Reporting on a Successful Year

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) held its 2019 Annual General Meeting last week highlighting another successful year.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Leanne Beagley said:

“We are now a $31 million organisation. Last year we spent a total of $21 million on commissioning health services across our region.  This was spent on over 200 individual services and projects, with the largest slice of commissioning dollars (40 per cent) spent on mental health services.  Funding was also directed to after-hours health services, chronic conditions health care, interventions for drug and alcohol problems, youth health, digital health solutions and supporting indigenous health services.”

Highlights for the year included:

  • Strong clinical leadership by local GPs in key areas of strategic and clinical importance.
  • Continued important updates to HealthPathways – with the recent introduction of Farmer Health pages which is an Australian first.
  • Strong community and health service collaborations and partnerships with the Place-based Suicide Prevention Trials in both Ballarat and Great South Coast.
  • Immunisation excellence for the region, with WVPHN achieving the highest immunisation rates for one, two and five year olds in Victoria.
  • Outstanding results with the rollout of SafeScript across the region, and then the state. Through Safescript, around 4500 patients were identified at risk of harm or overdose during the year.
  • Appropriate medical assistance for young people where and when they need it through the Doctors in Secondary Schools initiative – on average 240 attendances a month across nine schools.
  • Greater efficiency in digital health capability such as e-referrals and patient care information.

To read more, see the Annual Report.