In late 2017, WALGA was approached by regional Local Governments to advocate for greater support for health services in their regions.

Regional, rural or remote areas with small or dispersed populations can lack adequate numbers of medical services to appropriately respond to health issues and emergencies in the community. Various factors can contribute to this situation,  including the difficulty recruiting and retaining workers, a lack of funding for positions, or a lack of facilities. 
 
In response to a State Council Executive Committee request, all regional areas in WA were surveyed in early 2018, to determine the extent of their challenges, and how Local Governments would like WALGA to assist. A report of this survey was presented to State Council in September 2018, and recommendations included working with affected Local Governments and key stakeholders to address solutions to these challenges.

The report is located here

WALGA Regional Health Services Event - 19 February 2019

In early 2019 WALGA hosted an event which aimed to provide a starting point to address these concerns, bringing together affected Local Governments to hear about current and future priorities for the primary health agencies which operate in their area, and encourage greater partnership and collaboration between Local Government and primary health. The event featured presentations from the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), the Aboriginal Health Council of WA, Rural Health West, and St John Ambulance WA, and interactive sessions provided an opportunity for attendees to speak directly with representatives of these organisations.

Video Recording

A link to a video recording of the event is available here

Presentation Download

WA Country Health Service: Regional Health Services
WA Primary Health Alliance: Engaging with Local Governments through the Primary Health Networks
Aboriginal Health Council of WA: Mappa - Mapping Health Services Closer to Home
Rural Health West: Recruitment and Retention of Regional Health Staff
St John WA: Building Resilient Communities - Country Primary Health Initiative