My Region - Wheatbelt

Map of Western Australia showing location of Wheatbelt region in a pop out circle.

Welcome to the Wheatbelt Primary Health Exchange page.

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 barriers experienced and possible solutions surrounding the availability of health services in the areas you live.

The feedback from these interactive pages will be used to inform the planning of primary health care in your region. Please feel free to explore the site. You'll also find many helpful resources and links in the files down the side of the page and in the news feed below.

Welcome to the Wheatbelt Primary Health Exchange page.

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 barriers experienced and possible solutions surrounding the availability of health services in the areas you live.

The feedback from these interactive pages will be used to inform the planning of primary health care in your region. Please feel free to explore the site. You'll also find many helpful resources and links in the files down the side of the page and in the news feed below.

  • Be Heart Health Aware in May

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    According to the Heart Foundation one Australian has a heart attack or stroke every four minutes. With Cardiovascular disease being amongst the leading causes of mortality nationally and in the Wheatbelt, the Heart Week campaign (2nd to 8th May) aims to change this statistic by promoting the importance of heart health and availability of heart health checks through your GP. With prevention, early detection and intervention, health outcomes can be dramatically improved. Visit the campaign or Heart Foundation website for resources and more information about heart health checks.

    Because evidence shows that the built environment can have a significant impact on health, the Healthy Active by design website highlights how best-practice planning and design of buildings, streets and towns can improve Australians’ heart health showcasing ways to assist the development of healthy, activity promoting communities.

    Exercise is another fantastic protective factor against heart disease with many other benefits including improving mental health and wellbeing, which makes Exercise Right Week (23rd to 29th May) a great complementary campaign to support heart health.

  • 13YARN first national crisis support line

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    13YARN is the first national crisis support line for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping. They offer confidential one-on-one yarning opportunity with a Lifeline-trained Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter who can provide support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    13YARN - 13 92 76 https://www.13yarn.org.au/

    How can 13YARN help?

    13YARN provides crisis support 24/7 to yarn without judgement and provide a confidential, culturally safe space to yarn about needs, worries or concerns. Crisis Supporters will work with individuals to explore options for on-going support.

    13YARN is an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander crisis support line funded by the Australian Government with the support of Lifeline and developed in collaboration with Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Australia. It is run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    13YARN was co-designed using Lifeline expertise with several Aboriginal mental health professionals including NACCHO, Black Dog Institute Aboriginal Lived Experience team and the Centre for Excellence in Suicide Prevention along with input from Torres Strait Islander, remote, regional, and urban peoples with lived experience. 13YARN crisis supporters will work to explore options for ongoing support and community members will always be reassured they will be connected to another Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person who will understand where they are coming from and value knowing HOW to listen, without judgement or shame.

    13YARN’S key attributes:

    • The service is designed, led and delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across varying demographics including age, family status, urban, rural and remote locations that have high rates of suicide and self-harm.
    • 13YARN reflects the cultural and historical factors that had contributed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' understanding and experience of mental wellbeing and suicide.
    • The 13YARN crisis helpline will not only build capacity and resilience for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it will also create and enhance opportunities in communities.
    • This service will be monitored and led by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee closely engaged with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led service management team.

    Key Points about 13YARN:

    • First national support line for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in crisis.
    • We listen without judgement
    • Confidential and anonymous
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporters
    • Available 24/7 across the country and accessible by any phone in Australia
    • Culturally Safe Space
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led service management team

    If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.

  • March is the month for kidney health awareness

    Kidney disease can often go unnoticed or without symptoms for some time until it's too late. 1 in 3 people may be at risk of kidney disease but it can be largely prevented with the right checks. This year, Kidney Health Week will be happening from March 7 – 13 with World Kidney Day falling on March 10. The theme for this years Kidney Health Week is Connection, “Kidney Health for All”. Check out the Kidney Health Australia website or Kidney Health Week 2022 campaign. Watch this short video below to 'know your kidneys' better and learn what to watch out for.


    Understanding kidney disease from Kidney Health Australia on Vimeo.

  • Are you COVID ready?

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    With increasing community transmission of COVID-19 cases on the increase in WA, it is essential that we all do what we can to be prepared. There are several things you can do now to optimize health outcomes. Making sure any pre-existing conditions are well managed is important. It is a good idea to link in with your GP for an appointment to discuss this and any concerns you might have or get a check up if it's been a while. Check out the 'Get COVID-ready kit' for other ideas on how to prepare and other resources in the COVID-19 file on the right. In addition to this list, be sure to add some electrolytes to the kit and check with you Local Government about eligibility criteria for pulse oximeters in case home monitoring for positive cases is necessary.

  • A Systems approach to preventative health

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    December 2021 saw the launch of, the long-awaited National Preventative Health Strategy 2021-2030. The strategy represents a strong focus on prevention, addressing broad determinants of health and is founded on a systems-based approach across the life stages. This is great news for advocates of ongoing partnerships between all levels of government, organizations, health providers and community working together to achieve the best outcomes possible. Follow the link to read the summary or the full document to see how you can be involved.

  • 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

    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)