The Primary Health Networks’ (PHNs) commissioning approach enables a new way of allocating health resources and is an important part of health reform within the primary health care sector.

The PHNs, supported by WAPHA, are working in collaboration with key partners both government and non-government, and other stakeholders to collectively address health and social needs and regional priorities to commission integrated approaches to best practice models of care and evidence-based solutions to improve future health outcomes.

Each PHN undertakes a comprehensive and iterative health-needs assessment and activity planning process for its population.  These processes are integral in the PHN’s commissioning strategy which involves setting priorities, determining desired outcomes, allocating resources, monitoring and quality assuring services and evaluating and learning from the process.

The continuous development of the Needs Assessment and Activity Work Plans are key components of the PHN’s strategic commissioning activities.  Maximising the value of these documents requires the PHN to work closely, and on an ongoing basis, with our stakeholders to identify the priority health needs and local responses.

The assessment of needs is an ongoing, iterative process that provides a-point-in time assessment of the health and service needs and priorities of the PHN region. Consistent with the purpose they serve, the Needs Assessment and Activity Work Plans will be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis, aligning with the emerging and changing needs of the PHNs population.

Current versions of the Needs Assessment Reporting Template Summary and Activity Work Plan for each PHN are available below. Updated versions will be made publicly available at regular intervals within our commissioning cycle.