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.

  • Better health, together: Aboriginal Health

    1 day ago

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, our CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Professor Rhonda Marriott, Pro Vice Chancellor for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Director of the Ngangk Yira Research Centre at Murdoch University, to discuss key issues in Aboriginal health and how we can all do more to improve Aboriginal health and wellness.

    WA Primary Health Alliance works to improve health equity by increasing access to primary healthcare and planning, guiding and directing investment towards important services.

    Five of the ways we are working with partners to deliver better health for Aboriginal people across the state...

    In this month’s Better Health, Together video, our CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Professor Rhonda Marriott, Pro Vice Chancellor for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Director of the Ngangk Yira Research Centre at Murdoch University, to discuss key issues in Aboriginal health and how we can all do more to improve Aboriginal health and wellness.

    WA Primary Health Alliance works to improve health equity by increasing access to primary healthcare and planning, guiding and directing investment towards important services.

    Five of the ways we are working with partners to deliver better health for Aboriginal people across the state include: supporting Aboriginal people with chronic disease to manage their own healthcare, ensuring Aboriginal people receive the right care, linking Aboriginal people from regional areas to primary healthcare, helping to develop a culturally aware workforce, and listening to local communities to understand who they are and their health needs.

  • NDIS Toolkit

    14 days ago
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    NDIS Toolkit: A useful resource for service providers.

    Want to know an easier way to find out about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

    An interactive workshop is to be held on Friday 23 August 2019 at the Bridgeley Community Centre, Northam 9.30am - 10.30am and is suitable for disability service providers, health professionals and other human service providers.

    The workshop will walk you through and demonstrate the use of the NDIS toolkit.

    RSVP: Visit ndistoolkit.eventbrite.com.au to register your interest by Monday 19 August 2019

    NDIS Toolkit: A useful resource for service providers.

    Want to know an easier way to find out about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

    An interactive workshop is to be held on Friday 23 August 2019 at the Bridgeley Community Centre, Northam 9.30am - 10.30am and is suitable for disability service providers, health professionals and other human service providers.

    The workshop will walk you through and demonstrate the use of the NDIS toolkit.

    RSVP: Visit ndistoolkit.eventbrite.com.au to register your interest by Monday 19 August 2019

  • 1800 CALL A DOC available in the Wongan Hills/Balidu area

    14 days ago
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    Access to a doctor 24/7 for residents in the Wongan Hills/Balidu area is now available by calling 1800 CALL A DOC (1800 225 523).

    Consult with an experienced Australian based doctor via phone or video.

    Call 1800 225 523 to book your appointment and they will confirm if a doctor can help.

    Where appropriate, you will receive doctor advice, diagnosis and treatment. Prescriptions can be sent to the local pharmacy.

    Access to a doctor 24/7 for residents in the Wongan Hills/Balidu area is now available by calling 1800 CALL A DOC (1800 225 523).

    Consult with an experienced Australian based doctor via phone or video.

    Call 1800 225 523 to book your appointment and they will confirm if a doctor can help.

    Where appropriate, you will receive doctor advice, diagnosis and treatment. Prescriptions can be sent to the local pharmacy.

  • Better health, together: Digital Health

    20 days ago
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    WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Australian Digital Health CEO Tim Kelsey; responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety. Watch the video here.

    WA Primary Health Alliance is responsible for planning, guiding and directing investment towards important primary care services across WA. As the operator of the State’s three Primary Health Networks (PHNs), which form part of the national Australian Government PHN initiative, we work closely with GPs, service providers, government and its agencies, and communities.

    Five of the ways we are working...

    WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Australian Digital Health CEO Tim Kelsey; responsible for all national digital health services and systems, with a focus on engagement, innovation and clinical quality and safety. Watch the video here.

    WA Primary Health Alliance is responsible for planning, guiding and directing investment towards important primary care services across WA. As the operator of the State’s three Primary Health Networks (PHNs), which form part of the national Australian Government PHN initiative, we work closely with GPs, service providers, government and its agencies, and communities.

    Five of the ways we are working with partners to deliver better health, together using digital health tools are: telehealth, PORTS virtual mental health service, My Health Record, data extraction and analysis service for GPs and HealthPathways WA.


  • WA Women's Health Conference 2019

    21 days ago
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    The Women and Newborn Health Network at the Department of Health in partnership with the Women’s Community Health Network, Western Australia (WA), are hosting the WA Women’s Health Conference on Monday 02 September 2019 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
    With the theme of ‘Lifting the profile on Women’s Health’, the WA Women’s Health Conference will engage a wide range of representatives in the field of women’s health and wellbeing. The Conference will present an opportunity for all key stakeholders in the Women's Health and Wellbeing sphere to consider the latest research and evidence in this field and translate...

    The Women and Newborn Health Network at the Department of Health in partnership with the Women’s Community Health Network, Western Australia (WA), are hosting the WA Women’s Health Conference on Monday 02 September 2019 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
    With the theme of ‘Lifting the profile on Women’s Health’, the WA Women’s Health Conference will engage a wide range of representatives in the field of women’s health and wellbeing. The Conference will present an opportunity for all key stakeholders in the Women's Health and Wellbeing sphere to consider the latest research and evidence in this field and translate the current knowledge into policy and practice.
    The conference includes a knowledge dissemination session which covers a range of topics by experts in the field, taking a gender centred approach to drive continuous improvement in the health, safety and wellbeing of women and girls living in Western Australia, particularly those at greatest risk of poor health.
    The 'Workshop and Network' session of the conference will also present an opportunity to inform the action plan to aid in the implementation of the WA Women's Health And Wellbeing Policy, which is expected to be launched at the Conference.
    (Please refer to the attached agenda for further information)
    Registration closes Friday 16 August
    Limited places available. Registration


  • SYSTEMS THEORY IN CLINICAL PRACTICE - Emeritus Professor Geoff Riley AM

    21 days ago
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    Emeritus Professor Geoff Riley AM will present on the 'Systems Theory in Clinical Practice'. Clinical practice is often informed by theoretical concepts from non-clinical disciplines and 'Systems Theory' is one concept that has been particularly relevant for healthcare. This presentation will outline the value of systems thinking in general medical practice and healthcare and use cases to demonstrate how thinking systemically can dramatically enrich practice and improve patient outcomes.


