My Region - Great Southern

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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.

My Community Directory is an online directory of health and community services. Download the Great Southern directory by clicking the image below:


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.

My Community Directory is an online directory of health and community services. Download the Great Southern directory by clicking the image below:


  • Your health matters - see your GP

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    6 days ago

    Regular healthcare needs don’t stop during a pandemic. But some general practices in Western Australia are reporting a drop in patient numbers, believed to be related to COVID-19 fears.




    The See Your GP campaign reminds consumers of the importance of regular medical appointments and reassure them of the availability of safe, essential health care.


    It emphasises that it’s more important than ever for Western Australians to stay healthy and get the treatment, prescriptions and screening they need.


    General practice is open and safe to visit in person, and while some things might look a little different on arrival, these are designed to keep everyone safe and well.


    For those who would rather have an appointment by phone or video call this can be done thanks to the expansion of telehealth.


    If a prescription is needed, the GP can send a digital image of the prescription to the patient’s preferred pharmacy, to authorise dispensing.


    For all of us, but particularly those with chronic conditions, it’s risky to ignore our health.


    GPs and the wider medical community are also worried that critical health conditions may go undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in life-threatening complications for some people.


    The campaign also focuses on the importance of having chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma regularly monitored, and not missing out on immunisations and regular health checks like those required during pregnancy.


    So don’t put off getting a check on your health, or the health of those you care for.


    Your health matters, so #SeeYourGP.


    The campaign is supported by social media posts, videos and a flyer, all available to download https://thesocialpresskit.com/seeyourgp to share on your channels.


    Regular healthcare needs don’t stop during a pandemic. But some general practices in Western Australia are reporting a drop in patient numbers, believed to be related to COVID-19 fears.




    The See Your GP campaign reminds consumers of the importance of regular medical appointments and reassure them of the availability of safe, essential health care.


    It emphasises that it’s more important than ever for Western Australians to stay healthy and get the treatment, prescriptions and screening they need.


    General practice is open and safe to visit in person, and while some things might look a little different on arrival, these are designed to keep everyone safe and well.


    For those who would rather have an appointment by phone or video call this can be done thanks to the expansion of telehealth.


    If a prescription is needed, the GP can send a digital image of the prescription to the patient’s preferred pharmacy, to authorise dispensing.


    For all of us, but particularly those with chronic conditions, it’s risky to ignore our health.


    GPs and the wider medical community are also worried that critical health conditions may go undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in life-threatening complications for some people.


    The campaign also focuses on the importance of having chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma regularly monitored, and not missing out on immunisations and regular health checks like those required during pregnancy.


    So don’t put off getting a check on your health, or the health of those you care for.


    Your health matters, so #SeeYourGP.


    The campaign is supported by social media posts, videos and a flyer, all available to download https://thesocialpresskit.com/seeyourgp to share on your channels.


  • Better Health, Together: WA Healthy Weight Action Plan

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    4 months ago

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington sits down with Pip Brennan, Executive Director of the Health Consumers’ Council and the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier, Minister for Health and Mental Health to talk about our partnership in developing the WA Healthy Weight Action Plan 2019-2024.

    Read the WA Healthy Weight Action Plan(External link).

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington sits down with Pip Brennan, Executive Director of the Health Consumers’ Council and the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier, Minister for Health and Mental Health to talk about our partnership in developing the WA Healthy Weight Action Plan 2019-2024.

    Read the WA Healthy Weight Action Plan(External link).

  • WAPHA gets Rainbow Tick of approval

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    6 months ago

    WA Primary Health Alliance has officially been approved for Rainbow Tick accreditation.

    We are proud of this achievement as it represents the value we place on supporting, respecting and celebrating the individual differences of our staff and the broader WA community.

    Our accreditation journey commenced in 2018, where we began working towards meeting six national standards of LGBTI inclusive practices.

    These include:

    • Organisational capability
    • Workforce development
    • Consumer participation
    • A welcoming and accessible organisation
    • Disclosure and documentation, and
    • Culturally safe and acceptable services

    WA Primary Health Alliance General Manager Chris Kane said given our vision of equitable health outcomes across WA...

    WA Primary Health Alliance has officially been approved for Rainbow Tick accreditation.

    We are proud of this achievement as it represents the value we place on supporting, respecting and celebrating the individual differences of our staff and the broader WA community.

    Our accreditation journey commenced in 2018, where we began working towards meeting six national standards of LGBTI inclusive practices.

