The Who’s Who in Kwinana and Rockingham
On Tuesday 20 November, WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) hosted a networking opportunity for health professionals based in the Kwinana and Rockingham areas. This event brought together General Practitioners, Practice Managers, and Nurses in the Kwinana and Rockingham region as well as Rockingham General Hospital staff, Allied Health and Pharmacists to meet local services commissioned by WAPHA. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about the services, meet the people providing the services on the ground and understand referral pathways.
Over 60 people were in attendance and the evening was opened by Dr. Richard Choong, the Chair of WAPHA and also a GP in the Rockingham suburb of Port Kennedy. Dr. Choong shared with attendees the importance of data in the context of improving patient care and health outcomes as well as outlining WAPHA’s strategic priorities.
Attendees were invited to take part in a ‘speed dating’ activity where they spent time with each of the services and filled out a game card before moving on to the next station. Service providers included Palmerston, HealthPathways, MH Connext, 360 Health and Community, PORTS, Moorditj Koort, Silver Chain, Ruah, My Health Record, Rockingham General Hospital, NPS Medicinewise, Salvation Army, South Coastal Health and Community Services and Anglicare. Topics covered included mental health, chronic disease management, aged care, homelessness and Aboriginal Health.
Positive feedback was received from participants, with many stating that the networking event gave them an opportunity to meet services face-to-face, find out what they can offer their patients and network with colleagues and like-minded individuals in a fun and relaxed way.
The event closed with Dr. Choong discussing WAPHA’s commissioned services and the importance of making local connections.