CEO Primary Matters – 18 May 2022

Launch of the SPIDAH Project Report

Western Victoria Primary Health Network is proud to deliver the SPIDAH Report, presenting our key insights from the initial co-design phase of our Supporting People with an Intellectual Disability to Access Health (SPDIAH) Project.

The SPIDAH Project Foundational Report is the product of extensive consultation with people with lived experience of an intellectual disability, their families, carers, community members, disability service providers and primary care clinicians.

The feedback provided by our community has enabled WVPHN to develop a comprehensive understanding of the current challenges around accessibility of care for people with an intellectual disability and how primary care services in our region can improve to address health inequities.

We look forward to utilising this valuable information in the next phase of our SPIDAH Project as we generate activities that will make steps toward a more connected and equitable primary health care system in western Victoria.

Those interested can view the SPIDAH Project Report here. An easy read version is also available here.

The recording of the official report launch, including presentations from key report contributors can be viewed via our YouTube channel.

Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Project

National Palliative Care Week commences on Sunday 22 May and WVPHN is pleased to announce some upcoming work we are doing in this space.

Our new Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Project will aim to improve access to quality palliative care services at home for people in western Victoria with a life limiting condition.

Collaborative project planning is underway to develop local strategies which seek to:

  • build awareness amongst our community and primary health service and community care providers, of the palliative care services and supports available
  • improve access to safe, quality palliative care at home
  • enhance how service improvements are measured
  • use available technologies to support flexible and responsive palliative care at home, including in the after-hours.

This project is currently in the planning stage, however, if you’re interested in being involved, please contact

National Reconciliation Week

This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week running from 27 May to 3 June is ‘Be Brave Make Change’ is a challenge to us all to be brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for the benefit of all Australians.

I am encouraging WVPHN staff to leave their desks this National Reconciliation Week and attend an event happening in our region. I encourage our stakeholders across western Victoria to check out the local events happening near you.

It is important to acknowledge that achieving reconciliation is not limited to one week of the year but rather an ongoing process that is vital to restoring health equity for First Nations People, and business that we all have an obligation to be a part of.

I encourage everyone to check out the many resources available for National Reconciliation Week and beyond on the Reconciliation Australia website.

Rowena Clift

Chief Executive Officer

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