Who We Are

Hunter New England and Central Coast (HNECC) is a not for profit organisation funded by the Commonwealth government to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the primary health care system.

Following changes introduced by the Commonwealth government in 2014 the PHN replaced the Central Coast, Hunter and New England Medicare Locals. It has however, been able to maintain and consolidate the existing business relationships built up by the three organisations over many years. These relationships include formal partnerships and health reform agreements, with the Central Coast and Hunter New England Local Health Districts (LHDs), formal partnerships and funding agreements with Aboriginal Health Services, Non-Government Organisations, Aged Care Organisations, Local Government and the private sector.

The PHN is not a direct provider of services, instead it manages a range of service agreements with organisations to deliver primary health care programs in areas of identified need. Program areas funded include mental health, Aboriginal health, GP after hours care and Rural Primary Health Services (RPHS)

Our Vision

Healthy People and Healthy Communities

Our Purpose

To deliver innovative, locally relevant solutions that measurably improve the health outcomes of our communities

Our Values

Respect – Innovation – Accountability – Integrity – Cooperation – Recognition

Our Principles

We will deliver better health outcomes that are efficient, effective, equitable and sustainable by:

1. having a whole of system focus that puts people and communities first
2. being responsive to the diversity of, and differences in, our communities and address health inequalities
3. helping people understand and care for their own health, and supporting them as partners in a better health system
4. supporting and being guided by GPs and other clinicians as leaders in a better health system
5. aiming for the best use of health resources, with locally relevant services that are high quality and cost-effective collaborating with others to enable and coordinate timely and appropriate health care, so that people can stay well in their communities

Our Strategic Plan

You can download a copy of our Strategic Plan here HNECC PHN Strategic Plan

Our Region

Hunter New England Central Coast (HNECC) Primary Health Network is vast in geographical terms and diverse in terms of its communities. Covering 130, 000 square kilometres reaching from the QLD border in the north to Gosford in the south, and west past Narrabri and Gunnedah. It incorporates 27 Local Government Areas.

The region has a population of 1.2 million people who live in small rural and remote rural villages, in regional towns and in densely populated urban centres.

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