Smooth Transition for Primary Health Care in the West

With the transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks (PHN) having taken place on July 1 many service users and health care professionals have raised the question of just who will be continuing the delivery of primary health care services and programs across the West.

For Central and North West Queensland the answer was uncomplicated with the new PHN Western Queensland Primary Care Collaborative Ltd (WQPCC) appointing North and West Remote Health (NWRH) to continue with service delivery for a minimum of a further 12 months.

Previously trading as Central and North West Queensland Medicare Local and a pioneer in the provision of outreach health services in the region NWRH was a “seamless solution to ensure transition to the Commonwealth’s PHN initiative” said WQPCC Interim Chief Executive Brett Oates.

“With a large team of multidisciplinary health care professionals and the necessary resources and established networks across the region; including in rural and remote communities having them (NWRH) continue to deliver services on behalf of the WQPCC in Central and North West Queensland was a common sense solution”.

“Moving forward we look forward to a strong partnership with the North and West Remote Health team to improve the health outcomes for the residents of our communities” said Brett.

With a history of caring for tens of thousands of individuals NWRH specialise in flexible solutions for a range of health and well-being services including-

  • Health Promotion and Education
  • Early Intervention and Prevention
  • Health Professional Support
  • Disability and Aged Care
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Preventative Health & Healthy Communities
  • Early Intervention and Clinical Services
  • Mental Health and Social Emotional Wellbeing
  • Accreditation and Quality Data Support

Past, current and future NWRH clients with enquiries on accessing such services are encouraged to make contact with any of their regional offices including Townsville, Mount Isa, Mornington Island, Doomadgee or Longreach or to refer to the newly launched website

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