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.

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:

  • Information on Novel Coronavirus

    24 days ago
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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

    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

    about 1 month ago
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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...

    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

    about 1 month ago
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    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...

    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

    about 1 month 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.
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    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

    about 1 month 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...

    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

    3 months ago
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    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...

    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.


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

    4 months 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.

    4 months 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

    5 months ago
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    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

    5 months ago
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    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