Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) is one of 31 independent organisations funded by the Australian Government to commission programs and services to address the primary health needs of their communities, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes. PHNs were established with the specific objectives of:
The Australian Government has articulated seven priority areas for PHNs – mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, health workforce, digital health, aged care and drug and alcohol services.
“Commissioning is a continual and iterative cycle involving the development and implementation of services based on planning, procurement, monitoring and evaluation. Commissioning describes a broad set of linked activities, including needs assessment, priority setting, service design and procurement through contracts, monitoring of service delivery, and review and evaluation.”
PHN Planning in a Commissioning Environment – A Guide
Commissioning is core business for PHNs and is guided by a national PHN Commissioning Framework. The Framework describes commissioning as a cycle starting with the assessment of health needs and annual planning; the co-design of solutions to address those needs; the procurement of services and implementation of co-designed solutions; and finally the monitoring of performance and evaluation of impact – which in turn informs subsequent assessment and planning processes.
For GCPHN, commissioning provides a strategic approach to planning, and supporting the allocation of limited resources to programs and services that will best meet the needs of our local community.
If your organisation is interested in working with GCPHN, please visit our Commissioning Opportunities page for more information.