Two useful resources on the new PHNs. From PHCRIS an "Introduction to PHNs" and from the Journal Public Health Research & Practice the viewpoints of the Australian Government Department of Health, the Public Health Association of Australia and a Sydney-based PHN on how PHNs will integrate public health and primary care. .
PHCRIS Resource - Your introduction to PHNs
In support of PHNs and those working with them, PHCRIS has prepared a new Getting Started Guide Introduction to… Primary Health Networks (PHNs) including links to:
- key documents
- individual PHN websites
- material on PHN priority areas
- information about commissioning and needs assessment
- stakeholder views on PHNs
- informative video sessions with experts.
To keep you up-to-date, PHCRIS has generated a list (updated continuously) of Tweets from Australian PHNs, where the latest comments can be viewed. There is also a link to find out what others are tweeting about PHNs, and where you can add your thoughts to the conversation.
This Guide, which complements the Government PHN website, will be regularly updated and expanded to reflect new developments. PHCRIS welcomes feedback on ways to improve content to meet the needs of the health care community.
The new Australian Primary Health Networks: how will they integrate public health and primary care?
28 January 2016
This paper includes three viewpoints, commissioned for the primary health care themed issue of Public Health Research & Practice, from the Australian Government Department of Health, the Public Health Association of Australia and a Sydney-based PHN.
The authors were asked to focus in particularly on how the newly established networks might help to integrate public health within the primary health care landscape.
The authors have pointed out the huge overlap between public health and primary care and looked at evidence showing the great benefits for health systems of collaboration between the two. Challenges ahead include a possible government focus on delivery of ‘frontline’ medical services, which may come at the expense of population health, and the complexity of dealing with all primary health care stakeholders, including health professionals, Local Health Districts, nongovernment organisations, research institutions and local communities