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.

  • Katrina Otto Training Wheatbelt - Team Based Care and Data Driven Improvement

    15 days ago
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    WAPHA Wheatbelt invites all General Practice staff to attend a Team Based Care and Data Driven Improvement training presented by Katrina Otto, Principal and Owner of Train IT Medical. Prior to the training there is an opportunity to attend an evening together at Muresk Institute with accommodation being provided.

    When: 22 November 2019 8.30am to 4.00pm

    Where: Conference Room, Muresk Institute, 1 Muresk Road, NORTHAM WA

    RSVP: Please click on the link to register Katrina Otto Training


    WAPHA Wheatbelt invites all General Practice staff to attend a Team Based Care and Data Driven Improvement training presented by Katrina Otto, Principal and Owner of Train IT Medical. Prior to the training there is an opportunity to attend an evening together at Muresk Institute with accommodation being provided.

    When: 22 November 2019 8.30am to 4.00pm

    Where: Conference Room, Muresk Institute, 1 Muresk Road, NORTHAM WA

    RSVP: Please click on the link to register Katrina Otto Training


  • Northam's Mental Health Week event - TURN UP IN BLUE DAY.

    about 1 month ago
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    Mental health is a journey. No one gets left behind.

    On Thursday 10th October, the WAPHA Wheatbelt Team were involved in Northam's Turn Up in Blue Day to support 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...

    Mental health is a journey. No one gets left behind.

    On Thursday 10th October, the WAPHA Wheatbelt Team were involved in Northam's Turn Up in Blue Day to support 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' – realising it’s a combination of factors which impact our mental wellbeing and there were a range of activities on offer to demonstrate this theme.

    Activities included a bouncy castle, Balloon Man, inflatable soccer, face painting, crazy hair (blue hairspray), art activities including “What Makes Me Happy” and making your own stress ball for children, a Quiet Zone, Lawn Bowling competition, performances by Rappers – Mysc and Omac and a variety of provider stalls displaying the services they offer the local community.

    Free sausage sizzle and drinks were provided and cooked by Fresh Start with free protein balls being provided by MIFWA and Purabon.

    Over 300 people attended the event and they were encouraged to engage with stallholders to complete the Stallholders Passport Competition.

    The winners of the hotly contested Lawn Bowling Competition were Fresh Start, Brads Entertainment and MIFWA.

    Feedback from providers and community was very positive - better understanding of what is available in the Wheatbelt for mental wellbeing and support.

    During the week a campaign was run encouraging other communities across the Wheatbelt to be involved by way of uploading photos of the events onto a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Live-learn-work-play-my-wheatbelt

    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 sponsored by Northam Shire, Northam Local Drug Action Group, Holyoake, MIFWA, Triple M 864AM Avon Valley, Fresh Start, Amity Health, Avon Community Services, Share and Care Community Services Group, WA Primary Health Alliance, Purabon, Wanslea and APM.

    Also supported by:Wheatbelt Mental Health Consumer Advisory Group, Wheatbelt Mental Health Service, WA Country Health Services and Act-Belong-Commit.


  • NEWROC Media Release

    about 2 months ago
    Newroc media release

    Local forum identifies health priorities

    Over 50 local leaders and health professionals gathered in Trayning on Friday 20 September 2019 to discuss current and future health service delivery, the first of it's kind in the region.

    The event aimed to bring together key stakeholders including WA Country Health Service and others to provide information to Wheatbelt Local Governments regarding the provision of regional health services and how these services and initiatives are currently making an impact.

    Local forum identifies health priorities

    Over 50 local leaders and health professionals gathered in Trayning on Friday 20 September 2019 to discuss current and future health service delivery, the first of it's kind in the region.

    The event aimed to bring together key stakeholders including WA Country Health Service and others to provide information to Wheatbelt Local Governments regarding the provision of regional health services and how these services and initiatives are currently making an impact.
  • Identifying, Preventing & Responding to the Abuse of Older People

    about 2 months ago
    Advocare

    An education session on identifying, preventing and responding to the abuse of older people is being presented by Andy McMillan from Advocare.

