Partnership to improve public health outcomes in Melbourne’s west

By Tate Papworth

Two new partnerships will aim to provide support to people in the west experiencing hardship for the next 23 years.

Western Health and the Western Bulldogs have each partnered with Netflow – an organisation with a focus on road projects in Australia and New Zealand.

The Western Health and Netflow partnership will support the Greatest Need Project, a Western Health initiative aimed at supporting patients experiencing severe disadvantage.

Western Health Foundation director Julia White said the partnership would ensure the program is around for many years to come.

“The Greatest Need Project was established to provide direct assistance to those in our community at risk of falling through the gaps,” Ms White said.

“It’s an innovative program, designed to respond on a patient-by-patient basis to ensure everyone is able to receive the best healthcare for their specific needs. Funding for the program is sourced completely through corporate and individual donations and we are thrilled that Netflow has stepped up as a major contributor to ensure the long-term viability of this program.”

The partnership between Western Bulldogs and Netflow will aim to support newly-arrived migrants and refugees in the western suburbs.

It will deliver settlement and employability services to an additional 130 new migrants and refugees each year across western Melbourne.

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation general manager Kashif Bouns said the partnership would create long-term benefits for the booming west.

“The western suburbs continue to be one of the most popular places for new Australians to call home, and the demand for our programs is ever-growing,” Mr Bouns said.

“This partnership with Netflow means we now have the ability to assist more newly-arrived refugees and migrants each year for 23 years.”