CEO Primary Matters – 30 June 2021

One Year Anniversary as WVPHN CEO  

This month marks my one-year anniversary as Chief Executive Officer of Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN).  

I would like to thank all of our primary care community for welcoming me into the role and I hope soon we can travel more freely to visit you at your place of work. A reminder that if you wish to contact me, please email 

Also a huge thank you to the amazing WVPHN team for their support and unwavering commitment to primary care and the health of the communities of western Victoria.  

Here are a few highlights from my first 365 days:  

  • The development of our strategic directions document  
  • The Reconciliation Action Plan – reflect plan development 
  • The coming together and yarns with the western Victoria ACCHO CEOs 
  • The appointment of the new executive team – a bunch of awesome and talented individuals 
  • The establishment of Head to Help hubs and the work on the Adult Mental Health Centre 
  • The Victorian Tasmania PHN Alliance and the close collaboration between CEOs and PHN staff that is being established 
  • The Primary Care Refresher and Project ECHOs 
  • The COVID testing and vaccination roll out response 
  • The huge number of programs and contracts that we have commissioned and monitored 

School Holidays COVID-19 Testing Reminder  

With it being the first week of school holidays and more people out and about, please remind patients and their families that if they have any symptoms to get tested. Testing locations can be found here 

The Victorian winter school holidays run until Sunday, 11 July. 

2021 NAIDOC Week – 4-11 July  

The 2021 NAIDOC Week is running from 4-11 July and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is Heal Country! 

Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) strives to help close the gap in life expectancy by working with primary health care professionals to improve access to and the quality of health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in our community. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a choice of services for accessing health care in western Victoria 

WVPHN works closely with the following Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOS) to improve support to indigenous people, particularly those with mental illness and chronic conditions: 

For further information on how we are supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in our community, please visit our website here 

You can search for NAIDOC Events that are close to you by visiting the NAIDOC Week Events page. I am encouraging Western Victoria PHN staff members to leave their workstations during the week and attend an event happening in our region. 

Rowena Clift  

Chief Executive Officer  


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