The Fairley Leadership Program was hosted by the University of Melbourne School of Rural Health in Shepparton this week, exploring the health and wellbeing issues of the Goulburn-Murray region.
The day began with the participants joining in a mindfulness meditation practice with Dr Lisa Shortridge and moved onto an overview of the issues people deal with as a community provided by the Department of Health’s Tony Triado.
Speeches followed from Professor Lisa Bourke, Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Trevor Saunders and Murray Primary Health Network’s Sue McConnachie.
GV Health redevelopment director Sandy Chamberlin led a hospital redevelopment tour and explained the logistics of the complex operation.
Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative’s Cindy McGee challenged the participants to change the paradigm to Closing the Gap on Aboriginal health.
Oncology clinical director Babak Tamjid provided an overview of the regional cancer statistics and the implications for supporting people locally for their treatment.
Fairley Leadership Program facilitator Fiona Smolenaars said the program was a wonderful opportunity for this year’s participants to learn first-hand about the complexity of health and wellbeing issues.
‘‘The aims of the day are to gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities around delivery of regional healthcare; to realise the infrastructure needs and logistics of providing health services for the region and appreciate the need for personal wellbeing as a leader,’’ Ms Smolenaars said.