RWAV invites you to join us to explore key challenges that impact rural communities, the viability of the rural health workforce in Victoria, and the potential solutions to the complex challenges in your area.

Thursday, 15 February & Friday, 16 February 2024

The Mercure Ballarat

Early bird registration has been extended!

Register now and receive the early bird offer.

Highlights from the 2023 RWAV Conference

RWAV encourages All Health Professionals attending this event to self-log the CPD activity undertaken over the 2 days. 
The RWAV Conference 2024 is brought to you by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria.

Thank you to our Proud Sponsors of the 2024 RWAV Conference

Thank you to our Proud Partners of the 2024 RWAV Conference

Registration

All tickets includes meals during the event and prices includes GST.

 

Early bird ticket $770*
Standard ticket $990
Student ticket $170
Networking dinner $180

* Early bird tickets are extended until 31 January 2024 and the standard ticket price applies from 1 February 2024 onwards.

RWAV encourages All Health Professionals attending this event to self-log the CPD activity undertaken over the 2 days.

RWAV Conference Theme & Sub-theme

Pathways to Progress: Healthcare Access in Rural Victoria​

RWAV Conference Sub Themes

Future Workforce: Building the Pipeline

Multidisciplinary Teams: Uniting for Better Care

Sustainability: Building a Thriving Rural Health Future

Data Capability: From Data to Action

Presentations

You will hear from an inspiring line-up of speakers, sharing their insights on a diverse range of topics.

Please view the selected abstracts below.

Abstract title: Building a Sustainable Rural Healthcare Model: A Case Study from Robinvale, Victoria

Presented by: Dr. Melanie Trivett

Authored by: Dr. Melanie Trivett

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Abstract title: Developing unconventional approaches for group-based physiotherapy exercise programs in rural residential aged care settings: An Occupational Therapy perspective

Presented by: Ms Stacy Doan

Authored by: Ms Stacy Doan, Ms Alix Reeves, Plena Healthcare, Zenitas, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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Abstract title: Supporting and Connecting Rural Doctors to Sustain the Rural Health Workforce

Presented by: Isobel Gribben

Authored by: Ms. Trikkelle Flynn 

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Abstract title: ‘Growing our own’ in southwestern Victoria: end-to-end rural pathways to health professional careers 

Presented by: A/Prof. Lara Fuller

Authored by: A/Prof. Lara Fuller

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Abstract title:  Doctor What? Doctor Where? A podcast to inspire the future rural workforce

Presented by: Ms. Amy Poynton

Authored by: Ms. Amy Poynton, (submission has co-authors also)

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Abstract title: Rural Origin Definitions for Medical School Entry and Measuring Outcomes

Presented by: Dr Kyra Postlethwaite

Authored by: Dr Kyra Postlethwaite

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Abstract title: Reconnecting the Workforce Pipeline – 8 Years of Growing Career Rural Hospital Pharmacists

Presented by: Mrs. Susan Trevillian

Authored by: Mrs. Susan Trevillian

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Abstract title: Can a podcast increase a clinicians understanding of the key components needed for working collaboratively in a mobile allied health workforce? 

Presented by: Jane Dow

Authored by: Jane Dow, Renee De Wit

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Abstract title: Collaborative Inpatient and Community Care: A Novel Approach to Diabetes-Related Foot Disease for Regional and Rural Victoria.

Presented by: Mr. John Chen

Authored by: Mr. John Chen, Latrobe Community Health Service, Victoria, Australia, Ms. Alison Lang & Dr. Scott, Latrobe Regional Health, Victoria, Australia McNeil

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Abstract title: Delivery of a Multidisciplinary Psychiatry Education Program for an MMM 5 Health Service

Presented by: AP Hieu Pham

Authored by: AP Hieu Pham, Monash Rural Health and Mildura Base Public Hospital, Erin Fisher, Mildura Base Public Hospital, & Cheree Schneider, West Wimmera Health Service

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Abstract title: Measuring Digital Maturity in General Practice

Presented by: Sarah Crowe

Authored by: Sarah Crowe Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Alyce Cuman – Semantic Consulting, Tim Blake – Semantic Consulting

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Abstract title: Workforce, Population and client demand projections for Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

Presented by: Jim O’Shea

Authored by: Jim O’Shea, Hannah Gheller and Brooke Sando

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Abstract title: Identification of general practitioner workforce needs and place-based solutions – 
the value of data informed decision making.

Presented by: Adj Prof Catherine Lees

Authored by: Adj Prof Catherine Lees, Shane Boyer & Rakesh Rawat, Murray Primary Health Network

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Abstract title: Enhancing rural registrar training for improved sustainability pilot project:  A mixed methods study 

Presented by: Kerina Princi & Dr Catherine Keniry

Authored by: Kerina Princi, Project Manager – Healthcare Reform, RWAV & Dr Catherine Keniry PhD, Director – Research and Medical Evaluation, School of Rural Medicine Charles Sturt University

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Networking Opportunities

 

The RWAV Conference will provide you with many networking opportunities as you participate in two full days of stimulating presentations and conversations.

The RWAV Conference Networking and Celebration Dinner will be held at the end of day 1 of the conference (15th February 2024), and will provide continuing and increased opportunities to engage with your peers in a relaxed social setting, while enjoying a delicious gourmet meal.

RWAV encourages All Health Professionals attending this event to self-log the CPD activity undertaken over the 2 days.

RWAV Conference Program

Correct at time of publishing. Subject to change.

Download a PDF version of this program here.

Program Participants

Correct at time of publishing. Subject to change.

Amy Poynton - Monash Rural Health
Amy Poynton

Amy Poynton

Manager

Gippsland Regional Training Hub from Monash Rural Health, Monash University

Amy Poynton is the Manager of the Gippsland Regional Training Hub with Monash Rural Health, Monash University. The Regional Training Hub focuses on building rural specialty training pathways and supporting and guiding medical students and junior doctors in Gippsland. Amy’s prior roles encompass more than a decade in health systems and health workforce research and in research operations management.

Dr Anne Webster MP - Member for Mallee ⭐️[Opening Address]

Dr Anne Webster MP

Member for Mallee

Federal Member for Mallee, Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health and Deputy Chair of Joint Standing Committee on Migration

Dr Anne Webster MP is the Federal Member for Mallee and Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health. Dr Webster studied a BA, majoring in Sociology and History, concurrently studying a Bachelor of Social Work, with Honours (La Trobe). In 2018, she completed a PhD at the Australian National University in Sociology. Before entering politics, Dr Webster was a social worker and a non-profit executive with a special focus on working with vulnerable families. In her first term of Parliament since 2019, Dr Webster achieved $2 billion of funding for Mallee, including highway upgrades, sporting infrastructure, health infrastructure, education infrastructure and water management funding among many other priority areas. Prior to holding the Regional Health portfolio, Dr Webster was also the Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Development.

Bhakta Bahadur Bhattarai (Durga) - 2024 Vic Young Australian of the Year
Durga

Bhakta Bahadur Bhattarai (Durga)

2024 Vic Young Australian of the Year,

Registered nurse and founder of Albury Wodonga Multicultural Community Events Inc

Having arrived in Australia as a Bhutanese refugee from Nepal, Durga trained as a pharmacy assistant and registered nurse. Through his own experience of loneliness and isolation, he founded the Albury Wodonga Multicultural Community Events Inc. in 2014, which advocates for and showcases multicultural communities and organises help during difficult times.  

