My Region - Perth South PHN

A map showing WA with a pop out of the Perth South PHN region comprising of South Metropolitan, Rockingham/Kwinana, Mandurah/Murray/Waroona and South East Metropolitan.

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.

What is happening in the Perth South Metro region to help everyone get the health care they need? Tell your stories and celebrate the amazing work that is happening in our communities.

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  • Better health, together: LGBTI health

    12 months ago

    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.

    WA Primary Health Alliance has an important leadership role in advocating for safe, inclusive and culturally appropriate services for LGBTI people, a disproportionate number of whom experience poorer mental health outcomes, have higher risk of suicidal behaviours than their peers and experience discrimination, harassment and hostility in many parts of everyday life, including... Continue reading

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  • The Who’s Who in Kwinana and Rockingham

    about 1 year ago
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    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... Continue reading

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  • Rockingham General Hospital Community Open Day

    about 1 year ago
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    On Saturday the 17th November the WA Primary Health Alliance attended the Rockingham General Hospital Open Day. We provided information on the WA Primary Health Alliance,  all things My Health Record, the Suicide Prevention Trial Site and had lots of discussions about what the community thought a good health service and system was made of.

    We were also lucky enough to have Debra Letica, Chair of the Perth South Community Advisory Council and Tina Tuira-Waldon also from our Community Advisory Council join us.

    Thanks so much to Rockingham General Hospital for inviting us. We had a great time!

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  • Better health, together: Obesity

    about 1 year ago

    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.

    WA Primary Health Alliance is part of the WA Government’s Obesity Collaborative Steering Group which is tasked with developing a WA Obesity Strategy.

    This strategy has stemmed from the inaugural WA Preventive Health Summit, held earlier this year. The one-day summit discussed the importance of prevention and encouraged broader thinking and community engagement around what we can do to encourage healthy lifestyles to reduce and prevent obesity and... Continue reading

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  • Pinjarra Massacre Commemoration Forges Progressive Future

    by Kelly , about 1 year ago
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    Peel region community members congregated on the banks of the Murray River on Sunday 28 October for the Back to Pinjarra Day event, to commemorate the 184-year anniversary of the Pinjarra Massacre and pay respects to ancestors who have fallen.

    According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the event created cultural awareness and assisted the spiritual healing of the Bindjareb people from the Noongar nation and the first Australians.

    “Back to Pinjarra Day demonstrates how the Aboriginal community and the Shire of Murray are working together to unite the wider community, by encouraging acknowledgment of the past so that Murray... Continue reading

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  • Aged Care: Making Sense of a Complex System

    about 1 year ago
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    On Tuesday 9 October the WA Primary Health Alliance’s South-East metropolitan team supported the Belmont Neighbourhood Care group and Bentley Health Service to coordinate and host Aged Care: Making Sense of a Complex System in Belmont. The event focused on navigating the aged care system, optimising care for older patients and to provide an overview of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and its impact to aged care.

    The event was attended by 33 local GPs, practice nurses, allied health and community service providers. The night highlighted the interest of health professionals in the Belmont area to connect with each other... Continue reading

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  • Better Health, Together: Mental Health in WA

    about 1 year ago

    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.

    One in five Australians will be affected by a mental health disorder each year. WAPHA is committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of West Australian people.

    One of the ways in which WAPHA aims to do this is by working with a range of government services, community organisations and peak bodies to reduce fragmentation between primary care, mental health and alcohol and other drug services and supports in Western Australia.

    The Mental... Continue reading

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  • Empowering people with choices to get back on track

    about 1 year ago
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    Ground-breaking new program providing supportive intervention to vulnerable and disadvantaged people being discharged from emergency departments and justice services.

    Peer workers help people in crisis to access supports such as accommodation and treatment for mental health, alcohol and other drug issues.

    Targets underlying issues that contribute to repeat presentations and poor health.

    The Choices discharge program is connecting vulnerable and disadvantaged people with critical social and mental health support as they are discharged from justice services and emergency departments at Royal Perth and Rockingham Hospitals.

    The pilot program is the brain child of the WA Primary Health Alliance, who recognised... Continue reading

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  • WA Primary Health Alliance funds alcohol screening trial at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Rockingham General Hospital

    about 1 year ago
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    In 2017/18 WAPHA provided funding to the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) to determine the feasibility of alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral to GPs within emergency settings.

    Patients presenting to Emergency at the Fiona Stanley and Rockingham General hospitals, who were screened and identified as high risk, were seen by the Inpatient Alcohol Team for follow up and possible referral for treatment. Those at moderate or high risk were provided a brief intervention and had their results sent to their nominated GP.

    The project, a finalist in the 2017-2018 WA Health Excellence Awards, has demonstrated that Alcohol Screening and... Continue reading

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  • Immunisation: Education without the Pain!

    about 1 year ago
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    WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) facilitated seven lunchtime immunisation sessions in September 2018. Each educational session focused primarily on immunisation but also had updates concerning diabetes and cervical screening with over 200 practice nurses attending. PHLs attended each of the sessions and networked with the practice nurses.

    The immunisation sessions were facilitated by Jane Gardiner from Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control and covered topics such as an update of the schedule changes to the National Immunisation Program, catch-up scenarios, vaccine preventative diseases, and ways to encourage better immunisation rates throughout WA.

    Following the immunisation presentation, staff from Diabetes WA presented an... Continue reading

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