My Region - South West

Map of Western Australia showing location of South West 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.

What is happening in the South West 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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  • SW MH and AOD Strategy and Workshop notes published.

    10 days ago

    In May 2019 a series of fifteen (15) forums were conducted across the South West (SW) region,hosted in Bunbury, Busselton and Manjimup, with a specific focus on improving outcomes for older adults, adults, new mothers and children, youth and Aboriginal people.

    The WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) and WA Country Health Service (WACHS) funded workshops were to hear from service providers, volunteers, communities, carers and people with lived experience about what was working and what needed to be improved, and how it might be improved.

    The feedback from the workshop was used to develop a high-level Strategy, this strategy won’t... Continue reading

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  • Better Health, Together: GP Urgent Care Network Pilot

    26 days ago

    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington sits down with the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier, Minister for Health and Mental Health to talk about the recently launched GP Urgent Care Network Pilot.

    “Not all urgencies are emergencies” is the message of a public awareness campaign launched recently to signal the start of an 18-month GP Urgent Care Network Pilot that will see more than 125 GPs across Perth and in Bunbury taking the lead in providing urgent care.

    The GP Urgent Care Pilot is a partnership between the Department of Health... Continue reading

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  • Better Health, Together: Compassionate Communities

    about 2 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. Read more


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  • Better health, together: Aboriginal Health

    2 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.

    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... Continue reading

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  • Better health, together: Digital Health

    3 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 with partners to deliver better... Continue reading

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  • Better health, together: Social Connectedness

    5 months ago

    In May'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.

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

    6 months ago

    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.

    During its development, WA Primary Health Alliance has played a key role in representing the voice of the primary care sector and will continue to do so as part of a newly agreed strategic partnership with the Department of Health, WA.

    The partnership is intended to enable the joint planning, priority setting and funding of coordinated care, giving priority to the delivery... Continue reading

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  • Better health, together: Depression looks different for everybody

    6 months ago

    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.

    WA Primary Health Alliance have launched an important campaign, Depression looks different for everybody, which aims to raise awareness of depression, encourage people to talk about their feelings and urge them to seek help.The campaign captures personal stories of depression as mini documentaries and in artworks to help people recognise the symptoms of this mental health condition that impacts about... Continue reading

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  • Better health, together: The journey so far

    10 months ago

    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.

    WA Primary Health Alliance is making an impact on the fabric of the healthcare environment through our role in creating the right conditions to ensure the best possible health outcomes for all Western Australians, particularly for those who fall through the gaps.

    Bridging the divide between what are in effect the two different health systems and... Continue reading

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  • Better health, together: LGBTI health

    10 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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