CEO Primary Matters – 16 June 2021

The way we work post pandemic 

After discussion with a range of stakeholders and an extended period of working from home during COVID-19 lockdowns, Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) has decided to implement a ’Working from Anywhere’ model. 

What this means is that WVPHN staff will be working from home and continuing direct engagement with stakeholders while reducing our dependence on our four regional offices. We want to meet our stakeholders where they are and in ways that are more convenient for you. We will continue to have  work spaces across western Victoria so that we remain connected with our communities and our primary care providers. 

We are committed to being responsive, flexible, and adjusting as we go so that we can be responsive to our environment as an organisation in coming years. 

We are looking at further ways to enhance our engagement and support for stakeholders. 

More information to come soon. 

2021 Queens Birthday Honours List 

On behalf of Western Victoria Primary Health Network, I would like to congratulate the below health professionals in our region for appearing on this year’s Queens Birthday Honours List: 

More details in Westvic News. 

2021 Primary Care Refresher Evaluation 

The 2021 Primary Care Refresher post-conference evaluation closed on Monday 7 June.  

Thank you to our 126 respondents and congratulations to our lucky prize winners Dr Bernard Shiu and Jessica Sambell. 

Men’s Health Week – 14-20 June 

This week is Men’s Health Week, running until 20 June, which serves as an important reminder for health professionals to reach out to local men and boys.  

Health professionals can find a list of guides and resources here. These guides have been developed by the Men’s Health Information & Resource Centre to help health services and practitioners better understand how and why a male-specific approach towards men’s and boys’ health is recommended. 

For more information on men’s health, please visit the Western Victoria HealthPathways pages below:  

Part of Western Victoria PHN’s mental health funding from the Federal Government has been allocated to the Ballarat Suicide Prevention Place Based Trial and the Great South Coast Suicide Prevention Place Based Trial.  

These trials have delivered men’s health and wellbeing programs coordinated by Outside the Locker Room and headspace.  

Rowena Clift  

Chief Executive Officer