Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GP Workforce

This was one of the best gatherings I have been to because of the integration of medical knowledge provided by an Aboriginal specialist and the cultural knowledge that become a part of the program.  Attended Gathering in Bali in May 2017

Dr Shannon Springer

Associate Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Discipline Lead Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University

Gathering for Continuing Education

23-28 April 2018 – Dambulla, Sri Lanka

After the great success of the inaugral workshop held in Bali in May 2017, I am delighted to offer this second workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPs, non vocationally registered (non VR) doctors, aspiring GPs and O&Gs including residents and medical students!

The gathering will provide you with continuing education of the highest standard, an inclusive and affirming forum providing you with unique post-graduate collegiate support and an important opportunity for rest and rejuvenation in a beautiful location. Your family is also welcome to attend the workshop with you, bond with the other families who attend and experience the richness of Sri Lanka 

The topic of focus will be women’s health. There will be a comprehensive session held on on three of the mornings delivered by Dr Sarah Jane McEwan. The sessions will focus on women’s health issues most relevant to GP land. The program will be further developed with you and the other attendees to ensure it is of most relevant to you and your context. The outcome for you will be increased knowledge, skills and confidence when responding to medical conditions relating to women’s health, continuing on your journey to be the best possible doctor you can be, with great support from your peers.

The sessions will be highly interactive and co-implemented with a predisposing and reinforcing workshop activities to maximise learning outcomes and enable participants to accrue continuing professional development points from their respective Colleges.

Please note a maximum of 15 places will be available for doctors. Please express your interest via the button below to ensure that you are offered a place when registrations open in November. It will a fabulous workshop!

Registrations closed


Participants will need to arrange their flights to/from Colombo airport in Sri Lanka, visas, travel insurance and accommodation in Colombo if required. It is recommended that a participants passport has a minimum of six months validity at the time of travel. It is also recommended that participants purchase travel insurance at the time of booking the workshop and flights.

The Gathering will  include:

  • Accredited education sessions on women’s health held on each of three mornings delivered by Dr Sarah Jane McEwan
  • Discussions on current initiatives in Aboriginal health and in your workplace.
  • Group private bus transfer to/from airport or your hotel in Colombo via scenic landscapes to Dambulla (approximately 4.5 hours)
  • 5 nights and 4 days accommodation in a standard room at the Amaya Lake Resort, Dambulla
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 6
  • Full day excursion to either local district hospital or University to discuss current health initiatives and systems in Sri Lanka

Participant cost: $2695 per Gathering participant based on twin share accommodation. A loading of $295 applies for a participant in a single room.

Terms and Conditions for the booking are here

Guest/Partner cost: $730 per person sharing the same room. This cost includes accommodation, all meals, transfers. Children are welcome as additional guests. Cost for a child under 12 sharing parents room will be $360. Children in a separate room will be $730 per child twin share or $1025 in a single room.  

Please note prices may change due to currency fluctuations.

Costs exclude:

  • Optional afternoon excursions listed below.
  • Any meals not mentioned above.
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Cost of beverages throughout the tour.
  • Visas.
  • Accommodation requirements in Colombo before/after workshop.
  • Flights to/from Sri Lanka.

Optional excursions will be offered:

  • Dambulla cave temple ( $23 per person)
  • Sigiriya Rock fortress ($53 per person)
  • Minneriya National Park one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, which are often present in huge numbers, and wading birds ($48 per person)
  • Sri Lanka spice capital and cooking class (cost to be confirmed dependent on guest numbers)
  • Elephant back safari (cost to be confirmed dependent on guest numbers and interest)

A special mention and thank you to Dr Kishan Pandithage for his fabulous advice and assistance in developing this program.

The estimated emissions generated through participants’ travel from Australia to attend the workshop will be offset via the Aboriginal Carbon Fund, a national not-for-profit company which is building and nurturing a sustainable Aboriginal carbon industry. 

For further information please contact Stephanie May vie email on smay@stephmay.com.au or call 0419 527 255.