Primary Matters – 10 July 2024

Registrations Open for the 2024 Primary Care Conference 

We’re delighted that registrations have now opened for Western Victoria Primary Health Network’s (WVPHN) biggest training and networking event of the year, the 2024 Primary Care Conference (PCC). 

Spanning two days, this year’s conference will take place at The Goods Shed in Ballarat over Friday and Saturday 11-12 October 2024. 

This year’s conference theme is ‘Transforming Primary Care’. While healthcare is always changing as science, technology and practices improve, we’re focused on the broader transformations in healthcare. This includes a combination of hands-on skills workshops, managing more complex chronic conditions and the challenges of running a practice in a period of great change.  

We have two very exciting keynote speakers headlining the two days. On Friday, ex-AFL footballer and coach, Danielle Laidley, will talk about her journey with gender dysphoria, transgender advocacy and her quest for acceptance of diversity. Her talk will also be used as a springboard for a panel to speak on gender-affirming care. On Saturday, demographer and social media data influencer, Simon Kuestenmacher, will talk about all things data, sharing his experience and knowledge as a data expert, media commentator and one of the world’s leading data influencers on social media. 

On Friday night, we’ll be holding a dinner that we’re hoping everyone can attend. With this year’s conference being in-person-only, the conference will be a fantastic opportunity to learn as well as reconnect with peers. We’ve chosen a great venue in the refurbished Goods Shed, which is now home to a beautiful conference venue and several great eating and drinking venues – all centrally located between Ballarat Railway Station and brand-new Ballarat Quest.  

Attending the conference is free for WVPHN members. You can find more information, including the program of events, here. 

GP Dinners in Horsham, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Geelong 

After the success of our GP dinners earlier in the year, we’re hosting a second round of dinners in August in Horsham, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Geelong – and we’d love to see you there. 

The dinners are a great way to network and reconnect with peers, we’re also inviting along a cardiologist from each region to speak on recent advancements in their field.  

Prior to the dinner event, you’re invited to participate in an incentivised training (one-off reimbursement of $300) for the Initial Assessment and Referral Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) training workshop. The IAR-DST is an initiative of the Australian Department of Health that has been developed through Australian and international best practice standards and advice from Australian leading experts in mental health assessment. 

You can learn more about the GP dinners and the IAR-DST training workshop here. 

NAIDOC Week 2024 

NAIDOC Week (7 -14 July) celebrations are held each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of First Nations peoples. It is a community festival of events where First Nations communities often welcome wider community participation, as well as a festival of survival, cultural renewal and self-determination expressed in the context of hundreds of years of colonisation. As such NAIDOC is also directly about First Nations Health.   

This year’s theme is “Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud” 

National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair, Steven Satour says” 

Blak, Loud, and Proud’ encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world. This theme calls for a reclamation of our narratives, an amplification of our voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality. 

Please look out for NAIDOC Week activities on the Country where you live and take the opportunity to connect, reflect and learn. You can find a list of events here. 

Craig Wilding, WVPHN CEO
8 July 2024 


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