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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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Just fix it, in one stroke
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The Daily Telegraph March 31, 2014

WATCHING my half paralysed father trying to say goodbye to his dying 95-year-old mother last year was one of the saddest things I had ever witnessed.

A shell of the man I knew, stooped over my grandmother's deathbed, reduced to an undignified, non-stop drooling, sobbing, mess. Here was the stalwart of our lives strangely coherent despite his stroke-inflicted aphasia, whimpering, "I love you mamma. I love you mummy. I hope you're still here when I come back in the morning."

Dad's poor stroke-battered brain was so overcome, he lost bladder control as my mum, Maureen, held him to stop him falling on top of his mother as he tried to kiss her goodbye.

I spent four nights watching nan die in Wyong Hospital. When she was conscious, she kept begging my sister Kath and I to "Look after Donny."

Those long nights, I had plenty of time to think about how I could do that. So I started researching stroke.

After 26 years in journalism, much of it spent anchoring news bulletins, I had broadcast so little about it. What I discovered enraged me.

Stroke is the second biggest killer of Australians. It kills more women than breast cancer, more men than prostate cancer.

It strikes down people of all ages. One in six of us will have a stroke. There's one every 10 minutes. And here's the thing. Most strokes are preventable.

So why are Australians not being told how to save themselves? We know how to stave off a heart attack. Why not a brain attack?

It beggars belief that we have no national co-ordinated approach to stroke, even though stroke was identified as a national health priority in 1996.

Successive governments have simply ignored it.

Year after year, there's little improvement in stroke services in Australia, but the number of survivors left cruelly disabled is expected to double within two decades.

In some cases, things are going backwards.

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 per cent 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 per cent 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 took my father more than a year to learn to swallow again and 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 rehab.

And don't even get me started on the lack of co-ordinated support for carers, the unsung heroes in all of this. There's virtually nothing for them. Bugger all, despite the fact 90 per cent of survivors go home after a stroke.

Let's pretend we don't care about the health and wellbeing of tens of thousands of Australians. Let's disregard the human cost and just talk purely in dollars and cents.

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

Fixing stroke services costs money, but making a start on the stroke crisis we're facing in Australia with a simple, federally funded, national awareness campaign to prevent strokes would save lives and money.

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.

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. We need a stroke revolution in this country. Starting a long overdue, national conversation about stroke to kick it off will help save lives and stop disability.

Next Wednesday, the Stroke Foundation is launching the international symbol of stroke unity, the Stroke Solidarity String.

For more information visit the Stroke Foundation's website: www.strokefoundation.com.au, on Facebook or on Twitter @strokefdn

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