Face-to-face education is making a comeback

If you’ve been missing the faces of your fellow North Coast clinicians, then we have some great news.

Face-to-face education is making a comeback!

This November and December, Healthy North Coast will be holding eight regional clinical society events. Each event will be a chance to come together with other local practitioners and have some fun as 2021 comes to a close.

At each event we will:

  • hear from a local service provider or clinician/s (30-minute presentation)
  • explore Healthy North Coast’s 2022 CPD education calendar
  • discuss the North Coast CPD needs assessment and local education needs
  • network and share stories
  • enjoy canapes and a delicious 2-course dinner.

These events will be free-to-attend and in keeping with COVID-safe practices. Numbers will be limited, so register your place early. In the event of face-to-face being restricted, we will instead come together online and those who have registered will receive a free gift.

Register now for your local clinical society.

Ballina & Byron Clinical Society 

Tuesday 9 November 2021

Beef and Beach Restaurant, Lennox Head

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 

Speaker: Dr Maxine Szramka, Consultant Rheumatologist

Topic: Simplifying the Complexities of Autoimmune Diseases (particularly vasculitis)

Tweed Valley Clinical Society 

Thursday 11 November 2021

Babalou Weddings and Events, Kingscliff

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 


  • Jess Hunter, Banora Shopping Village Medical Centre
  • Mary Lynch, Registered Nurse, Tweed Health for Everyone
  • Dr Chris Wetherall, Skin Cancer Physician, Tweed Health for Everyone
  • Michelle Gilbert, Nursing Manager, Kingscliff Health

Topic: Adapting to the challenges of 2021

Clarence Valley Clinical Society 

Tuesday 16 November 2021

Vines at 139, Grafton 

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 


  • Leonie Staples, Project Manager, First 2000 Days, Tresillian Family Care Centres
  • Dr James Hodges, Paediatrician, Grafton Base Hospital

Topic: Supporting a family’s first 2,000 days in the Clarence – accessing the right supports at the right time

Coffs Harbour & Bellingen Clinical Society 

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Surf Club Restaurant & Bar, Coffs Harbour

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 

Speaker: Dr Eileen Morrisroe, Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon 

Topic: Services and facilities available for managing arterial and venous disorders in Coffs Harbour

Nambucca & Macksville Clinical Society 

Thursday 18 November 2021

Blue Gum Function Centre, Macksville

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 

Speaker: Cheryl Frank, Clinical Nurse Consultant

Topic: Collaborative wound management

Port Macquarie & Hastings Clinical Society 

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Sails, Port Macquarie

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 


  • Nathan Lynch, Physiotherapist, Wauchope Physiotherapy
  • Barry Spencer, Physiotherapist, Lake Cathie Physio
  • Gary Grant, Retired Psychologist

Topic: Chronic pain

Kempsey & Macleay Clinical Society 

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Garden Bar and Kitchen, Frederickton

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 


  • Dr David Skalicky, Visiting Rehabilitation Physician, Durri Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Dylan Chrimes, Physiotherapist, Keystone Health
  • Dr Anthony Richardson, Psychiatrist – specialty in somatic psychotherapy and pain management

Topic: Managing the biopsychosocial aspects of chronic pain

Lismore, Casino & Kyogle Clinical Society 

6 December 2021

Invercauld House, Goonellebah

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 


Richmond Specialist Palliative Care Service

Dr Brian Witt, General Practitioner, The Lismore Clinic

Topic: Palliative care


COVID-19 safety 

Healthy North Coast takes it obligations for your safety seriously. We advise that the venues where each event is to be held are COVID-safe and that a COVID safety plan has been developed and registered with the NSW Government. Numbers will be restricted, so reserve your place early.

If you are sick or experiencing the mildest of symptoms, please do not attend.

All attendees must comply with the NSW Government order (effective 11 October 2021) stating that no unvaccinated person (over the age of 16) is allowed into hospitality premises.

Update provided 21 April 2022.

As you know, Lismore Skin Clinic in Molesworth Street was destroyed in the recent floods, and we are trying to rebuild the site as soon as we can.

In the meantime we will be moving to St Vincent’s Hospital Specialist Medical Centre – Level 4, Suite 12 – 20 Dalley Street Lismore.

We hope to be up and running in the next two weeks (by early to mid May 2022) and our receptionists will soon begin calling our patients to rebook their appointments and catch up with their needs.

Once we have a firm opening date we will update this notification.

Our email address – [email protected] and our phone number – 02 6621 3500 will remain the same as in the past. Only the address changes for a while.

We look forward to seeing you soon in our new premises.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding in these heartbreaking times – stay safe.

Dr Gudmundsen and the Team from Lismore Skin Clinic


Contact our Education Team

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Nigel Cronin
Senior Manager, Education
[email protected]
0437 169 786
02 6627 3390
Based on Bundjalung Country in Lismore

Bronwyn Thirkell
Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation and Education and Events Coordinator NNSW
[email protected]
0437 027 751
02 6618 5445
Based on Bundjalung Country in Ballina

Krissi Devlin
Education and Events Coordinator MNC
[email protected]
0447 407 473
02 6659 1808
Working days: Monday Thursday.
Based on Gumbaynggirr Country in Coffs Harbour

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