Time for Primary Health Networks to get to work

Today’s announcement by Health Minister Ley of the successful bids for the new Primary Health Networks (PHNs) has provided welcome clarity for the organised primary care sector, their staff and clients, but the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) says strong support is now needed from all levels of government and from professional groups to ensure the PHNs are able to get to work and make a positive contribution to the health system, particularly in the commissioning of regional health services based on community needs.

“With only 11 weeks for PHNs to be fully operational – with new partners, governing boards, clinical and community advisory councils, premises and staff to support primary health across much larger regions than in the past – the job will be challenging. Maintaining patient services, for example in mental health, must be a priority as transition plans are implemented and organisations are developed,” says AHHA Chief Executive, Alison Verhoeven

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