What is Sydney North Primary Health Network?
The Northern Sydney PHN, operated by the Sydney North Primary Health Network, is one of 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) established by the Australian Government to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health and medical services for the community. Our focus is on patients who are at risk of poor health outcomes and we work to improve the coordination of their care so they receive the right care, in the right place at the right time.
Better health outcomes for patients is achieved by working together with a network of health professionals including general practitioners, practice nurses, allied health providers, the Northern Sydney Local Health District and other health services. This partnership approach and community focus is reflected in our vision:
Achieving together – better health, better care.
Against a backdrop of strong population growth for our region, an ageing population, potential healthcare workforce shortages and greater numbers of hospitalisations and GP visits over the next 15 years, SNPHN will be concentrating on innovative and sustainable solutions that shift the focus of care out of the hospitals and into the hands of primary healthcare.
OUR 4 STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREAS ARE:
- Building Primary Healthcare Capacity
- Service Transformation
- Organisational Excellence
At SNPHN we look to work together to create a connected experience for health providers and deliver healthcare in a way that responds to community needs, is patient-centred and has a focus on prevention and wellness. Driven by a set of national priorities and locally assessed needs, SNPHN will continue to work directly with health professionals to improve and better coordinate care across the local health system for patients requiring healthcare services from multiple providers.
How will Sydney North Primary Health Network help you?
Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPHN) will work directly with GPs, specialists, hospitals and other primary healthcare providers to create integrated health solutions across local communities to make it easier for everyone, especially those in need of coordinated care, to access a range of healthcare services and providers.
Practice support and service continuity is a priority for the Sydney North Primary Health Network. SNPHN will continue to support health professionals in our region via education events & networking, an interactive and resource friendly website, and a Clinical Council with various health representatives from the region.
Driven by a set of national priorities and locally assessed needs, Sydney North Primary Health Network will work directly with GPs, specialists, hospitals and other primary care providers to improve and better coordinate care across the local health system for patients requiring care from multiple providers. As a result patients will have improved access to a range of healthcare providers.
SNPHN offer a highly experienced and knowledgeable workforce that connects and coordinates services for the local primary healthcare sector. Our Board of Directors brings a wealth of knowledge in healthcare governance, general practice, allied health, finance and risk, and community engagement.
Our Executive Team incorporates a Chief Executive Officer, a Chief Financial Officer and two General Managers who oversee our strategic functions: Primary Care Advancement and Integration; Commissioning and Partnership and Corporate Services and Operations.
Our staff provides specialised skills and expertise across:
- Primary Care Support (data extraction, accreditation, quality improvement)
- Continued Professional Development (CPD) Education
- Allied Health Services
- Care Coordination (Aboriginal Health, Aged Care, Mental Health, Chronic Disease and Youth Health)
- Population Health Planning
- Digital Health
- Community Health & Engagement (e.g. – Immunisation, Diabetes)
- Health Literacy & Promotion
- Aboriginal Health & Care Coordination Supplementary Services (CCSS)
- After Hours
- Aged Care
- ATAPS (Access to Allied Psychological Services)
- Digital Health
- Health Literacy
- Mental Health
- Musculoskeletal Initiative
- Primary Care Support
- Shared Antenatal Care
- Youth Health
Governance & Membership
In addition to the Board of Directors, the Governance Framework for SNPHN includes:
- Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee
- Clinical Governance Committee
- Nominations and Remunerations Committee
- Community Council
- Clinical Council
Sydney North Primary Health Network offers annual membership to individuals, organisations and associates and we currently have over 650 members.
As a member of SNPHN you have a platform to present your views on primary healthcare, priority access to continuing professional education events, opportunities to connect with other health professionals, the right to vote at Board elections and attend the Annual General Meeting. Members of SNPHN also have the opportunity to influence health priorities and improve health outcomes in our community.