    This presentation is supported by Government of Western Australia - WA Country Health Service and WA Primary Health Alliance.

    Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019

    Time: 10.30-12.00

    Venue: Narrogin Hospital, Falcon Street Training Room

    VMR: 6476


    To register - RSVP to

    Phone: (08) 9881 0424

    Email: Judith.Ennis@health.wa.gov.au


    An education session on identifying, preventing and responding to the abuse of older people is being presented by Andy McMillan from Advocare.

    This presentation is supported by Government of Western Australia - WA Country Health Service and WA Primary Health Alliance.

    Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019

    Time: 10.30-12.00

    Venue: Narrogin Hospital, Falcon Street Training Room

    VMR: 6476


    To register - RSVP to

    Phone: (08) 9881 0424

    Email: Judith.Ennis@health.wa.gov.au


  • The Advance Project

    2 months ago
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    Advance care planning is an important step in ensuring a person’s preferences and values are known at the end of their life. General practice has an opportunity to start these discussions with patients because trust has already been established.

    WA Primary Health Alliance is working with Hammond Care to support Western Australian general practices to implement a team-based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice. The Advance Project is a practical, evidence based toolkit and training package, specifically designed to support general practices to deliver team-based care.

    Albany workshop:
    Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019

    Advance care planning is an important step in ensuring a person’s preferences and values are known at the end of their life. General practice has an opportunity to start these discussions with patients because trust has already been established.

    WA Primary Health Alliance is working with Hammond Care to support Western Australian general practices to implement a team-based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice. The Advance Project is a practical, evidence based toolkit and training package, specifically designed to support general practices to deliver team-based care.

    Albany workshop:
    Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019
    Time: 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Light meal provided
    Venue: Amity Health
    136 Lockyer Ave, Albany
    CPD: 6 Cat 2 RACGP QI&CPD points.

    Registration:

    For more information contact Rose Adamson on 0428 636 753 or email
    roseanne.adamson@wapha.org.au


  • After-Care Coordinator service based in Northam

    2 months ago
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    A new health service to help link people who have attempted to to take their own life with vital community-based support is to be established in the Wheatbelt and based in Northam.

    Our Wheatbelt regional coordinator, Karen Hansen's great idea sparked the development of a 12-month pilot of a new after-care coordinator service.

    Newly appointed by Holyoake, Christine Cornforth will connect people with vital community-based support, on discharge from a hospital emergency department following a suicide attempt. As well as coordinating ongoing care, informed by the hospital discharge plan, Christine will provide social and practical support and reconnect the person...

    A new health service to help link people who have attempted to to take their own life with vital community-based support is to be established in the Wheatbelt and based in Northam.

    Our Wheatbelt regional coordinator, Karen Hansen's great idea sparked the development of a 12-month pilot of a new after-care coordinator service.

    Newly appointed by Holyoake, Christine Cornforth will connect people with vital community-based support, on discharge from a hospital emergency department following a suicide attempt. As well as coordinating ongoing care, informed by the hospital discharge plan, Christine will provide social and practical support and reconnect the person with their GP and other relevant primary care services.

    Continuity of care during the first few days after discharge from hospital following a suicide attempt is vital, as this is a known high-risk period.

    A particular focus of this activity is linking patients back to their GP and providing patient support during the critical post-attempt period.

    To read more: https://news.wapha.org.au/suicide-prevention-a-focus-for-new-coordinator/



  • Community & Primary Health Nurses Week

    3 months ago
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    Community & Primary Health Nurses week

    You are invited to celebrate the work of our wonderful community nurses from 16-22 September, 2019.


