Better health, together as WA Primary Health Alliance welcomes two new Board members

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has welcomed two new Board members, Ms Diana Forsyth and Professor Jane den Hollander AO, further strengthening the organisation as they work towards a more connected primary health care system for all Western Australians.

As the operator of all three of the state’s Primary Health Networks, WAPHA is uniquely positioned to shape, strengthen and sustain primary health care through partnerships and strategies that improve people’s access and health outcomes.

WAPHA CEO, Learne Durrington, said she was delighted to welcome Diana and Jane to the Board, joining a strong group of highly experienced and driven individuals, with a willingness to lead innovation and reform.

“Diana and Jane are highly experienced and bring with them a unique perspective on what is needed to provide high-quality, accessible and efficient primary health care across Western Australia.

“They join us at an exciting and important time as we recently launched our Mental Health Framework and refreshed Stakeholder Engagement Framework and have finalised a series of Partnership Protocols with WA’s Health Service Providers in a commitment to working together to facilitate joint planning, priority setting and commissioning of integrated care,” she said.

Having held several board positions, including in Cambridge University health partnership organisations in the UK, Diana has a wealth of expertise in strategy, leadership, governance and health service commissioning and transformation.

“I’m passionate about addressing inequalities in access to health care across Western Australia, particularly in rural and Aboriginal communities, and the potential for primary care to reduce pressure on tertiary hospitals and the health system.

“Investment in primary health care has enormous potential to drive an improved patient experience, that delivers wholistic care, focused on individual needs, in place,” said Diana.

Jane’s experience as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University and Chair of Global Health Alliance has informed her continuing interest in primary health care and its impact on our communities.

“Being a scientist by training and an educator by career, I believe that everyone should have access to good health care and good education.

“I am passionate about the potential of innovation and digital technology in transforming the delivery of health services,” said Jane.

Ms Diana Forsyth and Professor Jane den Hollander AO joined the Board of WA Primary Health Alliance, with effect 1 July 2021.

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