Beyond his work as a nurse, Durga supplied homemade masks to the elderly and emergency food relief during the COVID-19 lockdowns. He also arranged multiple community wellbeing and entertainment programs and has raised thousands of dollars for sick young people and disability support. 

His selfless actions are a constant source of care and connection among Wodonga’s multicultural community. Durga was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the Government of Victoria in 2019 and is the 2024 Victorian Young Australian of The Year.

Briana Baass - Safer Care Victoria

Briana Baass

Chief Allied Health Officer

Safer Care Victoria

Ms Briana Baass is the Chief Allied Health Officer of Victoria, providing expert leadership, advice and guidance on healthcare quality and safety to Safer Care Victoria and the Victorian Minister for Health. Ms Baass represents allied health professions on policy and operational matters at the state’s highest levels, providing advice and guidance on profession-specific matters, as well as system design opportunities across the state.

With a background in clinical prosthetics and orthotics, Ms Baass has more than 20 years of experience in the health sector across Australia, including clinical treatment, health service operations, various roles in a government department and seven years of consulting in a large global firm. Ms Baass is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, a graduate of the College’s Management Residency Program and in 2017, she was appointed to the National Board. Her experience is aligned to organisational performance as well as health system reform; in particular in the areas of health sector governance and connecting touchpoints across the system.

Bronwyn Morris-Donovan - AHPA

Bronwyn Morris-Donovan

CEO

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA)

Bronwyn Morris-Donovan is a primary health sector advocate with expertise in policy and advocacy and primary health sector strategy. Bron has a clinical background in podiatry and brings a deep connection to allied health and primary care. Most recently, she has held the role of Executive General Manager of the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce and General Manager Policy and Advocacy at the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She has experience across several Australian health peak bodies, including the RACGP, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses, Australian Podiatry Association and the Mental Health Professionals’ Network.

Carla Taylor - GP Supervision Australia
Carla Taylor

Adj Sr Res Fellow Carla Taylor

CEO

GP Supervision Australia

Carla Taylor is the CEO of the national peak body for GP training, General Practice Supervision Australia (GPSA), and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University’s School of Rural Health.

 

Carla is committed to empowering her team and the 10,000+ members they support to be the best they can in all things, which often means tossing about outrageous ideas, encouraging collaboration, sharing knowledge and opportunities, and always seeking out points of alignment rather than difference. 

Assoc Prof Cath Lees - Murray PHN

Assoc Prof Cath Lees

Director Integrated Projects and Partnerships

Murray PHN

Dr Catherine Lees is the Director Integrated Projects and Partnerships at Murray PHN and Adjunct Professor of Rural Health at LaTrobe University. She is an experienced senior health service leader with a strong interest in strengthening the rural health workforce through collaborative leadership, and innovative models of care. Cath is currently leading Victoria’s Australian General Practice Training Workforce Planning and Prioritisation project on behalf of the Victorian PHN consortia.  She is experienced in building opportunities through collaboration and developing partnerships between the health, education and community sectors to benefit rural and regional communities.  Cath lives in Echuca Moama.

Cath Maloney - SARRAH

Cath Maloney

CEO

Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health SARRAH

Cath Maloney is the CEO of SARRAH, a role she has held since April 2019, leading a high-performing team that develops and delivers allied health workforce development programs for rural and remote settings.  Cath began her career as a physiotherapist, with over 25 years of clinical experience prior to moving into health service management roles. She holds a Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management), completed the Advanced Leadership Program with Women and Leadership Australia, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).  Cath has held leadership and management positions in state and Commonwealth government and with a remote Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation, and served 6 years on the Board of a rurally-based Primary Health Network.

Dr Catherine Keniry - School of Rural Medicine Charles Sturt University
Catherine Keniry

Dr Catherine Keniry

Director – Research and Medical Evaluation

School of Rural Medicine Charles Sturt University

Dr Catherine Keniry undertook her BSc in Genetics at the University of Sydney, followed by her PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology at the University of Cambridge. On her return to Australia, she worked in global healthcare organisations – Roche Diagnostics and Sonic Healthcare, in various management and leadership positions. She led teams in the implementation of new molecular diagnostics assays across infectious disease and genetics portfolios and was instrumental in the expansion of the genetic testing service provided by Sonic.  In 2017, Catherine moved with her family from Sydney to Orange and has developed a strong passion for rural healthcare and improving rural health outcomes. She joined CSU School of Rural Medicine in 2022 and is now the Director of Research and Evaluation. She is dedicated to developing a strong and passionate research team committed to supporting rural and remote clinicians to undertake critical research in areas of need. 

 

Chez Lim - RWAV⭐️ [Keynote]
Chez Lim

Chez Lim

Team Leader - Analytics and Reporting

RWAV

Chez is a data analyst at RWAV and has a background in Biomedical Sciences, allowing him to carve a niche in combining scientific expertise with analytical skills. This unique combination enables Chez to bridge the gap between science and technology seamlessly, fostering innovation and enhancing public health outcomes.

In his current role, Chez has undertaken a Victoria-wide survey focusing on health workforce professionals in Rural and Aboriginal communities throughout Victoria. Chez guides organisations towards embracing data-informed strategies to improve patient care and impact public health on a wider scale. His presentation at this conference will delve into the critical insights gained from this survey, underscoring the pivotal role of data in driving positive transformation within our communities.

 
Dale Fraser - Grampians Health
Dale Fraser

Dale Fraser

CEO

Grampians Health

Dale Fraser is the CEO of Grampians Health. He has worked exclusively with regional health services for the past 26 years, including time within the Hume, Barwon and Grampians region. Dale holds a number of external directorships associated with education, research, community engagement, and health workforce and is an active contributor to the development of State health policy. Bringing world-class public healthcare to the most needy in our community, regardless of their social status or capacity to pay, is at the cornerstone of Dale’s belief system.

Outside of work, Dale is a keen collector of Australian art and he is an avid traveller, with a goal to visit all seven continents.

Cr Samantha McIntosh - Councillor, The City of Ballarat
Cr Samantha McIntosh

Cr Samantha McIntosh

Councillor

The City of Ballarat

Ellen Jackson - Potential Psychology & Committee for Ballarat [MC]
Ellen Jackson

Ellen Jackson

MC

Potential Psychology & Committee for Ballarat

Ellen Jackson, a seasoned psychologist, executive coach, internationally published writer, and renowned speaker, is dedicated to helping leaders and teams understand human behaviour to achieve organisational goals. She spearheads the Potential Psychology Self-Care Club and hosts the award-nominated Potential Psychology Podcast. Beyond her professional life, Ellen is a devoted mother and recently took on the role of Program Lead for Leadership Ballarat and Western Region. She’s an integral part of the Ballarat community, collaborating with the Committee for Ballarat to promote local business, leadership, and sustainability.

Ellen has a Masters of Applied Science (Coaching Psychology) from The University of Sydney, and is a Coaching Psychologist whose specialty is finding purpose at work and the future of work.

