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Aged Care

PHN Cooperative Submission – September 2019

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Mental Health

PHN Cooperative Submission – March 2022

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Primary Care


Position Papers

PHN Cooperative Briefing Paper – May 2022

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PHN Cooperative White Paper – October 2021

Identifies the current and potential roles of PHNs in supporting health ageing PHNs have implemented a broad range of programs and activities that seek to improve the health of older people within their regions.

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PHN Cooperative White Paper – January 2021

Outlines recommendations to provide a platform for integrated emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts in the future.

The extraordinary circumstances of 2020 have highlighted the important role that should be held by primary care providers and PHNs during times of crisis. Primary health care is an important part of Australia’s healthcare system but while there is much goodwill and commitment from primary care providers, they are not able to maximise existing capabilities for response, relief and recovery, without coordination, leadership and support.

Although Commonwealth and state agencies have the overall responsibility for on-the-ground disaster management, during natural disasters or health emergencies, PHNs offer the opportunity to coordinate a strong primary health care response that will deliver care where and when it is needed, reducing pressure on the acute sector and ensuring an organised and effective response.

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PHN Cooperative White Paper – November 2020

The outcome of a strategic project undertaken by all 31 PHNs (the PHN Cooperative) to articulate a proposed future for the PHN Program over the next five years. The paper incorporates a preliminary PHN Program purpose and principles, definition of current, emerging and potential future PHN roles and responsibilities, current barriers and challenges, and key opportunities for the realisation of PHNs’ full potential in achieving ambitious outcomes aligned to the Quadruple Aim.

The Paper outlines:

  • The evolution of PHNs and readiness to take the next step.
  • Insights to be gained from world leading primary health care organisations/systems.
  • A preliminary PHN Program purpose and PHN Program principles.
  • PHN roles and responsibilities in the broader health system context.
  • Effective governance practices and structures to enable success.
  • Recommendations on the change required to deliver on PHN Program ambitions.

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