Primary health networks (PHNs) have been established with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for individuals, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes. They also aim to improve coordination of care to ensure people receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
PHNs are not for profit, regionally based organisations which aim to strengthen primary care by redirecting frontline health services to improve health outcomes of the community.
Primary health care may be viewed as the first point of contact an individual has with the health system. This is often visiting the local GP, but may include a range of health professionals such as nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, dentists, physiotherapists or Aboriginal health workers.
Primary health care services address not only the immediate problem, but also include prevention and screening, chronic disease management and health promotion.
Our vision is supporting, strengthening and shaping a world class, person centred primary health care system. We work to achieve this by working directly with all key players including general practitioners, allied health, nurses, secondary care providers, local health districts and specialty health networks, local communities and non-government organisations to ensure improved health outcomes for people living and working in our region.