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Biography
She has interviewed Presidents, Prime Ministers and popstars, with a career highlight 
tangoing to AC/DC under a mirror ball in the grand final of "Dancing With The Stars".

Chris Bath has been a journalist and news reporter/anchor since 1988 when she started her career at Radio 2UE, Sydney.

Over the next eight years, she worked reporting and reading news at Prime TV Albury & then NBN TV Newcastle, before the Seven Network headhunted her in 1996.

Chris spent 20 years at Seven, hosting her own shows, most recently "Sunday Night", and reading network news. She became the anchor for live rolling network coverage of breaking news events from floods to earthquakes, mine disasters, bushfires and bombings, elections and political coups, several Olympic Games, Royal weddings and more.

Her jack of all trades abilities saw her MC the prelude to the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony live on stage, and have taken her around the world. Chris has interviewed Presidents, Prime Ministers and popstars, people caught up in extraordinary tragedies and triumphs, and even tangoed to AC/DC under a mirror ball in the grand final of "Dancing With The Stars".

Chris is currently a gun for hire, more recently filling in as Drive host on Sydney's ABC 702 and reporting and hosting "The Project" for the Ten Network, along with freelance writing. She is also an accomplished MC, facilitator and media trainer.

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Chris is an accomplished MC. She has run proceedings before tens of thousands at the Sydney Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony Prelude, and at awards nights, conferences and dinners for the corporate sector. Thanks to her years of live TV and radio experience, Chris can make everything run smoothly.
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After nearly 30 years as a journalist, Chris can interview anyone, from any walk of life, on any topic with warmth, intelligence and respect.
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Federal election panel facilitation live on TV is probably the toughest it'll ever get. Chris has wrangled panels including Jeff Kennett, Christopher Pyne, Graham Richardson, Bob Katter, Bronwyn Bishop, Paul Howes, Alexander Downer and more. She says anything else is a breeze.
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Chris and her husband, journalist Jim Wilson together run media and presentation training sessions tailored to suit requirements. This can vary from how to be an effective communicator in interviews, to understanding what the media wants, to how to read an Autocue. Between them, Chris and Jim, have 60 years combined experience across all media platforms.

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Chris Bath's Open Letter To The PM
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The Carousel Sept 9, 2015

Dear Mr Turnbull,

Have I got a deal for you! How would you like to save the lives of thousands of Australians, save taxpayers more than a billion dollars and do something that no other Prime Minister has done before?

And the best thing? You don't even need to be agile to pull it off before you head to the polls next year.

But first, some slogan-free advocacy - simple persuasion (not a lecture of course).

Every ten minutes, an Australian has a stroke. One in six of us will have one. It's up there with heart attack as our biggest killer. It kills more women than breast cancer, more men than prostate cancer. It can strike at any age - babies, teenagers, adults young and old. And if you survive a stroke, the potential for life-long, permanent disability is huge. The number of survivors left cruelly disabled is expected to double within two decades. The knock-on effect for Australian families is immeasurable.

Stroke was identified as a 'National Health Priority' in 1996. Successive governments have simply ignored it.

Year after year, there's little improvement and support for the dedicated health workers battling to provide stroke services in Australia. We have hospital stroke units but the beds are disappearing. On average, the number of stroke beds has shrunk from eight to five in the past three years, and only 50% of stroke victims actually make it into a dedicated stroke unit.

We have a miraculous clot busting treatment known as Thrombolysis that can potentially reverse the effects of a stroke. But in Australian hospitals only 7% of eligible patients actually received it, according to a 2013 national audit report.

And it gets worse. Stroke is a time crucial disease. Survival is about early treatment and recovery is about early rehab. It can take months to learn to swallow again & perform the simple act of drinking a glass of water. Rehab is vital. But 412,000 Australians are leaving hospital after a stroke and don't get any.

And don't even get me started on the lack of coordinated support for carers. They are the unsung heroes in all of this. There's virtually nothing for them - bugger all, despite the fact 90% of survivors go home after a stroke.

Sound like a Pandora's box, Mr Turnbull? Probably. But take just one simple step and it goes a long way to fixing it. Here's the thing, the golden nugget of information in all of this:

Most strokes are preventable, notionally around 80% of them.

But ... we have never had a Federally funded, nationally coordinated, awareness campaign to save Australians from stroke. We know how to stave off a heart attack. Why not a brain attack?

This is your big chance Mr Turnbull.

Already I can hear you saying, yes but how does spending money on stroke awareness save taxpayers money? Here's the thing:

Let's pretend we don't care about the human cost. Let's just talk purely in dollars and cents.

Stroke cost the health budget $5billion in 2012 alone. If around 80% of strokes are preventable and we had a national awareness strategy in place, and for argument's sake, prevented just 30% of those strokes, imagine the savings. You do the maths!

The Stroke Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, battling heroically to get the stroke message out there. It has a national action plan ready to go, but it needs Federal funding to make it happen.

Best thing is, the prevention message is so simple. Apart from the usual healthy lifestyle choices we all should make, the best way to guard against stroke is having simple, regular, blood pressure checks. Hardly confronting!

Almost 4 million Australians have high blood pressure, putting them at serious risk of stroke and most don't even know it. You cannot feel high blood pressure or see it. You need to have regular checks.

So where's the deal I promised you Mr Turnbull?

OK, for a $75million spend you can save the health system and taxpayers billions, save thousands of Australian lives and families, and if you are the P.M. agile enough to instigate a national awareness program for stroke, you will be the first to do it.

I know you're up for seizing opportunities. As a carpe diem moment, this is a no brainer.

Kind regards and congratulations on the new gig,

Chris Bath

Stroke Foundation Ambassador.

P.S Stress can be a factor in stroke. Make sure you get your blood pressure checked.

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