    These include:

    • Organisational capability
    • Workforce development
    • Consumer participation
    • A welcoming and accessible organisation
    • Disclosure and documentation, and
    • Culturally safe and acceptable services

    WA Primary Health Alliance General Manager Chris Kane said given our vision of equitable health outcomes across WA, WA Primary Health Alliance has an important leadership role to advocate for safe, inclusive and culturally appropriate services for LGBTI people.

    “A disproportionate number of LGBTI people experience poorer mental health outcomes as well as discrimination, harassment and hostility in many parts of everyday life, which can impact their access to health services,” she said.

    “Achieving Rainbow Tick accreditation aligns with who we are as an organisation and what we’re all about – shaping, strengthening and sustaining a health system that works for everyone.”

    The Rainbow Tick is a confidence mark that signals an organisation has reached a high standard of diversity and inclusiveness, in line with the Rainbow Tick 2nd Edition Standards.

    It affirms our ongoing commitment to ensuring people of diverse sexuality and/or gender have access to safe, inclusive and culturally appropriate healthcare.

    Our journey doesn’t end with achieving the Rainbow Tick.

    The accreditation report provides us with recommendations for improvement as we strive for excellence in diversity and inclusion.

    Find out more about our Rainbow Tick journey or head to our Pride in Primary Care page to help shape a safe and inclusive culture and see latest updates on our activities.

  • Better health, together: Chronic Heart Failure

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    6 months ago

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington sits down with Dr Norman Swan from the ABC Health Report to talk about our increasing focus on improving care for people living with chronic heart failure.

    We will be exploring opportunities for collaborative action on chronic heart failure, which is most commonly due to underlying coronary heart disease and prior myocardial infarction, hypertension and diabetes.

    This recognises:

    • the significant burden of disease chronic heart failure represents in the Western Australian community, which is even more significant in country areas and among...

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington sits down with Dr Norman Swan from the ABC Health Report to talk about our increasing focus on improving care for people living with chronic heart failure.

    We will be exploring opportunities for collaborative action on chronic heart failure, which is most commonly due to underlying coronary heart disease and prior myocardial infarction, hypertension and diabetes.

    This recognises:

    • the significant burden of disease chronic heart failure represents in the Western Australian community, which is even more significant in country areas and among the Aboriginal community.
    • The opportunity to shift the focus of care more towards management of patients with chronic heart failure in primary care, with appropriate support from the acute and community care sectors
    • The evidence of unmet need in specific communities across Western Australia, as indicated by WAPHA’s needs assessment work
    • The strength of the evidence-base for primary care involvement in the multidisciplinary care of patients with chronic heart failure
    • The opportunity to shape a collaboration with State health services and partners, including the National Heart Foundation and School of Public Health at Curtin University, to translate evidence into practice for the benefit of this important patient cohort.

    Our approach aligns with the WA Government’s Sustainable Health Review which aims to decrease potentially preventable hospitalisations by strengthening the role of primary care in prevention, early intervention and ongoing management of these patients in the primary care setting.

    A multi-partner program of activity, involving WA Primary Health Alliance taking a lead role in facilitation and co-ordination action for the primary care component, sits well within the Australian Government’s PHN Program Performance and Quality Framework.

    Our areas of focus will be: facilitating a multidisciplinary heart failure team, trialling models to strengthen integrated care for chronic heart failure, with a focus on Aboriginal country residents, and developing workforce capacity to be effective partners in the multidisciplinary model of care.


  • Better Health Together: LiveLighter

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    8 months ago

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington had the opportunity to chat to Cancer Council WA CEO, Ashley Reid about our partnership in the 13 Cancers LiveLighter campaign.

    You can watch the video below:

    WA Primary Health Alliance has been named as the primary care partner in Cancer Council WA’s 13 Cancers LiveLighter public awareness campaign.

    The campaign focusses on the contribution of sugary drinks to dangerous toxic fat around the organs which can trigger 13 types of cancer.

    As the primary care partner, WA ...

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington had the opportunity to chat to Cancer Council WA CEO, Ashley Reid about our partnership in the 13 Cancers LiveLighter campaign.

    You can watch the video below:

    WA Primary Health Alliance has been named as the primary care partner in Cancer Council WA’s 13 Cancers LiveLighter public awareness campaign.

    The campaign focusses on the contribution of sugary drinks to dangerous toxic fat around the organs which can trigger 13 types of cancer.

    As the primary care partner, WA Primary Health Alliance has committed to ensure GPs are trained and equipped in talking to patients about their weight, so every Western Australian is offered support in preventing weight gain, if they are at risk.

    The full news story can be found on our website: https://news.wapha.org.au/better-health-together-livelighter/


  • City Of Albany Public Health Plan 2018-2022

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    9 months 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

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    9 months 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

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    10 months ago

    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

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    11 months ago

    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

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    11 months ago
    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.