PHN Program Guidelines and Policies
The Primary Health Networks (PHNs) grant program guidelines provide information on:
- the PHN program
- PHN establishment
- governance and accountability.
There are additional annexures that specifically relate to the Primary Mental Health Care Activity and Drug and Alcohol Treatment Activity. These annexures supplement the PHN Grant Program Guidelines.
The guidelines and the annexures may be updated during the course of the PHN Program to reflect further details of the PHN Program as it evolves.
Read more about PHN Program Guidelines and Policies here.
Click on the menu headings below to view various reports and plans.
Activity Work Plans (AWPs)
The key objectives of Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are:
· Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes; and
· Improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
Each PHN must make informed choices about how best to use its resources to achieve these objectives.
Together with the NQPHN Health Needs Assessment and the PHN Performance Framework, NQPHN must outline activities and describe measurable performance indicators to provide the Australian Government and the Australian public with visibility as to its activities.
These documents, the Activity Work Plans, capture those activities.
National Suicide Prevention Trial
National Suicide Prevention Trial Work Plan covering activities in 2019–2020
After Hours and Innovation Activity Work Plan
NQPHN After Hours and Innovation Activity Work Plan 2019-2021
Core Operational and Flexible (incl. After Hours and GP Support) Activity Work Plans
NQPHN Core Operational and Flexible (incl. After Hours and GP Support) Activity Work Plan 2018-2019
NQPHN Core Funding Activity Work Plan 2019-2023
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Activity Work Plans
NQPHN Drug and Alcohol Treatment Activity Work Plan 2016-2019
NQPHN Drug and Alcohol Treatment Activity Work Plan 2019-2022
ex-ADF National Suicide Prevention Trial Activity Work Plan
NQPHN exADF National Suicide Prevention Trial Activity Work Plan
Integrated Team Care Activity Work Plans
NQPHN Integrated Team Care Activity Work Plan 2016-2018
NQPHN Integrated Team Care Activity Work Plan 2018-2021
NQPHN Integrated Team Care Activity Work Plan 2019-2021
Mental Health Activity Work Plans
NQPHN Mental Health Activity Work Plan 2016-2018
NQPHN Primary Mental Health Care Activity Work Plan 2016-2019
NQPHN Primary Mental Health Care Activity Work Plan 2019-2022
National Psychosocial Support Measure Activity Work Plans
NQPHN National Psychosocial Support Measure Activity Work Plan 2018-2019
NQPHN National Psychosocial Support Measure Activity Work Plan 2019-2021
NQPHN Annual Report 2018-19
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network Annual Report 2018-19 summarises our key priority areas and initiatives designed to meet our key strategic objectives.
Our latest Annual Report snapshots a year of working towards a comprehensive and integrated primary health care system that helps northern Queenslanders live happier, healthier, longer lives.
In 2018-19, NQPHN improved and streamlined the way it works to be better placed to improve the overall health and wellbeing of northern Queenslanders.
NQPHN also accomplished several significant achievements during the year through collaboration with our partners. We have captured some of these milestones and collaborative partnerships through engaging good news stories we’ve called ‘Our region, our people’.
Annual Report 2018-19
Annual Report 2017-18
Annual Report 2016-17
Annual Report 2015-16
Health Needs Assessments (HNAs)
Health Needs Assessment 2019-2022
Health Needs Assessment Brief Update 2019-2022
Health Needs Assessment Update 2017-18
Alcohol and Other Drugs Regional Needs Assessment Update 2017-18
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Regional Needs Assessment Update 2017-18
NQPHN Alcohol and Other Drugs Regional Needs Assessment – May 2017
One of the key roles of Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) is to lead the planning and commissioning of regional Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) services, with a focus on coordination, to ensure better outcomes for individuals and their families.
This document contains information obtained in the initial alcohol and other drugs needs assessment conducted in 2016. Ongoing AOD planning will be informed by this locally undertaken needs assessment which has encompassed consultations with our key partners and communities.
NQPHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Regional Needs Assessment – May 2017
One of the key roles of Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) is to lead the planning and commissioning of mental health and suicide prevention services across the region, with a focus on coordination, to ensure better outcomes for individuals and their families.
This document contains information obtained in the initial mental health and suicide prevention needs assessment conducted in 2016. Ongoing mental health and suicide prevention planning will be informed by this locally undertaken needs assessment which has encompassed consultations with our key partners and communities.
