About us

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) is committed to quality and accessible primary health care for western Victoria.

Western Victoria PHN was established on 1 July 2015 and is a not for profit organisation, responsible for delivering on the following two objectives set by the Federal Government:

  • Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes.
  • Improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Our 2017 Annual Report and 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is now available.

Western Victoria PHN’s governance, management, staff and advisory structures reflect the diversity of community aspirations and challenges across the region. 

Membership and governance

We recognise the need for renewed collaboration with general practice, private allied health professionals, Aboriginal health workers and the many rural and regional community and health service organisations across the region. The Western Victoria PHN membership reinforces this commitment through its company membership.

Membership is limited to individuals who are GPs, other primary health care practitioners working in private practice, representatives of Local Hospital Networks and any other person whose application is approved by the Board.

The Western Victoria PHN Board is skills based and made up of four elected and five appointed Directors. Changes to elected and appointed company Directors are supported by the Independent Nominations Committee.

Regional centres

The Western Victoria PHN consists of four regional centres in Horsham, Ballarat, Geelong and Warrnambool. Each regional centre has a Senior Manager, staff, Community Advisory Committee and GP led Clinical Council. The regional centres are hubs of innovation and through partnership will seek co-investment opportunities from; the three tiers of government, community organisations, such as community health and disability services, general practice, primary care partnerships, Aboriginal health services, private allied health providers including pharmacies, private hospitals, health funds, aged care, universities, research alliances, regional GP training providers, rural workforce agencies and the many public rural and regional hospitals across the region. A map of our region is available.

The regional centres share knowledge and work collectively to meet national, local and organisational indicators, as part of the PHN performance framework.

Western Victoria PHN strategic pillars

Regional health planning 

  • Undertake regional needs assessment to understand the primary health system priorities for rural and regional communities.
  • Engage with general practice, Aboriginal health services, private allied health, community organisations and hospitals to maximise knowledge of workforce, service gaps and system issues.
  • Engage with communities to ensure local perspectives are incorporated into program design, delivery and evaluation.

Commissioning

  • Use regional needs assessment priorities to inform the development of responsive and innovative workforce and service models.
  • Implement transparent and robust contract and procurement processes.
  • Adopt evidence based best practice approaches.
  • Monitor and evaluate services and models.

GP and primary care development

  • Leverage the expertise of general practice to inform primary care development.
  • Collaborate with general practice in implementing quality improvement activities.
  • Collate and analyse data to inform service system improvement.
  • Create opportunities for the primary care system to partner with general practice to improve health outcomes and reduce preventable hospital presentations.

Health system integration

  • Utilise cross sector collaboration and coordination.
  • Implement eHealth solutions to improve continuity of care and clinical decision making.
  • Enhance capability and capacity of general practice through the co-design of clinical pathways.
  • Partner with communities and health professionals.

 

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Western Victoria Primary Health Network consists of four regional centres located in Geelong, Ballarat, Horsham and Warrnambool. Management and staff are based at each location.

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (Western Victoria PHN) covers an area of 79,234.4 square kilometers (ABS 2011) with a total population of 617, 931 persons (ABS 2016) residing across 21 local government areas (LGAs).

There are four regional centres located in Ballarat, Geelong, Horsham and Warrnambool and four administrative sub-regions determined by Western Victoria PHN known as; Ballarat Goldfields, Geelong Otway, Great South Coast and Wimmera Grampians.

The below maps outline the Western Victoria PHN boundary and population density and distribution by LGA.

Click on the images below to see more detail about the region and its population.

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2018 Western Victoria PHN Annual Report

A message from the CEO

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Western Victoria PHN's 2018 Annual Report is available to view or download.

Western Victoria PHN Constitution

Our Constitution is the agreed set of principles, governing our organisation, which is a company limited by guarantee. Constitutional changes are approved by our members.

Membership

Membership of the Western Victoria PHN is free and open to GPs, practice nurses and other primary health care providers, including representatives from Local Hospital Networks. 

2019 Director Nominations are now open

At the 2019 Western Victoria PHN Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 31 October 2019, there will be ONE Elected Director vacancy on our Board, for a term of up to three years.

