Primary Health Tasmania (Tasmania PHN) is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation working to connect care and keep Tasmanians well and out of hospital.
We are one of 31 similar organisations under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program.
The Government has set the following objectives for primary health networks nationally:
increasing the efficiencyandeffectiveness 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.
Our vision:Healthy Tasmanians.
Our purpose: Creating enduring health and wellbeing solutions with the Tasmanian community.
Our activities are based on national priorities set by the Australian Government as well as the identified needs of local communities and priority population groups.
They focus on service delivery, provider support and system improvement in the areas of:
after hours care
alcohol and other drugs
managing chronic conditions
general practice and healthcare provider support
mental health, including suicide prevention
potentially preventable hospitalisations
rural primary health.
Commissioning is the process of working with communities and providers to identify health priorities; designing services to address those priorities; then procuring and implementing these services in partnership with providers to ensure they meet required outcomes. Commissioning is one of the roles the Australian Government has given all PHNs.