    Child Health Nurses are specially trained in child and family health. Your nurse can provide information on:

    • Breastfeeding, introducing solids and nutrition
    • Sleeping and settling
    • Playing, growing and learning new skills
    • Child safety
    • Postnatal anxiety, stress and depression
    • Immunisation
    • Playgroups and other community resources
    • Making appointments with other health professionals if needed.


    To find a child health centre visit the Healthy WA website or...

    Healthy Country Kinds and maternal health


    Community & Primary Health Nurses week

    You are invited to celebrate the work of our wonderful community nurses from 16-22 September, 2019.


    Child Health Nurses are specially trained in child and family health. Your nurse can provide information on:

    • Breastfeeding, introducing solids and nutrition
    • Sleeping and settling
    • Playing, growing and learning new skills
    • Child safety
    • Postnatal anxiety, stress and depression
    • Immunisation
    • Playgroups and other community resources
    • Making appointments with other health professionals if needed.


    To find a child health centre visit the Healthy WA website or call 9690 1320
    #HealthyCountryKids #Celebratingournurses


  • Retain and support NEW to general practice nurses

    3 months ago
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    Retain and support your NEW to general practice nurses

    The first 12 months is the most challenging

    To help retain the nurse workforce in the Wheatbelt, APNA has packaged up its most popular services to help support nurses new to general practice immediately for only $950 per nurse.

    The PHN Foundation package includes:

    1. Access to APNA's Orientation for nurses new to general practice online learning course
    2. Unlimited access to Nurse Support Line for 12 months
    3. Foundations of general practice: A workbook for nurses

    APNA Foundations of General Practice Nursing
    Taken from our successful face-to-face workshops, this online learning will provide...


    Retain and support your NEW to general practice nurses

    The first 12 months is the most challenging

    To help retain the nurse workforce in the Wheatbelt, APNA has packaged up its most popular services to help support nurses new to general practice immediately for only $950 per nurse.

    The PHN Foundation package includes:

    1. Access to APNA's Orientation for nurses new to general practice online learning course
    2. Unlimited access to Nurse Support Line for 12 months
    3. Foundations of general practice: A workbook for nurses

    APNA Foundations of General Practice Nursing
    Taken from our successful face-to-face workshops, this online learning will provide nurses with access to the same materials in an online format.

    The foundation program is planned to provide an understanding of roles, responsibilities and skills necessary for nurses working in the general practice environment and provide an orientation.

    Duration: 12 CPD hours

    Includes:

    · The Australian healthcare system and primary health care

    · Clinical assessment

    · Chronic disease management

    · Wound management

    · Immunisation

    · Quality and safety

    · Infection prevention and control

    · My Health Record and digital health

    · Professional practice and professional development

    APNA's Nurse Support Line
    Support is only a phone call away with the Nurse Support Line. Delivered by expert primary health care nurses this service operates Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and provides primary health care nurses with access to timely, relevant and accurate advice, resources and referrals.

    Induction manual for nurses new to general practice
    The perfect companion for nurses this 100+ page workbook will guide nurses new to general practice. It is the ideal accompaniment to existing workplace orientations, and can help identify areas where additional knowledge is required. Can be used as a standalone induction or in conjunction with an existing induction.

    To take advantage of the PHN Foundation package or discuss our PHN prospectus please contact Matt Hall on (03) 9322 9524.

    Regards,

    Matt Hall

    APNA

    Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) | apna.asn.au

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  • Rural Emergency Skills Training in Perth

    3 months ago
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    ACRRM
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    1800 223 226

    Rural Emergency Skills Training in Perth

    Ensure you have the necessary skills to deal with emergency situations

    As a Rural Generalist, you need to be prepared for any emergency, however it presents itself.

    The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is heading to Perth in October to deliver their popular Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST) course for one weekend only. Don't miss out on their last course in Western Australia for 2019 and register today!

    Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST)

    Date: 5-6 October 2019

    Where: Mercure Hotel, Perth

    This two-day course covers basic...