2019 Director Nominations are open to eligible Members who were Members of the Company prior to 30 June 2019, mandated by the following clause in the Constitution:

  • 10.2.3  Elected Directors must be Members prior to 30 June in the year they nominate for election as an Elected Director and must continue to be a Member while they hold office as an Elected Director.

If there is only one nomination received for the vacant position, that nominee will automatically be elected to the Director vacancy. If there are more than one nomination received, an election will be held at the 2019 AGM, with information of all the eligible nominees being distributed to all Members with the Notice of Meeting, at least 21 days prior to the 2019 AGM. 

If you are interested in the Director role and meet the general eligibility to be a Director under the Corporation Act, please complete the Nomination WVPHN Director Pack 2019 here and return by 5pm Monday 23 September 2019 to companysecretary@westvicphn.com.au

Please see the position description here

Mutual Respect Statement

Western Victoria Primary Health Network maintains important connections and relationships with a large group of stakeholders – each important in the ongoing health care of our communities.

On any given day we will be interacting with general practitioners across our region, allied health professionals, practice managers and nurses and other service providers across western Victoria.

In late 2016 our management and staff developed a set of values by which we conduct ourselves internally and externally. These values are:

  • Respect
  • Connect
  • Lead.

By adopting these values we aim to always treat all people respectfully, professionally and inclusively. We also expect that others do the same for our staff.

Western Victoria PHN staff can and should deliver and also expect courteous and professional behavior from all our stakeholders.

Western Victoria PHN Board

Western Victoria PHN aims to increase the effectiveness of health services for patients and providing co-ordinated and efficient access to local health services, particularly for those patients at risk of poor health outcomes. 

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) is governed by a nine member Board with a mix of five appointed and four elected Directors. 

The Western Victorian PHN Board operates within the Board Charter.

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Ms Lynne McLennan - Chair

Lynne is an experienced Chair and brings strong governance and leadership experience to the Board, as well as a thorough understanding of the challenges associated with the primary health sector, having worked for more than 20 years in primary care redevelopment roles in rural and regional areas, across all levels of government. Since 2001 Lynne has been the CEO of UFS Dispensaries Ltd, is currently the Deputy Chair of the Committee for Ballarat and has more than six years as President of Ballarat Health Services.

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Mr Jim Elvey - Deputy Chair

Retired and living in Meredith, Jim had a high level career in local government, conducted a consulting practice over several years, performed as CEO to a national Board and has held the positions of Director and Deputy President of Ballarat Health Services. Jim was formerly the Chair of Grampians Medicare Local. Jim brings extensive organisational management experience to the Board.

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Dr Tim Denton - Director

Working as a GP in Anglesea and in Corio, Tim believes passionately in the role of general practice as leading the way for Australians having an accessible, affordable and highly-skilled community-based health system.

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Mr Mark Harris - Director

Mark brings to the organisation the perspective of an experienced allied health professional, currently providing clinical services to the Geelong community. Having worked in health management at both government and local levels, he understands the complexities of health care and the need for the right services to be delivered at the right place at the right time.

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Ms Marie Aitken - Director

An experienced psychologist and health board director, Marie worked as a psychologist in rural private practice in Horsham and Warracknabeal for over 20 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge concerning the mental health issues faced by rural people. She is a life governor and past president of Rural Northwest Health and is currently the vice president of Wimmera Health Care Group. Marie is a Graduate of the AICD and committed to maintaining and improving organizational wellbeing.

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Ms Karen Foster - Director

Karen is a communications professional who brings to the board many years’ experience in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. A Port Fairy resident, Karen operates a design and communications agency from Warrnambool. As Executive Officer for the Great South Coast region’s peak advocacy body, the Great South Coast Group, she also brings to the board extensive regional networks and knowledge.

