Arche Health is a social health enterprise committed to excellence in primary healthcare.
Arche Health is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and a registered charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. We are a GP member based organisation with a well established history in service quality in the southern metropolitan region of Perth, Western Australia. The organisation has previously operated under the trading names of the Canning Division of General Practice and The Bentley-Armadale Medicare Local. The organisation was founded on June 1992 with Commonwealth Government funding through the establishment of local Divisions of General Practices. These organisations were set up across Australia to provide a voice and an identity for local GPs. The current organisations name “Arche” stems from the Greek term (ἀρχή) that denotes primary senses “beginning”, “origin” or “source of action” or “first principle”. The term was first used by Pre-Socretic Greek philosopher Anaximander.
In recognition of the lexicology of the word, Arche Health’s service model embodies deeply committment to the true value of primary health care as the frontline of our health care system. A strong, accessible primary health care system keeps people well and out of hospital, supporting them to manage their health issues closer to their homes. Effective primary health care services focus on proactive approaches using preventative measures, managing complex chronic diseases, while encouraging self-care recommendations. Primary health care also serves to decrease delays and increase access to the health care system, offering better health outcomes and in doing so, reduce the need for costly specialist hospital services.
Our primary healthcare services cover all ages from children to older people and works along different stages from prevention and early intervention, through to treatment and the specialised long-term management of complex chronic conditions.
Our Service Principles
We uphold a committment to:
Arche Health appreciates the work of carers and acknowledges the incredible role they play in the community. The Carers Recognition Act 2004 establishes the Western Australian Carers Charter.
Support and deliver innovative and quality primary health care.
To be recognised as a provider of high quality primary health care services that meets the needs of the community.
The values that drive everything we do are:
Our Strategic Goals
- To empower clients and the community by building their capacity to achieve positive health outcomes.
- To improve services through evidence-based practice within a quality framework.
- To establish a diverse workforce and provide a safe and environmentally friendly workplace.
- To establish strategic alliances that enable Arche Health to fulfil its mission.
- To utilise, develop and increase resources for service delivery optimisation.
The Charter describes the rights that consumers, or someone they care for, can expect when receiving health care. These rights apply to all people in all places where health care is provided in Australia. This includes public and private hospitals, day procedure services, general practice and other community health services.