Wheatbelt Health and Aged Care


Aged Care

Verso Consulting has been appointed as the successful tender applicant to develop the Central East Aged Care Regional Solution for the Wheatbelt.

The Regional Solution will investigate aging in place (assisting the aged to receive care in their own homes), existing and required infrastructure and services, as well as high care for the aged.

The project was identified through the Central East Aged Care Alliance (CEACA), formed following discussions at the 2011 Central East Country Local Government Funding Planning Forum in Kellerberrin. The group is seeking to develop a holistic regional solution to allow aging residents to remain in the region for as long as possible, within the context of Federal and State Government policy initiatives.

The CEACA is made up of 11 shires from the Central East Wheatbelt - Westonia, Yilgarn, Merredin, Wyalkatchem, Trayning, Nungarin, Bruce Rock, Mount Marshall, Kellerberrin, Mukinbudin and Koorda, as well as the Wheatbelt Development Commission and Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt.

Verso will work closely with other health initiatives which will impact the Aged Care sector such as the Southern Inland Health Initiative and the Productivity Commission Inquiry Report: Caring for Older Australians 2011.

The Regional Solution will provide clear direction to develop and implement infrastructure and service level solutions to address the urgent need for aged care accommodation, services in the Central Eastern Wheatbelt.

For more information on the Regional Solution contact Chelsea Gellard, Research and Project Officer, on 0488 120 476 or via email on chelsea.gellard@wheatbelt.wa.gov.au.

Related Information:
Aged Care Information Sheet, October 2011

Wheatbelt Health Planning

Wheatbelt Health MOU Group Overview
The Wheatbelt Health Memorandum of Understanding (Health MOU) group is a partnership between the Western Australian Country Health Service, Wheatbelt (WACHS, Wheatbelt), Wheatbelt General Practice Network (WGPN), the Avon-Midland, Central and Great Eastern Country Zones and the Wheatbelt Development Commission. The purpose of the Wheatbelt Health MOU group is to provide a framework for the parties regarding continual communication / engagement, structures and processes that will enhance health service delivery within the WACHS – Wheatbelt Region.

Wheatbelt Health Initiative Background
In March 2009 the Health MOU group engaged Marguerite Tohl, Director, MMT Consultancy Services to undertake the Wheatbelt Health Planning Initiative project. The project has been designed to incorporate past health papers and reviews, gathering information from the Wheatbelt community through community consultations and to prepare a report to inform future health planning for the Wheatbelt WACHS region. Four community booklets were compiled to provide the Wheatbelt community with information about the current health issues facing rural communities.

Coastal Community Profile
Western Community Profile
Eastern Community Profile
Southern Community Profile

Twelve communities were visited in June 2009 (Boddington, Beverley, Corrigin, Gingin, Jurien Bay, Koorda, Lake Grace, Merredin, Moora, Narrogin, Northam and Southern Cross) with two meetings held in each location. Over 500 people attended the consultations, over 20 written submissions received and another 150 stakeholders provided their thoughts as to the health needs (current and future), priorities and solutions of the Wheatbelt region. The information collected from the community consultations, written submissions and stakeholder meetings was used to compile the Wheatbelt Health Planning Initiative Report of Consultations August 2009. To access the Report click on the link Wheatbelt Health Planning Initiative Report of Consultations August 2009.

The Wheatbelt Health MOU Group is very grateful to the Wheatbelt community and other stakeholders for their time in participating and contributing toward this report. The findings in the report are of great significance and have played an important role toward the $565M Royalties for Regions supported Southern Inland Health Initiative.

The Wheatbelt Health MOU Group has also used the information from the report to identify a list of priority health areas to advocate for better health service delivery in the Wheatbelt. To access this list please click on this link: Key Messages Wheatbelt Health Initiative 2011.

If you would like more information on the Wheatbelt Health MOU Group or the Wheatbelt Health Planning Initiative project, please contact Pip Gooding at the Wheatbelt Development Commission on 08 9881 5888 or pip.gooding@wheatbelt.wa.gov.au.

Wheatbelt Health MOU Group Media Releases:
Wheatbelt Health MOU Media Statement 130511
The Wheatbelt Community to Have Their Say About Future Health Services 30/04/09

Wheatbelt Health Planning Initiative 1/12/08

Aged Care Housing EOI

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified and experienced individuals and organisations to develop a business case for the construction of housing for the elderly in the Central Eastern Wheatbelt region. 

The Central East Aged Care Alliance is an partnership of the Shires of Bruce Rock, Kellerberrin, Koorda, Merredin, Mount Marshall, Mukinbudin, Nungarin, Trayning, Westonia, Wyalkatchem, and Yilgarn. It is supported by the Wheatbelt Development Commission and Regional Development Australia – Wheatbelt.  Specifically, the Alliance seeks to provide a range of accommodation types that will allow aging in place.

Building on research completed, this consultancy will result in a business case that will identify the type of accommodation, its construction, location and number within the CEACA region, its cost based on the needs analysis, impediments to construction and will also provide concept design details.

Expressions of interest will close on COB 4/10/13 and should be submitted by email to lauren.clarke@wheatbelt.wa.gov.au

Research Documents:
Central East Wheatbelt Aged Support and Care Regional Solution/s Report