Emma Gunn - The University of Melbourne
Emma Gun

Emma Gunn

Medical student, Registered Nurse

The University of Melbourne

Emma is a Registered Nurse and a 4th year medical student at the University of Melbourne. She completed her nursing graduate year at the Alfred Hospital in 2020 and continues to work as a casual Emergency Nurse alongside her full-time medical studies. She undertook her second and third years of medical school at
the Ballarat Base Hospital and will complete her final year at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Emma became a mother for the first time last month and is taking 12 months off her studies before returning to complete the final year in 2025. 

Prof Grant Phelps - RWAV ⭐️

Prof Grant Phelps

Deputy Board Chair

RWAV

Grant has practiced as a Gastroenterlogist and Acute Physician in regional Victoria for 25 years.  He trained in Safety and Quality at Intermountain Healthcare in the US and has held management and leadership roles in healthcare quality in several jurisdictions.  Grant works as an independent consultant advising hospitals and healthcare organisations on workforce, clinical leadership and healthcare quality.

 
Assoc Prof Hieu Pham - North West Vic Regional Training Hub

Assoc Prof Hieu Pham

Psychiatrist & Deputy Director

North West Victoria Regional Training Hub

Prof Hieu Pham is a consultant psychiatrist at Mildura Base Public Hospital. He holds clinical roles with West Wimmera Health Services and the Melbourne Clinic. Hieu has provided his mental health expertise across a range of professional and community activities, including as an OSCE examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and advisor for the Murray Primary Health Network on pathways to mental healthcare.

Hieu has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and a Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZP) and oversees postgraduate psychiatry training.

Hieu spent many years teaching medical students at Monash Rural Health Mildura, before his appointment as Deputy Director of Monash Rural Health’s North West Victoria Regional Training Hub. Hieu is passionate about creating new regional training pathways for junior doctors across the Loddon Mallee region.

Dr Hung The Nguyen - RWAV

Dr Hung The Nguyen

Medical Educator MDRAP Support

RWAV

Hung has a long-term commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Multicultural Health.   

He has worked extensively as a GP and Medical and Cultural Educator in urban, rural and remote Aboriginal community health services throughout the Northern Territory and Victoria.  He currently works as a GP at Bunurong Health Service, Dandenong, Victoria – an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service where he is the GP Lead and GP Supervisor.  He was awarded the EVGP Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal Health award 2022, and RACGP Australia GP of the Year 2021.

Hung currently sits on several Primary Care and Health Education boards: Health Education Australia Limited; he is the President of Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine; Chair of Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; Chair of VACCHO GP Expert Advisory Group.  Through his appointments, he is concerned with positive patient journeys through the healthcare system and patient engagement in quality improvement process in health care. 

 
Isobel Gribben - The University of Melbourne

Isobel Gribben

Manager

Goulburn Valley Regional Training Hub, The University of Melbourne

Isobel Gribben is the Manager of the Goulburn Valley Regional Training Hub with the University of Melbourne and is based at the Shepparton Campus. Isobel is one of the committee members that form the DR JuMP mentoring program across regional Victoria, and is the program coordinator of the DR JuMP program assisting mentors and mentees.

Jane Dow - Allied Therapy Services

Jane Dow

Clinical Director and Physiotherapist at

Allied Therapy Services

Jane Dow has a clinical background as a physiotherapist and has worked in the Barwon Southwest Region for over 13 years. Completing her Graduate Certificate in Burns and Trauma Rehabilitation, she elected to study units in evidenced-based practice, quality improvement framework, design, and implementation, complementing her passion for ensuring the delivery of high-value healthcare.

She is the Clinical Director at Allied Therapy Services, a multi-disciplinary community allied health service based across Regional Victoria. Jane is also a sessional facilitator at Deakin University for their Collaborative Practice in Healthcare Unit and at the Australian Catholic University.

Jemma Abraham - The University of Melbourne

Jemma Abraham

MD Student

The University of Melbourne, Ballarat

Jemma is a final-year medical student who has been based at Grampians Health in Ballarat for all of her clinical training. Having grown up moving throughout rural/regional Victoria, she is a passionate advocate for rural medical careers and equitable access to healthcare. Jemma is the current President of the University of Melbourne’s Outlook Rural Health Club, and in 2023 she successfully advocated for the addition of a rural health executive position and dedicated rural health education for all 1,400 students every year at future University of Melbourne MD Student Conferences.

Jim O'Shea - VACCHO

Jim O’Shea

COO & Company Secretary

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Jim O’Shea is a proud Gumbaynggirr man and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role as Chief Operating Officer at VACCHO, with over 38 years of experience as a financial and business manager across private sector companies and not-for-profit organisations both nationally and internationally. 

Over the years, VACCHO has responded to the needs of the Community-controlled health sector by expanding our capacity in the areas of training and development, advocacy, health research and evidence, health promotion, engagement with Community, government and stakeholders, and business support. VACCHO is at heart, and by constitution, a Community-controlled organisation. Respect for Culture, Community and Country is fundamental to what we do as an organisation and who we are as individuals. 

John Chen - Latrobe Community Health Service

John Chen

Senior Podiatrist

Latrobe Community Health Service & Latrobe Regional Health

John Chen is a Senior Podiatrist at Latrobe Community Health Service. He is a founding member of the Gippsland High-Risk Foot Clinic, a collaborative initiative with Latrobe Regional Health in Gippsland, Victoria. After completing his basic training in Australia, John moved to Singapore and worked as a podiatrist at the National University Hospital. He is completing his postgraduate training in Podiatric Surgery at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland.

Kate Temby - RWAV⭐️ [Keynote]
Kate Temby

Kate Temby

General Manager Strategy and Partnerships

RWAV

Kate is the General Manager of Strategy and Partnerships at RWAV. She is a Registered Nurse and a highly experienced leader in healthcare. Her skills enable her to be agile and adaptable while maintaining an outcomes focus on improving quality access to primary healthcare. Kate’s extensive experience working with all levels of government, the community and stakeholders across the sector have provided her with insights into the challenges rural communities and health professionals face. Kate has led the design and delivery of many innovative and strategic health promotion and grants programs, supporting better access to health services, health information and activities across communities. Whilst at RWAV, Kate has led the transformation of the RWAV grants program, enhanced the administration of a number of programs and developed the RWAV allied health portfolio. She has also led the development of the RWAV research program of activities.

Kerina Princi - RWAV

Kerina Princi

Project Manager - Healthcare Reform

RWAV

Kerina has more than 30 years of experience working in clinical and diverse project management roles in the health, not for profit, research and government sectors. She has an interest in quality and service improvement projects which focus on delivering better outcomes for consumers. 

Kerina is employed at RWAV as the Project Manager- Healthcare Reform where she oversees the grants and future workforce development programs, allied health strategy,  engages in strategic planning activities and on, behalf of RWAV, has led several research grant submissions in collaboration with key stakeholders. She has a strong commitment to improving accessibility to quality healthcare for all Victorians. 

Karen Heap OAM- BADAC ⭐️ [Keynote]

Karen Heap OAM

CEO

Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC)

Karen Heap OAM, a proud Yorta Yorta woman, has led the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BADAC) for 19 years. As a key advocate for Aboriginal self-determination, Karen played a pivotal role in securing a historic tripartite agreement for the Victorian Aboriginal Children and Young People’s Alliance to bring decisions about Aboriginal children into Aboriginal hands. She was awarded the Wanda Blow Award for her work. Her impact further extends to facilities such as a culturally safe medical clinic and an Elders Independent Village.

