About the WSPHN
For over 16 years WentWest has been part of the western Sydney community, delivering support and education to primary care and working with key partners to progress the region’s health system. In July 2015, WentWest became the Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN), which sees the organisation working with its partners to deliver better health outcomes for the region.
Role and Responsibility
Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are a federal government health initiative, established with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place, at the right time.
In its role as the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, WentWest focuses on addressing national and regional health priorities in consultation and partnership with local GPs, Allied Health Professionals, consumers and community bodies and the broader health sector.
WentWest’s intended focus as a PHN and how it will consult across the community is outlined below.
Addressing Health Priorities
As the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, WentWest is focused on addressing the region’s most pressing health challenges. Together with health professionals, partners from both the health and hospital sector, consumers and the broader community, WentWest is identifying gaps and commissioning solutions in the areas of:
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Child & Family
Committed to Better Health Outcomes
A key feature of the Western Sydney Primary Health Network is its ongoing and in depth consultations with local health professionals and the broader community around the identified areas of priority.
To support this role, WentWest has established two consultative bodies with a broad range of representatives from across the region:
Western Sydney PHN Clinical Council
WentWest has established a Clinical Council to inform the Board and Management of WentWest on opportunities to improve medical and health care services in the region. The Clinical Council also champions and informs the creation of locally relevant clinical pathways that are aligned with national priorities and that improve quality, cost-effectiveness, timeliness of patient care and reduce avoidable hospitalisations.
Western Sydney PHN Consumer Advisory Council
WentWest has established a Consumer Advisory Council to provide advice to the Board and Management on matters and issues affecting primary health care consumers. Its purpose is to bring the consumer voice to PHN activities, and to assist WentWest in working towards a patient centred system of primary health care that delivers better health outcomes.