My Region - Great Southern

Map of Western Australia showing location of Great Southern region in a pop out circle.

Part of the responsibility of Primary Health Networks is to identify and respond to the health needs of our community. We want to hear from you about the health issues and the availability of health services in the areas you live.

The stories, pictures and survey responses from these pages will be used to inform the planning of primary health care in your region.

Part of the responsibility of Primary Health Networks is to identify and respond to the health needs of our community. We want to hear from you about the health issues and the availability of health services in the areas you live.

The stories, pictures and survey responses from these pages will be used to inform the planning of primary health care in your region.

  • Age Friendly Charter Project Update

    about 1 month ago
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    The Community Panel met for the first time on 31 January 2018 with twenty members of the community attending the first session. The engagement was hosted by Alzheimer’s Australia at Hawthorn House. The community panel was chaired by Susan Kay, Executive Director Community Services, Economic Development, City of Albany. The panel members were provided an overview of the project including background information on WAPHA. The Panel’s Terms of Reference were endorsed following conversation with panel members to clarify the scope of the project and the roles of relevant stakeholders. This was followed by small group workshops around the theme ‘What...

    The Community Panel met for the first time on 31 January 2018 with twenty members of the community attending the first session. The engagement was hosted by Alzheimer’s Australia at Hawthorn House. The community panel was chaired by Susan Kay, Executive Director Community Services, Economic Development, City of Albany. The panel members were provided an overview of the project including background information on WAPHA. The Panel’s Terms of Reference were endorsed following conversation with panel members to clarify the scope of the project and the roles of relevant stakeholders. This was followed by small group workshops around the theme ‘What is important to you when you think about Ageing?’.

    Some of the common themes to emerge were; feeling secure and safe in community, empowering the rights of seniors, social inclusion and connection, access to services, urban amenity for walking, public transport/community transport, ageing is broader than health, being valued within the broader community and enabling ageing in place.

    The Agency panel met on the 29 November 2018 at the Albany City Library. 13 Agencies were represented by 18 attendees, with apologies from three further agencies. The Panel was chaired by Susan Kay, Executive Director Community Services, Economic Development, City of Albany. Lesley Pearson, WAPHA Regional Manager provided an overview of the project and the role of WAPHA. This included information on the After Hours GP Project, and Comprehensive Primary Care Practice. Vivienne Gardiner, Charter Project Officer provided population profile of seniors and health care in the Great Southern provided by WACHS and an overview of the Kings Fund Paper: Making our Health Care System Fit for an Ageing Population.

    This was followed by small group workshops around the theme ‘What an Age Friendly Charter Means’.

    Some of the common themes to emerge were; an agreed and concise roadmap or vision between community, service providers and government, underpinned by a person-centred approach, inclusive and reflects the diversity of our community, is empowering and reflects the rights of seniors and older people in our community, challenges age related stereotypes, involves the whole community, is intergenerational and fosters a compassionate community, fosters collaboration not competition among service providers, based on best practice and innovation and is regularly reviewed.

    The next agency panel meet is to be hosted by Juniper to on 7 February at the Beryl Grant Community Centre. The meeting will focus upon endorsing the Charter values and developing a vision and roadmap to realise the vison.


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  • Year in Review 2017/18

    about 1 month ago


    This year, we have gone fully digital with our Year in Review 2017/18 which is now available online on the WAPHA website.

    It includes highlights of our activities and achievements in our third year of operation, a report against our Strategic Plan and our progress towards improving healthcare in the community and keeping people well and out of hospital.

    We have showcased through case studies our work in different portfolios and regions to address our key targets and health priority areas, including Aboriginal health, alcohol and other drugs, mental health and chronic conditions.


    This year, we have gone fully digital with our Year in Review 2017/18 which is now available online on the WAPHA website.

    It includes highlights of our activities and achievements in our third year of operation, a report against our Strategic Plan and our progress towards improving healthcare in the community and keeping people well and out of hospital.

    We have showcased through case studies our work in different portfolios and regions to address our key targets and health priority areas, including Aboriginal health, alcohol and other drugs, mental health and chronic conditions.

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  • Better health, together: The journey so far

    3 months ago
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    To end the year, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington is joined by Board Chair, Dr Richard Choong to reflect on the journey so far, our impact on the primary care sector and what success will look like in five years from now.

    To end the year, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington is joined by Board Chair, Dr Richard Choong to reflect on the journey so far, our impact on the primary care sector and what success will look like in five years from now.

  • Better health, together: LGBTI health

    3 months ago
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    This month, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to LGBTI advocate and WA Primary Health Alliance Community Advisory Council member, Misty Farquhar about the role the primary care sector has to play in ensuring LGBTI people can access safe, inclusive and culturally appropriate health services.

    This month, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to LGBTI advocate and WA Primary Health Alliance Community Advisory Council member, Misty Farquhar about the role the primary care sector has to play in ensuring LGBTI people can access safe, inclusive and culturally appropriate health services.

  • Better health, together: Obesity

    4 months ago
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    This month, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington sits down with Minister for Health, Roger Cook MLA to talk about the impact of obesity on Western Australians and our health system.

    This month, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington sits down with Minister for Health, Roger Cook MLA to talk about the impact of obesity on Western Australians and our health system.

  • Better Health, Together: Mental Health in WA

    5 months ago
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    During Mental Health Week, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) CEO, Learne Durrington sits down to have a conversation with Western Australian Mental Health Commissioner Timothy Marney.

    During Mental Health Week, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) CEO, Learne Durrington sits down to have a conversation with Western Australian Mental Health Commissioner Timothy Marney.

