A brief overview of PHNs

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are independent not-for-profit organisations that support primary healthcare through service and system level integration, commissioning of services to address identified gaps and needs in their regions, and general practice transformation. PHNs also support the health care workforce to build capacity and capability and are positioned to support coordinated primary health care responses to emergency and natural disasters.

PHNs were established in 2015 by the Australian Government Department of Health with the two key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes; and to improve the coordination of health services, and increase access and quality support for people to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.