Connecting health professionals from the South West region of Western Australia

The South West Health Professionals Network welcomes health professionals from throughout the South West of Western Australia.  Registration to the site allows access to extensive support resources not available to general users.

  • Aboriginal health worker
  • ATSI health practitioner
  • Audiologist
  • Audiometrist
  • Chinese medicine practitioner
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counsellor
  • Community health representative
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental therapist
  • Dentist
  • Diabetes educator
  • Dietitian
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Federal health representative
  • General practitioner
  • Health agency representative
  • Hospital doctor
  • Medical radiation practitioner
  • Medical specialist
  • Mental health professional
  • Midwife
  • Nurse – enrolled
  • Nurse – registered
  • Nurse and midwife
  • Nutritionist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Orthodontist
  • Osteopath
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatric surgeon
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Radiographer
  • Registrar
  • Resident
  • Social worker
  • Sonographer
  • Speech pathologist
  • State health representative
  • Student – health
  • Student – medicine
  • University representative

South West Health Professionals Network ‘Young Professionals’ Health Summit

Thank you to event partner St John of God Bunbury Hospital for supporting the inaugural SWHPN South West ‘Young Professionals’ Health Summit at the BREC in Bunbury on Saturday 20 March 2021.
Delegates enjoyed a morning presentation from Thai cave rescue diver Dr Craig Challen SC OAM and participated in professional development workshops such as finding a mentor, enhancing your cultural awareness and managing your own mental health. The afternoon interactive workshops focused on emergency skills, pain management, chronic disease, oral health, mental health case studies and musculoskeletal and sports medicine management. The day was rounded out with networking drinks and canapés by the water.
Images: Nicole Scott (SJOGBH), Dr Sarah Newman (Doctors’ Health Advisory Service Western Australia), Dr Zhen Lin, Dr Nan Htwesan, Katie Kindleysides (Rural Health West), Dr Craig Challen SC OAM, Carol Chandler and June Foulds (The Rural Clinical School of WA).

GP breakfast education series – Cardiology

Hosted by St John of God Bunbury Hospital and the South West Health Professionals Network, the latest session in the GP Breakfast Education series was held on Friday 19 February 2021.  The topic was Cardiology and attendees enjoyed a breakfast and presentations by Cardiologists Dr Allison Morton and Dr Rachel Orme, and Vascular Surgeon Dr Kishore Sieunarine.

The next session in the series will be at 7:00am on Friday 25 June 2021 with the topic of Orthopaedics. An invitation and registration link will be sent to members of the SWHPN.

For more information on this series, please contact Sally Mueller or Nicole Scott.

Get to know your network in the South West…

Meet Physiotherapist Issy Downie

What are your professional interests/specialities?
Continence and Women’s Health, with an extra special interest in Sexual Dysfunction.

Tell us, where are you from and how did you get to be a Physiotherapist in the South West?
I am originally from Perth then upon graduating I secured my first job in Kalgoorlie. I was there for three years until my partner and I decided to continue living rurally however needing to be a bit closer than 400km to a beach! We were lucky enough to both secure jobs in the South West and within a year bought our first home in Cowaramup.

What do you love about the South West?
Where to begin? The community, the beach, the trees, the national parks, the camping, the endless amounts of walking and riding tracks and almost the most important one of all, the wine and food (however as a health professional I thought it best not to lead with that!).

Did you always want to be a Physiotherapist? Why?
I was extremely accident prone in quite an “extra” way growing up with walls falling on me, double flipping of trampolines, jumping off anything at any height into water and then just your run-of-the-mill falling down staircases! I got to know physiotherapy as a career at quite an early age, however, my main passion at school was drama (in and out of the classroom some might say) and I believed I was destined to be an actress. After graduating high school and taking a gap year travelling around, I returned home thinking maybe I will keep my drama and acting career as a passion and apply for physiotherapy, you may not believe it, but they are two quite complimentary skills to have! A week later from returning from my gap year I was accepted and enrolled into physiotherapy and now I might be one of the only physiotherapists in the South West that can treat you while reciting monologues or performing your favourite character impressions at the same time.

What are your passions?
I have a passion in trying to normalise continence and women’s health issues. I have an ability to make women feel extremely comfortable and create an environment of zero judgement and embarrassment. I have been like this ever since I remember with friends at school constantly telling me their embarrassing secrets. I was obsessed with the “Dolly Doctor” sealed magazine section and that is where my interests started. I have always been very open in sharing my own issues with friends and my family (my mum and sister mainly), which firsthand shows how important have good support is for any issue, big or small. My main reason for going into this field is that I hate the thought of women silently suffering when there could be a very easy and accessible way of fixing the problem. I am passionate in finding teams that like problem solving, networking and working together as there are so many of us down here and sending out the message that help is available and that no matter what, you (women) are not alone!

When you aren’t working, where will we find you?
Doing laps in the ocean swimming with my super fit friends between Gnarabup and Prevelly, surfing/ being pushed onto waves by my very talented surfing friends (I’m not so talented), walking my beloved dogs anywhere that is dog friendly, eating pretty much anything at pretty much any restaurant or winery (light drinking also comes with that, I mean I’m only human!), jumping into the dam at my friends property in Wilyabrup or getting my morning coffee at the Black Sheep. I guess you could try at one of those places to find me and if not, I am faffing around in my dream house in Cowaramup that my partner and I luckily got to buy 2 years ago!

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