Better Health, Together Stakeholder Forum

WA Primary Health Alliance is pleased to partner with the Department of Health WA to deliver on the Primary Healthcare Round Table election commitment through hosting discussions at our biennial Better Health, Together Forums.

At our most recent forum, esteemed Professor Jeremy Nicholson presented on: COVID-19 as a systemic disease: Living with COVID could be harder than we think and described describe the complex journey from health into disease caused by SARS COV-2 infection.


What next?

Download the collated actions and recommendations from the Forum

Download Professor Nicholson's presentation slides

If you registered for and/or attended the Forum on Friday 12 November, please take a minute to provide your feedback below

WA Primary Health Alliance is pleased to partner with the Department of Health WA to deliver on the Primary Healthcare Round Table election commitment through hosting discussions at our biennial Better Health, Together Forums.

At our most recent forum, esteemed Professor Jeremy Nicholson presented on: COVID-19 as a systemic disease: Living with COVID could be harder than we think and described describe the complex journey from health into disease caused by SARS COV-2 infection.


What next?

Download the collated actions and recommendations from the Forum

Download Professor Nicholson's presentation slides

If you registered for and/or attended the Forum on Friday 12 November, please take a minute to provide your feedback below

  • May 2021 Forum #4

    Budget insights from leading health policy expert

    About 70 representatives from the WA health and social services sectors gathered at our recent Better Heath, Together Forum to enjoy an insightful analysis of the recent federal budget delivered by Grattan Institute Fellow, Professor Hal Swerissen.

    With a budget that he noted promised little in the way of primary care structural reform, Professor Swerissen was nonetheless optimistic about mental health funding commitments, notably in prevention but also in community based treatment delivered by the emerging adult mental health centres and the youth focused headspace program.

    Telehealth was singled out as another promising area, particularly for people living in rural and remote areas, but also for those with home or community-based care needs.

    Professor Swerissen described a future scenario where a video call made from the GP’s office will allow a secondary consultation including specialist clinicians to take place, with obvious clinical benefits, and convenience for the patient.

    He also talked about an increasing focus on the consumer, signalled by the expansion of care navigator roles in the aged care sector to ensure person-centred care so the consumer gets what they need.

    Professor Swerissen highlighted opportunities for PHNs as local commissioners, the importance of joint regional planning with state health systems and the maturing of PHNs and the Commonwealth appreciation of their importance.

    “The COVID experience has demonstrated to the Commonwealth that coordination through Primary Health Networks has been very important to deliver on a range of challenging issues,” Professor Swerissen said.

    This has included setting up GP Respiratory Clinics, distributing PPE, and, for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, managing the expression of interest process for general practices to participate in the program and residential aged care facility vaccinations for residents.

  • August 2020 Better Health Together Online Forum #3

    On Thursday 27 August, WA Primary Health Alliance hosted the first online Better Health, Together Forum, a facilitated, online conversation on what Better Health, Together should look like in this fast evolving COVID world. It was an opportunity to learn from service providers and share how they have been responding, what they have been seeing and how they have been adapting in these unprecedented times.

    Read the report from the online forum here.

  • November 2019 Forum #2

    Did you meet Professor Hal Swerissen at our second Better Health Together Forum?

    Professor Swerissen presented a compelling vision for primary care and challenged us all to collectively approach the unique opportunities we currently have in WA.

    Professor Swerissen is a leader in policy, management and program development, particularly in the analysis, evaluation and quality improvement in health, community services and tertiary education. As well as being a Fellow at the Grattan Institute, he is also an Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University, a Director of Murray PHN and a Director of the Bendigo Kangan Institute.

    He has worked in senior roles as an advisor to the Australian Government on health and community services, and an advisor to the Victorian Government. He has published more than 150 books, articles, reports and conference papers on health and community services, policy and program development and evaluation.

    In response to feedback from the Better Health, Together Forum held earlier this year, the event included networking on arrival and a collaborative question time after Professor Swerissen’s presentation.

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  • May 2019 Forum #1

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    In May, WA Primary Health Alliance hosted the first Better Health, Together Forum exploring the Primary Health Network priorities in the context of the national PHN Program and setting the scene of the broader healthcare environment of WA.

    A key feature of the agenda was Commissioning for Better Health, a new report that demonstrates WA Primary Health Alliance’s commitment to working with partner across WA to improve health inequity in the Western Australian community.

    Presentation slides and short videos from the Forum are available to download in the menu to the right of this page or you can click here to view the videos.

    Over 40 questions were raised through the slido app during the event, with time for only a small number to be answered in the Q&A panel session. Responses have been prepared for all the questions raised and are available to download through the menu to the right of this page.

    Please register with Primary Health Exchange and join the online stakeholder panel to receive notice of online engagement activities that contribute to the work of WA Primary Health Alliance.