In 2019, Karen was inducted onto the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll, in 2020 onto the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll and 2023 was awarded an OAM for significant service to the Indigenous community in a range of roles. As BADAC CEO, Karen continues to work hard for Aboriginal self-determination, to Close the Gap and see Aboriginal people have improved health, quality of life and equity in services.

Dr Kathy Kirkpatrick - RWAV

Dr Kathy Kirkpatrick

Medical Advisor

RWAV

Dr Kathryn Kirkpatrick is a Queensland University graduate who worked in aged care and rehabilitation before upskilling in paediatrics and surgery in the Rural Doctors Training Program, Toowoomba.  She completed her general practice training in South-West Queensland with an advanced skill in anaesthetics. Kathy is a medical educator, most recently in vocational training for rural general practice.

Kathy has been a director of many general practice and primary care related organisations including, RACGP, RVTS, National Rural Health Alliance and National Rural Women’s Coalition.  In 2015, Kathy moved to Victoria and works as the Medical Advisor – Strategy with RWAV.

Dr Kyra Postlethwaite - Monash Rural Health & Grampians VRGP

Dr Kyra Postlethwaite

Junior Doctor

Monash Rural Health & Grampians VRGP

Kyra is a recently graduated medical intern, currently completing her General Medicine rotation at St John of God here in Ballarat as part of the Grampians region’s Victorian Rural Generalist Program. She completed her medical school placements regionally in the state’s North-West – mainly in Bendigo and Mildura – before graduating from Monash University in 2023. Kyra is looking forward to exploring her interest in practicing medicine in regional and rural areas, especially as a General Practitioner or Rural Generalist, during rotations to Maryborough later in the year.

Assoc Prof Lara Fuller - Deakin School of Medicine

Assoc Prof Lara Fuller

Director of Rural Medical Education (GP)

Deakin University School of Medicine

Assoc Prof Lara Fuller is the Director of Rural Medical Education and the Rural Community Clinical School at Deakin University. As an academic General Practitioner, her educational research interests are in rural community-based education and widening access to develop a local rural health workforce. Lara is a member of the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (AusFRAME) and the International Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships (CLIC).

Lauren Cordwell - RWAV ⭐️[Keynote]

Lauren Cordwell

CEO

RWAV

Lauren Cordwell is currently the Chief Executive Officer at RWAV.

As a highly experienced leader and health policy analyst, she is committed to finding practical solutions to address the challenges preventing communities in rural Australia from accessing affordable and safe healthcare. For over 20 years, Lauren has designed and implemented innovative programs with communities, health professionals and government agencies that continue to have a lasting benefit. Many of these programs relate to primary healthcare, general practice, First People’s health and community engagement.

Lauren has been an integral part of the RWAV team for many years, demonstrating a remarkable strategic vision in spearheading practical solutions to address rural health challenges in Victoria.

Prof Louisa Remedios - Federation University
Louisa Remedios

Prof Louisa Remedios

Professor

Federation University

Professor Louisa Remedios joined Federation University in 2022 and is the current Discipline Lead of Physiotherapy at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. She was previously the Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Online Learning, Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne (UoM). She has led the curriculum design and implementation of the Doctor of Physiotherapy program and three fully online, interprofessional, post-qualification Masters degrees at the UoM. She is an advocate for community informed education and sees anticipatory, systems and strategic competencies as central to health professional education. Her recent focus has been on community engagement and service learning, with an increasing interest in the role of virtual care in regional practice. 

Macaylah Johnson - Karndorr Consulting [Welcome to Country]

Macaylah Johnson

First Nations consultant & cultural service provider Wadawurrung Country

Karndorr Consulting

Macaylah began her professional journey at Loreto College Ballarat as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer, fostering an inclusive environment for Indigenous students. She later represented Wadawurrung Country at the closing ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and played a key role as Engagement Coordinator for the 2026 event. Macaylah has been actively involved in anti-racism efforts, leading the cross-cultural program at the AFL’s Western Bulldogs Football Club and championing Reconciliation Action Plans. Her contributions extend to cultural audits, workshops promoting cultural sensitivity, and advocating for First Nations Education, making a meaningful impact on fostering positive relationships and reconciliation between communities.

Mario Gupta - Larter Consulting

Mario Gupta

Primary Health Consultant

Larter Consulting

Mario Gupta, Primary Health Consultant at Larter Consulting, has left an indelible mark on the healthcare industry. With extensive expertise, he has worked with major industry bodies, State Governments (DHHS, NSW Health, QLD Health), and the Department of Health and Aged Care. Mario’s successful career spans roles as a General Manager at the Victorian Centre for Mental Health and a General Manager of a large rural general practice. His contributions extend to collaborating with the Rural GPRC National Leaders Network and serving on the PHN task force for respiratory/COVID-19 clinics in rural Victoria. Mario is known for a patient-centric approach and a strong commitment to quality.

Hon Mary-Anne Thomas MP - Victorian Minister for Health ⭐️ [Opening Address]
Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas MP

Hon Mary-Anne Thomas MP

Victorian Minister For Health

Health Infrastructure and Ambulance Services

The Hon Mary-Anne Thomas MP is the Member for Macedon and holds the current portfolios of Minister for Health, Minister for Health Infrastructure and Minister for Ambulance Services.

Having grown up in a small farming town in north-east Victoria, Mary-Anne understands the needs of rural and regional communities. 

Mary-Anne ran for parliament to deliver better services and infrastructure in her community of Macedon. She wants to do her part to ensure vulnerable and disadvantaged communities have access to what they need, whether in health, education, housing, or public transport.

She is passionate about ensuring all Victorians have the services, jobs and infrastructure they need to thrive – no matter where they live!

Dr Melanie Trivett - RFDS Victoria

Dr Melanie Trivett

General Manager

Primary Health Care, Royal Flying Doctors Service Victoria

Dr Melanie Trivett is General Manager of the Primary Health Care division at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victoria). Qualified with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a PhD, Melanie’s experience spans medical research, pathology operations, primary health care service delivery and the design, management and oversight of quality, clinical governance and risk management systems.  She has a particular interest in the physical and mental wellbeing of those living in rural and remote communities where distance, finances and isolation can be barriers to accessing quality care at the right time. She is passionate about strong partnerships and leveraging local knowledge to deliver community-based programs that improve access to healthcare and promote social connection.  She hopes for a day where all Australians have great health outcomes regardless of where they live.

Michelle Whitelaw - Northern District Community Health

Michelle Whitelaw

Care Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner Rural Outreach Model

Northern District Community Health

Michelle Whitelaw is a Care Coordinator in the Nurse Practitioner Rural Outreach Model at Northern District Community Health, working at the Kerang, Pyramid Hill and Quambatook sites. Michelle is an Enrolled Nurse and also works as a Support Coordinator with NDIS participants.

Adj Assoc Prof Morton Rawlin AM - RWAV
Morton Rawlin

Adj Assoc Prof Morton Rawlin AM

Board Director

RWAV

Adj Assoc Prof Rawlin is an experienced General Practitioner and medical educator. He is currently in clinical general practice in suburban Melbourne and previously practiced in rural Victoria for 10 years.