    ACRRM
    Courses

    1800 223 226

    Rural Emergency Skills Training in Perth

    Ensure you have the necessary skills to deal with emergency situations

    As a Rural Generalist, you need to be prepared for any emergency, however it presents itself.

    The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is heading to Perth in October to deliver their popular Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST) course for one weekend only. Don't miss out on their last course in Western Australia for 2019 and register today!

    Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST)

    Date: 5-6 October 2019

    Where: Mercure Hotel, Perth

    This two-day course covers basic and advanced techniques to assist with managing life-threatening injuries and multi-trauma events, ensuring you have the necessary skills to deal with emergency situations confidently and competently.

    REGISTER NOW

    Can't make it to Perth? Visit the ACRRM website for a full list of courses, dates and locations better suited to you. Prefer to talk to someone? Contact our friendly courses team on courses@acrrm.org.au or call 1800 223 226.

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  • Recognising, Preventing and Responding to the Abuse of Older People On-Line Learning Modules - Coming Soon!

    3 months ago

    This project is a collaborative approach between WACHS, Advocare and WAPHA.

    This initiative has come from recognition of the complexities of “Elder Abuse” and is a response to develop the capability of health providers to respond to the abuse of older people.

    Advocare will be providing an introductory session to the learning experience based on Elder Abuse Protocol: Guidelines for action booklet, developed by Advocare in association with Dr Barbara Blundell, Curtin University and the Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (APEA). The information provided within this document is to inform those who will support access to...

    This project is a collaborative approach between WACHS, Advocare and WAPHA.

    This initiative has come from recognition of the complexities of “Elder Abuse” and is a response to develop the capability of health providers to respond to the abuse of older people.

    Advocare will be providing an introductory session to the learning experience based on Elder Abuse Protocol: Guidelines for action booklet, developed by Advocare in association with Dr Barbara Blundell, Curtin University and the Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (APEA). The information provided within this document is to inform those who will support access to these on-line modules within the seven regions of Country WA. The intent is to provide aged care services with the ability to access timely training for their workforce; a challenge aged care providers face in country WA.

    Preventing abuse of older people is a core duty and obligation for all providers of aged care services; the nature of our services means it is likely that staff will have contact with adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

    It is not compulsory to report all types of abuse however providers are committed to ensuring quality of care as the best protection for older people against abuse and neglect. This on-line module will assist all aged care staff in ensuring that they meet their responsibilities in the delivery of safe, evidenced based, quality care.

    Under the current system, Aged Care Approved Providers are required to report certain allegations of abuse of residential and community care recipients. Reportable assaults are defined as unlawful sexual contact, unreasonable use of force, or any assault specified in the Accountability Principles 2014 (Aged Care Act 1997) and which describes an offence against a law of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory.

    The on-line modules will:

    · Give people the resources and contacts on where to go for advice and assistance;

    · Describe the social circumstances in which abuse of older people may occur;

    · Identify abuse types and signs;

    · Describe the barriers to recognising and reporting abuse of older people;

    · Describe the duty of care and appropriate action to take when abuse is disclosed, witnessed or suspected;

    · Explain how to respond to reports of alleged abuse.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Define types of abuse and identify the risk factors;
    • Understand the difference between unintentional and intentional abuse;
    • Be able to describe the rights of older people;
    • Learn how to minimise or prevent the risk of abuse of an older person;
    • Be able to identify ways to respond in the event of alleged abuse of an older person
    • Learn how to provide emotional support where abuse is suspected;
    • Understand the recording requirements and reporting process for incidents of abuse of older people:
    • Understand what is required by law for reporting abuse of older people;
    • Learn how to refer and access other support services;
    • Understand why certain types of abuse of older people have to be reported to the police and to the Commonwealth Department of Health.

    For any further information please contact:

    Hunter, Christine

    Christine.Hunter@health.wa.gov.au

    Lesley Pearson

    lesley.pearson@wapha.org.au