Joining up the Pieces

Working together to join up the pieces in our complex health care system.

WA Primary Health Alliance welcomes your contribution to the commissioning of integrated and place-based primary health care services for people impacted by mental illness and/or alcohol and other drug use.

This page supports the commissioning of activities in the Perth North Primary Health Network (PHN) and Perth South PHN regions that aim to improve peoples' access to the right care, in the right place at the right time.

Several local areas have been identified as priorities through the Primary Health Network needs assessment. We particularly welcome input and comment if you work, live, deliver or receive health and social care services in any of these priority places:

North West MetroNorth East MetroSouth East MetroSouth West Metro
StirlingBassendean-BayswaterArmadaleKwinana
WannerooMundaring/KalamundaGosnellsPeel - Mandurah

SwanBelmontPeel - Murray



Rockingham



Waroona



Fremantle



Cockburn


A wide range of reading is given in the Information Library to support a shared understanding of terms such as 'integrated' and 'place-based' and to give some context to taking this approach in primary health care.


Working together to join up the pieces in our complex health care system.

WA Primary Health Alliance welcomes your contribution to the commissioning of integrated and place-based primary health care services for people impacted by mental illness and/or alcohol and other drug use.

This page supports the commissioning of activities in the Perth North Primary Health Network (PHN) and Perth South PHN regions that aim to improve peoples' access to the right care, in the right place at the right time.

Several local areas have been identified as priorities through the Primary Health Network needs assessment. We particularly welcome input and comment if you work, live, deliver or receive health and social care services in any of these priority places:

North West MetroNorth East MetroSouth East MetroSouth West Metro
StirlingBassendean-BayswaterArmadaleKwinana
WannerooMundaring/KalamundaGosnellsPeel - Mandurah

SwanBelmontPeel - Murray



Rockingham



Waroona



Fremantle



Cockburn


A wide range of reading is given in the Information Library to support a shared understanding of terms such as 'integrated' and 'place-based' and to give some context to taking this approach in primary health care.


  • Integrated Services Funding Announced

    over 1 year ago
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    With thanks to all those involved in contributing to and shaping integrated approaches to delivering services to meet the needs of people living with mental health and alcohol and other drugs use issues.


    WA Primary Health Alliance is excited to be working with a broad range of organisations to help join up the pieces of the system for both community and service providers.


    Please visit the recent press release for a full list of providers and programs being supported by WAPHA.

    With thanks to all those involved in contributing to and shaping integrated approaches to delivering services to meet the needs of people living with mental health and alcohol and other drugs use issues.


    WA Primary Health Alliance is excited to be working with a broad range of organisations to help join up the pieces of the system for both community and service providers.


    Please visit the recent press release for a full list of providers and programs being supported by WAPHA.

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  • It takes a village: why we need community-driven place-based services

    almost 2 years ago
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    Linkwest provide a compelling perspective on why they believe we need community-driven place-based services . . .

    The proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ relates to the thinking that a child has the best chance of becoming a healthy, productive adult if the entire community takes an active role in its rearing.

    The child benefits from differing points of view, a range of skill sets and experience, and the village has an active, vested interest in seeing the child succeed. After all, the success of the child will contribute to the ongoing and future success of the...


    Linkwest provide a compelling perspective on why they believe we need community-driven place-based services . . .

    The proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ relates to the thinking that a child has the best chance of becoming a healthy, productive adult if the entire community takes an active role in its rearing.

    The child benefits from differing points of view, a range of skill sets and experience, and the village has an active, vested interest in seeing the child succeed. After all, the success of the child will contribute to the ongoing and future success of the village.

    If we extrapolate this thinking to services (the child) within local communities (the village), the benefits of place-based services become immediately apparent. Community members who have input into the development and direction of a local i.e. place-based service, will have a vested interest in its ongoing success. Local input will produce solutions tailored to the local community, and which build on local strengths and assets.

    Place-based approaches are empowering: they not only connect people, but can connect services in a way that they can leverage off each other to best serve the local community. And because of ongoing input from the local community, issues can be identified and dealt with as they emerge – before the problem reaches crisis stage.

    We need community-driven place-based services: because it takes a village to build a community.


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    Linkwest is the peak body for Neighbourhood and Community Resource Centres in Western Australia. It offers targeted and relevant training and support to those working in small community-managed not-for-profits. Linkwest’s member Centres provide a friendly, welcoming place where local people can gather, connect, learn and belong. www.linkwest.asn.au

    Linkwest is currently spearheading a year-long campaign #ItsGoodToBelong which aims to illustrate how place-based services such as Neighbourhood and Community Resource Centres are not just important, but essential to the local community.


