Western District misses health funding

Jason Trethowan

Jason Trethowan

WESTERN District Primary Health Network may have missed out on a slice of national funding but CEO Jason Trethowan remains upbeat.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Sussan Ley announced $120 million for the Health Care Homes initiative.

Mr Trethowan said only 10 regions across Australia will be part of the initiative which will start with a two-year trial beginning on July 1 next year.

“There is only one in Victoria which is in south-east Melbourne,” Mr Trethowan said.

“It would have been good to be involved in a trial project like this but we will not lose any of our existing funding. 

“We are well-placed to be involved in Health Care Homes when it is up and going.”

The trial will be used for GP’s and other practitioners to help manage people with chronic conditions within the primary health care framework.

“We have some terrific examples of primary health care in the south-west,” he said.

“The rates of chronic conditions are increasing but we have health practitioners working to keep people well and living in their own homes.” 

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