Highlights from VACCHO’s second annual Members Meeting

Aug 1, 2022

VACCHO was excited to host the second Members Meeting of 2022 amongst the gumtrees and frost covered country of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations.

Representatives from our 32 Members travelled from across Victoria to The Country Place in Kalorama which provided an incredible venue for us all to come together for three days to yarn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

The stunning views of the Dandenong Ranges, provided the perfect backdrop for VACCHO to launch our new Victorian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy (read more about it here), which generated some lively discussions around self-determination and Community health.

Toby Kirby from Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) said he felt “really energised” from the meeting and that there was “lots to bring back to the Community.” Toby’s highlight from the event was a presentation delivered by VACCHO’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Executive Director, Peter Mitchell. “The RTO is amazing; I didn’t realise how full steam ahead it all is.”

Jill Gallagher AO, VACCHO CEO, was also in attendance and regarded the Meeting another successful gathering of VACCHO’s Members.

“It was real deadly to see our Members and the VACCHO staff come together to yarn about all things Community Health. When we come together, we’re able to learn so much about what we can do to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. I am thankful for the dedication of our Members and the work they do for Community every day.”

Other highlights from the Members meeting included a naming ceremony for ‘Wally’ the rescued wombat, and a very entertaining and competitive trivia night hosted by A.C.E. Training & Consulting.

A huge thanks to The Country Place for their amazing hospitality. VACCHO would like to thank each of our Members for attending the meeting and your on-going engagement, feedback and for what you do for Our Community.

The next Members meeting is scheduled to take place in November 2022.

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VACCHO is the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing in Victoria – the only one of its kind – with 33 Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations as Members. VACCHO Members support over 65,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria, and combined are the largest employers of Aboriginal people in the state.