The Pilbara Health Professionals Network welcomes health professionals from throughout the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Registration to the site allows access to extensive support resources not available to general users.
Aboriginal health worker
ATSI health practitioner
Chinese medicine practitioner
Community health representative
Dental medical specialist
Federal health representative
Health agency representative
Medical radiation practitioner
Mental health professional
Nurse – enrolled
Nurse – registered
Nurse and midwife
Public health representative
State health representative
Student – health
Student – medicine
On the evening of the 29th April 2020 local Pilbara health professionals and stakeholders tuned in from the workplace or the comfort of their homes to the virtual launch of the Pilbara Health Professionals Network (PHPN).
Fifty-nine guests attended the online launch using ‘Zoom’ videoconferencing platform, and learnt about how the PHPN can benefit and connect local health professionals. Attendees enjoyed a live-stream performance by Pilbara musician Greg Gardiner and presentations by PHPN partners Rural Health West, WA Primary Health Alliance, WA Centre for Rural Health and WA Country Health Service.
The aim of the PHPN is to provide rural and remote health professionals in the Pilbara with better support and greater opportunities to network, upskill, share information and collaborate in a local supportive community environment. The PHPN will help connect health professionals across the region to enhance patient and community outcomes, encourage the retention of health professionals in the region and to increase access to education and upskilling opportunities.
The feedback from attendees has been very positive and we look forward to being able to deliver networking and face-to-face launch events in Karratha, Port Hedland, Newman and Tom Price, once the social distancing measures have been lifted.
If you are a health professional based in the Pilbara, we encourage you to join the network by clicking the ‘join the network’ icon above.
Meet a local health professional
What are your professional interests/specialities?
I love all things youth and mental health. Our young people are our future and being able to teach resilience and healthy life skills to empower them to go on and live their best quality of life is very rewarding. I’m an Occupational Therapist and so am very practical and hands on in my approach to working with people. Less talking, more doing.
Tell us, where are you from and how did you get to be a health professional in the Pilbara?
I’m from Yarrawonga which is on the Murray River on the border of Victoria and New South Wales. It’s a small country town on Yorta Yorta country and I was blessed to grow up in a great community. I moved to the city to attend university, worked in residential mental health throughout and beyond my studies and then moved on to AOD for a while. It did not take long before I wanted to escape the city and took off on a lap of Aus before we hit Hedland 3 years ago, stopped in and haven’t left. I did some short work in the FDV space here before being very lucky in having the opportunity to join the most amazing green team at headspace Pilbara.
What do you love about the Pilbara?
The people, the community and the way it has been so welcoming, the endless exploring and the heat.
Did you always want to be a health professional?
I’m a helping person and would be miserable in any other profession. I chose OT because of the amazing variety of fields you can go into and specialise in, which has me always doing something I love.
What is your passion?
Prevention, prevention and more prevention through education. Doing things differently to the way it has always been done, thinking outside of the box and taking healthy risks for a chance at actual change and impact. Spending genuine time with people in communities – listening, learning, always learning.
When you aren’t working, where will we find you?
Exploring, swimming, camping, hanging out with my dogs