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.

  • General Practice Support Inaugural Training Event

    about 2 months ago
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    A General Practice Support Inaugural Training Event was held in Northam on Wednesday 26th June 2019. The event had talks regarding a variety of subjects including presentations from Amity Health, Cancer Council, Wheatbelt Midwifery Group, WACHS Chronic Conditions and Regional Men’s Health.

    This event is the start of similar events to be held bi-annually in the Wheatbelt to facilitate training, sharing of information and networking to support General Practice staff.

    Because the Wheatbelt’s population is dispersed across 158,000 km2 with no one major centre, it can be very difficult to have the opportunity to regularly network and receive face...

    A General Practice Support Inaugural Training Event was held in Northam on Wednesday 26th June 2019. The event had talks regarding a variety of subjects including presentations from Amity Health, Cancer Council, Wheatbelt Midwifery Group, WACHS Chronic Conditions and Regional Men’s Health.

    This event is the start of similar events to be held bi-annually in the Wheatbelt to facilitate training, sharing of information and networking to support General Practice staff.

    Because the Wheatbelt’s population is dispersed across 158,000 km2 with no one major centre, it can be very difficult to have the opportunity to regularly network and receive face to face regional specific education and updates. Staff can sometimes feel isolated because of these geographic challenges and being able to access support can be difficult.

    All those that attended the event were very pleased with the presentations and provided some fantastic ideas and topics for future events in the Wheatbelt.

    Three participants who had also been involved in organising the content for the event shared a summary of their primary health professional journey which was well received by all attendees and proved to be very relatable.

    Some of the potential topics and ideas for presentations and training that practice staff would find advantageous included:

    · Heart Foundation updates

    · Medico Legal

    · Rural Health West – recruiting GP’s, and levels of supervision

    · Joint Immunisation updates with WA Country Health Service

    · NDIS facts

    · Aboriginal Health updates

    · Diabetes updates

    · Receptionist training – Triage

    · Accreditation – changes between 4th and 5th standards.

    As practice staff roles in rural settings are vast and varied, future bi-annual training events, with the added benefit of networking, are planned to assist practice staff gain more confidence in their roles by sourcing information and presenters to increase their knowledge and supporting them in their profession. Our next function is due to be held at the end of November 2019.


  • Spirometry Training Course in the Wheatbelt - Northam

    about 2 months ago

    Spirometry Training Course

    Brought to you by the National Asthma Council Australia as part of the Asthma Best Practice for Health Professionals Program

    The Spirometry Training Course provides comprehensive training in the application, measurement and interpretation of expiratory spirometry in general practice. The interactive workshop includes hands-on components to allow participants to apply their new knowledge in a practical setting

    This complimentary course is open to GPs and practice nurses.

    Participants will be required to complete pre-reading.

    There are limited places available for this course so register early. Final registrations by 9th August 2019.

    Workshop Details:

    - 24th...

    Spirometry Training Course

    Brought to you by the National Asthma Council Australia as part of the Asthma Best Practice for Health Professionals Program

    The Spirometry Training Course provides comprehensive training in the application, measurement and interpretation of expiratory spirometry in general practice. The interactive workshop includes hands-on components to allow participants to apply their new knowledge in a practical setting

    This complimentary course is open to GPs and practice nurses.

    Participants will be required to complete pre-reading.

    There are limited places available for this course so register early. Final registrations by 9th August 2019.

    Workshop Details:

    - 24th August 2019 from 8.30am – 4.00pm

    - Presenters: Sharon Lagan, Chief Respiratory Scientist, Royal Perth Bentley Group;

    Bill Smith

    - Demonstrator: Adam Retterath

    - Venue: Bilya Koort Boodja Centre, Minson Avenue, NORTHAM WA

    - Cost: FREE- Please note that morning tea and lunch will be provided.

    Learning outcomes:

    Increase knowledge and awareness of the role of spirometry in primary care

    Develop practical skills to recognise and perform high quality spirometry

    Understand interpretation and clinical implications of spirometry results, including differential diagnosis

    Increase knowledge and awareness of the importance of spirometer quality assurance and its implementation

    Learn strategies to incorporate spirometry testing systematically into routine clinical practice

    Increase confidence in performing, understanding and implementing spirometry

    Accreditation:

    Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): Allocated 40 Category 1 points in the QI&CPD Program for the 2017–2019 triennium, Activity Number: 95776.

    Australia Collage of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM): Accredited by ACRRM as an educational event for 30 PRDP points. Activity code: 7813

    APNA - Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim up to 6 CPD hours

    For further information please contact

    Dianne Cox at WA Primary Health Alliance on 0448 335 746

    To register for the event please click on the link - Spirometry Training Course

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  • Grow Local 2019

    2 months ago
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    Grow Local - Encourage diversity and inclusion.

    20 community members,carers, health professionals, support staff and administrator staff have signed up and are attending a Grow Local Certificate IV in Mental Health course here in Northam.

    All attendees are looking to equip themselves to provide much needed mental health support to their community.

    Once they graduate in 2020, the knowledge and expertise they will have gained will strengthen the local mental health workforce.


    Grow Local - Encourage diversity and inclusion.

    20 community members,carers, health professionals, support staff and administrator staff have signed up and are attending a Grow Local Certificate IV in Mental Health course here in Northam.

    All attendees are looking to equip themselves to provide much needed mental health support to their community.

    Once they graduate in 2020, the knowledge and expertise they will have gained will strengthen the local mental health workforce.


  • Better health, together: Social Connectedness

    3 months ago
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    In May's Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Chorus CEO, Dan Minchin about loneliness and the social connectedness pilot we have funded in the Mandurah area. The pilot will look into and address the barriers people have to accessing community services, with the aim of better linking primary and community care.


    In May's Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Chorus CEO, Dan Minchin about loneliness and the social connectedness pilot we have funded in the Mandurah area. The pilot will look into and address the barriers people have to accessing community services, with the aim of better linking primary and community care.


  • Better Health, Together: Sustainable Health Review - transforming WA's health system

    4 months ago
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    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington is joined by Sustainable Health Review Chair, Robyn Kruk to talk about the WA Department of Health’s recently released Sustainable Health Review Final Report.

    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington is joined by Sustainable Health Review Chair, Robyn Kruk to talk about the WA Department of Health’s recently released Sustainable Health Review Final Report.

  • Better health, together: Depression looks different for everybody

    5 months ago
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    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats with Principal Advisor and Research Director, Dr Danny Rock about depression and our recent campaign to bring about awareness of this common mental health condition.

    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats with Principal Advisor and Research Director, Dr Danny Rock about depression and our recent campaign to bring about awareness of this common mental health condition.

  • Grow Local Expansion in Northam for 2019

    6 months 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

    8 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

    8 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

    9 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.