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The Vice Regal program continued online this week, in line with current Victorian Government health directives.


The Governor and Mr Howard this week continued their online program, meeting and speaking with many members of the community.

The Governor hosted several online calls, including with Ms Angela Nolan, CEO of St Vincent’s Hospital. St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne is operating one of Victoria’s high-volume COVID-19 Vaccination Centres, located at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton.  The Governor also spoke with Professor Jane Gunn, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne during the week. Professor Gunn was pivotal in the University’s response to COVID-19 in 2020, as the Chief Public Health Advisor at the University.  

On what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday, the Governor spoke with Sue Lloyd Williams AO, Chairman and Stephen Mason, CEO, of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The Award encourages young people to serve their communities, and to develop and learn outside the classroom.  Many thousands of Victorians are among the millions of young people who have been inspired in more than 130 countries in the 60 years of the Award. 

The Governor and Mr Howard also had the opportunity this week to host a virtual Governor in Schools session with students from Lowther Hall.  A highlight of the Vice Regal Program, the Governor in Schools program provides senior students from across the State with the opportunity to speak with the Governor and Mr Howard and to learn more about the modern role of the Governor in Victoria.  For more information on how your school can be involved in the Governor in Schools program, visit this page.

The Governor and Mr Howard are looking forward to welcoming Victorians back to Government House in the coming weeks, in line with physical distancing and density requirements to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff.