Funding for primary care health services expanding across the New England & North West

Primary health care services including drug & alcohol treatment services in the New England and North West is to get a boost thanks to significant new funding. The new funding package, commissioned by the Primary Health Network, aims to improve access to a range of drug & alcohol treatment and culturally appropriate mental health services for Aboriginal people.

Speaking today at the launch of the new services Richard Nankervis, CEO for the PHN said” The Primary Health Network is pleased to be providing more than $2.9M in funding to primary health care providers across the New England and North West regions”.

“Our PHN has undertaken extensive consultation with a range of local stakeholders to inform our planning and commissioning of these services across our region. This planning and consultation has been vital to ensure that the services we commission are informed by local needs and priorities so we can maximise the benefits of the Commonwealth Government’s investment.”

“We are also delighted that will be getting the opportunity to work with organisations such as St Vincent De Paul, who are represented here today. Vinnies has a strong record of providing evidence based prevention and early intervention activities in communities across the nation”.

Commenting on Vinnies success in being awarded contracts for drug & alcohol treatment services in Tamworth & Armidale Dianne Lucas, Deputy CEO of Vinnies said “At Vinnies we recognise that alcohol and other drug use is common within our communities and our aim is to promote well-being and minimise the harm resulting from the use of these substances. We have a long and well established track record in providing drug & alcohol treatment services and the work we do in this region will help inform national evidence-based treatment policies”

“As many people would be aware Vinnies already operates Freeman House in Armidale which has become a vital service to help people from across this region tackle addiction issues. The facility makes a significant difference to the community by working alongside people, providing support and guidance to people and helping them make long-term, sustainable changes in their lives.”

“We look forward to our new day rehabilitation service being established in Tamworth making a similar difference to people’s ability to recover from addiction and assist them on their journey towards restoring a healthy lifestyle.”

Funding for all of these programs and services have been allocated through the PHN’s commissioning process. The commissioning of health services is undertaken following a transparent tendering process that is informed by the PHN’s baseline needs assessment and associated market analysis. Commissioning is a holistic process that enables the PHN to plan and contract health care services that are appropriate and relevant to the needs of local communities.