Assoc Prof Rawlin is Chair of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaborative and a past Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Association and is a board member of the Mental Health Professionals Network. He is also the Medical Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Victoria. He is a member of the RACGP Victoria Council

Dr Pat Giddings - Remote Vocational Training Scheme
Dr Pat Giddings

Dr Pat Giddings

CEO

Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)

Pat Giddings is the CEO of the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS). His association with RVTS dates back to 2000, when he was involved in founding the pilot program that led to the development of the current scheme. Pat is based in Albury, NSW, and has a diverse professional portfolio. Besides his leadership role at RVTS, Pat also works as a GP at the Albury-Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service. Additionally, he serves as the Director of Medical Services at multiple rural health services, including Beechworth, Corryong, and Tallangatta Health, as well as Albury-Wodonga Health and Albury-Wodonga Private Hospital.

Assoc Prof Rex Prabhu - Swan Hill District Health ⭐️ [Keynote]

Assoc Prof Rex Prabhu

Executive director

Swan Hill District Health

A/Prof Rex Prabhu, Executive Medical Director at Swan Hill District Health has over 4 years of leadership experience. Formerly Clinical Superintendent at Westmead Hospital, and Deputy Director of Medical Services at Manly and Mona Vale Hospitals, Sydney, he holds postgraduate qualifications in public health, health services management, and occupational health and safety. As a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Rex is committed to advancing the medical workforce. Notably, he pioneered Victoria’s first end-to-end program for General Practitioner and rural generalist training in Swan Hill, earning recognition with the Distinguished Service Award from ACRRM and the National Health Award for excellence in rural health administration in 2023 and the 2023 Victorian Rural Health Awards Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Medical Specialist Award.

Adj Prof Ruth Stewart - Australian Government ⭐️ [Keynote]

Adj Prof Ruth Stewart

National Rural Health Commissioner

Australian Government

Adj Prof Ruth Stewart is the National Rural Health Commissioner. She has been a Rural Generalist with Advanced Skills in obstetrics for over 30 years, has worked clinically in private practice and rural hospitals and clinics in south west Victoria and far north Queensland. Ruth is a past president of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), and established the rural Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship for Deakin University School of Medicine and was Director of Rural Clinical Training for James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry. She was for twelve years a board member of ACRRM, for 8 years of Cape York and then Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service, and a board member of Regional Training organisations and of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre. Ruth was awarded a PhD for her thesis “Lessons from the development of a maternity managed clinical network in a low volume rural context” by Flinders University in 2013.

Sally Kendall - Monash Rural Health Advisory Committee

Sally Kendall

Social Worker(Retired)

Monash Rural Health Advisory Committee & President of Ensay Bush Nursing Centre Committee of Management.

Sally Kendall grew up in the small rural community of Ensay in East Gippsland.

She began her career as a teacher and special educationalist, then as a social worker for 27 years. During this time, she was a team member or co-ordinator of regional multidisciplinary clinical teams responding to the mental health needs of infants, children, adolescents, and their families.

In retirement, amongst other things, she has recently joined the Committee of Management for the Ensay Bush Nursing Centre and has been a community representative on the Monash Rural Health Community Advisory Committee since 2022.

Sandhya Menon - Onwards and Upwards Psychology ⭐️ [Training]

Sandhya Menon

Educational & Developmental Psychologist

Onwards and Upwards Psychology in Melbourne

Sandhya is an Autistic/ADHD Developmental Psychologist running Onwards and Upwards Psychology, focusing on clinician, parent and teacher training on neurodivergent affirming approaches. She passionately advocates for neuro-affirmative approaches to nurture neurodivergent identities. Sandhya’s primary interests encompass anxiety, depression, burnout, nervous system support, self-esteem, and autistic identity. She has authored various resources and courses, including The Rainbow Brain, a pioneering children’s book that addresses both autism and ADHD, marking a significant milestone in neurodiversity literature. Sandhya is a featured speaker at autism-related conferences across Australia.

Sarah Crowe - Western Vic PHN

Sarah Crowe

Digital Health Manager

Western Victoria Primary Health Network

Sarah Crowe is a former Practice Manager in general practice and allied health. Sarah worked for the Eastern Melbourne PHN in the GP Redesign team and practice support team, looking at how they can improve and strengthen general practice workflows. Sarah now works at the Western Vic PHN, where she led the Remote Patient Monitoring Program and has since taken on the role of Digital Health Manager, writing a Digital Health Strategy for Western Victoria, and supporting primary care to engage with digital health solutions in a meaningful way.

Stacy Doan - Plena Healthcare – Zenitas

Stacy Doan

Allied Health Assistant

Plena Healthcare – Zenitas

Operating in regional Victoria’s residential aged care facilities, Stacy oversees group-based therapy programs and supports individualised restorative and pain therapy. Stacy’s clinical exposure extends to paediatrics and mental health as a third-year occupational therapy student, acknowledged through her receipt of High Commendation from the Victorian International Education Awards and Deakin University – Excellence in Leadership. Stacy has also been nominated for Plena Healthcare’s organisational value, recognising her commitment to enhancing the quality of care in residential aged care.

Susan Trevillian - Northeast Health Wangaratta

Susan Trevillian

Pharmacist, Deputy Director Pharmacy

Northeast Health Wangaratta

Susan Trevillian’s main role is Deputy Director of Pharmacy at Northeast Health Wangaratta, where one of her responsibilities is the design & implementation of a rural hospital pharmacy intern training program in collaboration with Benalla Health.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, and a Foundation Fellow of the recently formed Australian & New Zealand College of Advanced Pharmacy, as a Generalist and in Leadership & Management. Susan’s hobbies include growing pharmacy students into pharmacists within the rural hospital practice environment.

Tayla Cameron - Deakin University
Tayla Cameron

Tayla Cameron

Student ambassador

Deakin University, RWAV

Tayla Cameron grew up in Gippsland and was the first member of her family to attend university. Beyond her commitments as a medical student, she currently participates in high school engagement programs and interacts with her old high school’s careers education team to chat with senior high school students about medicine. Tayla is a member of her Rural Health Club and is interested in orthopaedic surgery, emergency medicine/ICU and general medicine.

RWAV encourages All Health Professionals attending this event to self-log the CPD activity undertaken over the 2 days.

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When & where?

Address: 

The Mercure Ballarat.
613 Main Rd, Golden Point VIC 3350

 

Date: 

15 & 16 Feb 2024, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

 

Registration: 

15 Feb 2024, 8:00 am to 9:00 am

 

Networking Dinner: 

15 Feb 2024, 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm

RWAV encourages All Health Professionals attending this event to self-log the CPD activity undertaken over the 2 days.

FAQs

This event will be held at the The Mercure Ballarat. 613 Main Rd, Golden Point VIC 3350.

Nestled over hills amid 3 hectares of manicured gardens and its own ornamental lake, Mercure Ballarat is conveniently located just an hour from Melbourne CBD, and 3kms from Ballarat train station.

The city of Ballarat and its regional character makes it an ideal location for this year’s RWAV Conference.

Parking: There is ample FREE parking available at the venue, and off-street parking is also free.

Public Transport: The Ballarat train station is only a few minutes away and the #21 bus stops close to the venue.

