My Region - Wheatbelt

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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 Wheatbelt 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 Wheatbelt directory by clicking the image below:

  • Wheatbelt Public Health Data

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    New Resource! 'Wheatbelt public health data' and maps by Local Government area covering various demographics, SEIFA and risk factors. Helpful for planning, comparing and contrasting areas of vulnerability. Also accessible in the 'Links to detailed heath data' tab on the right hand side. View these resources

  • Know your heart: Living with heart failure campaign

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    Know your heart campaign (WAPHA): Targeting public awareness appearing on TV and digital media featuring people with heart failure telling stories about how getting treatment has helped them keep doing the things they enjoy. Further information about heart failure treatment and support is available on the NPS MedicineWise website via www.knowyourheart.org.au with resources for health professionals to help identify patients with heart failure and provide effective life-saving therapy

  • Free Mental Health First Aid Training - Online

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    A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SKILLS AND GAIN CONFIDENCE TO ASSIST PEOPLE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

    The Blended Online Mental Health First Aid Course for adults living in regional grain growing communities across WA teaches participants how to assist a friend, family member, or other members of the community who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

    SESSION DATES & TIMES

    Stage 1 - Complete eLearning (5 to 7 hours self-paced)

    Stage 2 - 14 September 2021, 9:30am to 12.00pm via ZOOM online

    Stage 3 - 28 September 2021, 9:30am to 12:00pm via ZOOM online

    This free training for regional grain growing communities across WA is proudly supported by CBH Group and MIFWA with thanks to the CBH Regional Mental Wellness Program.

    To register: Contact Janine at janine.ripper@mifwa.org.au or call 08 9237 8900.

    Note: All components must be completed to qualify as an accredited Mental Health First Aider for three years.

  • When, where and how to access local GP COVID -19 vaccination.

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    You can now check which roll-out phase you will be in for your COVID-19 vaccine by using the Eligibility Checker tool. Check when, where and how you can book for this service in your area by visiting: https://covidvaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

    The Australian Government Department of Health website contains further information and resources to support the roll-out including a downloadable fact sheet (to be updated as the roll-out progresses) listing the General Practices, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, and GP-led respiratory clinics as well as official communication guidance.

    Australian Department of Health website: https://www.health.gov.au/

    Fact sheet of participating providers: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-phase-1b-rollout

  • See Your GP Campaign

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    SEE YOUR GP CAMPAIGN LAUNCH


    What is the campaign?

    WA Primary Health Alliance shapes, strengthens and sustains a health system that works for people. In the wake of COVID-19, we are working to ensure that GPs can keep delivering essential care and that consumer health is not put at risk over concerns about seeing a doctor.

    Across WA, GPs are reporting a reduction in visits by patients who would normally attend for regular health issues, chronic conditions, mental health issues, screening, prescriptions and support. This may be putting people at greater risk of delayed diagnosis for serious health problems, or an interruption of care for mental health or chronic disease.

    While the concerns around safety are understandable, there is a real risk that inattention to medical issues can create longer-term health and social problems.

    To address safety fears, GPs have taken additional infection control measures and steps to protect patients, doctors and practice staff. With the expansion of telehealth, there are also more options for vulnerable people and those who are concerned to access essential primary care from home.

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

    What is WA Primary Health Alliance hoping to achieve?

    WA Primary Health Alliance is hoping to provide consumers and carers reassurance about safety and a reminder not to neglect their regular health needs.

    It seeks to promote the availability and safety of primary care and raise awareness of alternative appointment options such as telehealth.

    Organisations such as yours play an important role in helping to draw attention to the campaign and drive home the messaging.

    How can you help?

    You can assist in our campaign by sharing the flyer, social posts and videos available here https://thesocialpresskit.com/seeyourgp on your channels and by encouraging your members to do the same.

    Key messages for this campaign

    • Regular medical needs don’t stop in the middle of the pandemic.
    • Don’t put off getting a check on your health/ the health of those you care for.
    • It is more important than ever for Western Australians to stay healthy and get the prescriptions, screening and support they need.
    • General practices are open, and appointments are available, including by phone and video.
    • Carers are making difficult decisions about how to keep those they care for safe.
    • Part of that is making the right call about how to get regular medical care without being at greater risk of infection.
    • GPs understand the importance of infection control and they are taking steps to keep patients, doctors and practice staff safe.
    • Changes might include asking people to wait outside or in their car to keep space between patients or staff wearing masks. They are simple but important steps in infection control.
    • Your general practice might look a little different, but the changes are designed to reduce risk and keep everyone well.
    • If you are concerned, ask the receptionist when you call about what to expect at the clinic.
    • You can also ask for a telehealth or video appointment so you can get essential advice in your own home.
    • However, for some people and conditions, it is still best to have an in-person appointment and you can be assured that this will be safe.
    • Your health matters, so see your GP.

