Celebrating a strong and collaborative 30-year relationship, UNE Partnerships and AAPM enjoyed a formal function at Beumonde on the Point in Perth on October 23. With a view of the beautiful Swan River, UNE Partnerships Board members, alumni, staff and students celebrated the anniversary milestone with the AAPM Board and members. The dinner was attended by over 50 guests, including guest of honour the Hon. Roger Cook MLA, Minister for Health and Mental Health in Western Australia.
Other distinguished guests included Gail O’Brien from Lighthouse foundation, members of the AAPM and UNEP Boards, alumni and current students. Two indigenous scholarships were awarded by the Minister to Michael Cook and Derise Jones of Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service.
The night included many tributes to AAPM and UNE Partnerships. Gary Smith discussed the shared history of AAPM and UNEP, while Colleen Sullivan spoke about the future of the relationship. The Minister then addressed the importance of Primary care, before Anne Davis spoke about the Practice program, the flexibility and quality of the program, and the UNE Partnerships indigenous programs within.
The final speaker of the evening was Karen Campbell, an enthusiastic graduate of the Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership. Karen delivered a wonderfully heart-warming and positive speech on completing the qualification and the benefits for herself, her practice, and her family who supported her study.