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Type: In-person
26 Feb, 9:00 AM - 5:40 PM (AEDT)


For more information:
Email: Victoria Events
Call: 03 8699 0488


RACGP Members: $300.00
Non-Members: $400.00

This event is postponed

GPADD22 - Vulnerable Populations - Postponed

In-person 26 Feb, 9:00 AM - 5:40 PM (AEDT)

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 until 30 November 2021: Member $250, GP in training $175, Non-member $350

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.

Dr Mark Timlin

Mark Timlin is a GP and has been working part time as a Refugee Health Fellow for Monash Health for the last 9 years. Prior to this he worked as a GP in the prison system for 4 years. Mark also works part time as the country director for the Charity, HOPE worldwide (Australia) with a focus of international aid and working with vulnerable groups in Australia. Mark has extensive experience working overseas in the NGO sector. He moved to Afghanistan in early 2001 and set up humanitarian programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan over 5 years. During this time he chaired the National Health Sector Coordination Group with responsibility for promoting coordination between NGOs and the Ministry of Health. In 2004 Mark was awarded an MBE for services to health care and education in Afghanistan. In 2005 Mark moved from Afghanistan to Melbourne where he worked in ED at St Vincent’s Hospital for a few years before moving into General Practice.

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.



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