My Region - Wheatbelt

Map of Western Australia showing location of Wheatbelt 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.

  • Grow Local Expansion in Northam for 2019

    about 1 month ago

    What is Grow Local?

    Grow Local is a free community training initiative, developed by WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) in 2017 in response to difficulties in recruiting and retaining culturally appropriate mental health workers to support Aboriginal people.

    WAPHA is now pleased to continue our partnership with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to offer the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health qualification free of charge to interested people living in Northam, Kalgoorlie, Albany, Bunbury, Carnarvon and Karratha.

    This course is recommended for people who do not have formal mental health qualifications or who work in support, case work or mentoring...

    What is Grow Local?

    Grow Local is a free community training initiative, developed by WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) in 2017 in response to difficulties in recruiting and retaining culturally appropriate mental health workers to support Aboriginal people.

    WAPHA is now pleased to continue our partnership with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to offer the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health qualification free of charge to interested people living in Northam, Kalgoorlie, Albany, Bunbury, Carnarvon and Karratha.

    This course is recommended for people who do not have formal mental health qualifications or who work in support, case work or mentoring roles in residential, home-based outreach or centre-based environments, or who want to support their community with culturally appropriate mental health support.

    On completion of this course participants will be able to:

    - Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes.

    - Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process.

    - Work effectively in mental health setitngs.

    - Establish and maintain communication and relationships to support the recovery process.

    Grow Local has an anticipated March 2019 start and a completion date of May 2020. Participants will be required to attend one, two day workshop per month.

    Expressions of interest has now closed.

    For further information, please call Dianne Cox, WAPHA Regional Coordinator Support on 0448 335 746 or email dianne.cox@wapha.org.au


  • Better health, together: The journey so far

    3 months ago
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    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.

    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.

  • Better health, together: LGBTI health

    3 months ago
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    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.

    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.

  • Better health, together: Obesity

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

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

  • New 2018 Wheatbelt Health Snapshot released

    4 months ago
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    WA Primary Health Alliance is the peak commissioning body for primary health care services in Western Australia.

    We work to improve health equity and access by building a collaborative and responsive healthcare system.

    The work we do is underpinned by Population Health Needs Assessments, which ensure an evidence-based approach to planning and commissioning primary healthcare services.

    The health snapshot of the Wheatbelt provides an overview of current patterns and trends in health demand, service supply and health service priorities.

    WA Primary Health Alliance is the peak commissioning body for primary health care services in Western Australia.

    We work to improve health equity and access by building a collaborative and responsive healthcare system.

    The work we do is underpinned by Population Health Needs Assessments, which ensure an evidence-based approach to planning and commissioning primary healthcare services.

    The health snapshot of the Wheatbelt provides an overview of current patterns and trends in health demand, service supply and health service priorities.

  • Turn Up In Blue Day - Northam

    4 months ago
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    On Thursday 11th October, the WAPHA Wheatbelt Team were involved in Northam's Turn Up in Blue Day to celebrate Mental Health Week.

    Each year the Wheatbelt service providers partner together to bring the theme of WA Mental Health Week to life, providing information to the community on what support is available along with free and fun activities that promote positive mental health.

    This year, the theme was all about community and the various settings we go to every day where we can support the wellbeing of others: 'Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play' and there were...

    On Thursday 11th October, the WAPHA Wheatbelt Team were involved in Northam's Turn Up in Blue Day to celebrate Mental Health Week.

    Each year the Wheatbelt service providers partner together to bring the theme of WA Mental Health Week to life, providing information to the community on what support is available along with free and fun activities that promote positive mental health.

    This year, the theme was all about community and the various settings we go to every day where we can support the wellbeing of others: 'Mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play' and there were a range of activities on offer to demonstrate this theme.

    Activities included a BBQ with fresh fruit and the banana muffins were kindly donated by Woolworths, classical guitarist, face painting, inflatable soccer, lived experience speaker, a variety of mental health stalls, Tai chi and hand massages. The 100 or so participants were encouraged to follow the ‘blue brick road’ and engage with stall holders to get their passport checked.

    Mental Health Week aims to increase mental wellbeing in WA communities by:

    • Encouraging each of us to support and look out for one another
    • Promoting mental health discussion – learning the ‘language’ of expressing feelings, good and bad
    • Continuing to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the stigma of seeking help.

    The event was proudly supported by Consumer Advisory Group, WA Primary Health Alliance, Wheatbelt Mental Health Service, Avon Youth Services, Avon & Central Wheatbelt Primary Health Service, Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service, Wheatbelt Volunteering Hub, MIFWA, Share and Care Community Services Group, Amity Health and Avivo.


  • Better Health, Together: Mental Health in WA

    5 months ago
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    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.

    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.

  • Better Health, Together: My Health Record

    7 months ago
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    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington talks about My Health Record.

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington talks about My Health Record.

  • Successful immunisation event delivered in Wheatbelt

    by Fiona, 10 months ago
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    WAPHA’s Wheatbelt team recently partnered with WACHS Wheatbelt Population Health to deliver an Immunisation Update Study Day for all immunisation providers in the region.

    Approximately 80 people attended the event from all areas of the Wheatbelt from Jurien Bay in the north, Southern Cross in the east and Narrogin in the south.

    Professor Julie Leask from the University of Western Australia and University of Sydney was a guest presenter, along with presentations from WACHS, Cancer Council, Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDC) and GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd.

    There was great collaboration among all those attended which will build stronger relationships between...

    WAPHA’s Wheatbelt team recently partnered with WACHS Wheatbelt Population Health to deliver an Immunisation Update Study Day for all immunisation providers in the region.

    Approximately 80 people attended the event from all areas of the Wheatbelt from Jurien Bay in the north, Southern Cross in the east and Narrogin in the south.

    Professor Julie Leask from the University of Western Australia and University of Sydney was a guest presenter, along with presentations from WACHS, Cancer Council, Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDC) and GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd.

    There was great collaboration among all those attended which will build stronger relationships between the immunisation providers within their own community.

    A great wealth of information was shared on the day and WAPHA hopes to continue with the fantastic immunisation rates that are currently experienced in the Wheatbelt.


  • Chronic conditions Network for health professionals

    over 1 year ago

    On Friday 21 July 2017, a Chronic Conditions Workshop was held in Narrogin for Great Southern and Wheatbelt health professionals involved in the care of people with chronic health conditions. A page has been established for those who attended the workshop and involved in the local Chronic Conditions Network. This page can be used to upload stories and as a forum for network members to share best practice information.

    On Friday 21 July 2017, a Chronic Conditions Workshop was held in Narrogin for Great Southern and Wheatbelt health professionals involved in the care of people with chronic health conditions. A page has been established for those who attended the workshop and involved in the local Chronic Conditions Network. This page can be used to upload stories and as a forum for network members to share best practice information.