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  • If you want something different . . . Service Provider Workshop

    almost 2 years ago
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    An enormous thank you to all those who participated in the service provider workshop hosted by Perth North and Perth South PHNs on Wednesday 8 February.

    Over 70 people from across the diversity of the alcohol and other drug, mental health and broader primary care service sector came together to explore the concepts of integrated, place based, co-design and commissioning.

    "You could sense, even at the end of the day energy, good humour, and a willingness to be part of the collaboration." was the feedback from Perth South PHN, Community Engagement Committee member Ann White.


    The un-themed notes from the...


    An enormous thank you to all those who participated in the service provider workshop hosted by Perth North and Perth South PHNs on Wednesday 8 February.

    Over 70 people from across the diversity of the alcohol and other drug, mental health and broader primary care service sector came together to explore the concepts of integrated, place based, co-design and commissioning.

    "You could sense, even at the end of the day energy, good humour, and a willingness to be part of the collaboration." was the feedback from Perth South PHN, Community Engagement Committee member Ann White.


    The un-themed notes from the table discussion are now in the Information Library to the right of this page, as well as the presentation that set the scene for the day. Further analysis of the themes will be undertaken and a summary posted on this page as soon as possible.

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  • Stimulate your thinking on Integrated Care

    almost 2 years ago
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    International Journal of Integrated Care - Article Collection

    This collection of papers grows out of a collaborative project between IFIC and Edge Hill University (UK)
    that led to six webinars delivered by international experts on integrated care.
    The papers are original reflection pieces written especially for this collection by those who delivered the webinars in Spring and Summer 2016. They provide a unique summary of accumulated expertise in some of the most important themes in the integrated care field.
    This special collection also offers a good opportunity to reflect on progress and challenges in the field as care integration increasingly...

    International Journal of Integrated Care - Article Collection

    This collection of papers grows out of a collaborative project between IFIC and Edge Hill University (UK)
    that led to six webinars delivered by international experts on integrated care.
    The papers are original reflection pieces written especially for this collection by those who delivered the webinars in Spring and Summer 2016. They provide a unique summary of accumulated expertise in some of the most important themes in the integrated care field.
    This special collection also offers a good opportunity to reflect on progress and challenges in the field as care integration increasingly gains policy support and gathers momentum in many countries across the world.

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  • Physical Health Ignored in People with Mental Illness

    almost 2 years ago
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    Thursday 19 January 2017

    An article published today on The Conversation highlights the reality of how the health system fails to adequately connect physical and mental health . . . .


    Australians with serious mental illness are living on average for 10-32 years less than the rest of the population, mainly due to preventable and treatable diseases like diabetes. No wonder, these early, preventable deaths have been described as a scandal.

    Clearly, people with mental health issues like depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not benefiting from advances in the treatment and prevention of physical disease the rest of...

    Thursday 19 January 2017

    An article published today on The Conversation highlights the reality of how the health system fails to adequately connect physical and mental health . . . .


    Australians with serious mental illness are living on average for 10-32 years less than the rest of the population, mainly due to preventable and treatable diseases like diabetes. No wonder, these early, preventable deaths have been described as a scandal.

    Clearly, people with mental health issues like depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not benefiting from advances in the treatment and prevention of physical disease the rest of society enjoys.


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  • If you want something different . . .

    almost 2 years ago

    If you want something different you have to do something different . . .

    Service Provider Workshop

    Wednesday 8 February

    Organisations planning to respond to any of the current Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Perth South PHN and Perth North PHN activities are invited to a facilitated workshop to ‘test your thinking’.

    The aim of the workshop is to openly respond to any queries raised while completing an EOI, support a shared understanding of the EOI requirements and enable respondents to test out their proposed responses prior to the close of the EOIs. The workshop also provides an opportunity to...

    If you want something different you have to do something different . . .

    Service Provider Workshop

    Wednesday 8 February

    Organisations planning to respond to any of the current Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Perth South PHN and Perth North PHN activities are invited to a facilitated workshop to ‘test your thinking’.

    The aim of the workshop is to openly respond to any queries raised while completing an EOI, support a shared understanding of the EOI requirements and enable respondents to test out their proposed responses prior to the close of the EOIs. The workshop also provides an opportunity to network with other service providers and strengthen relationships that support integrated and place-based approaches into the future.


    Wednesday 8 February

    9.00am to 4.00pm

    central metro location

    Register here to attend the workshop.

    NB: Organisations that are considering responding to the open Expressions of Interest for Perth North PHN and Perth South PHN are strongly encouraged to attend but it is not a compulsory part of the procurement process.