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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to WAPHA Connect, an update on all things happening in primary health care across Western Australia.

In this issue:

Big picture view needed to address alcohol and drug use
System integration and better access to appropriate services is needed to ensure people get the support they need. WA Primary Health Alliance is focused on building the capacity of primary care to respond to problematic use and improving access to specialist treatment services for those that need it. Read more

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) congratulates Dr David Oldham who is the WA finalist in the 2017 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) General Practitioner of the Year award. Dr Oldham has been acknowledged for his role in promoting the health of doctors and medical education. Read more

Joined-up health system key to keeping people well in the community
WA Primary Health Alliance recognises that deeper partnering and collaboration is needed across the healthcare sector if people with chronic health conditions are to be kept well in the community and out of hospital. Read more

Perth Voices Clinic leads way in innovation
WAPHA congratulates Perth Voices Clinic who won the Innovation Award at the 2017 WA Mental Health Awards. The Innovation Award, sponsored by WAPHA, recognises an initiative that uses a new approach or has the potential to transform the mental health landscape. Read more
Volunteers raise awareness of My Health Record
Busselton Health Campus is the first hospital in WA to have volunteers champion the benefits of the My Health Record system with visitors, staff and patients. Read more

GPs are good for our mental health
WAPHA  supports the Australian Medical Association’s campaign to raise awareness of GPs as the first port of call when people experience mental ill health. Placing a GP at the centre of a patients’ mental health care encourages early detection and intervention. Read more

Health care professionals discuss treatment of chronic conditions 
Health professionals from regional WA attended a workshop delivered in partnership by WACHS and WAPHA to discuss patient centred treatment and support for people with chronic health conditions.  Read more
Focus on home, land and place at Social Impact Festival 2017
WAPHA, a sponsor of the festival, hosted an Impact Lab: Place workshop which used the concept of place to explore and re-imagine what it takes to create and sustain healthy communities.  Read more

After hours service gives the newly housed a fresh start
A service providing after hours support to some of the most vulnerable people in Perth is helping them keep a roof over their heads and improve their health, social connections and participation in meaningful activities. Read more

Primary Health Exchange is an online consultation hub where you can find information about Primary Health Network (PHN) projects and tell us your thoughts on the planning and design of primary health care in WA. Join the conversation 

Upcoming education and CPD events
WAPHA is hosting a number of education and CPD events over the coming months. To find out more visit our events page.

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