Bracing for change: Western Sydney goes global

L-R back row: Professor Glen Maberly, Adjunct Professor Walter Kmet, Associate Professor Peter McGeorge, Executive Director of Integrated and Community Health Victoria Nesire, Director of Integrated Partnerships and Enablers Linda Soars. Front row: International Foundation for Integrated Care CEO Dr Nick Goodwin; Professor David Perkins and Chief Executive of the Western Sydney Local Health District Danny O’Connor.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is officially a new member of a global foundation, alongside several other key New South Wales agencies.

The district recently joined the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), paving the way for a big step forward in the way chronic conditions which can be managed in western Sydney.

WSLHD executive director Integrated and Community Health, Victoria Nesire said the new partnership will strengthen the district’s commitment to health issues and chronic conditions in western Sydney.

“The design of health services needs to change to meet our health challenges … we can no longer wait until people are presenting to the emergency departments,” said Ms Nesire.

“We are proud to be a new member of the IFIC … this partnership will help improve the way health and social policy service partners work together to improve the health and wellbeing of our population … which is a high priority for us.

“This new partnership with IFIC strengthens our commitment to integrated care in Australia.”

Relationships and partnerships have also been formalised with a number of agencies including the Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN), the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and a range of government agencies including the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Family and Community Services (FACS), NSW Education, Juvenile Justice and NSW Police.

“A lot of work has already been undertaken in western Sydney to develop better ways of integrating care,” Ms Nesire said.

“We’ve already delivered the Integrated Health Partnership Framework, which prioritises the health of Aboriginal people, mental health, children, youth and families, older people and patients with chronic and complex conditions.

“Integrating health at a system, population and care level is a high priority for WSLHD, addressing the health and health literacy of our population, moving services closer to home and delivering integrated care priorities are clearly articulated in the WSLHD Health Services Plan to 2026.

“The Western Sydney Diabetes and Integrated Care program is an example of this, as it aims to lead the way in delivering new models for promoting health and wellbeing and providing better care in partnerships with other organisations.”