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A word from our CEO: Dianne Kitcher

Monday 13 February marked the 9th anniversary of the national apology to Australia's First Peoples - an important moment in our nation's history that must never be forgotten.

We know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience substantial disadvantage with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, access to early childhood education, educational achievement and employment outcomes. The Federal Government's report card: Closing the Gap, which was released on Tuesday, outlines some positive signs in health while showing insufficient progress in other areas. Read the full report

As the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, we realise there is much work to be done to improve health outcomes, reduce inequalities and ensure better patient experiences for Aboriginal people who live in South Eastern NSW. We have recently employed two staff members - Elaine Lomas and Kay Stewart who will be dedicated to developing strong partnerships between local Aboriginal communities and key service providers to support better health outcomes for these members of our community.  

In other news, phase one of our exciting innovation project continues with extensive consultation taking place across the region about the key barriers and enablers to adopting to a Patient Centred Medical Home.

A Patient Centred Medical Home is a team-based healthcare delivery model, led by a GP who provides comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients, with the goal of obtaining maximised health outcomes. Care coordination is an essential component of the PCMH. The patient has a single medical home whether the needs are primary, preventative, acute or chronic care. It requires additional resources such as IT and appropriately trained staff to provide coordinated care through team-based models.

The University of Wollongong is working with us to undertake this consultation. Researchers will be calling a sample of general practices within the our region to hear your thoughts and ideas about how we might get ready to deal with these changes in our population.

Those practices not contacted, will still have an opportunity to take part in a short interview. Simply contact Alyssa Horgan on (02) 4221 5819, or via email at to find out more.

The outcomes of the consultations by the University of Wollongong will be provided to us and we look forward to sharing the key themes with you.

A reminder that our Request for Proposals (RFPs) for mental health and suicide prevention initiatives or services is currently open. This funding targets psychological therapies, support for complex mental health needs, and community-based suicide prevention for people who live in South Eastern NSW. We are looking for innovative proposals, with applications closing this Friday (17 February) at 5pm.

To learn about this and/or future commissioning opportunities, please register on our procurement portal. If you would like any further information about commissioning, please contact us at

Dianne Kitcher