Working with all primary health care providers in north west and central Melbourne is critical to realising our vision of improved health outcomes for everyone in our community.

From July 2019, we are changing the way we work with primary health care providers in our region. This new approach is based on extensive feedback. Our renewed focus will be on supporting general practice through a new quality improvement program and the broader primary health care sector through local learning networks and advisory groups. 

A new general practice quality improvement program

This year is the start of something new. Our engagement with general practice will have a quality improvement focus. 

  • Each practice in our catchment will have the opportunity to create a Practice Improvement Plan. This plan will identify specific priorities, tools and objectives that your general practice would like to achieve over 12 months and how NWMPHN can work with you  
  • A dedicated Quality Improvement Program Officer will work with you to tailor your plan to suit your needs and objectives, and to support your growth.

 Fact sheet – General Practice Improvement Program (.pdf, 499kB)

New networks and advisory groups 

We heard from our consultation that primary health care providers want to be involved in the Primary Health Network (PHN). We are keen to increase the clinical involvement in our planning.

As part of this new model, new advisory groups will be created to engage leaders and experts in our region and to build on the work of the Community and Clinical Councils. These advisory structures and networks will give primary health care a voice and a way to get involved to innovate and implement change:

  • A General Practice Advisory Group and a Primary Health Care Advisory Group will be established to provide advice to inform North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) planning, activities and reform. 
  • Networks for practice managers and practice nurses will be an opportunity to keep up-to-date, share ideas and learn from your peers.
  • Regional networks will provide an opportunity for primary health care providers including pharmacists, allied health, aged care nurses and general practice to learn from each other, together through continuing professional development and facilitated networking. 

 Fact sheet – New networks and advisory groups (.pdf, 621kB)

This new approach to working with general practice will commence in July 2019. Visits will be booked with all practices to discuss how this could work for you. If you would like to start the conversation now call us on (03) 9347 1188 or email: primarycare@nwmphn.org.au.