Allied & Primary Health Services & Programs

HealthWISE is about advancing the well being of our community.
We provide a range Allied and Primary Health services across New England North West New South Wales and South East Queensland.

What is Primary Health?

Primary health care is typically the first contact you have when you have a health concern. Primary health care covers health care that is not related to a hospital visit, including health promotion, prevention, early intervention, treatment of acute conditions, and management of chronic conditions.
HealthWISE Primary Health Care Nurses Provide events and health checks in smaller communities in our region.

What is Allied Health?

Allied Health is a term used to describe the broad range of health professionals who are not doctors, dentists or nurses. HealthWISE provide a range of Allied Health services.

Priority Allied Health Services Program – PAHS

The aim of the Priority Allied Health Services (PAHS) program is to improve the health and wellbeing of people across our region by increasing access to a range of primary health services in our communities. It is primarily focused on residents living in small and more rural locations, enabling them to access these services closer to home. It also aims to improve linkages between allied health and general practice. Treatment under the PAHS program is free for Health Care Card holders/pensioners and people on a low income, and requires a referral. Please talk to you GP, Practice Nurse or Allied Health Professional about being referred to this program.


Patients must be low income earners or pension/healthcare cardholders. Patients are eligible for only one PAHS referral, per Allied Health Service, in a 12 month period, except in extenuating circumstances.
* Referrals for all services will be accepted from GPs, Practice Nurses, and other allied health professionals. The patient’s regular GP must be notified of this and included in all communication.
Acknowledgment of program funding received by the Hunter New England Primary Health Network and the Department of Health.
For more information please contact your nearest office.

HealthWISE Remote Medical Specialists

The Rural Health Outreach Fund and the Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program are designed to improve access to specialist medical and allied health services in rural and remote areas, and in communities with significant Indigenous populations. This is achieved by supporting specialists and allied health professionals to travel to rural and remote locations to provide clinical services, and to up-skill GPs and health workers. Access to these specialist services is through GP referral.

Some Aboriginal identified services do not require a GP referral – please contact a HealthWISE office for these Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program services.

Fee structure is determined by provider and needs to be confirmed on booking. Ask your GP or contact HealthWISE for information about specific providers.

These services are available in selected towns in our region. Please click here to find a service near you:

STAH – Small towns after hours program

Did you know that the STAH (Small Town After Hours) program allows you to access a doctor at Emercency Department even when the usual doctor is away? You don’t have to travel to the next town for medical care out of business hours if your usual doctor is not available. 

The STAH program is a phone service which links registered nurses in remote local health districts, where a local GP is temporarily unavailable, to a GP in a larger centre who can provide over the telephone advice.

For more information about the STAH program phone Kate Perrett at HealthWISE Gunnedah 02 6742 3633.

Funded by HealthWISE and the HNECC PHN.

Memory Assessment

The Memory Assessment Program (MAP) provides early assessment and diagnosis for people with mild to moderate cognitive impairment, and an integrated and multi-disciplinary care model to support patients and carers from diagnosis of dementia through the progression of the disease. The program links GPs and their patients with dementia specialised medical, neuropsychological and dementia support services. Additionally, the comprehensive patient assessment and report provided by the MAP Coordinator supports the Geriatrician and reduces the number of specialist appointments required by the patient.

GPs are able to refer patients to the program by completing the the MAP GP Management Tool and the MMSE/Clock Drawing test, and sending these along with:
Pathology results
CT Brain Scan
Medical history
Medication list as per the check list on the Management Tool
Referral letter to the Geriatrician

 MAP is offered in Armidale, Ashford, Emmaville, Guyra, Glen Innes, Inverell, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha, and surrounding areas.
For further information, please contact Memory Assessment Program Coordinator Cate Doyle at our Armidale office on 02 6771 1146.

Healthy Ageing Groups

The Healthy Ageing groups cater for people both in the community and also those living in Residential Aged Care Facilities. (The service offered in the Residential Aged Care Facilities are provided where these services are not covered by Medicare or other funding arrangements.)

The aim of the program/groups is to assist people who have had falls, or are at risk of falling, and to improve strength and balance overall for all participants.

In partnership with HealthWISE, local providers generally organise the groups through advertising/word of mouth. No referral is necessary.

Healthy Ageing Groups are run in the following locations:

Armidale, Barraba, Bingara, Bundara, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Guyra, Manilla, Moree, Narrabri, Tamworth and surrounding small towns and villages, Uralla, Walcha, Warialda, Wee Waa.

Please contact HealthWISE program coordinators Susanne Kable in Narrabri on 02 6792 5514 or Miranda Wright in Tamworth on 02 6766 1394 for further information.