LiverWELL Regional Forums Bendigo Recap

May 18, 2022

LiverWELL hosted our second regional forum of 2022 in Bendigo on 18 May. Our Health Promotions and Community Education team put together a comprehensive workshop that included personal insights from lived experience speakers, and liver health, mental health and sexual health knowledge provided by skilled practitioners and field experts. The workshop aimed to provide an intersectional lens on liver health and offer local perspectives and referral pathways to better support the community.

The Bendigo Forum included:

  • Jennifer MacLachlan – Senior Epidemiologist WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis, The Doherty Institute
  • Nafisa Yussf – Social Researcher and Project Manager at WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis and The Doherty Institute
  • Louise Holland Nurse Practioner, Women’s Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health, Bendigo Community Health Services (BCHS)
  • Tha Hay Tha Brown – Bi-lingual project worker in the Health Navigator Program at Bendigo Community Health, Born in Myanmar and arriving in Australia as a refugee in 2010
  • Mandy RitchieLived experience Speaker
  • Dr. Angus Leslie Fisher – Gastroloenterologist and GP, Bendigo Infectious Disease Clinic
  • Sarah Lorrimar – Sex educator and sexologist, GenWest

We hope that insights aided in the continued development of support for those living with liver conditions within the Bendigo community.

Thank you to the presenters, and the local community of healthcare workers who attended the workshop. We are excited to host the next of our regional forums in Geelong on 24 June 2022.

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