Shaping primary health care policy and driving innovation 

As CEO of an organisation dedicated to the pursuit of health equity for all Western Australians, it has become clearer to me over the past seven years since our organisation’s inception that we cannot do this alone. Partnerships are critical to our success. 

Tackling the wicked problems of healthcare in a sustainable way, enabling system integration, and using policy levers to help achieve our goals requires us to work with primary health care providers, general practice, state health bodies, local government, Aboriginal health organisations, sector peak bodies, to name just some of our stakeholders. 

The same is true of the work we do alongside our fellow Primary Health Networks, and I am pleased that we have significantly contributed on a national level to shaping primary health care policy and driving innovation. 

Realising our full potential, nationally and close to home.

Our strategic priorities have continued to guide us towards our vision of a more integrated health care system, one that minimises barriers to accessing care and ensures those with the greatest health needs are cared for as close to home as possible. 

Naturally, COVID-19 vaccinations continued to take up much of our focus, and I am extremely proud of the support we were able to provide to general practice, our commissioned service providers and some of the most vulnerable members of the community. 

From funding a new headspace centre in Karratha to awarding suicide prevention grants to 10 local governments, supporting COVID-19 vaxathons and facilitating the opening of WA’s first Head to Health adult mental health centre, it has been a highly rewarding year for our commissioning and primary care support teams. 

A whistlestop tour of activities across the state.

In the strategy and engagement, digital services and business services areas of our organisation, we have made a tremendous contribution to many national and state submissions, committees and initiatives; refreshed our stakeholder consultation processes; continued to focus on closing the gap, equity and inclusion; improved our digital systems and business processes; as well as making progress towards our contemporary approach to hybrid working and all things people and culture. 

You can also read about our progress towards our Health Priorities in our new Report Cards.

Thank you to our Board, Executive Team, staff and our many partners across the health system whose vision, drive and enthusiasm continue to inspire me and allow us to achieve our goals. 

I hope you enjoy reading our 2021-22 Year in Review. 

Kind regards 

Learne Durrington  

Chief Executive Officer