the Afghan Australian Development Organisation in 2002.

Nouria also found time to open an Afghan restaurant in Fitzroy in 1983 to sponsor Afghan families, provide jobs and raise money for projects in Afghanistan. The restaurant is still going strong — although Nouria can no longer be found in the kitchen.

With only a speaker and limited to twelve invited members, this format goes to the core of our objectives to bring to members the personal and extraordinary stories of the interesting people who permeate our life on a daily basis.

Melbourne Forum – Feeding minds and stimulating valuable contributions to Melbourne life.

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