CEO's desk

Welcome to the CEO’s desk, with Learne Durrington.

WA Primary Health Alliance continues to make significant progress towards achieving our vision of improving health equity for Western Australians, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes. We are building our organisational strength and leveraging our emerging role in joining up the disparate parts of the health system.

Our important work includes planning and commissioning services in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, Aboriginal health, alcohol and other drugs and chronic disease.

This is underpinned by our deep engagement with general practices to support them to better manage and treat their patients.

All of this work is not something we can do alone, which is why we place a strong emphasis on developing genuine relationships with a range of strategic partners who share our values and goals.

We are delighted to work ever more closely with all levels of federal, state  and local government, peak bodies, sector leaders, clinicians and community members to deliver better health, together.

I hope you enjoy reading my opinion pieces and watching our Better Health, Together videos below.

Kind regards



Sustainable Health Review:

Report signals new era of collaboration between primary care and hospital sectors

April 2019

Care closer to home for older Western Australians

April 2019

GPs on the front-line of Australia’s fight against obesity

March 2019

Mental health funding certainty

February 2019

Better health, together

Welcome to the Better Health, Together video series. In these videos, I discuss a range of topical primary healthcare subjects.

Social connectedness

Learne is joined by Chorus CEO, Dan Minchin to chat about loneliness and the social connectedness pilot we have funded in the Mandurah area.

May 2019

Sustainable Health Review report

This month, Learne sits down with Sustainable Health Review Chair, Robyn Kruk to talk about the key findings from the Sustainable Health Review Final Report and the role primary care will play in its implementation.

April 2019

Depression Looks Different for Everybody

Learne chatted to Principal Advisor and Research Director, Dr Danny Rock about depression and our recent campaign to bring about awarenss of this common mental health condition.

March 2019

Suicide prevention

Learne sat down with Suicide Prevention Manager, Sharleen Delane to talk about our work in these Trial Sites, as well as the important role of community in suicide prevention.

February 2019

LGBTI health

Learne welcomed Misty Farquhar, member of our Community Advisory Council to talk about safe, inclusive and culturally appropriate health services.

December 2018


Learne and Minister for Health, Roger Cook talk about the impact of obesity on our health system, and what needs to be done to tackle this growing epidemic.

November 2018

Mental health

Learne’s special guest is WA Mental Health Commissioner, Tim Marney, who talks about working together to make it easier for people to access mental health services.

October 2018

My Health Record

We look at the potential for this important digital health enabler to decrease hospital admissions and adverse drug events, among other benefits.

August 2018

Data sharing

Learne travels to Walter Road East General Practice to talk with Dr Rohan Gay about the importance of data in general practice to improve patient outcomes.

July 2018

Looking back, looking forward

A review of our successful first three years of operation, and what the future holds for us and the wider primary healthcare sector.

July 2018

Sustainable Health Review

A look at our involvement in this important health reform where we have advocated for the important role of primary care.

May 2018