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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Warrnambool: Wednesday 8 February 9.30am - 11am
- Horsham: Wednesday 8 February 3pm - 4.30pm
- Ballarat: Thursday 9 February 9.30am - 11am
- Geelong: Thursday 9 February 2.30pm - 4pm.
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.
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.
- headspace Geelong is managed by Barwon, Child, Youth & Family.
- headspace Ballarat is managed by Ballarat Community Health.
- headspace Warrnambool is managed by Brophy Family and Youth Services.
- headspace Horsham (opening December 2016) will be managed by Wimmera Uniting Care.
We promote our tenders and other purchasing requirements via our Tenderlink portal to manage our procurement process through to contract award stage.