To secure your lodging, we kindly recommend that you reach out to the venue directly. We’re delighted to inform you that the Mercure Ballarat has reserved a select number of rooms exclusively for RWAV delegates.

When making inquiries or reservations, please be sure to reference the code ‘RWAV‘ to avail of our special arrangements. However, we must stress the importance of acting swiftly, as the availability of these rooms is quite limited.

Furthermore, should our allocated rooms fill up or you prefer to explore alternative accommodations, there are plenty of excellent lodging options in the surrounding venues and throughout the picturesque Ballarat area.

Yes. RWAV encourages All Health Professionals attending this event to self-log the CPD activity undertaken over the 2 days. 

For all enquiries related to the RWAV Conference, please contact us comms@rwav.com.au or call us at (03) 9349 7800

Access our seamless and secure Payment Gateway by simply clicking on the registration button located on this page. When using your credit card for payment, you’ll experience safe, and protected transactions.

Alternatively, you can opt for the “pay later” option, which allows for invoice-based payments via direct bank transactions.

The RWAV Conference provides clinical content over two days. You may be eligible to claim expenses for ticket, travel, and accommodation.

  • The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) grant: Eligible General Practitioners, GP Registrars, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Permanent or locum GPs should apply prior to the conference. All HWSP eligibility criteria will continue to apply.
  • The Medical Professional Development Program (MPD) grant: Eligible General Practitioners, GP Registrars and Medical Interns should apply after the conference. All MPD eligibility criteria will continue to apply.

Please check your eligibility on the RWAV website.

Where permitted, you may cancel all or part of your registration. Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to RWAV at comms@rwav.com.au.

If your cancellation notification is received by RWAV at least ten business days or more before the start date of an Event, RWAV will provide you with a refund of the Fees minus the administration cost of $50 per ticket (or as reasonably determined by RWAV). No entitlement to repayment arises for cancellations with less than ten business days of notice (on or after 1 February 2024).

Refunds will not be granted if you fail to attend or where a substitute is refused entry under the Terms and Conditions.

Please fill in the sponsor application form here.

For all enquiries related to the RWAV Conference, please contact us at Comms@rwav.com.au or call us at (03) 9349 7800

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiry within one business day where possible.

Yes you can. Learn more about how to submit an Abstract here. www.rwav.com.au/2024-conference-abstract-submission

Abstract Submission Deadline: 10 November 2023
Notification of Acceptance: 15 November 2023

For all enquiries related to the RWAV Conference, please contact us comms@rwav.com.au or call us on (03) 9349 7800.

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiry within one business day where possible.

1. Registration and Payment

a. RWAV will not consider any Registration not accompanied by the Fee (all Fees being expressed as GST inclusive amounts) or where it is incomplete. In the event that you choose to pay by invoice, Registration will be deemed complete once payment is received.

b. The RWAV Conference and Networking and Celebration Dinner has limited places available. Registration, or attendance where pre-registration is not required, is on a “first-in” basis.

c. If RWAV has invited you to attend an Event without the need for registration or payment of the requisite Fee, you must confirm your attendance within the time specified in the invitation (if any) in order to reserve your position.

2. Event Changes

a. RWAV reserves the right at any time to:

i. Change the format, participants, content, location and timing or any other aspect of the Conference.

ii. Postpone Events or any part of those Events.

iii. Cancel an Event or any part and will not be liable to you for any damages, costs, losses or expenses of any kind incurred or suffered by you in connection with RWAV modifying, postponing or cancelling an Event or any part.

b. If your cancellation notification is received by RWAV at least ten business days or more before the start date of an Event, RWAV will provide you with a refund of the Fees minus the administration cost of $50 per ticket (or as reasonably determined by RWAV). No entitlement to repayment arises for cancellations with less than ten business days of notice (on or after 1 February 2024).

c. The RWAV Conference event’s content and program are accurate as at the time of printing. RWAV may make changes as required; however, will use reasonable efforts to provide a program and content of the equivalent standard.

d. Participants are expected to exercise their own judgement as to the suitability and applicability of information provided during any Event.

3. Delegate’s Rights and Obligations

a. By registering, you warrant your details as provided are true and correct.

b. You must comply with any particular conditions, rules, regulations or usage requirements of the Venue or of RWAV in connection with the conference. Any delegate guides are available from RWAV on request. RWAV will use reasonable efforts to update you on subsequent amendments.

c. You are expected to behave in a professional and appropriate manner during the RWAV Conference.

d. You must also comply with all verbal and written directions given by RWAV or the Venue whilst at, entering, or departing the Venue (including without limitation in respect of an acceptable noise level emanating from the exhibitor space).

e. RWAV reserves the right, without any liability, to refuse admission to, or to eject you from the event, in its absolute discretion, including (without limitation), for failure to comply with these Delegate Conditions or if in the opinion of RWAV you represent a security risk, nuisance or annoyance to the running of the event.

f. Photography and the recording or transmitting of audio or visual material, data or information is prohibited at the event without RWAV’s prior written consent.

4. Transfers and Substitutions

a. Where permitted, you may substitute another delegate to attend the RWAV Conference in your place by written notice to RWAV prior to the start date. RWAV reserves the right to refuse entry to any substitute delegate for whom RWAV was not provided written notice or where relevant eligibility criteria (if any) are not satisfied.

5. Cancellation

a. Where permitted, you may cancel all or part of your registration. Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to RWAV at comms@rwav.com.au.

b. If your cancellation notification is received by RWAV at least ten business days or more before the start date of an Event, RWAV will provide you with a refund of the Fees minus the administration cost of $50 per ticket (or as reasonably determined by RWAV). No entitlement to repayment arises for cancellations with less than ten business days of notice (on or after 1 February 2024).

c. Refunds will not be granted if you fail to attend or where a substitute is refused entry under clause 5(b).

d. For Accommodation, you may make or cancel your Accommodation by contacting the Accommodation provider directly. RWAV holds no responsibility or liability for accommodation apart from exceptions provided by RWAV on prior agreement.

6. COVID-Safe – Booking with Confidence

a. The Event will be fully COVID-safe and compliant to government health requirements to do what we reasonably can to protect your health and safety and that of all attendees. This will include appropriate social distancing and other measures in line with current health directives.

b. It’s in everyone’s interest to ensure anyone who feels unwell stays away from events, so we will offer you a refund subject to RWAV’s assessment and discretion.

7. Risk Management

a. It is your responsibility to inform RWAV of any special dietary or other requirements you may have in advance to enable RWAV to attempt to accommodate these requirements (or where this is not possible, inform you of such).

b. You use the Venue and all associated facilities at your own risk. Despite anything else in these Delegate Conditions, RWAV accepts no liability to you or any third party for any loss of or damage to any of your equipment, materials or other belongings brought to the Venue, whether by fire, theft, accident, injury or otherwise.

c. Delegates are responsible for their own wellbeing and RWAV accepts no liability for any loss, damage or injury incurred in connection with the RWAV Conference.

d. Any liability incurred by RWAV in connection with the Event will be limited to the refund of the fee paid to RWAV. All guarantees, representations, conditions and warranties of any nature are expressly excluded. However, nothing in these Delegate Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to do so, the guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act (Cth) and the Australian Consumer Law. If these Acts impose any inalienable consumer rights then, to the extent of any inconsistency with these Delegate Conditions, these Delegate Conditions are to be read down to permit those rights.

e. To the maximum extent permitted by law, RWAV excludes all indirect or consequential liability and all liability for any loss (including indirect or consequential loss), expense, damage, personal injury or death incurred (whether or not arising from negligence) by you in connection with the Event.

f. You release RWAV from any action, suits, proceedings, claims, demands, costs and expenses incurred in connection with our acts, omissions or negligence in connection with these Delegate Conditions or any Event. You further indemnify RWAV, its employees, agents, contractors and sub-contractors against and agree to make good any action, suits, proceedings, claims, demands, costs and expenses (including legal costs, professional costs and other expenses on a full indemnity basis), incurred in connection with these Delegate Conditions. Any such amount is a debt due and payable within 30 business days of request.