    Emeritus Professor Geoff Riley AM (FRCPysch FRANZCP FRACGP FACCRM) is currently Honorary Senior Research Fellow in The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia. He was Professor of Rural ad Remote Medicine...


    Emeritus Professor Geoff Riley AM will present on the 'Systems Theory in Clinical Practice'. Clinical practice is often informed by theoretical concepts from non-clinical disciplines and 'Systems Theory' is one concept that has been particularly relevant for healthcare. This presentation will outline the value of systems thinking in general medical practice and healthcare and use cases to demonstrate how thinking systemically can dramatically enrich practice and improve patient outcomes.


    Emeritus Professor Geoff Riley AM (FRCPysch FRANZCP FRACGP FACCRM) is currently Honorary Senior Research Fellow in The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia. He was Professor of Rural ad Remote Medicine at UWA and Head of The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia for 7 years from 2008 until 2014.

    Professor Riley trained in psychiatry in Perth and London before spending ten years in General Practice in rural WA. He is well known as a teacher and has received several prestigious awards for his teaching. As a former Rural GP and psychiatrist, he brings special insight into the delivery of mental health services in rural areas.


    5.30pm - 7.30pm Tuesday 6th August 2019

    Venue: Simulation Room Northam Health Service, Robinson St, Northam. WA>

    RSVP by Wednesday 31st July to Burtta Manning - bmanning@amityhealth.com.au

    Professor Riley is also speaking in Moora on Monday 5th August 2019 and in Merredin on Wednesday 7th August 2019. For further information on these dates please contact Burtta Manning as above.

  • PREVENTION OF PRETERM BIRTH SYMPOSIUM

    about 1 month ago
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    A Prevention of Preterm Birth Symposium is being held in Northam on Wednesday 31st July 2019, 5.30pm at Education Simulation Room (Opposite PATS Office) Northam Hospital.

    The symposium will cover what you need to know to prevent preterm birth including;
    * When and how to use progesterone
    * Update on the progress of the Western Australian and National programs
    * Routine cervix length measurement
    * use of first trimester screening (FTS), non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and carrier screening for all couples.

    This symposium is available for all healthcare professionals and is being conducted by staff from the Western Australian Preterm...

    A Prevention of Preterm Birth Symposium is being held in Northam on Wednesday 31st July 2019, 5.30pm at Education Simulation Room (Opposite PATS Office) Northam Hospital.

    The symposium will cover what you need to know to prevent preterm birth including;
    * When and how to use progesterone
    * Update on the progress of the Western Australian and National programs
    * Routine cervix length measurement
    * use of first trimester screening (FTS), non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and carrier screening for all couples.

    This symposium is available for all healthcare professionals and is being conducted by staff from the Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative and the Maternal Fetal Medicine Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

    RSVP's to Marie.Hill@health.wa.gov.au are required as a light supper is being provided.

    There is an opportunity to access this symposium via VC connection if required and te dial in details for the workshop are:

    Your Dial in Number/Meeting ID is : 6491

    All SCOPIA Users need

    To install the SCOPIA Desktop Client on your PC: http://vc-desktop.health.wa.gov.au/scopia?client
    To join the meeting: http://vc-desktop.health.wa.gov.au/scopia?ID=6491&autojoin

    If dialling from outside of the WA Health Network using an IP Network connection
    Step 1 - Dial the WA Health IP Gateway: 203.0.174.160
    Step 2 - When prompted for a number, enter 6491
    Alternatively, your system may be configured to use: 6491@203.0.174.160

    If dialling via Phone
    Step 1 - Dial the WA Health ISDN Gateway: 61 08 62110100
    Step 2 - When prompted for a number, enter 6491 followed by the hash (#) key
    Alternatively, your system may be configured to use: 62110100##6491

    If dialling from St John of God Hospital Midland callers dialling from hardware VC units add a suffix on the normal dial number Example if dialling 11123 SJOG Midland callers dial 11123@hdwa.local. Not for Scopia calls where the normal dial number will apply i.e. with no suffix

    If dialling from Fiona Stanley Hospital callers dialling from hardware VC units add the prefix 854 Example if dialling 11123 FSH callers dial 85411123 Not for Scopia calls. From either site, the normal dial number will apply i.e. with no prefix

    Please feel free to contact Telehealth Service Desk, if you have any questions.

    Please consider vision, hearing and mobility for meeting participants when you are setting up your meeting.

    Telehealth Service Desk
    Phone: 1300 367 166
    Email: Telehealth.ServiceDesk@health.wa.gov.au
    Intranet: Telehealth | Click Here for BRIDGE BOOKING

    Callers outside of Western Australia, phone: +61 (8) 6383 1879
    Office Hours : 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM WST MON – FRI (excluding Public Holidays)



  • General Practice Support Inaugural Training Event

    about 1 month 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.