The Country SA PHN is the new primary health network covering the country regions of South Australia.
The Australian Government announced the establishment of Primary Health Networks, in 2014, and are to be known as PHNs. The key objectives of PHNs are to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes; and improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
Our six key priority areas are:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- Aged Care
- Digital Health (eHealth)
- Health Workforce
- Mental Health
- Population Health
- Nationally 31 PHNs opened from 1 July – two (2) in South Australia
- All the Medicare Locals across Australia closed on 30 June 2015
- In South Australia the Country North SA Medicare Local was successful in tendering for the Country SA PHN
- The Country SA PHN boundaries align with the local health network, Country Health SA
- Population health planning (needs assessments/data analysis) including service gap identification
- Health care commissioning particularly for vulnerable populations
- Practice support services so that GPs are better placed to provide care to patients and avoid hospital
- Support general practices with safety and quality
- Assisting general practices with Digital Health (previously eHealth)
Bridging the gap of health inequity and access in rural South Australia by building a collaborative and responsive country SA health care system.
- Commitment to improving the patient ‘experience’ of the health system
- Act with integrity and transparency
- Make timely decisions of the highest ethical standard
- Be responsive to individual, community and provider needs within local communities
- Meet challenges with innovative and responsive solutions
- Foster, enable and facilitate partnerships that enrich and improve rural health services, activities and systems
- Be flexible, adaptable and responsive to continuous quality improvement and evaluation outcomes
- Remain connected to local communities in their respective settings
- Be held accountable by those we serve as a provider, enabler, facilitator, funder or contractor.
- Maintain a robust and transparent governance framework, meeting the standards of the Australian Corporations Act (2001), the ASC Principles of Effective Governance and other laws and practices as they apply.
The coverage is all of rural South Australia, 99.8% of the State’s geography, approximately 30% of SA’s total population.