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Multi-disciplinary approach to Chronic Conditions

February 2019

Our Chronic Conditions program keeps growing and delivering results to the south west community. 

GP down south is delivering professional development opportunities to medical professionals and pharmacists on “Managing Chronic Conditions in South West WA.  The education session will cover improving health outcomes for people with chronic conditions and managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) to maximise function and prevent hospitalisation. 

Helping people manage their chronic conditions

January 2019

If you have not already heard the phrase ‘chronic conditions’, you will – a lot.  In 2015 over 11 million Australians (50%) reported having at least one of the 8 chronic conditions - arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and mental health conditions – and chronic disease among our population is on the rise.

Health in Good Hands

February 2019

Another Down South Aboriginal Health staff member, Sophia Karahoutis has just  graduated fromTAFE’s Primary Health Care program.  Graduating with a Certificate IV in Primary Health Care, Sophia is now a fully qualified Aboriginal Health Worker. 

The course covered a variety of topics such as holistic care, business technology, working in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Context, address social determinants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health and learning how to advocate on patients’ behalf.

A Revolution for Pain Management

February 2019

In 2018 we piloted the Yoga for Pain Care program through the South West with great results and feedback.  In 2019 we are looking at disseminating information on the Pain Revolution via local pain educators.  The program is aimed at helping people understand the mechanics and background of their pain.  They say that ‘knowledge is power’, and this program is about empowerment.  Pain Revolution was founded by pain researcher Professor Lorimer Moseley to help people with persistent pain across Australia.

Youth Leader Listed for Award

January 2019


Caitlin Elphick and Brother Brock Elphick

(photo taken at Mandurah Netball Silly Sock Day PYMS Fundraiser)

Article courtesy of the Coastal Times 16th January 2019

South Yunderup resident Caitlin Elphick (22) has been nominated in the Woolworths Youth Group Achievement Award category of the 7 News Young Achievers Awards for young people showing strong leadership ability.

Nidjalla Waangan Mia Traineeship - Certificate 4 in Medical Practice Assisting

January 2019

WAPHA recently provided a fully funded traineeship opportunity for up to 15 staff working in a Comprehensive Primary Care Participating Practice  in Perth North and Perth South PHNs. Once successfully obtaining this qualification, staff will have the skills and abilities to work either directly or indirectly under the supervision of a medical practitioner and carry out a range of delegated tasks including front desk administration and treatment room care.

Ribbon Cut: Peel Health Hub Officially Open for Business

The new $9.2 million Peel Health Hub was officially opened on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

The state-of-the-art facility took more than three years of planning and consultation from a variety of stakeholders.

With funds from state, federal and local government as well as Lotterywest, the Peel Health Foundation, Growing Our South Administration Fund and donations from the community, construction began on the facility in 2017.

Services have already begun in the Peel Health Hub, offering a unique and collaborative model of care for youth in the Peel region.

Extension of Yoga for Pain Program

December 2018

Accessible health care means the right service at the right time for the right cost. We are over the moon that our Yoga for Pain Down South initiative has led to additional subsidised pain care yoga places for people on low incomes in 2019.

Together with Yoga for Pain Care Australia and WAPHA the aim is to make yoga available to those who normally couldn’t access it, which means there are criteria:

Gumnut Babies for Kids

December 2018
Our Parenting Support team were invited to participate in the Centenary celebrations of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie in Harvey recently.  
May Gibbs, the author of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie grew up in Western Australia and spent her formative years at Stirling Cottage in Harvey where here art was inspired by the bush around her - and also inspired the bush babies.