Health Workforce

We build the capacity and capability of the primary healthcare workforce to help more people access the care they need.

A sustainable and viable primary health care workforce is an essential enabler that helps us to achieve our vision of equitable health outcomes for all Western Australians. By working with general practice and other health professionals, we are delivering better health together.

Our Priorities

  • Supporting primary healthcare providers to manage chronic disease populations and build capacity for patient self-management.
  • Increasing access to allied health services and chronic disease management programs provided by allied health practitioners.
  • Building general practice workforce capability to recognise and respond to alcohol and other drug related issues.
  • Ensuring the capacity and capability of general practice in delivering urgent care is better utilised.

Key Activities

GP Urgent Care: An 18-month GP Urgent Care Network Pilot designed to enhance capacity within community-based GP clinics to treat patients with urgent but non-life-threatening medical conditions.

Health Professionals Networks: Collegiate groups aiming to provide rural and remote health professionals with better support and greater opportunities to network, upskill, share information and collaborate in a local community environment.

Grow Local Certificate IV in Mental Health: A program to grow and support mental workforce and support regional communities experiencing difficulty in recruiting and retaining culturally appropriate mental health workers. Grow Local offers a Certificate IV in Mental Health and is delivered in partnership with the AMA (WA).

Key Achievements

  • Launched the GP Urgent Care Network Pilot, in conjunction with WA Health, in Perth Metropolitan area and Bunbury/ Busselton region.
  • Supported about 140 GP Urgent Care Network practices to participate in the Pilot, including upskilling workshops delivered with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners WA, Benchmarque and the University of Western Australia.
  • Launched three Health Professionals Networks in partnership with many key partner organisations in the South West, Goldfields and Pilbara, with the Midwest network expected to launch before the end of 2020.
  • Supported general practice through our HealthPathways WA team, reaching a target of 550 localised HealthPathways, achieving a record 36,418 monthly page views in May 2020, developing a suite of 12 COVID-19 specific pathways to support general practitioners during the pandemic, running six GP education events with 199 GP participants, and facilitating four collaborative multi-disciplinary working groups to support the development of new Health Pathways.
  • Ran Grow Local training in six regions, with more than 100 community members enrolled in this mental health training course.

Case Studies

Our Priorities

Read about this year’s achievements and the great work being done with our key partners and the community to deliver better health, together.

Aboriginal Health

Improving the health of Aboriginal Western Australians is a critical concern.

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Aged Care

We are committed to increasing access for older Western Australians to primary healthcare.

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Alcohol and Other Drugs

Our focus is on providing services that respond to people as a whole.

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Digital Health

Digital health helps us to identify priorities, link services, and fund options for better primary care.

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Health Workforce

We build the capacity and capability ofthe primary healthcare workforce to help more people access the care they need.

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Mental Health

We know that mental ill health is one the biggest health challenges forWestern Australians.

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Population Health

Improving population health contributes to the wellbeing of communities across our State.

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