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This week the Vice-Regal program gave the Governor several opportunities to hear first-hand about community-based vaccination programs.

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Each day, thousands of Victorians are attending vaccination hubs, pharmacies and GP clinics to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and this week the Governor and Mr Howard had the pleasure of speaking with staff, students and nurses at the pop-up vaccination hub established at Assumption College Kilmore. Read more about that virtual visit here

Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS) was established in 1972 to address the specific medical needs of Victorian indigenous communities, and provides a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services to the Victorian Aboriginal community. This week, the Governor met virtually with the Chair and CEO of the VAHS to hear about their programs, including their role as a COVID-19 vaccination hub for the indigenous community. 

Among other virtual meetings this week, the Governor, as Patron-in-Chief, met with Professor Brendan Crabb AC, Director and CEO of the Burnet Institute, for an update on their important work supporting the national and international fight against COVID-19, together with their other programs that have continued throughout the pandemic. 

The Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) provides emergency assistance to Victorians in need, and in the aftermath of the recent earth tremor felt in Melbourne and surrounds, the SES was instrumental in ensuring damage to buildings did not endanger the safety of those Victorians affected. The Governor spoke with the Chair and CEO of the SES to hear about the recovery efforts. 

The Macedon Ranges Shire is home to over 50,000 Victorians, and includes the townships of Gisborne, Kyneton and Woodend, as well as the beautiful Macedon Ranges National Park, and Hanging Rock. This week concluded with a virtual regional visit to the Macedon Ranges Shire, where the Governor and Mr Howard met with the Mayor and Councillors of the Shire, as well as a number of business and community representatives, including Richard Parker and Shamini Rajaethnam of Rationale Skincare, and Noel and Lyndsay Henderson of Avington Merino. The Governor and Mr Howard also met with Paul Dettman and Simon Burnett, founders of The Social Foundry, a social enterprise helping young people within the Shire get work experience and learn vital life skills. To learn more about the Social Foundry, visit their website, and learn more about the Macedon Ranges Shire here