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Type: In-person
28 May, 9:00 AM - 29 May, 4:00 PM (AEST)


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


RACGP Members: $375.00
Non-Members: $425.00

Non-Member registration

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WIGP Conference - Brainy Women: A Healthy Mind and Body

In-person 28 May, 9:00 AM - 29 May, 4:00 PM (AEST)

RACGP Victoria Women in General Practice Committee are proud to present Brainy Women: A Healthy Mind and Body.

The conference includes sessions on women’s health and doctors’ health and wellbeing. It is open to all GPs, as well as to new Fellows and registrars. Our conferences are practical, interactive, and provide many opportunities to meet and talk with other GPs.

Full conference:

Members $375.00

Registrar $300.00

Non Member $425.00

Saturday only:

Members $300.00

Registrar $225.00

Non Member $350.00

Dinner only:

Members $125.00

Registrar $125.00

Non Member $125.00

Live stream:

$200.00 ** Live stream attendees will be eligible for 2 CPD points per hour

We are also excited to have a live stream of the event available for those who are unable to attend in person. This means you can virtually attend the Women In General Practice Committee Brainy Women: A Healthy Mind And Body conference and participate in real time.

The program for the conference is available here

Venue: RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne


Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss lifestyle changes that promote a healthy mind and body.
This event attracts 40 CPD points

This event attracts 40 CPD points


Natasha Stott Despoja AO
Chair of Our Watch

Natasha Stott Despoja AO is the founding Chair of Our Watch (the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children). She is a former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats. She is the youngest woman to enter the Australian Federal Parliament. She served as Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls (2013-2016). In November 2020, she was elected by the General Assembly of the United Nations as a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) In May 2018, she was named one of the Top 100 Global Influencers on Gender Policy. She is the author of On Violence, published in March 2019.

Dr Sonia Davison
Endocrinologist with a special interest in Women's Health

Dr Sonia Davison MBBS FRACP PhD, is an Endocrinologist with a special interest in Women's Health. She is a Clinical Fellow at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and has an adjunct appointment at the Women’s Health Research Program, Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Sonia is in private practice at the Melbourne Endocrine Clinic, Malvern, and at Jean Hailes for Women's Health. Her PhD and postdoctoral research examined sex steroid physiology in women, including measurement of androgens and their relationships with age, mood, sexual function and cognition. Sonia is President of the Australasian Menopause Society and former editor of its newsletter, ‘Changes’.

Dr Susan Barnett
GP Counsellor

Dr Susan Barnett qualified as a Gp in 2003. She commenced formal Gp Counselling in 2014 after obtaining her FPS 2 certificate. She has been working as a Gp and Gp Counsellor in a Private Practice in Bayside for over 14years. This year however, she decided to set up her own Private Consulting rooms as a Gp Counsellor. She also works for EVGPT as a Medical Educator for the GPT1 workshops and ECTVs. Susan is also currently the Education Chair for ASPM ( Australian Society Psychological Medicine). She is involved in providing educational activities that they run. Susan utilises a number of psychological strategies to assist her clients. Her emphasis is always focussed on educating her clients the importance of mind body connection - which is backed by current Neuroscience evidence. Her aim being to “de -pathologise” emotional distress and empower her clients to learn to respond in an emotionally healthier way. Susan aims to always provide a safe, nurturing and nonjudgmental patient centred approach for all of her clients. She has also been a presenter for numerous wellbeing talks over the last few years for private and corporate settings. She is also passionate about educating other Gps to become more confident in supporting clients who present with emotional issues. Susan is also a busy mother of 3 boys, 2 dogs and a supportive husband. She loves walking/ running and catching up with family/friends.

Associate Professor Craig Hassed OAM
Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor Craig Hassed OAM has been working within the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University since 1989. Now he teaches into a number of other faculties and is coordinator of mindfulness programs across Monash. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness, mind-body medicine, lifestyle medicine, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig developed and integrated into the Monash medical curriculum the world-first mindfulness-based healthy lifestyle course called the Health Enhancement Program and has collaborated with Australian and international universities helping them to integrate similar content. He has authored over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is regularly invited to speak and run courses. Craig was the founding president and patron of Meditation Australia, and is on the advisory boards of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and is a Smiling Mind ambassador. He is a regular media commentator, has published 13 books and 16 book chapters. Craig featured in the documentaries, The Connection, and My Year of Living Mindfully and co-authored with Richard Chambers two free online Mindfulness courses in collaboration with Monash University and FutureLearn, both of which are rated by Class Central as the two leading online mindfulness courses globally and among the 20 top online courses for any subject in the world. In 2019 Craig was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to Medicine.


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