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 Ms Susan Brumby - Director

Professor Susan Brumby is the founding Director of the National Centre for Farmer Health and has many years practical experience as a rural nurse, midwife and primary health care manager. As an Executive Director of Western District Health Service since 2000, she brings to the board extensive understanding of the day to day workings of regional and rural health services and primary care interfaces. She has published widely and presented nationally and internationally on rural and regional health with specific expertise in farmer health. She is Course Director for Agricultural Health and Medicine at School of Medicine, Deakin University, current member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Council, and a board member of South West TAFE.

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Dr Jane Opie - Director 

Dr Jane Opie has worked as a General Practitioner since the early 1990s including roles as a practice owner, GP subcontractor and Clinical Director overseeing clinical governance.
She supervises GP Registrars and medical students, holds the position of senior clinical lecturer with Deakin University’s School of Medicine and has a Masters of Public Health. Dr Opie was previously the medical advisor for Western Victoria PHN.  She is passionate about improving health, wellbeing and health care services to the community and continues to work to reduce inequity and champion quality preventive health care.

 

Tyrone McCuskey - Director 

Tyrone is currently Chief Executive Officer of McCallum Disability Services and has over 25 years commercial management experience across a number of industries, in particular the health sector. His most recent roles include General Manager Corporate Services Ambulance Victoria and CFO UFS Dispensaries Ltd plus several Directorships with specific proficiency within disability organisations. Tyrone is a CPA and AICD member and Williamson Fellow.

 Our Executive Team

 

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Pictured left to right. 
Leanne Beagley: Chief Executive Officer, Samantha Sharp: Director Commissioning and Performance, 
Tony Ficca: Company Secretary and Director of Finance and Corporate Services, and Rowena Clift: Director Service and System Integration. 

 

 

Background

As one of the 31 PHNs set up across Australia from 1 July 2015, this community organisation is responsible for increasing the efficiency, effectiveness and coordination of healthcare services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes. Our Strategic Plan is available here: Western Victoria PHN 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.

The Western Victoria PHN is governed by a skills based Board made up of four elected and five appointed Directors. As part of its governance structure Western Victoria PHN has established Regional Integrated Councils to report to the CEO and Board on locally relevant clinical and consumer issues.

The PHN staff work across four PHN regional centres in the Wimmera Grampians, Great South Coast, Ballarat and Goldfields, and Geelong Otway regional areas. 

Regional Integrated Councils

Western Victoria PHN is committed to each of the four regional centres having a dedicated Regional Integrated Council.

Purpose of the Regional Integrated Councils:

  • To advise Western Victoria PHN Board and CEO of the unique needs of their respective communities, including in rural and remote areas.
  • To assist Western Victoria PHN to develop local strategies to improve the operation of the healthcare system for patients in the PHN.

The Regional Integrated Councils will do this by:

  • Reporting to and informing Western Victoria PHN on opportunities to improve healthcare services through strategic, cost-effective investment and innovation. This includes providing Western Victoria PHN with advice on regional opportunities, issues, risks and interests as they relate to the PHN’s strategic priorities.
  • Acting as regional champions of locally relevant care pathways designed to streamline patient care, improve the quality of care and utilise existing health resources efficiently to improve health outcomes. This will include pathways between hospital and general practice that influence the follow up treatment of patients.

Contact

Diane Sartori P: 5331 6303 - Ballarat Goldfields Clinical and Community Council 

Glenn Bradley P: 5222 0800 - Geelong Otway Clinical and Community Council 

Aneill Kamath P: 5564 5888 - Great South Coast Clinical and Community Council 

Laura Martin P: 5381 1756 - Wimmera Grampians Clinical and Community Council 

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) is committed to quality and accessible primary health care for western Victoria.

Western Victoria PHN was established on 1 July 2015 and is responsible for delivering on the following two objectives set by the Federal Government:

  • Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes.
  • Improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Our 2017 - 2020 Strategic Plan summarises our intentions for the next three years.

Western Victoria PHN’s governance, management, staff and advisory structures reflect the diversity of community aspirations and challenges across the region. 

Doctors in Secondary Schools

Western Victoria PHN is committed to quality and accessible primary health care for Western Victoria.

The Victorian Government is making sure young people are getting the health support, advice and treatment they need so they can reach their full potential.

