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:

  • See Your GP Campaign

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    3 months ago

    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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    3 months ago

    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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    3 months ago

    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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    5 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).

  • Information on Novel Coronavirus

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    6 months ago

    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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    7 months ago

    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.




  • WAPHA gets Rainbow Tick of approval

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    7 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 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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    7 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 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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    7 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.

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

    This reflects the importance of early intervention and management of overweight and obesity in general practice.

    WA Primary Health Alliance is committed to reducing obesity rates in Western Australia. In addition to this partnership with Cancer Council WA, we are working with the WA Department of Health and Health Consumers’ Council of WA in the State Obesity Collaborative to develop WA’s Healthy Weight Action Plan.


  • "An Evening Together" and Katrina Otto Training - Team Based Care and Data Driven Improvement

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    9 months ago

    WA Primary Health Alliance Wheatbelt hosted “An Evening Together” for all general practice staff based in the Wheatbelt and the event was held at Muresk Institute on Thursday evening 21st November as a prelude to the Katrina Otto Training being held on Friday 22nd November.

    The event was the perfect opportunity for all to come together to get to know their peers; to discuss issues; get local helpful advice and generally for all the attendees to network with each other to get to know who is out there in the Wheatbelt.

    Attendees were able to stay the night at Muresk following the dinner that was held in the beautiful old “Dempster Homestead” dining room where everyone appreciated the historic ambience and décor of the old building. The catering was fabulous and great value.

    The following day the Katrina Otto Training on Team Based Care and Data Driven Improvement was held in the Conference Centre at Muresk, which is 10kms out of Northam on a working farm run by Department of Training and Workforce Development.

    The training was very informative with a great deal of knowledge and understanding being imparted by Katrina. Very positive feedback was received by all attendees and all were very grateful for the opportunity to attend a training session of this calibre in the Wheatbelt.