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VACCHO Statewide GP Gathering 2023

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Please note registrations closed on 13/04/23, if you would like to attend the GP Gathering, please contact Gwyn Low at

We are pleased to invite GPs working at ACCHOs across Victoria to come together at VACCHO's 2nd Annual Statewide GP Gathering in May. The GP Gathering will be a unique blend of cultural and clinical education, peer support and professional development with a focus on GP wellbeing.

Spaces are limited so please register early. Note no registration fees will need to be paid at this stage, VACCHO will work with RWAV to access available support via the Health Workforce Scholarship Program to cover GP attendance. Family members are not able to be covered by this program, if you are bringing a family member a VACCHO staff member will contact you to confirm details.

Please be aware that photos and/or videos may be taken of you and may be used in future promotions. If you have any queries regarding the GP Gathering or require assistance registering, please contact Gwyn Low at or 0402 623 418.

Time/Date: 6pm Friday 5th - 1pm Sunday 7th May 2023

Locations: RACV Healesville Country Club & Resort and Healesville Sanctuary, Wurundjeri Country

Program (please note the program is subject to change):

Day 1 – Friday 5 May
Barak Room, RACV Healesville

From 2:00pm Check in RACV Healesville
7:00pm Welcome to Country with Aunty Joy
7:15pm Dinner commences
7:30pm Welcome speeches

Amanda Hand, CEO – OONAH Aboriginal Health and Community Services
Kerina Princi, Project Manager Healthcare Reform – Rural Workforce Agency Victoria

    Day 2 – Saturday 6 May
    Grand Conservatory, RACV Healesville

    From 7:00am Breakfast (served until 10:00am)
    8:30am Arrival, Acknowledgement of Country and housekeeping

    Morning Session
    8:45am Keynote/welcome with Dr Karen Nicholls, Chair, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Faculty

    9:00am 'Sneak peek' of the National Guide 4th ed and Talking Health Checks with Dr Mary Belfrage, Clinical Lead RACGP NACCHO Partnership Project

    10:00am Morning Tea Break
    10:30am Dadirri: Ancient Aboriginal Mindfulness Traditions session facilitated by Ash Dargan and Alison Burrell from We Al-li (Culturally Informed Trauma Integrated Healing Approach)
    12:00pm Lunch

    Afternoon Session
    1:00pm Open Space session facilitated by Dr Patrick Kinsella (Lake Tyers)
    2:00pm Concurrent: Weaving workshop for families with Mayapa Weaving
    2:30pm Afternoon Tea Break

    Rapid fire sessions
    2:45pm First 1000 Days Australia with Prof Kerry Arabena
    3:00pm Staying PrEPared for B Positive with Dr Anand Patel (MDAS Mildura)
    3:45pm Cervical screening self-collection update with Dr Alexis Butler (ACPCC)
    4:15pm Weightloss with Dr Janelle Francis (VAHS – Epping)
    5:00pm Close

    7:00pm Dinner

      Day 3 – Sunday 7 May
      Brolga Room, Healesville Sanctuary 

      From 7:00am Breakfast (served until 10:00am)
      8:00am GP Supervisors Breakfast with Dr Ed Poliness (Wathaurong)
      Check out RACV Healesville

      On Country Session
      9:30am Arrival at Healesville Sanctuary
      10:00am Wayapa Wuurrk session with Alana Marsh
      11:00am Bush foods with Murrundindi
      12:00pm Light lunch, reflections and closing remarks
      1:00pm Close

      Emcees: Dr Hung The Nguyen, Chair, VACCHO GP Advisory Group and Abe Ropitini, VACCHO Executive Director – Population Health

      Please note:

      • Any guests with allergies MUST provide own EpiPen.
      • The pool at RACV Healesville will be closed for maintenance from 24th April to 24th June, 2023.
      • A complementary two-hour drinks package will be available at the Friday Welcome Dinner and Dinner on Saturday evening. We encourage responsible consumption of alcohol in order to provide an enjoyable, safe and welcoming environment for all present.
      • Staying healthy and COVID-19 safe
        We look forward to seeing you this weekend. As GPs and health work professionals, we know all too well the importance of keeping COVID-19 Safe.
        Therefore, we strongly recommend that, before you travel to the Gathering, you do a RAT to ensure you are COVID-19 free.
        We also recommend staying at home if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms or any other infectious symptoms:
      • fever
      • chills or sweats
      • cough
      • sore throat
      • shortness of breath
      • stuffy or runny nose.
      • loss or change in sense of smell or taste
      • nausea and vomiting
      • diarrhoea

        We will have plenty of RATs and masks available for use over the weekend. Do not hesitate to leave early during the weekend if you or a family member become unwell. 
        VACCHO’s priority is to keep everyone safe and prevent spread of infectious diseases.

      This event will take place on Wurundjeri Country. VACCHO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live and work, and pays our respects to Elders past, present and to come. Oonah provides a welcoming and Culturally affirming service in Melbourne’s Inner and Outer East. VACCHO Member Oonah are a central point of contact for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples for information, services and programs that are focussed on building a healthy and strong Community.

      This event is supported by the Health Workforce Scholarship Program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and administered in Victoria by RWAV.

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