8. General

a. RWAV reserves the right to amend these Delegate Conditions from time to time. Unless notified to you, the terms governing your attendance at an Event will be those in force at the time of your registration for that Event or attendance if you do not need to register (as applicable).

b. The failure, delay, relaxation or indulgence on the part of RWAV in exercising, in part or whole, any power, right or remedy conferred upon that party by these Delegate Conditions do not operate as a waiver of that power, right or remedy.

c. If any provision of these Delegate Conditions is invalid or not enforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, the relevant term is to be read down and shall otherwise be capable of being severed to the extent of the invalidity or unenforceability without affecting the remaining provisions of these Delegate Conditions.

d. These Delegate Conditions are governed by the laws exercised by the courts in the State of Victoria, Australia. Each party irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of that State.

9. Privacy Statement

a. Protecting your privacy and your personal information is an important aspect of the way RWAV conducts its activities, online and offline.

b. You acknowledge you may be filmed, recorded and/or photographed by RWAV, the media or any other party at the Event and consent to RWAV using the film, sound and/or photograph for RWAV editorial, promotion, publicity and advertising purposes.

c. By submitting a Registration Form, you consent to RWAV collecting, using and disclosing your personal information (including credit card information) to administer the Event. This may include marketing and related uses and updating your continual professional development record unless notified otherwise. RWAV will disclose personal information relating to credit card details for payment processing only.

d. RWAV will not release delegate lists and contact details to event sponsors in line with our policy.
e. Please contact RWAV at comms@rwav.com.au to update or correct your details.

f. In all other aspects, RWAV will collect, use and disclose personal information provided to it in accordance with its Privacy Statement.

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1. Registration and Payment

a. RWAV will not consider any Registration not accompanied by the Fee (all Fees being expressed as GST inclusive amounts) or where it is incomplete. In the event that you choose to pay by invoice, Registration will be deemed complete once payment is received.

b. The RWAV Conference and Networking and Celebration Dinner has limited places available. Registration, or attendance where pre-registration is not required, is on a “first-in” basis.

c. If RWAV has invited you to attend an Event without the need for registration or payment of the requisite Fee, you must confirm your attendance within the time specified in the invitation (if any) in order to reserve your position.

2. Event Changes

a. RWAV reserves the right at any time to:

i. Change the format, participants, content, location and timing or any other aspect of the Conference.

ii. Postpone Events or any part of those Events.

iii. Cancel an Event or any part and will not be liable to you for any damages, costs, losses or expenses of any kind incurred or suffered by you in connection with RWAV modifying, postponing or cancelling an Event or any part.

b. If your cancellation notification is received by RWAV at least ten business days or more before the start date of an Event, RWAV will provide you with a refund of the Fees minus the administration cost of $50 per ticket (or as reasonably determined by RWAV). No entitlement to repayment arises for cancellations with less than ten business days of notice (on or after 1 February 2024).

c. The RWAV Conference event’s content and program are accurate as at the time of printing. RWAV may make changes as required; however, will use reasonable efforts to provide a program and content of the equivalent standard.

d. Participants are expected to exercise their own judgement as to the suitability and applicability of information provided during any Event.

3. Delegate’s Rights and Obligations

a. By registering, you warrant your details as provided are true and correct.

b. You must comply with any particular conditions, rules, regulations or usage requirements of the Venue or of RWAV in connection with the conference. Any delegate guides are available from RWAV on request. RWAV will use reasonable efforts to update you on subsequent amendments.

c. You are expected to behave in a professional and appropriate manner during the RWAV Conference.

d. You must also comply with all verbal and written directions given by RWAV or the Venue whilst at, entering, or departing the Venue (including without limitation in respect of an acceptable noise level emanating from the exhibitor space).

e. RWAV reserves the right, without any liability, to refuse admission to, or to eject you from the event, in its absolute discretion, including (without limitation), for failure to comply with these Delegate Conditions or if in the opinion of RWAV you represent a security risk, nuisance or annoyance to the running of the event.

f. Photography and the recording or transmitting of audio or visual material, data or information is prohibited at the event without RWAV’s prior written consent.

4. Transfers and Substitutions

a. Where permitted, you may substitute another delegate to attend the RWAV Conference in your place by written notice to RWAV prior to the start date. RWAV reserves the right to refuse entry to any substitute delegate for whom RWAV was not provided written notice or where relevant eligibility criteria (if any) are not satisfied.

5. Cancellation

a. Where permitted, you may cancel all or part of your registration. Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to RWAV at comms@rwav.com.au.

b. If your cancellation notification is received by RWAV at least ten business days or more before the start date of an Event, RWAV will provide you with a refund of the Fees minus the administration cost of $50 per ticket (or as reasonably determined by RWAV). No entitlement to repayment arises for cancellations with less than ten business days of notice (on or after 1 February 2024).

c. Refunds will not be granted if you fail to attend or where a substitute is refused entry under clause 5(b).

d. For Accommodation, you may make or cancel your Accommodation by contacting the Accommodation provider directly. RWAV holds no responsibility or liability for accommodation apart from exceptions provided by RWAV on prior agreement.

6. COVID-Safe – Booking with Confidence

a. The Event will be fully COVID-safe and compliant to government health requirements to do what we reasonably can to protect your health and safety and that of all attendees. This will include appropriate social distancing and other measures in line with current health directives.

b. It’s in everyone’s interest to ensure anyone who feels unwell stays away from events, so we will offer you a refund subject to RWAV’s assessment and discretion.

7. Risk Management

a. It is your responsibility to inform RWAV of any special dietary or other requirements you may have in advance to enable RWAV to attempt to accommodate these requirements (or where this is not possible, inform you of such).

b. You use the Venue and all associated facilities at your own risk. Despite anything else in these Delegate Conditions, RWAV accepts no liability to you or any third party for any loss of or damage to any of your equipment, materials or other belongings brought to the Venue, whether by fire, theft, accident, injury or otherwise.

c. Delegates are responsible for their own wellbeing and RWAV accepts no liability for any loss, damage or injury incurred in connection with the RWAV Conference.

d. Any liability incurred by RWAV in connection with the Event will be limited to the refund of the fee paid to RWAV. All guarantees, representations, conditions and warranties of any nature are expressly excluded. However, nothing in these Delegate Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to do so, the guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act (Cth) and the Australian Consumer Law. If these Acts impose any inalienable consumer rights then, to the extent of any inconsistency with these Delegate Conditions, these Delegate Conditions are to be read down to permit those rights.

e. To the maximum extent permitted by law, RWAV excludes all indirect or consequential liability and all liability for any loss (including indirect or consequential loss), expense, damage, personal injury or death incurred (whether or not arising from negligence) by you in connection with the Event.

f. You release RWAV from any action, suits, proceedings, claims, demands, costs and expenses incurred in connection with our acts, omissions or negligence in connection with these Delegate Conditions or any Event. You further indemnify RWAV, its employees, agents, contractors and sub-contractors against and agree to make good any action, suits, proceedings, claims, demands, costs and expenses (including legal costs, professional costs and other expenses on a full indemnity basis), incurred in connection with these Delegate Conditions. Any such amount is a debt due and payable within 30 business days of request.

