Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) is committed to quality and accessible primary health care for western Victoria.

Western Victoria PHN was established on 1 July 2015 and is a not for profit organisation, responsible for delivering on the following two objectives set by the Federal Government:

  • Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes.
  • Improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Our summary Strategic Intent Statement is now available.

Western Victoria PHN’s governance, management, staff and advisory structures reflect the diversity of community aspirations and challenges across the region. 

Membership and governance

We recognise the need for renewed collaboration with general practice, private allied health professionals, Aboriginal health workers and the many rural and regional community and health service organisations across the region. The Western Victoria PHN membership reinforces this commitment through its company membership.

Membership is limited to individuals who are GPs, other primary health care practitioners working in private practice, representatives of Local Hospital Networks and any other person whose application is approved by the Board.

The Western Victoria PHN Board is skills based and made up of four elected and five appointed Directors. Changes to elected and appointed company Directors are supported by the Independent Nominations Committee.

Regional centres

The Western Victoria PHN consists of four regional centres in Horsham, Ballarat, Geelong and Warrnambool. Each regional centre has a Regional Manager, staff, Community Advisory Committee and GP led Clinical Council. The regional centres are hubs of innovation and through partnership will seek co-investment opportunities from; the three tiers of government, community organisations, such as community health and disability services, general practice, primary care partnerships, Aboriginal health services, private allied health providers including pharmacies, private hospitals, health funds, aged care, universities, research alliances, regional GP training providers, rural workforce agencies and the many public rural and regional hospitals across the region. A map of our region is available.

The regional centres share knowledge and work collectively to meet national, local and organisational indicators, as part of the PHN performance framework.

Western Victoria PHN strategic pillars

Regional health planning 

  • Undertake regional needs assessment to understand the primary health system priorities for rural and regional communities.
  • Engage with general practice, Aboriginal health services, private allied health, community organisations and hospitals to maximise knowledge of workforce, service gaps and system issues.
  • Engage with communities to ensure local perspectives are incorporated into program design, delivery and evaluation.


  • Use regional needs assessment priorities to inform the development of responsive and innovative workforce and service models.
  • Implement transparent and robust contract and procurement processes.
  • Adopt evidence based best practice approaches.
  • Monitor and evaluate services and models.

GP and primary care development

  • Leverage the expertise of general practice to inform primary care development.
  • Collaborate with general practice in implementing quality improvement activities.
  • Collate and analyse data to inform service system improvement.
  • Create opportunities for the primary care system to partner with general practice to improve health outcomes and reduce preventable hospital presentations.

Health system integration

  • Utilise cross sector collaboration and coordination.
  • Implement eHealth solutions to improve continuity of care and clinical decision making.
  • Enhance capability and capacity of general practice through the co-design of clinical pathways.
  • Partner with communities and health professionals.


Ballarat staff Stacey Kelly and Michelle Hearn 2 Low Res