  • Better Health, Together: My Health Record

    7 months ago
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    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington talks about My Health Record.

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington talks about My Health Record.

  • Codeine Becomes Prescription Medication

    over 1 year ago
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    On the evening of Thursday, 16 November 2017 – 29 General Practitioners and Pharmacists met to discuss how they can effectively work together to assist patients with codeine dependency transition to alternative pain management options, in preparation for the changes on 1 February 2018.

    Discussions on “What does the GP need from Pharmacy and What do Pharmacy need from GP’s, and how can the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) support them” was led by Dr Richard Choong, Chairman of the WA Primary Health Alliance. Dr Choong visited Albany to meet with stakeholders and service providers in the Great Southern.

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    On the evening of Thursday, 16 November 2017 – 29 General Practitioners and Pharmacists met to discuss how they can effectively work together to assist patients with codeine dependency transition to alternative pain management options, in preparation for the changes on 1 February 2018.

    Discussions on “What does the GP need from Pharmacy and What do Pharmacy need from GP’s, and how can the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) support them” was led by Dr Richard Choong, Chairman of the WA Primary Health Alliance. Dr Choong visited Albany to meet with stakeholders and service providers in the Great Southern.

    Pharmacy have been recording codeine purchases for the last 12 months and have a fair indication of the people at risk that will need support. Pharmacists have been discussing the changes to over the counter purchases of codeine with their clients.

    Some of the low-level risks identified with the changes are that we could see an increase in doctor shopping, and more presentations at ED. Hospital Pharmacy advised that they no longer dispense any codeine products.

    Patients requiring a script every 5 days would be identified as “in crisis”.

    Discussions around developing a system to manage patients at risk was discussed, and how to ensure that people get the correct level of assistance and are aware of where they can get it. Concerns were raised that the changes will flesh out how many people are living with chronic pain and self-managing it with codeine.

    The Pharmacy Guild have developed some templates for Pharmacists to refer the ‘at risk’ client to the GP and with the client’s consent, work with the GP to assist the client to manage their symptoms.


  • Red Dust Kicking Up a Storm

    over 1 year ago
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    An innovative social and emotional healing program aimed at young people is currently being rolled out across the Great Southern region, following a one-day workshop in Albany attended by more than 80 representatives from health, education and social services agencies.

    Following the workshop, 13 facilitators, ten of whom are Aboriginal, completed intensive training so they can run the Red Dust Healing program for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people.

    The program uses a self-evaluating tool derived from an ancient Aboriginal perspective that helps individuals deal with hurt, anger, grief, loss and other issues. It places the participant both in...

    An innovative social and emotional healing program aimed at young people is currently being rolled out across the Great Southern region, following a one-day workshop in Albany attended by more than 80 representatives from health, education and social services agencies.

    Following the workshop, 13 facilitators, ten of whom are Aboriginal, completed intensive training so they can run the Red Dust Healing program for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people.

    The program uses a self-evaluating tool derived from an ancient Aboriginal perspective that helps individuals deal with hurt, anger, grief, loss and other issues. It places the participant both in the position of being hurt, the victim, and then as the one doing the hurting, the perpetrator.

    Program designer Tom Powell, who led the workshop, says participants are encouraged to examine their own personal hurt and heal from within, addressing family and personal relationships and what may have been lifelong patterns of violence.

    “It examines the intergenerational effects of colonisation on the mental physical and spiritual wellbeing of Aboriginal families and encourages individuals to confront and deal with the problems, hurt and anger in their lives,” Mr Powell said.

    WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has commissioned the program to run in the Great Southern led by the Palmerston Association who, along with many other locally-based agencies, has formed the Great Southern Youth Outcomes Forum.

    Federal Member for O’Connor Mr Rick Wilson MP says the program, which has been made possible by $100,000 of Australian Government funding, is a great example of local service providers understanding local problems and implementing innovative solutions.

    “This program is aimed at a particularly vulnerable group who need our wholehearted support. I commend everyone involved and look forward to seeing the results in the coming months as it gains traction,” Mr Wilson said.

    WAPHA’s regional manager for the Great Southern Lesley Pearson says the organisation could clearly see the need for and potential benefits of the program.

    “Following an approach from the Department of Education’s engagement and transitions manager Lindsay Campbell, a passionate advocate of Red Dust Healing, WAPHA found a way to engage a consortium of agencies led by the Department.

    “This meant we could award more substantial funding than initially envisaged which is a great outcome all round,” Ms Pearson said.

    Palmerston Association’s manager Ben Headlam says their project officer will report back to the Youth Outcomes Forum regarding progress and overall implementation of the program.

    “We are delighted to be involved in this new program and look forward to working with the other agencies to roll it out across the region,” Mr Headlam said.

    The program will be delivered as far north as Katanning as part of a trial that aims to expand services for at risk youth and increase the number of trained Red Dust Healing facilitators in the future.

    To find out more about the program and how to access it, contact Ben Headlam, Manager, Palmerston GSCADS Albany on 9892 2100.


  • Chronic Conditions Network for health professionals

    over 1 year ago

    On Friday 21 July 2017, a Chronic Conditions Workshop was held in Narrogin for Great Southern and Wheatbelt health professionals involved in the care of people with chronic health conditions. A page has been established for those who attended the workshop and involved in the local Chronic Conditions Network. This page can be used to upload stories and as a forum for network members to share best practice information.

    On Friday 21 July 2017, a Chronic Conditions Workshop was held in Narrogin for Great Southern and Wheatbelt health professionals involved in the care of people with chronic health conditions. A page has been established for those who attended the workshop and involved in the local Chronic Conditions Network. This page can be used to upload stories and as a forum for network members to share best practice information.