Back to Health

Primary Health Workforce Annual CPD Conference

Reigniting a passion for preventive health – shifting from reactive to proactive care

An immersive three-day conference to reignite your passion for preventive health, shifting from reactive to proactive care.

Registration is now open for Healthy North Coast’s inaugural annual CPD conference in October 2022. Spaces are limited, book your spot today!

The conference will be held at Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour and invites primary healthcare professionals from across the North Coast region to come together to connect, network and gain CPD* points. A total of 65 CPD points* is available – just in time for the end of the triennium. 

Families are welcome to join you and make the most of the beautiful Gumbaynggirr Country and resort facilities.  

Take a look at the conference highlights below, or view the full program here. 

*Saturday and Sunday weekend conference accredited for 25 CPD points. Cultural safety training is currently under review for 40 CPD points.

  • Accredited cultural safety training (Friday)
  • On-Country cultural experience (Friday)
  • Keynotes 
  • Panel discussions  
  • Breakout rooms  
  • Workshops    
  • Networking  
  • Dinner and entertainment (Saturday) 
  • Wellness activities

Please note that this training combines both online and a face-to-face component.  

Start your conference experience with in-depth cultural safety training and a unique on-Country cultural tour. This RACGP accredited training is a comprehensive series designed to increase cultural awareness and develop practical skills to enable health professionals to deliver culturally safe healthcare to their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. Delivered in partnership with Ochre and Salt and Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours in partnership with Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, the training will be delivered in three parts and will combine both online and face-to-face learning. This training is an approved Cultural Safety Training required for the Indigenous Heath Incentive PIP.  

Learning outcomes: 

  • Discuss the current experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander of health and illness and how these differ from the rest of the Australian population

  • Explain the historical impact of the colonisation of Australia on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s healthcare

  • Identify strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with self-determination to access culturally safe healthcare within the primary care setting

  • Evaluate your practice’s cultural safety and identify strategies to provide culturally safe and acceptable healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

  • Appraise the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural perspectives of kinship, family, language and Country as individual and social determinants of health and wellbeing

Component 1 - a self-paced eLearning module that must be completed before attending the face-to-face component (2). It will take approximately one-hour to complete online. Delivered by Ochre and Salt.  

Component 2 – a face-to-face cultural excursion that includes a two-hour cultural engagement workshop, catered lunch and afternoon tea, a two-hour on-Country cultural experience at Niigi Niigi (Sealy Lookout), and a hand-crafted local Aboriginal gift.  

Component 3 – a self-paced eLearning module that must be completed within 6 weeks of attending the face-to-face component (2). It will take approximately two-hours to complete. Delivered by Ochre and Salt. You will learn: 

  • The meaning of ‘cultural safety’ in health care settings 
  • Optimising cultural safety in physical health care environments 
  • The importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identification in health and mental health care 
  • Recognising and responding to limitations in health and mental health literacy 
  • Building trust and rapport in interpersonal care relationships 
  • Creating a sense of control and ownership in health care journeys 

Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour
02 6659 7000

Healthy North Coast’s 2022 conference is being held at Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour. The resort is holding a limited number of rooms for conference attendees. Please book early to enjoy the convenience of staying onsite.

Room types include hotel rooms, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Rates from $159 per night. To book Pacific Bay Resorts reserved accommodation for Healthy North Coast’s conference delegates, please send through this completed booking form to [email protected]

Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour is nestled between lush hinterland and golden beaches. Enjoy over 100 acres of beautifully maintained gardens, which extend to the secluded Charlesworth Bay beach. Take a dip in one of three swimming pools, have a hit on the 9-hole golf course, play a game of tennis, visit the spa, and benefit from extensive onsite conference and event facilities.

Other places to stay nearby

Healthy North Coast’s annual conference is designed for local primary health professionals and service providers, including:

  • GPs
  • GP registrars
  • Nurses
  • Allied health practitioners
  • Specialists
  • Aboriginal health workers
  • Community and social care providers

The last few years have been somewhat ‘reactive’ when it comes to healthcare – bushfires, floods and COVID-19. This year’s conference will be a chance to move your attention to protecting, preserving and promoting health and wellness.

Chronic diseases are a tremendous burden to both patients and the health care system and almost half of all Australians have health conditions that could be prevented. Chronic diseases can profoundly reduce quality of life for patients and for their families, affecting enjoyment of life, family relationships, and finances.

Preventive health means catching potential problems before they become too serious. Clinical preventive strategies are available for many chronic diseases and include:

  • intervening before disease occurs (primary prevention)
  • detecting and treating disease at an early stage (secondary prevention)
  • managing disease to slow or stop its progression (tertiary prevention).

Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is really about wellness and a capacity to thrive.

Dr Caroline West, conference facilitator

General practitioner, prevention and wellness media doctor and host of the ABC TV series “Ask the Doctor” and “Catalyst”.

Dr Caroline West has worked in general practice since 1988, working in both city and rural and remote regions of Australia. As a GP, Caroline has extensive experience in mental health, women’s health, men’s health, sexual health, antenatal shared care, paediatrics and Lifestyle Medicine. 

Since COVID-19, Caroline has been working clinically with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and with Maari Ma Aboriginal Health, rolling out COVID-19 respiratory work. This gave her a tremendous perspective on remote health and the chance to experience the challenging and rewarding realm of remote solo GP work.

In 2021, Caroline took up a part time role as the Medical Advisor with the National Prescribing Service NPS MedicineWise and following this conference, she will be moving to Bangalore India for 3 years of health work.

On the medical education front, Caroline has been actively involved in delivering and designing RACGP accredited CPD courses in Lifestyle Medicine and on Medical Practitioner Wellbeing. She is a familiar face in the media and has been the host of many TV programs from Beyond 2000 to Good Medicine and currently she is the host of ABC TVs Ask the Doctor and Catalyst. Caroline writes extensively on health-related topics for a variety of media and is the host the podcast series for NPS MedicineWise, available on Spotify.

Full Day Packages


21 October | 8:30am-2:30am
$ 150
  • Subsidised cultural safety training
  • On-Country cultural experience
  • Two online components
  • Lunch, and morning and afternoon tea

Saturday & Sunday

22 & 23 October
$ 225
  • Best value package
  • Lunch, and morning and afternoon tea
  • Saturday evening dinner and entertainment

Individual Sessions

Saturday sessions

22 October | 9am – 4.30pm
$ 120
  • Includes lunch, and morning and afternoon tea

Saturday dinner & entertainment

22 October | 6.30pm – 10pm
$ 50
  • Canapes and 2-course meal
  • Keynote
  • Music by Matty Devitt Band

Sunday sessions

23 October | 9am – 3.30pm
$ 80
  • Includes lunch, and morning and afternoon tea

The Back to Health conference is a partnership between Healthy North Coast, Centre for Healthcare Knowledge and Innovation and Health Pathways.