NQPHN Health Needs Assessment – June 2016
Description of Health Service Use, Workforce and Consumer Need for Northern Queensland Primary Health Network
The purpose of this Health Needs Assessment (HNA) is to commence discussion about the health needs of the population within the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) region.
This needs assessment incorporates the needs of consumers and the needs of the health workforce as they are essential to the delivery of health services to consumers.
This document has been developed in line with Commonwealth guidelines using primary data sources obtained from Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Federal Department of Health, in addition to specific data provided by Queensland Health.
Furthermore, we include summaries of workshops obtained during stakeholder consultation, and limited consumer consultation that was available within the public domain.
The HNA is a document that evolves as new and more relevant information becomes available. It is intended that there are updates and documentation of health needs in the NQPHN region, thus all feedback on health needs, data availability and service delivery improvements is welcome – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Integrated Team Care (ITC) Review – Report
Integrated Team Care–Assessment, evaluation and co-design consultation report
This report presents the results of the assessment, evaluation, and co-design project conducted by KPMG for Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) to understand the options for the future commissioning of the Integrated Team Care (ITC) program in the region.
The ITC program aims to improve chronic disease outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by improving access to primary health care, including culturally appropriate mainstream services, and by providing care coordination and access to brokerage funds (Supplementary Services) for eligible patients.
The ITC program is currently being implemented via a dual commissioning model, through Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and mainstream general practices. This approach originally aimed to deliver effective ITC implementation by enabling choice, recognising the diverse service delivery environment in North Queensland, and broadening the reach of the program.
Strategic Plan 2018–2023
NQPHN Strategic Plan 2018–2023
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network Strategic Plan 2018-2023 demonstrates our strategic intent and direction.
It highlights our vision: Northern Queenslanders live happier, healthier, longer lives and our purpose: Drive change within and support primary health care to improve individual and community health.
The Strategic Plan also includes our organisational foundations, goals, initiatives, and outcomes.
Our goals and strategies will guide us to commission primary health care services that meet local health needs. We will support health professionals and service providers to assist all people across northern Queensland to receive the right health care, in the right place, at the right time.
To view and download a copy of the NQPHN Strategic Plan 2018-2023, click here.
NQPHN National Psychological Support Measure Needs Assessment
In the 2018–19 federal budget an allocation of $80 million nationally over four years was announced to support the National Psychosocial Support (NPS) measure for individuals experiencing mental health issues who will be ineligible for support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NPS measure is not intended for individuals who need long-term, ongoing psychosocial support, but those who would still benefit from a level of specialised, less intensive psychosocial supports linked to their goals and delivered at a time of need. It is for individuals that have a severe episodic mental illness and a resulting level of reduced psychosocial functional capacity and due to the episodic nature of their illness, would benefit from some short-term, targeted psychosocial support at points of time.
It is for individuals that have a severe episodic mental illness and a resulting level of reduced psychosocial functional capacity and due to the episodic nature of their illness, would benefit from some short-term, targeted psychosocial support at points of time.
Queensland Chief Health Officer reports
The Health of Queenslanders is a report from the Chief Health Officer (CHO) to inform Queenslanders about the health status of the population.
This report is published every two years and commenced in 2006.
These reports are intended for a wide variety of users, including population health practitioners, planners, policy analysts, researchers, students and the general public.
The most recent CHO report – The Health of Queenslanders 2018 – was released in November 2018.
Health status by Hospital and Health Service
For full access to all previous Health of Queenslanders reports, visit www.health.qld.gov.au/cho_report
The My Healthy Communities website links to all the Healthy Communities reports published by the National Health Performance Authority since March 2013.
- HPV immunisation rates for girls in 2013
- Frequent GP attenders and their use of health services in 2012–13
- GP care for patients with chronic conditions in 2009–2013
- Child and maternal health in 2009–2012
- Immunisation rates for children in 2012–13
- Avoidable deaths and life expectancies in 2009–2011
- Selected potentially avoidable hospitalisations in 2011–12
- Overweight and obesity rates across Australia, 2011–12
- Tobacco smoking rates across Australia, 2011–12
- Australians’ experiences with access to health care in 2011–12
- Immunisation rates for children in 2011–12
- Australians’ experiences with primary health care in 2010–11