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.

  • City Of Albany Public Health Plan 2018-2022

    3 days ago
    The City of Albany’s Public Health Plan (PHP) is a five year strategic plan providing a framework to improve the health and wellbeing of its community. The plan aligns with the City of Albany’s Strategic Plan and provides direction and framework for other plans and policies, such as the Age Friendly Plan, Local Planning Scheme, etc.

    The purpose of this Public Health Plan (PHP) is to protect, improve and promote public health and wellbeing amongst all residents in the City of Albany. It aims to support all members of the community, across all life stages to achieve good health and...

    The City of Albany’s Public Health Plan (PHP) is a five year strategic plan providing a framework to improve the health and wellbeing of its community. The plan aligns with the City of Albany’s Strategic Plan and provides direction and framework for other plans and policies, such as the Age Friendly Plan, Local Planning Scheme, etc.

    The purpose of this Public Health Plan (PHP) is to protect, improve and promote public health and wellbeing amongst all residents in the City of Albany. It aims to support all members of the community, across all life stages to achieve good health and wellbeing outcomes across a range of identified priority health issues.

    City of Albany Public Health Plan

  • Aged Friendly Charter

    3 days ago
    The Age Friendly Charter defines the values and aspirations as told by older community members in the lower Great Southern and how together as service providers and government we can work together to improve the ways in which people in our community can live longer, healthier and happier lives. Click here to watch the video or download a copy of the charter HERE.

    The Age Friendly Charter defines the values and aspirations as told by older community members in the lower Great Southern and how together as service providers and government we can work together to improve the ways in which people in our community can live longer, healthier and happier lives. Click here to watch the video or download a copy of the charter HERE.

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  • Better Health, Together: Compassionate Communities

    about 2 months ago
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    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to City of Albany Mayor, Dennis Wellington about our partnership in delivering the Compassionate Communities project.

    The project, which targets communities in the Great Southern, is a whole of community approach to increasing awareness of end of life, and empowering people to live and die well, at home where possible.


    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to City of Albany Mayor, Dennis Wellington about our partnership in delivering the Compassionate Communities project.

    The project, which targets communities in the Great Southern, is a whole of community approach to increasing awareness of end of life, and empowering people to live and die well, at home where possible.


  • Better health, together: Aboriginal Health

    2 months ago
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    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, our CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Professor Rhonda Marriott, Pro Vice Chancellor for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Director of the Ngangk Yira Research Centre at Murdoch University, to discuss key issues in Aboriginal health and how we can all do more to improve Aboriginal health and wellness. Click here to watch the video.

    WA Primary Health Alliance works to improve health equity by increasing access to primary healthcare and planning, guiding and directing investment towards important services.

    Five of the ways we are working with partners to deliver better health...

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, our CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Professor Rhonda Marriott, Pro Vice Chancellor for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Director of the Ngangk Yira Research Centre at Murdoch University, to discuss key issues in Aboriginal health and how we can all do more to improve Aboriginal health and wellness. Click here to watch the video.

    WA Primary Health Alliance works to improve health equity by increasing access to primary healthcare and planning, guiding and directing investment towards important services.

    Five of the ways we are working with partners to deliver better health for Aboriginal people across the state include: supporting Aboriginal people with chronic disease to manage their own healthcare, ensuring Aboriginal people receive the right care, linking Aboriginal people from regional areas to primary healthcare, helping to develop a culturally aware workforce, and listening to local communities to understand who they are and their health needs.



  • Better health, together: Digital Health

    3 months ago
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    WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Australian Digital Health CEO Tim Kelsey; responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.

    WA Primary Health Alliance is responsible for planning, guiding and directing investment towards important primary care services across WA. As the operator of the State’s three Primary Health Networks (PHNs), which form part of the national Australian Government PHN initiative, we work closely with GPs, service providers, government and its agencies, and communities.

    Five of the ways we are working...

    WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Australian Digital Health CEO Tim Kelsey; responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety.

    WA Primary Health Alliance is responsible for planning, guiding and directing investment towards important primary care services across WA. As the operator of the State’s three Primary Health Networks (PHNs), which form part of the national Australian Government PHN initiative, we work closely with GPs, service providers, government and its agencies, and communities.

    Five of the ways we are working with partners to deliver better health, together using digital health tools are: telehealth, PORTS virtual mental health service, My Health Record, data extraction and analysis service for GPs and HealthPathways WA.

  • Better health, together: Social Connectedness

    5 months ago
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    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Chorus CEO, Dan Minchin about loneliness and the social connectedness pilot we have funded in the Mandurah area. The pilot will look into and address the barriers people have to accessing community services, with the aim of better linking primary and community care.


    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Chorus CEO, Dan Minchin about loneliness and the social connectedness pilot we have funded in the Mandurah area. The pilot will look into and address the barriers people have to accessing community services, with the aim of better linking primary and community care.


  • Better health, together: Sustainable Health Review - transforming WA's health system

    6 months ago
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    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington is joined by Sustainable Health Review Chair, Robyn Kruk to talk about the WA Department of Health’s recently released Sustainable Health Review Final Report.

    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington is joined by Sustainable Health Review Chair, Robyn Kruk to talk about the WA Department of Health’s recently released Sustainable Health Review Final Report.

  • New Cancer Symptom Website for Regional People

    5 months ago
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    On Sunday 24 March, Cancer Council WA launched the new Find Cancer Early website. The site aims to improve regional cancer survival outcomes as research shows regional Western Australians are 20 – 30 per cent more likely to die within five years of a cancer diagnosis than people living in Perth.

    The new website has been designed to improve regional Western Australian's understanding of the early symptoms of prostate, breast, skin, bowel and lung cancer and encourage them to report any unusual changes in their body to their doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal health worker early.

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    On Sunday 24 March, Cancer Council WA launched the new Find Cancer Early website. The site aims to improve regional cancer survival outcomes as research shows regional Western Australians are 20 – 30 per cent more likely to die within five years of a cancer diagnosis than people living in Perth.

    The new website has been designed to improve regional Western Australian's understanding of the early symptoms of prostate, breast, skin, bowel and lung cancer and encourage them to report any unusual changes in their body to their doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal health worker early.

    Learn more about early cancer symptoms here: https://www.findcancerearly.com.au/cancer-symptoms/

    Harnessing the Power of Personal Stories

    The stories and advice of regional champions who have experienced a prostate, breast, skin, bowel or lung cancer diagnosis has been gathered to help motivate regional people to Find Cancer Early.

    Learn from Find Cancer Early champions or share your story here: https://www.findcancerearly.com.au/local-stories/

    "Get it looked at. Just get on with it". - Arnold, from Albany - skin and prostate cancer champion.

    Arnold recommends that anyone who has noticed an unusual change in their body tell their doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal Health Worker.


    For more information, contact:

    Bruce Beamish - Great Southern Regional Education Officer, Albany WA

    bbeamish@cancerwa.asn.au

    (08) 9842 7513 or 0488 031 113 (Mon-Thu)


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  • Better health, together: Depression looks different for everybody

    6 months ago
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    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats with Principal Advisor and Research Director, Dr Danny Rock about depression and our recent campaign to bring about awareness of this common mental health condition.

    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats with Principal Advisor and Research Director, Dr Danny Rock about depression and our recent campaign to bring about awareness of this common mental health condition.

  • Age Friendly Charter Project Update

    8 months 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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