The $43.8 million Doctors in Secondary Schools initiative is delivering on the election commitment to provide school-based health services for 100 Victorian secondary schools most in need.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Make primary health care more accessible to students and thereby help reduce unmet needs
  • Provide assistance to young people to identify and address any health problems early
  • Reduce the pressure on working parents and community-based GPs.

Which first four schools in Western Victoria are participating?

  • Ballarat Secondary College – Wendouree Campus
  • Mount Clear College
  • Brauer Secondary College
  • Portland Secondary College.

Expressions of Interest: Doctors in Secondary Schools

Western Victoria PHN is seeking to engage general practices, general practitioners and nurses with an interest in adolescent health to apply to deliver school-based services from early 2017 onwards. The general practice will provide suitable general practitioner/s and deliver youth-friendly medical services, in partnership and collaboration with the participating school and staff.

General practices, general practitioners and nurses can apply by reading this Expressions of Interest document and completing this Registration of Interest form and emailing it to info@westvicphn.com.au by COB Friday 10 February.

Chronic Conditions Models of Care

Western Victoria PHN provides more than $5.4 million per year for rural primary health services. We are committed to maintaining the same levels of funding in each region and want to ensure this investment is used in the most efficient and effective way.

Western Victoria PHN has developed a Rural Allied Health Services Context Paper, which provides an overview of the drivers for this commissioning program. Request for Proposals will be issued early 2017 and new Rural Allied Health Service contracts will commence 1 July 2017.

Request for Proposal – Chronic Conditions Models of Care

Following an extensive consultation process, Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the provision of chronic conditions models of care in Western Victoria, in the week beginning Monday 16 January. The new service contracts will commence on 1 July 2017.

You can access the RFP through https://www.tenderlink.com/westvicphn/ and we recommend registering for this site ahead of the RFP release.

To help providers understand our requirements, Western Victoria PHN held briefings on 23 and 24 January in Colac, Hamilton, Dimboola and Ballarat.

The closing date for RFP submissions will be 5pm Monday 20 February 2017. Please note that all questions regarding this RFP must be directed through the Tenderlink website from the release date to close of business Tuesday 14 February 2017.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Services

In December 2015, the Commonwealth Government released the Response to the National Ice Taskforce’s Final Report. This report established a role for PHNs in the planning and commissioning of treatment services to reduce the harms associated with AOD. Western Victoria PHN was allocated over one million dollars per annum over three years.

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) has developed this Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Services Context Paper, which provides an overview of the context and process for the support and commissioning of AOD services.

Request for Proposal – Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services

Western Victoria PHN will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the provision of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Brief Interventions in Western Victoria, on Friday 3 February 2017. The new service contracts will commence on 1 May 2017. You can access the RFP through https://www.tenderlink.com/westvicphn/ and we recommend registering for this site ahead of the RFP release.

To help you understand our requirements, Western Victoria PHN will be providing briefings for providers at the following locations and dates:

You can register for these events by clicking on your nominated location and date above.

The closing date for RFP submissions will be 12 noon Tuesday 14 March 2017.  Please note that all questions regarding this RFP must be directed through the TenderLink website from the release date to close of business Monday 6 March 2017.

Psychological Therapy Services

Western Victoria PHN issued a Request for Proposal (RFP)on Monday 11 July 2016 for the provision of primary mental health services in western Victoria. These services replaced other primary mental health contracts, including Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) and Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas (MHSRRA) that ceased on 31 October 2016. Psychological Therapy Services commenced on 1 November 2016.

Services include the provision of evidence based, short term psychological interventions for patients with a diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness, with specific services for children and also interventions for people who have attempted, or who are at risk of suicide or self-harm. These services are particularly targeted at people who experience barriers to accessing mainstream treatment options.

More information

headspace

Western Victoria PHN funds four headspace centres across the region.  headspace provides health services, with a focus on mental well-being for young people aged 12-25.

Lead agencies have been commissioned for headspace Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Horsham from 1 July 2016. 

Tenderlink

We promote our tenders and other purchasing requirements via our Tenderlink portal to manage our procurement process through to contract award stage.

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