VACCHO celebrates the success of BDAC graduates

Apr 24, 2024

VACCHO congratulates the ten dedicated Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BDAC) staff who graduated from the Diploma of Community Services.

The graduation celebration marked the end of 18 months of rigorous study for the students – and a major step forward in enhancing the quality of care provided to Community.

Delivered at the ACCO through VACCHO’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the diploma has equipped staff with high-level specialist knowledge to address Community’s needs.

The graduate’s road to qualification – officially achieved in February 2024 – has required plenty of perseverance, determination and a deep commitment to improving Community health and wellbeing outcomes.

To celebrate, BDAC CEO Dallas Widdicombe hosted a special lunch for the students with a guest of honour, Carmen Johnson. Carmen, an experienced psychologist and educator, has worked with and for ACCOs for almost two decades – and her knowledge, wisdom and guidance has been deeply valued by the graduates.

VACCHO is immensely proud of BDAC Aboriginal Elders and tutors whose knowledge, experience and wisdom have supported the graduate’s success. And, of course, the graduating students, whose hard work will strengthen culturally appropriate care for Community.

So, what’s next for the ten graduates?
It’s onwards and upwards for the graduates who are now set to start working on their next qualification: the Diploma of Mental Health. This dual qualification will further enhance their ability to support thriving, healthy Communities.

VACCHO extends its warmest congratulations to each graduate, and applauds them, BDAC and all Members for their tireless efforts to put Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands.

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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.