August 2019

 New alliance to help combat chronic disease in South West Queensland

It was a significant occasion for Western Queensland in Charleville last week when a new Alliance was formed with leading health care organisations. 


The Alliance, an initiative between the Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health (CACH), Charleville and Western Area Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Ltd (CWAATSICH), South West Hospital and Health Service (SWHHS), and Western Queensland Primary Health Network (WQPHN), has been implemented to develop a formal memorandum of agreement for local planning, and commissioning and delivery of integrated health services in the Far West region.

SWHHS’s Chief Executive Linda Patat said this was a very significant advancement for health in Western Queensland and Australia.

“One of our key objectives in the South West is to develop strong, innovative and meaningful partnership with other leading stakeholders so we can closely integrate and deliver more joined up program, workforce expertise, and funding” Mrs Patat said.

“Our key focus is to build this partnership to achieve quality outcomes for our communities and particularly for those people in the community with chronic disease, making sure every person has access to the right care for them in the service that suits their needs best.

Sheryl Lawton, CEO CWAATSICH said the improved management and prevention of chronic disease was an important rural health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health issue.

“We believe this new alliance is going to provide important breakthroughs in ensuring better health outcomes for our people,” Ms Lawton said.

“The value of working in partnership and ensuring complimentary service delivery across each rural community is considered a high priority to strengthen both primary and community care, and access to acute care, and particularly for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.”

WQPHN CEO Stuart Gordan wanted to emphasise the importance of the joint Alliance.

“Improving health outcomes and reducing the impacts of chronic disease requires coordination and joint planning to customise care around the unique needs of outback populations,” Mr Gordon said.

“Ensuring people have access to the right care at the right time takes a team and the Alliance is providing this leadership and is already informing shared approaches that will better integrate services and bring new approaches to care on the ground.”