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Hume Region Allied Health Conference 2023

Registration now open!

The Hume Region Allied Health Conference Committee is pleased to announce registration is now open!

In 2023, returning to a face-to-face conference will be a fantastic way for our regional communities to reconnect and we look forward to welcoming delegates to the regional township of Shepparton. We encourage you to register today to secure early bird pricing!

Registration fees include:

  • Access to conference sessions on the day – Thursday 26 October, 2023
  • Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea and Trade Displays – face to face attendance


Keynote Speakers

Ms Briana Baass is the Chief Allied Health Officer of Victoria, providing expert leadership, advice and guidance on healthcare quality and safety to Safer Care Victoria and the Victorian Minister for Health. Ms Baass represents allied health professions on policy and operational matters at the state’s highest levels, providing advice and guidance on profession specific matters, as well as system design opportunities across the state.

Brent Smith is a Lecturer in Rural Health (Clinical Educator) with Three Rivers Department of Rural Health at Charles Sturt University. With a clinical background in podiatry, Brent is passionate about rural health outcomes, rural clinical education and rural health workforce training, recruitment and retention.


Dr Anna Moran is a health and social care workforce and service redesign expert, allied health business owner and health services researcher. Anna has 20 years’ international experience (UK and Australia) in examining health workforce reform, service delivery and organisation in health and social care, the allied health workforce, regional and rural health, new models of care and research capacity building.

Dr Abby Foster is an experienced allied health clinician, manager and researcher. Trained as a speech pathologist, Abby is the Allied Health Research Advisor at Monash Health in Naarm (Melbourne) while also holding adjunct appointments both La Trobe and Monash Universities. Her research is collaborative, multidisciplinary and deeply rooted in lived experience. Abby is a self-described nerd who is passionate about understanding and enhancing the nexus between allied health and social justice. She believes that allied health has the power to change the world. 

Michael Pang is an academic clinician and physiotherapist at Grampians Health. He also holds teaching roles at Federation University and Australian Catholic University. His research and project work focus on allied health workforce development and the influence of continuing professional development on rural allied health workforce retention.


Charles Sturt University – Platinum Sponsor

Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. We’ve been delivering health courses for more than 40 years, and with more than 28,000 Charles Sturt health graduates all taking steps to improve the nation’s health. We are a university in the regions, for the regions, with campuses in Albury- Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, and Wagga Wagga and more than 55 per cent of our health grads come from regional, rural, and remote areas. As Australia’s most experienced online university, many of our health courses are also available for study online.

At Charles Sturt, our graduates become global health professionals with a regional and rural health training background. With more than 35 courses in health (across undergraduate and postgraduate study), we offer the most diverse range of health courses in Australia, including medicine, dentistry, oral health, paramedicine, pharmacy, nursing and midwifery, OT, physio, podiatry, and medical and health sciences. Our students learn in a wide range of purpose-built, industry-standard facilities, including the Community Engagement and Wellness Centre, nursing and pharmacy simulation centres, paramedicine’s simulation ambulance, dental and oral health clinics and many more. Many of our lecturers have extensive industry experience in health, and our courses are designed in collaboration with industry.

Find out more about studying health at Charles Sturt, the #1 uni in Australia for undergraduates who get jobs.

Albury Wodonga Health – Gold Sponsor

Albury Wodonga Health is a unique cross-border health care service spanning the border of Victoria and New South Wales providing public health care to a population of approximately 280,000. It is the second largest regional health service in Victoria and operates under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health, Victoria. It has a total of 337 hospital beds across the two hospital campuses and employs over 3,300 staff and has 174 registered volunteers. In a typical year AWH provides health care to approximately 40,000 patients. On average 1,800 babies born each year at AWH. In addition to hospital-based care AWH has over 20 different specialist programs provided by more than 200 health care professionals and business support teams. These include specialist community-based health and wellbeing programs through both centre based and outreach appointments within the catchment. Importantly, AWH also offers lifespan services targeting vulnerable community members and people with chronic disease to optimise their engagement and enjoyment of life.

GV Health – Gold Sponsor

GV Health is the main health service in the Goulburn Valley. Our services include a 24-hour Emergency Department, Surgery, Medical Services, Women’s and Children’s Services, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care, Mental Health, Outpatients, community-based health programs and services at Tatura and Rushworth.

We pride ourselves on delivering person-centred care and we aim to enhance patient experience through improved service access, developing partnerships, meeting growth in demand, implementing innovative service models and ensuring workforce flexibility.

GV Health has more than 2,600 staff across five main sites. Our people are highly skilled and we are the largest permanent employer in the Goulburn Valley.

Gateway Health – Silver Sponsor

Gateway Health is a not-for-profit organisation that provides community health and wellbeing services to individuals, families and communities across North East Victoria and southern New South Wales. Gateway Health delivers services from their facilities in Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla and Myrtleford, and through outreach to rural communities across the region.

Gateway Health provides a range of allied health services and activities to support people of all ages and abilities to be healthy, active and independent. Some of the programs and services include:

  • Podiatry
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech pathology

Gateway Health also delivers a variety of group programs to strengthen community connections, support health ageing, and improve mental health and wellbeing. For more information visit our website.

Going Rural Health – Silver Sponsor

Going Rural Health is an initiative run by The University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health (UDRH). Through funding from the Australian Government Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program, our programs have been developed to support students enrolled in a nationally recognised nursing, allied health or other health science undergraduate or postgraduate degree at any Australian University. Our team actively works with health services and education providers, along with students directly to assist and improve the learning and experiences that students gain during their clinical placement. Our team is involved in engaging with community and health services to enhance student education and placements in rural health, develop new rural placements, provide support to students (before, during and after placements), develop and deliver relevant training to students and supervising staff as required All of our programs and initiatives are funded by the Commonwealth to support our future rural health workforce. We have teams located in Shepparton, Wangaratta and Ballarat.

headspace – Trade Display

headspace Shepparton is an early intervention youth mental health service which caters to young people aged 12-25 in the Goulburn Valley region. Many things contribute to someone’s mental health. That’s why at headspace Shepparton we provide information, support and services across four key areas affecting a young person’s health and wellbeing:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Physical and sexual health
  3. Work, school and study
  4. Alcohol and other drugs

With a focus on early intervention, we work with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives – to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.  

To book an appointment at headspace Shepparton call 03 5823 8800 or email us on


Keystone Healthcare – Trade Display

Meeting all relevant ISO and AS/NZS standards Keystone Healthcare are your industry partners in patient care for Pressure and Wound Care, offering industry leading devices aiding healing and patient comfort. With an in-house Bio-Medical Department, 24/7 Customer Service, 365 day/year hospital delivery, our commitment to Healthcare is Gold Standard.


We are pleased to be partnering with local business, Quality Hotel Sherbourne Terrace, to provide a discounted rate on accommodation for our delegates.
For a 15% discount on conference accommodation bookings, phone (03) 5825 6300 and mention you are a delegate of the Hume Region Allied Health Conference.

We encourage you to book your accommodation at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

We are excited to be working toward a great event and hope to see you in Shepparton in October!