VACCHO praises RTO graduates – The future of Aboriginal health and wellbeing 

Oct 27, 2022

VACCHO extends its warmest congratulations to all 65 students who graduated and received their diplomas at VACCHO’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Graduation Ceremony at the Melbourne Museum earlier this month.

Over 170 people attended the special event – VACCHO’s first celebration of student success since 2019 and impacted by COVID & lockdowns.

The graduates studied a range of courses ranging from Health – Diploma, Certificate IV and Certificate III; to Social and Emotional Wellbeing programs with Community Services, Diploma of Counselling, and the organisation’s leadership and Business programs.

VACCHO’s Education and Training Unit (ETU) continues to play a key role in achieving the short and long-term goals of VACCHO’s Membership, as well as the development of a highly skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and Aboriginal community-controlled health sector in Victoria.

VACCHO pays tribute to ETU Executive Director Peter Mitchell, Tammy Chatfield Manager Health and Culture, Nean Tatnall Manager Health Program Delivery, and the dedicated team for their vision and staunch leadership in the education space. VACCHO Chairperson Michael Graham was incredibly proud to see the graduates presented with their certificates.

“The achievements of the sixty-five graduates are about much more than a piece of paper – it is all about opportunity. An opportunity to make a meaningful difference.”

“The clinical support and engagement with the community that the graduates will provide is vital in the betterment of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria.”

“I look forward to working with many of the graduates and seeing them have long and rewarding careers working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.”

VACCHO pays tribute to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations across Victoria for their important work in building and contributing to the students’ success.

VACCHO also sincerely thanks the teams at The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Department of Education, and National Indigenous Australians Agency who provided vital support and engagement in this space.

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VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher believes it is time to create a new day that is inclusive for everyone.

“It is time for us to press the reset button and create a new day – a new date – a day where we can all celebrate and feel included. January 26 is not that day – January 26 hurts.”

“Change needs to be led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with our voices at the forefront, but we need allies around us, and we need a focus on educating all Australians about the true history of this country.”

“We also need a bold and brave government to make this change. Last year we saw the government listen to Aboriginal leaders and free the flag – we must keep the momentum going and do something about this date.”

“The time for change is well and truly overdue and needs to happen now.”


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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 32 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.