WA Primary Health Alliance looks system-wide at gaps and identify ways to improve important primary care services and encourage innovation in the delivery of care.
We work in partnership with others to strengthen primary health care in Western Australia. We work closely with nine key member organisations, each with significant operations in WA and similar interests in ensuring the healthcare system is fit for the future.
Our nine members are:
- WA Department of Health
- WA Mental Health Commission
- Health Consumers’ Council
- The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (WA Branch)
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP WA Faculty)
- Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH)
- WA Council of Social Services (WACOSS)
- WA Local Government Association(WALGA)
- Western Australian Network of Alcohol & other Drug Agencies(WANADA)
Memoranda of Understanding with WA Mental Health Commission, WA Department of Health and the Aboriginal Health Council of WA allow us to work collaboratively to plan and commission healthcare services.
We also have strong relationships with the AMA (WA), WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET), Health Service Providers, Rural Health West and many others.
Our governance structure ensures advice from communities, clinicians and consumers informs Board and operational priorities.
Perth North and Perth South PHNs have clinical and community advisory councils that meet four times per year.
Country WA PHN facilitates local primary healthcare collaborative relationships. The Country Clinical Council, with GP representation from all seven regions of Country WA, meets with the Board representative six times per year.
These councils and committees report through to the Strategic Engagement Advisory Committee, a Board sub-committee.
The Strategic Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing Advisory Group Drives, and advocate for, the changes that will ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to culturally safe primary health care services wherever they live in Western Australia.
Subject or experience specific reference groups are also engaged to provide the relevant subject matter expertise to our work. Current opportunities to inform WAPHAs work in this way are offered through Primary Health Exchange.
These groups consist of clinicians, community members and consumers, as well as Health Service executives. Together they provide operational guidance and advise our Board on setting strategic priorities. They also assist us in progressing our health priorities.