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Type: In-person
20 Aug, 9:00 AM - 5:40 PM (AEST)


For more information:
Email: Victoria Events
Call: 03 8699 0063


RACGP Members: $300.00
Non-Members: $400.00

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GPADD22 - Vulnerable Populations

In-person 20 Aug, 9:00 AM - 5:40 PM (AEST)

RACGP Victoria Faculty AOD Committee is proud to bring you GPADD22. The long-running, biennial General Practice and Addiction (GPADD) conference is a great opportunity to learn and network with GPs and other health professionals working in this area. GPADD22 will focus on treating vulnerable communities. People with addiction or substance-use disorders are by definition often vulnerable.

This year’s conference will concentrate on populations that experience additional vulnerabilities that affect substance use – the LGBTIQ+ community, refugees and asylum seekers, people experiencing homelessness, and those in custody.

GPADD22 is open to all GPs, New Fellows, GPs in training and others working in the AOD field with GPs. A mix of presentations and workshops will facilitate interaction and learning. You can find the program here

Venue: RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Early bird pricing until 31 July 2022 - $250 Members

Covid Safe Protocols

  • All attendees are required to wear a P2 or N95 mask during the workshop to help us reduce the spread of both Covid-19 and Influenza.  We will have ample supply of masks available onsite
  • All attendees will be tested upon arrival with a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify the impact on stigma in accessing health care
  2. Evaluate current evidence-based approaches to treatment of trauma and mental health comorbidity in addiction
  3. Outline the barriers to effective healthcare cause by stigma towards illicit drug use
  4. Assess a range of management strategies for substance use disorder in refugee health care
  5. Outline the personal, social and cultural factors that may shape problematic drug use among LGBTIQ communities
This event attracts 40 CPD points

This event attracts 40 CPD points


Mx Andy Sinclair (they/them)

Andy has worked as a harm reduction professional for over 20 years. They have particular experience in needle syringe programs and specialist AOD primary health services, working with people who inject drugs. Andy is a passionate advocate for harm reduction philosophy and programs, and access to quality health care for people from marginalised communities.

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.

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.

Shawn Goldberg
Director and Principal Psychologist

Shawn Goldberg is passionate in the prevention and treatment of compassion fatigue and burnout. He is the Director and Principal Psychologist at Mind Up with vast experience in areas of abuse, trauma, drug and alcohol and general mental health issues. Shawn thrives from supporting workers in the helping field faced with stress and trauma. He provides training that is dynamic, thought provoking and practical. Shawn shares his expertise and knowledge with respect and openness.

Zachary Miraziz

Zachary Miraziz is a local Melbourne resident who works in the finance and music industries. Zac has lived experience with addiction and recovery and has experienced first hand the benefit of considerate and empathetic medical professionals, as well as the negative side of stigma associated with addiction. Zac is extremely passionate about people who struggle with addiction getting the help they need and deserve.



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