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 Network

The Mental Health Network is an independent entity that operates under the governance of and with the support of the Mental Health Commission. The Mental Health Network is jointly sponsored by the Mental Health Commission and the Department of Health and was launched in October 2014.  The Mental Health Network supports the implementation of the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025, and also identifies and informs emerging needs of the mental health sector in Western Australia.

The Mental Health Network is led by Clinical Co-Lead Dr Helen McGowan and Community Co-Lead Mr Rod Astbury who are supported by an Executive Advisory Group. The Executive Advisory Group includes key leaders and stakeholders from across the Western Australian mental health sector.  The Mental Health Network has a unique structure and includes ten Sub Networks. The overarching goal of each Sub Network is to assist the Mental Health Network achieve its mission with particular focus on the Sub Network’s area of expertise.

Registration

Membership of the Mental Health Network is open to all. Current members include consumers and carers, health professionals, policy-makers and planners, researchers and academics, and people working for non-government organisations.

As a member of the Mental Health Network you will be informed of opportunities to get involved, attend networking events, participate in consultations, and other items relevant to your areas of interest. As a member you will receive a quarterly e-newsletter to keep you informed of the ongoing work of the Mental Health Network.

Please click here to register and join the Mental Health Network.

Midwest Mental Health Network

The Midwest Mental Health Network (MMHN) aims to build collaboration between mental health organisations in the Midwest-Gascoyne regions and improve outcomes for service users via teamwork and partnerships across organisations. Membership for the MMHN is open to all and may include services who work in the mental health and/or drug and alcohol sectors.

Contact Secretariat Sarah Kelly, WAPHA Regional Coordinator Support Officer on 0439 276 462.

Midwest Chronic Disease Services Advisory Group

The Sustainable Health Review recommends strong partnerships between Primary Health Networks and health service providers will improve care for people with a range of chronic and complex conditions and enable more timely access to specialist outpatient services. The Midwest Chronic Disease Services Advisory Group aims to improve the health of Western Australians living with chronic conditions by developing these partnerships and providing strategic support for collaborative and integrated chronic disease services in the Midwest region. The Advisory Group includes representatives from WACHS, WAPHA and WAPHA commissioned services for chronic disease in the Midwest; the Integrated Chronic Disease Care (ICDC) program and Integrated Team Care (ITC) program.

Any request to be invited to attend a meeting needs to be directed to John Fitzgerald, WACHS Chronic Disease Coordinator/Senior Project Officer – Chronic Conditions. Please phone John on 0447 178 721.

Midwest Chronic Disease Services Advisory Group

The Sustainable Health Review recommends strong partnerships between Primary Health Networks and health service providers will improve care for people with a range of chronic and complex conditions ad enable more timely access to specialist outpatient services. The Midwest Chronic Disease Services Advisory Group aims to improve the health of Western Australians living with chronic conditions by developing these partnerships and providing strategic support for collaborative and integrated chronic disease services in the Midwest region. The Advisory Group includes representatives from WACHS, WAPHA and WAPHA commissioned services for chronic disease in the Midwest; the Integrated Chronic Disease Care (ICDC) program and Integrated Team Care (ITC) program.

Any request to be invited to attend a meeting needs to be directed to John Fitzgerald, WACHS Chronic Disease Coordinator / Senior Project Officer – Chronic Conditions, PH: 0447 178 721

Midwest Regional Clinical Committee

The Midwest Regional Clinical Committee (MRCC) 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: Sharon Jones, WAPHA Regional Coordinator – Midwest PH: 0439 715 251