CEO Primary Matters – 11 August

SPIDAH Project

Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) is privileged to be one of just four primary health networks in Australia the Commonwealth Government has selected to develop and pilot local models for the Primary Care Enhancement Program.

As part of this work, we have set up the Supporting People with Intellectual Disability to Access Health (SPIDAH) Project. The project involves working with health providers and community members on how to improve access to primary health care for people with an intellectual disability. As the first step, we want feedback from health professionals, people with lived experience and their families and carers. We want to know what is working and what needs to be improved to make our primary health system more equitable for people with an intellectual disability.

Surveys are now open for people to provide their views. We will also host workshops in coming weeks to discuss issues and ideas. Widespread participation in this program is vital and I encourage you to let others in your networks know about this opportunity.

Thank you

This week WVPHN is wrapping up our Service Re-design consultation program. Over past months, we engaged with more than 100 people to help develop ideas on how we design, fund and coordinate chronic conditions, mental health and alcohol and other drugs services in western Victoria. Thank You to everyone who participated. We will now analyse the information and ideas collected and will report back to participants on key themes before testing and refining exciting new service ideas.

Red Nose Day

Finally, don’t forget to don your red noses this Friday for Red Nose Day. Help stop young lives being cut short and support grieving families by donating to the Red Nose Day charity https://www.rednoseday.org.au/donate

Rowena Clift

Chief Executive Officer