CEO Primary Matters – 23 March 2022

Consultation sought to guide the future of workforce and digital health

I invite primary care professionals to participate in one of a number of upcoming workshops that will help support the future of workforce and digital health in our region.

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) is delivering a series of online and face-to-face workshops as the initial stage of a co-design process to develop WVPHN’s Workforce and Digital Health and Engagement Strategies.

We aim to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the issues of recruitment and retention in primary care in western Victoria and work together to determine solutions that will attract the future workforce to our region.

We welcome you to share your experiences and ideas at one of our face-to-face sessions running between 29 March and 6 April in Ballarat, Geelong, Warrnambool, Hamilton, Edenhope, Warracknabeal, Horsham and Beaufort. Two online workshops on 7 April are also open for registrations.

Find out more about the Workforce and Digital Health workshops and how to register here.

Share These Stories launch

On Monday, I was pleased to attend Ballarat Community Health and headspace Ballarat’s launch of the new Share These Stories anthology.

The book is the latest initiative to arrive from the Ballarat Suicide Prevention Based Trial and details powerful lived experience stories of mental health and recovery. The sharing of experiences is incredibly healing. It offers connection with others, allowing them to know that they are not alone in their experiences and demonstrates how we as a community can walk alongside those who need support.

WVPHN is privileged to be part of this initiative and we extend our sincere gratitude to all of those who shared their courageous stories and to the teams that helped bring this publication to life.

I have no doubt the Share These Stories book will become an invaluable resource for the Ballarat community and beyond.

AAPM Practice Manager of the Year Awards

I would like to extend my congratulations to Laura Robinson, Practice Manager at Banksia Medical Centre in Geelong for winning Victorian Practice Manager of the Year in the 2021 Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) Awards.

The award recognises and rewards Practice Managers for their contribution to the profession and demonstration of criteria including outstanding leadership and team building skills, a commitment to ongoing education in practice management and business planning and financial management abilities.

It is tremendously gratifying to see our local workforce recognised for their dedication and tireless work in primary health care, especially during what has been a trying two years with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations on this well-deserved achievement, Laura.

Rowena Clift

Chief Executive Officer

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