ExpiredConnecting the Community Sector with Primary Health Care (Launceston)


  • Connecting the Community Sector with Primary Health Care
    9 April 2019
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Supported by funding from Primary Health Tasmania (Tasmania PHN) through the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program.

The half-day workshop will explain practical ideas for how your community organisation could create a successful multi-disciplinary primary healthcare enterprise, responsive to the needs of your client group or local community.

Many of the people we work with in the community sector can benefit from improved access to primary health care. This workshop is for community sector organisations who want to better understand:

  • primary health care service development;
  • Medicare funding and how it can be effectively used by the community sector;
  • creating a self-funding primary health service;
  • building best practice integrated primary health service models;
  • the expanding role of Primary Health Networks; and
  • the interface between state and commonwealth funding.

Cost: Free Admission       

Each organisation is encouraged to register a senior executive and a finance executive for the workshop. The session will be followed by a light lunch at 1pm and an opportunity for further discussion and networking. 

For more information, please contact Lis de Vries, COPHE Consultant, on 0423 798 800 or email Lis – OR – Simone Zell, TasCOSS Manager Community Sector Development, on 0400 600 814 or email Simone.


Community Owned Primary Health Enterprises (COPHE) is a service which aims to support communities and not-for-profit organisations to develop and run their own health services. Rod Wilson, Chris Love and Lis de Vries are experienced CEOs and senior executives in health and community services.

The Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS) is the peak body for the community services industry in Tasmania. We work with other community service organisations to continuously improve to respond to the needs of Tasmanians. We work to keep our members informed and up to date with the latest changes and requirements of our dynamic sector.

Primary Health Tasmania (Tasmania PHN) is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation working to connect care and keep Tasmanians well and out of hospital. It was established under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program to support and enable a coordinated, primary care-focused health system.

About Community Owned Primary Health Enterprises (COPHE):


Lis de Vries

Lis is a social worker and was CEO of a Women’s Health Service and the Tasmanian Council of Social Service before taking up various senior executive positions in international NGOs. Lis has a Master of International Politics and is currently teaching in the Master of Social Work at the University of Melbourne.



Rod Wilson

Rod has had extensive experience in the Australian health sector. Rod has been CEO of three Victorian community health services and a Medicare Local. He has developed a range of innovative primary health products and ideas which have been influential and implemented at a policy and practice level.



Chris Love

Chris is a qualified CPA and has strong expertise in financial and business management including data analysis. He has worked in the health sector in management roles in Corporate Services with various community health services as well as executive management positions in other organisations. Chris has specific expertise in developing financial models and investigating business requirements for operating medical practices and health activities generally.



Venue Phone: 03 6331 6115

Venue Website:

Inveresk railyards, Invermay, Tasmania, 7250, Australia