    Examples of how you can share this campaign (all posts and more materials are available here https://thesocialpresskit.com/seeyourgp)




  • Diabetes Upskilling for WA Health Professionals

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    Monday 4 May 2020

    MyDESMOND type 2 diabetes self-management program

    2:00pm – 3:00pm

    Presented by Sophie Gough and Carly Luff, CDE, EP at Diabetes WA

    Looking for a program that type 2 patients can easily access to help them to manage their type 2 diabetes? MyDESMOND is an online program that can be used complimentary to or instead of the face to face DESMOND program to provide ongoing support for people. This session will summarise the program contents, talk about the results of the evaluations from the pilot programs and let you know how you can refer people.

    Register here.



    Diabetes Upskilling for WA Health Professionals


    Diabetes Telehealth provides regular updates for health professionals. Every fortnight a different diabetes-related topic is comprehensively covered - see below what topics are coming up next.

    Join us for free professional development, in the comfort of your own workplace or home.*

    Telehealth Health Professional Upskilling sessions have now moved to a new booking platform on the Diabetes WA website, we are hoping this is an easier process for you and would appreciate your feedback.

    To ease the burden on the Scopia platform we will temporarily move our sessions to Zoom; we understand this may make them more difficult for you to access from a WACHS facility and apologise for this inconvenience.

    All sessions will be recorded and made available to you and we plan to return to the Scopia platform as soon as we can.

    The ‘Diabetes and Technology’ session has been rescheduled and there are some scheduling changes to our May and June sessions. Please see our updated calendar.

    Thank you for your patience and please don’t hesitate to get in contact with any questions or concerns

    *Conditions can apply, like bandwidth limitations or restricted technical support outside office hours.














    For more information or help booking contact:
    Diabetes Telehealth WA
    Nyaree Lawler, Credentialled Diabetes Educator
    nyaree.lawler@diabeteswa.com.au
    (08) 9436 6278 or 1300 001 880

    To view the full calendar of 2020 sessions and topics,
    click here.




    Diabetes WA Helpline - 1300 001 880
    Do you have a question about diabetes not covered in one of the upskilling sessions? Speak to a Diabetes WA Credentialled Diabetes Educator via our helpline 1300 001 880 for the cost of a local call. The Helpline is staffed from 8.30am to 4.30pm weekdays and conversations are confidential.



    Diabetes Telehealth is delivered by Diabetes WA in partnership with
    WA Country Health Service (WACHS) and WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA).




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  • Free training for people caring for a very sick person at home

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    Free training for people caring for a very sick person at home


    Looking after a very ill person at home can be daunting, especially if you have not had prior health care experience. But help is now at hand.

    Busselton Hospice Care is now offering a free training program that is delivered by video conference covering practical things such as :-

    • pain management
    • dealing with nausea
    • how to support an ill person to move in bed, walking, sitting and toileting
    • avoiding carer burn out

    This free training, which is delivered over three webinars, is available for anyone who is caring for a very sick person at home, no matter where you live in WA.

    For more information or to book your place contact Busselton Hospice Care on 9751 1642.

    And don't forget if you are looking for other services and useful information you can check out the Carers Resources section of the Great Southern Compassionate Communities.

  • Better Health, Together: WA Healthy Weight Action Plan

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    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).

  • Information on Novel Coronavirus

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    Please be aware that information is rapidly changing for the Novel coronavirus.

    Further information and resources regarding the Novel coronavirus can be accessed via the HealthPathways website.

    Please contact your WAPHA Primary Health Liaison or email the HealthPathways team at healthpathways@wapha.org.au.

    The poster provided by the WA Health Department for use in general practices to advise patients in their waiting area is available here https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/~/media/Files/Corporate/general documents/Infectious diseases/PDF/Coronavirus/coronavirus-poster-a3-english.pdf

  • 2020 Immunisation Update Study Day

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    WA Country Health Service - Wheatbelt Population Health in partnership with WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) Wheatbelt are hosting a 2020 Immunisation Update Study Day on Wednesday 25 March 2020. This event is to be held at the Bridgeley Community Centre, 91 Wellington Street Northam from 8.30am to 3.30pm.
    Keynote speakers include:
    * Dr Marisa Gilles, Director of Public Health Medicine
    * Professor Peter Ricmond, Immunologist and Pediatrician at Perth Children Hospital
    * Dr Chris Blyth, Assoc.Prof of Pediatrics UWA and research fellow Telethon Kids Institute
    * Dr Sue Jackson, HealthPathways

    The program is to include:
    * Global measles outbreak and its impact on WA,
    * Changes to National Immunisation Program,
    * Meningococcal Disease and RSV,
    * Vaccine hesitancy workshop - discussion with the reluctant parent/carer,
    * HealthPathways - online information portal which assists clinicians with managing and referring patients to appropriate services.

    When: Wednesday 25 March 2020
    Time: 8.30 Registration/refreshments - Commence at 9.00am to 3.30pm
    Where: Bridgeley Community Centre, 91 Wellington Street Northam
    RSVP: Tuesday 10 March 2020 via online link or call Jenny Reid (WAPHA) 0429 160 959
    When registering please advise of any dietary requirements.