8. General

a. RWAV reserves the right to amend these Delegate Conditions from time to time. Unless notified to you, the terms governing your attendance at an Event will be those in force at the time of your registration for that Event or attendance if you do not need to register (as applicable).

b. The failure, delay, relaxation or indulgence on the part of RWAV in exercising, in part or whole, any power, right or remedy conferred upon that party by these Delegate Conditions do not operate as a waiver of that power, right or remedy.

c. If any provision of these Delegate Conditions is invalid or not enforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, the relevant term is to be read down and shall otherwise be capable of being severed to the extent of the invalidity or unenforceability without affecting the remaining provisions of these Delegate Conditions.

d. These Delegate Conditions are governed by the laws exercised by the courts in the State of Victoria, Australia. Each party irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of that State.

9. Privacy Statement

a. Protecting your privacy and your personal information is an important aspect of the way RWAV conducts its activities, online and offline.

b. You acknowledge you may be filmed, recorded and/or photographed by RWAV, the media or any other party at the Event and consent to RWAV using the film, sound and/or photograph for RWAV editorial, promotion, publicity and advertising purposes.

c. By submitting a Registration Form, you consent to RWAV collecting, using and disclosing your personal information (including credit card information) to administer the Event. This may include marketing and related uses and updating your continual professional development record unless notified otherwise. RWAV will disclose personal information relating to credit card details for payment processing only.

d. RWAV will not release delegate lists and contact details to event sponsors in line with our policy.
e. Please contact RWAV at comms@rwav.com.au to update or correct your details.

f. In all other aspects, RWAV will collect, use and disclose personal information provided to it in accordance with its Privacy Statement.

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We are focused on the long-term, strategic issues that enhance the city and region’s prosperity.


We collaborate with our members, key stakeholders and the three tiers of government.


We are non-partisan and advocate for sustainable and responsible development of our region.


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RACGP’s Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP) helps cover the cost of professional development for procedural and emergency GPs who work in rural and remote areas. The RPGP provides grants of up to $32,000 to help with the cost of attending continuing professional development activities to maintain or increase your procedural skills.
www.racgp.org.au/rural

 

 

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The Western Victoria Regional Training Hub gives medical graduates and junior doctors greater opportunities to live, train and work in the region.

We aim to:

  • Develop regional postgraduate medical training capacity,
  • Strengthen stakeholder connections to improve training continuity,
  • Identify and provide pathways to students interested in rural and regional clinical practice.

Larter provides high quality consultingeducation and practice support services to the health sector.

We work with health and community services, Primary Health Networks, peak bodies, health professionals and governments.

We bring expert knowledge, technical skills and experience to the table to support health organisations and governments to assess health need, secure financing, deliver programs and educate the health workforce.

The Rural Doctors Association of Victoria (RDAV) is the peak body representing the interests of rural doctors and their communities.  Our mission is to improve the health of rural Victorians.  There is a wonderful range of member benefits and services available and a fantastic support network of rural doctors to connect with. Find out more https://www.rdav.com.au/ and join today.

Swan Hill District Health is a 143 bed (including Aged Care) fully integrated rural public health service. We employ around 700 staff and service a 100 km radius area with an estimated catchment area of around 35,000 people. We are located on the Murray River in rural Victoria 344 km north west of Melbourne.

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RVTS is a vocational training program for medical practitioners in rural, remote and First Nation communities across Australia. The purpose of the program is to train doctors in remote communities for remote communities. The training provided meets the requirements for Fellowship of both ACRRM and RACGP. 

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Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation. Representing a region that includes approximately 618,000 people, our core function is to use our knowledge and understanding of local health and health care needs to:

  • Support general practice (including Aboriginal community-controlled organisations)
  • Commission or purchase locally-needed services
  • Integrate local services and systems.

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For nearly 30 years SARRAH has delivered a range of programs and initiatives, including the SARRAH Conference that support allied health professionals to improve health outcomes for rural and remote Australians. SARRAH believes that every Australian has the right to have equitable access to allied health services regardless of where they live.

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Dr JuMP is a coordinated medical mentoring program designed to support Medical Students, Junior Doctors and Registrars in regional Victoria.
The program provides a platform for regional medical professionals to connect and grow by facilitating relationships whilst also providing mentoring support, education, event and networking opportunities.

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Sexual Health Victoria (SHV) is at the forefront of reproductive, relationship and sexual health. As a state-wide independent organisation, we prioritise comprehensive care, education and advocacy. With two specialised GP clinics and over 50 years of expertise, SHV delivers market-leading advanced training in sexual health care for doctors, nurses and midwives. Our mission is to empower professionals and build workforce capacity to support individuals when making informed decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. 

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The Victorian Doctors Health Program is a free confidential advisory service for all Victorian doctors and medical students who have concerns about their well-being: such as stress, mental health questions, substance use struggles, or physical health issues.

We can provide ongoing advice and support to help find a way forward. Whilst we cannot take the place of formal clinical care, we can assist in helping you organise this as needed.

A key task is the promotion of doctors and medical students wellbeing across Victoria via advocacy and education.

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IMG SOS excels in offering individualised online courses and group education sessions tailored for doctors and trainees. This approach covers FRACGP exam preparation and beyond. The organisation’s programs are endorsed by well-known organisations, including AMC, highlighting the quality and credibility of the education provided. IMG SOS’s commitment to personalised tutoring and flexible scheduling has not only resulted in a high pass rate among its candidates but has also significantly aided many doctors in securing their specialist AHPRA registration. Through its targeted courses and expert guidance, IMG SOS remains a pivotal part of many medical professionals’ journey towards certification and career advancement.

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AAPM is a not-for-profit, national peak association recognised as the professional body dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare Practice Management. AAPM represents the key-decision makers in a practice and our members are employed in all areas of healthcare such as, general practice, allied health, psychology, dental, medical specialties, physiotherapy, and more. Become a member of AAPM.


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VACCHO is the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing in Victoria, with a membership of 33 Community-controlled organisations. Our vision is for Culture, Community and Country to be embedded and respected in all healthcare settings and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have equitable health access and outcomes.
https://www.vaccho.org.au/

Health Translations is a comprehensive online library offering high-quality translated Australian health and wellbeing information supported by the Victorian Department of Health. Tailored for Australian health practitioners and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the platform provides swift access to a wide array of reliable resources available in over 100 languages.

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The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is the only college in Australia entirely dedicated to rural and remote medicine, and plays an important role in supporting doctors throughout their career in rural medicine.

Our vision is to have the right doctors, in the right places, with the right skills, providing rural and remote people with excellent health care.

 

Become an ACRRM member.

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