Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) has an important role in facilitating the delivery of best practice primary health care across our region which comprises 21 local government areas and a total population of approximately 618,000 people.
Established in July 2015, we are funded largely by the Commonwealth Government to work with the primary care sector to improve health outcomes for our communities. We are one of 31 Primary Health Networks in Australia and one of six in Victoria, and we are a member of the Victorian and Tasmanian PHN Alliance
We are a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation. Our core function is to use our knowledge and understanding of local health and health care needs to:
- Support general practice (including Aboriginal medical services)
- Commission or purchase locally-needed services
- Integrate local services and systems.
We achieve these goals by working collaboratively with health services, health providers and community organisations and individuals, to identify priority health issues and develop region-wide as well as localised programs and projects that directly respond to health care needs.
All PHNs have seven key health priority targets:
- Mental health
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
- Population health
- Health workforce
- Digital health
- Aged care
- Alcohol and other drugs treatment.
In western Victoria, we are working to meet these priority targets through projects and programs such as:
- Psychosocial support programs
- Place-based suicide prevention
- Telehealth initiatives
- General practice support
- Alcohol and drug services
- After hours services
- Chronic conditions management
- Cancer screening services
- Immunisation services
A coordinated approach to primary health care
We are delivering on our commitments through a whole-of-system integrated approach to improve capacity and capability in primary care and general practice.
Our focus is to help practices deliver on the underpinning principles of the ‘Quadruple Aim’ within a localised, high-performing primary care model.
For more information, download the Case for Change brochure (PDF 1.3MB)
Leadership and collaboration
We also work with a Clinical Leadership Group of eight practising general practitioners from throughout western Victoria who are integral in developing many of our programs.
Our work also extends to hosting events across our region to foster networking and knowledge sharing. These events include conferences, specialist forums and education and training events.
Our staff are distributed across four offices located in Ballarat, Geelong, Horsham and Warrnambool.
Staff also regularly travel throughout western Victoria meeting directly with health sector and community representatives.