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Type: In-person
27 Jul, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM (AEDT)


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RACGP Members: $200
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GPADD Conference- Vulnerable Populations

In-person 27 Jul, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM (AEDT)

The RACGP Victoria Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Committee is proud to host the 2024 General Practice in Addiction (GPADD) Conference. This year’s theme, "Vulnerable Populations," focuses on treating communities facing additional challenges that impact substance use, including the LGBTIQ+ community, refugees and asylum seekers, people experiencing homelessness, and those in custody.

Why attend?

Capture.JPGThis conference is designed for GPs, New Fellows, GPs in training, and other healthcare professionals working in the AOD field. Attendees will benefit from a mix of insightful presentations and interactive workshops, facilitating both learning and professional development.

Join us to gain practical skills and knowledge to better support your patients with addiction and substance-use disorders.
Register here
Date: Saturday, 27 July 2024
Venue: Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne
Time: 9.00 AM – 7.00 PM (AEDT)
Conference highlights
Session type Presenter(s) Topic Description
Keynote address Jane Dicka Stigma, a Lived Experience

Jane Dicka shares her personal journey and insights on the impact of stigma on individuals with addiction. This powerful keynote sets the stage for the day's discussions.

Plenary session Assoc Prof Shalini Arunogiri Trauma, Mental Health, and Addiction Gain insights into the interplay between trauma, mental health, and addiction, and learn strategies to integrate this knowledge into clinical practice.
Plenary session Dr Paul MacCartney Understanding Stigma Delve into the nature of stigma in healthcare and its impact on patients with substance use disorders. This workshop will cover the history of medicine and addiction, effective treatments, alternative models of care, and the critical role of doctors in addiction care.
Concurrent workshops (choose one from each section)
Group 1 Dr David Jacka & Dr Larissa Wale Refugee Health Learn about the unique healthcare needs of refugees, the impact of past trauma, and resources for supporting refugee families with substance use disorders.
James Haughton & Dr Ruby Grant LGBTIQ+ Health Understand substance use patterns and harm reduction strategies within LGBTIQ+ communities, considering cultural and social influences.
Group 2 Dr Cameron Loy Custodial Health Focusing exclusively on managing addiction within custodial settings and understand the interrelationship between substance use disorder and crime in the modern Western society. Recognise the challenges, the skill requirements, and the broader health policy implications in this fascinating area of health.
Dr Edmund Poliness Homeless Health Discuss the challenges and treatment options for homeless populations with AOD issues and learn about the Living Room Primary Health Service model.
Workshop wrap-up Dr Paul Grinzi Workshop wrap-up Summary and reflections on the key takeaways from the concurrent workshops.
Special session Shawn Goldberg & Dr Aadhil Aziz First, Put Your Own Mask On: Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Self-Care Identify signs of burnout and compassion fatigue among healthcare providers. Develop effective self-care strategies to maintain personal well-being and resilience in your daily practice.

  camurus-logo_cmyk-1.png Networking function

Enjoy a catered networking reception, and fellowship, supported by Camurus.
Connect with peers and discuss the day's insights in a relaxed setting.
Registration fees
  • Standard Member: $200
  • Non-Member: $400
  • Student/Registrar: $100
Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your skills and network with peers in the field of addiction medicine. Register now to secure your spot today. 


Dr Anne Saunders
Chair - RACGP Victoria AOD Committee

Dr Anne Saunders is a GP in Port Melbourne. Anne has a broad range of interests including musculoskeletal medicine, family medicine, women’s health, fertility management and family planning. She also is passionate about providing holistic medical care to all patients at all stages of their life. Anne worked for Southern Health and St Vincent’s hospitals and trained in emergency medicine before she entered general practice.

Dr Paul Grinzi
GP Medical Educator for the RACGP's Alcohol and Other Drugs GP Education Program

Paul is a GP working in Melbourne's inner north. Paul is passionate about supporting GPs to be confident to treat patients who use alcohol and other drugs. He is also a dedicated advocate for general practice. Paul Grinzi is a senior medical educator for RACGP's GP Training and the AOD GP Education Programs. Paul also is the clinical lead for RACGP Victoria's Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence Training program on behalf of Victorian Government.


Associate Professor Shalini Arunogiri
Clinical Director, Statewide Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Turning Point

Associate Professor Shalini Arunogiri is a consultant addiction psychiatrist and clinician researcher. She is the Clinical Director at Turning Point, a national addiction treatment and research centre; and Deputy Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Central Clinical School, Monash University. Shalini is Chair of the RANZCP Binational Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry. Her clinical and research interests include methamphetamine use and mental health problems, and women’s health and addictive disorders. She is an investigator on multiple Australian clinical trials of medication treatments for addiction, including the N-ICE and LiMA trials for methamphetamine use disorder. She is also mum to an energetic five year-old boy and a passionate advocate for women in STEMM and academia.

Dr David Jacka

Dr David Jacka has worked in the area of public health for numerous years and in Alcohol and Illicit Drug misuse and Harm Reduction since 1993. From 2006 to 2012, David worked with the World Health Organization as a drug treatment specialist and advisor on HIV prevention programming for IDU and other risk groups in Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. He also assisted in the writing of guidelines and training materials on assessment and treatment for users of illicit drugs in the Asian region. David’s areas of interest include acute illicit stimulant intoxication, improved methadone, buprenorphine and other opiate prescribing and the development of improved health and NSP services for people who inject drugs.

James Haughton
Credentialed mental health nurse

Born in the UK, growing up in NZ and then moving to Melbourne in 2005, James is a credentialed mental health nurse with 42 years’ experience in a variety of clinical mental health settings. James is also a registered general nurse. He is currently employed as a Clinical Nurse/Training and Wellbeing Consultant for North Western Mental Health and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. James is the current Chair of the Victorian Branch, a Fellow and on the Board of Directors for the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. James is also on the Board of Directors of the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program, Victoria (NMHPV).

Dr Cameron Loy
MBBS, Past RACGP Board member; Immediate Past Chair, Victoria Faculty

Dr Cameron Loy is a practising GP in Lara, Victoria, and in correctional services. He has worked in south-western Victoria and internationally in Timor-Leste. Dr Loy has held a number of prominent professional roles. Chair of the General Practice Registrars Association in 2002, Director of the Remote Vocational Training Scheme in 2006–10 and Chair in 2011, and Director of Greater Green Triangle General Practice Education and Training in 2001–03. He has also held a number of roles within the RACGP, including Deputy Chair of RACGP Rural in 2003–14. Dr Loy is an RACGP examiner and quality assurance examiner, was Chair of the RACGP Assessment Panel for six years and was a member of the RACGP Expert Committee – Standards for General Practice. Dr Loy is currently the Principal Medical Officer at Justice Health, Victoria. For six years he was on the advisory groups for the Victorian opioid substitution programs and hepatitis C therapy training programs. He is a trustee of the Shepherd Foundation, which provides grants for research into prevention and occupational health. Dr Loy remains a committed general practice supervisor and mentor for general practice doctors in training, residents and medical students.

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