The East and West Pilbara Medical Networks

The East and West Pilbara Medical Networks consist of evening educational events convened by WA Primary Health Alliance and held in Port Hedland and Karratha respectively. Events commenced in September 2017 and continue twice yearly in each location.

The purpose of these networks is to host events that enable medical professionals to connect with colleagues and provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer support. The events are centred around topics of interest across the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary health sectors, including referral pathways, utilising specialists in the field. If you are interested in learning more about these events contact Sharon Sewell, Primary Health Liaison, WA Primary Health Alliance.

Karratha Public Health Network

Established by the City of Karratha’s Environmental Health team, the Karratha Public Health Network brings together a cross section of organisations who have a keen interest in improving the health and wellbeing of City of Karratha’s community. Through the Network, organisations from different areas such as health, education, justice, housing, community services etc., come together to share information about upcoming events, projects, and good news stories. Where community resources are finite, the Network also provides the opportunity for organisations to collaboratively work together and share knowledge and resources to address identified gaps in community. Currently, there is representation from over 30 organisations in the City of Karratha within the Network.

2020 Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 26th February, 2020
  • Wednesday 27th May, 2020
  • Wednesday 26th August, 2020
  • Wednesday 25th November, 2020

Time: 11:00am-12.30pm

Location: WA Centre for Rural Health, Karratha or via VC

Membership: the meetings are open to anyone with a keen interest in supporting cross community collaboration, with a general interest in improving the health and wellbeing of the City of Karratha community.

Keen to participate: If you would like to attend a meeting or be added to the mailing list, email Fiona Lucey.

WA Department of Health – Health Networks

Health Networks enables all Western Australians to connect, share and improve our health services.

With a focus on a patient-centred approach to health care, Networks brings together consumers, clinicians, policy makers and allied health professionals, to discuss ways to improve best practice, develop strategic partnerships, and provide leadership and engagement in the sector.

Membership to Health Networks is open to everybody who has a passion about health including consumers and carers, health professionals, policy-makers and planners, researchers and academics, health service providers and non-government organisations.

Register here (external site) to join Health Networks and to receive the latest information and updates from the Networks.

See the latest news from the Health Networks and their partners in our Health Networks Bulletin (external site).

Mental Health Professionals Network

The MHPN is a unique initiative targeted at improving interdisciplinary mental health practice and collaborative care within Australia. We support primary mental health practitioners through local networks and our online professional development webinar program. There are two local networks in the Pilbara based in Karratha and Port Hedland. The Karratha network includes a dedicated mental health professionals peer support page, where members can share information and communicate securely. For more information on the MHPNs or to join the peer support group please contact Sharon Sewell.

Pilbara Chronic Conditions Operations Group 

Pilbara Chronic Conditions Operations Group (PCCOG) is a subsidiary forum working to implement a work program which has been developed through periodic stakeholder workshops and the strategic directions outlined by the WA Country Primary Health Network Pilbara Regional Clinical Committee and the Pilbara Aboriginal Health Planning Forum.

The Pilbara Chronic Conditions Operations Group includes individuals with a strong commitment and interest in working collaboratively to address the impact of chronic conditions on the people in the Pilbara Region and their communities.

The PCCOG endorses and recognises the following:

  • The requirement to work in collaboration and form partnerships in alignment with current health reform initiatives for more effective, efficient and accessible service delivery.
  • The importance of population and primary health as well as access to acute health care when needed to improve the health of the local population.
  • Primary health care principles- early intervention, access, equity, reduction of disease burden, health promotion
  • The need to proactively work on implementing the priority recommendations identified in the Pilbara Aboriginal Health Plan and any other relevant strategic frameworks for the prevention and management of chronic conditions.

Secretariat: Donna Banks, WAPHA Regional Coordinator/Support Officer PH: 0439 318 497

Pilbara Regional Clinical Committee 

The Pilbara Regional Clinical Committee (PRCC) is one of seven local clinical advisory groups to both the Country Primary Health Network (PHN) and the WA Primary Health Alliance Board providing guidance on pathways, systems and service improvements intended to raise quality and deliver better health outcomes.

  • Are GP led and comprise of GP’s, clinicians and other health professionals living and working in regional WA
  • The Country PHN’s ‘critical friends’, engaging with local clinical and health professionals to bring a clinical perspective to the PHN’s activities.
  • Support the Country PHN to develop local strategies to improve the operation of the health care system for patients, facilitating effective primary health care provision to reduce avoidable hospital presentations.

Clinical and health professional perspective ensure that the Country PHN’s activities are integrated, locally relevant, cost effective and efficient and align to the Needs Assessment and local and Commonwealth strategic priorities.

Secretariat: Donna Banks, WAPHA Regional Coordinator/Support Officer PH: 0439 318 497

Pilbara Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Managers Group (MH&AODMG)

The purpose of the PMHAODMG is to guide the scope and direction of collaborative activities and advocacy to address the needs of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Mental Health and AOD clients in the Pilbara region with a view to (i) improving access and frequency of services delivered to the region (ii) ensuring services that are delivered within the region meet the needs of the clients, are culturally secure and are not duplicated.

The PMHAODMG includes representatives of organisations with a strong commitment to working collaboratively to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes of Pilbara people and their communities.

The PMHAODMG endorses and incorporates the following core values:

  • Recovery
  • Collaboration
  • The importance of population and primary health as well as access to tertiary care when needed to improve the health of the local population
  • Primary health care principles- early intervention, access, equity, person centered care, health promotion; and, strong interagency partnerships
  • The need to proactively work on implementing the priority recommendations identified in the Pilbara Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Mental Health & AOD Plan
  • Encourage self-help strategies
  • Encourage client, consumer and community voice

Secretariat: Donna Banks, WAPHA Regional Coordinator/Support Officer PH: 0439 318 497