Primary Health

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) began operations in July 2015. Six priority areas have been identified for their work: mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, health workforce, eHealth, and aged care.  Discussion papers outlining key challenges for PHNs across these priorities are available here.

AHHA supported the publication of a book Leading Change in Primary Care: Boards of Primary Health Networks Can Help Improve the Australian Health Care System which draws on the experience of the authors, who were on or associated with the board of the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local (NMML). The book explores how PHN boards can bring about meaningful reform in the primary health system. It is available for download from the AHHA website.

In 2016, the Australian Government announced a trial of Health Care Homes across 10 PHNs. This Deeble Institute Issues Brief examines the Health Care Home program, and recommends shared principles and enablers to support successful implementation of the program.

PHNs commission health services, and while they do not directly provide services, they have responsibility for clinical governance in articulating safety requirements and monitoring the quality of processes and outcomes. The Deeble Institute Issues Brief: Clinical governance for Primary Health Networks was developed as part of a series of interviews and a workshop held with the Queensland PHNs.

Reports

A health system that supports contraceptive choice
A health system that supports contraceptive choice
Evidence Brief: Partnerships and collaborative advantage in primary care reform
Evidence Brief: Partnerships and collaborative advantage in primary care reform
Integrated healthcare: Policy pathways and pitfalls
Integrated healthcare: Policy pathways and pitfalls
Top 5 recommendations
Top 5 recommendations
Transition to PHN Seminar: Employment Issues - Alicia Mataere, Holman Webb
Transition to PHN Seminar: Employment Issues - Alicia Mataere, Holman Webb
Transition to PHN Seminar: Change Management - Deborah Cole, AHHA
Transition to PHN Seminar: Change Management - Deborah Cole, AHHA
Transition to PHN Seminar: A little bit of law - Tim Smyth, Holman Webb
Transition to PHN Seminar: A little bit of law - Tim Smyth, Holman Webb
PHN Roadshow report: Primary Health Networks - Opportunities, Challenges and Recommendations
PHN Roadshow report: Primary Health Networks - Opportunities, Challenges and Recommendations
PHN Roadshow report: Multi-Purpose Services
PHN Roadshow report: Multi-Purpose Services
2013 Policy Think Tank
2013 Policy Think Tank
2012 Policy Think Tank
2012 Policy Think Tank
2011 Policy Think Tank
2011 Policy Think Tank

Evidence Briefs

Deeble Institute Evidence Brief No.15: ‘What works’ in partnering to deliver effective Aboriginal health services
Deeble Institute Evidence Brief No.15: ‘What works’ in partnering to deliver effective Aboriginal health services

Submissions

Submission House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
Submission House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health Inquiry into Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
Primary Healthcare Advisory Group - September 2015
Primary Healthcare Advisory Group - September 2015
Medicare Local Review 2013
Medicare Local Review 2013
National Primary Health Care      Strategic Framework 2012
National Primary Health Care Strategic Framework 2012
Medicare Locals Governance and Functions Consultation 2010
Medicare Locals Governance and Functions Consultation 2010
AHHA Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Out-of-pocket medical expenses
AHHA Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Out-of-pocket medical expenses

Position statements

Health Care Homes
Health Care Homes
Primary Health Care Coordination
Primary Health Care Coordination
Hospital in the Home
Hospital in the Home
Primary Health Networks and NPS Medicinewise
Primary Health Networks and NPS Medicinewise
Community Health
Community Health

Collaborative projects

Tasmanian heart failure project summary interim report
Tasmanian heart failure project summary interim report
South Eastern Sydney heart failure integrated care project final report
South Eastern Sydney heart failure integrated care project final report
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