Health worker network up

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Port Hedland Chiropractor Kaitlyn Wade.
Camera IconPort Hedland Chiropractor Kaitlyn Wade. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

A new network for Pilbara health professionals is set to host a series of events this month to help foster support and opportunity within the industry and help with worker retention.

The Pilbara Health Professionals Network was launched virtually in April with the aim of providing health professionals with networking events, education and professional workshops.

It is set to ensure health professionals are well supported to encourage them to continue working in the region.

The network is ready to be rolled out in person across the Pilbara with networking events held in Newman last week, Karratha today and Port Hedland tomorrow.

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PHPN Karratha regional program officer Monica Hayes said the events were held in partnership with the Pilbara Development Commission.

“A strong health professionals network can promote and facilitate retention of healthcare workers in the Pilbara,” she said.

“The events will provide a great opportunity for health professionals in the sector to build professional and social networks of support.”

Port Hedland chiropractor and PHPN member Kaitlyn Wade said she’d had many opportunities since joining the network.

“The PHPN has given me the chance to get to know other health professionals in the region as well as attend the social networking events too — there’s nothing up here like it,” she said.

The network was developed by health agencies including Rural Health West, WA Country Health Service, WA Primary Health Alliance, the Rural Clinical School of WA and WA Centre for Rural Health.

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